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Ed Friedman (born January 12, 1950) is an American poet and playwright.

Friedman was born in Los Angeles, California, and studied literature at the University of California at San Diego. [1] He moved to New York City in 1971 [2] and soon after enrolled in one of Bernadette Mayer's workshops at the Poetry Project at St. Mark's Church-in-the-Bowery. From this came the magazine Unnatural Acts, with collaborative contents presented anonymously, which Mayer and Friedman put out from 1972 to 1973. [1]

Friedman then "invented performance poetry" when he began to oversee the Project's Monday night readings series during the period 1974 to 1976. He became the Artistic Director of the Poetry Project in 1987 and served in that capacity until 2003, the longest term of any AD for the Project. [1] [3]

Friedman has given readings and performances at the Museum of Modern Art, The Kitchen, and The Public Theater, among other venues. [4] He has collaborated with visual artists Robert Kushner – whose hat designs worn by models descending a spiral staircase were accompanied by Friedman's poetry, published in The New York Hat Line (1979), and who designed the settings for Friedman's 1982 play The White Snake [1] – and Kim MacConnel – on several projects about learning a new language (Lingomats, 1980) and an illustrated phrasebook (La Frontera, 1983). [1] – He also collaborated with composer Peter Gordon on the play with music Chinoiserie, presented at The Kitchen in 1978. [5] [1]

Two of Friedman's projects from 1979 are significant to his work. The Telephone Book consists of transcripts of Friedman's phone calls over the course of a number of weeks, and Space Stations – which has not been published in its entirety, follows up on William S. Burroughs by dividing a journal's pages into three columns and recording Firedman's attention shifts while he is writing. Space Stations provided the material for much of Friedman's published poetry from 1982 to 2001. [1]

Jerome Rothenberg has said of Friedman that he is "a powerful & never disappointing poet/chronicler, at the top of his form & ready to take his place among the makers & movers of our time," [3] and Ed Sanders has said "You can count on Ed Friedman ... to take you on a fine ride." [2]


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