Kenneth Goldsmith

Updated
30 Nov 2016

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Kenneth Goldsmith, The 1703 Weather Diary of Thomas Appletree, 2012. Photo by Colin Davison, courtesy of the AV Festival.

"When artists are held to the same sort of ethical and moral standards that politicians are, it's a very dangerous situation for art."

Publishers Weekly has described poet Kenneth Goldsmith's work as some of the most exhaustive and beautiful collage work yet produced in poetry. He is the author of 10 books of poetry, founding editor of the online archive UbuWeb, and the editor of I'll Be Your Mirror: The Selected Andy Warhol Interviews. An opera based on that work, Trans-Warhol, premiered in Geneva in 2007. From 1996–2009, Goldsmith was the host of a weekly radio show on New York City's WFMU. In 2011, he co-edited Against Expression: An Anthology of Conceptual Writing (Northwestern University Press) and published a book of essays, Uncreative Writing: Managing Language in the Digital Age (Columbia University Press). He teaches writing at the University of Pennsylvania, where he is a senior editor of the online poetry archive PennSound. In May 2011, Goldsmith was invited to read at The White House for President and Mrs. Obama during "A Celebration of American Poetry," and in 2013 he was appointed the Museum of Modern Art's first Poet Laureate.

In 2012, Goldsmith was the first participant in the Center's Push Me, Pull You project, which investigated various issues surrounding (co-)authorship in cultural production.