Jackson Mac Low: Short Bio


Jackson Mac Low, b. Chicago, 12 September 1922 – died New York, 8 December 2004, made poems, essays, and musical, performance, visual, and radio works. Author of about 30 (plus four posthumous) books and published in over 90 collections. His works have been published, exhibited, and performed—often by his wife, the poet and visual artist Anne Tardos and himself–in many countries. Awards: Guggenheim, NEA, NYFA, and CAPS fellowships and the 1999 Wallace Stevens Award of the Academy of American Poets. Among his most important books: 42 Merzgedichte in Memoriam Kurt Schwitters (Barrytown, NY, 1994), Stanzas for Iris Lezak, Representative Works, 20 Forties (Canary Islands, 1999), Struggle Through (Canada, 2001), Les Quarantains (Extraits) (France, 2001), and his posthumously published books:

Doings: An Assortment of Performance Pieces 1955–2002 (Granary Books, New York, 2005)

Thing of Beauty: New and Selected Works, Edited by Anne Tardos (University of California Press, Berkeley, 2008)

154 Forties,
Edited by Anne Tardos (Counterpath Press, Denver, 2012).

The Complete Light Poems: 1–60, Edited by Anne Tardos and Michael O'Driscoll (Chax Press, Victoria, TX, 2015)