Anselm Berrigan
Anselm Berrigan is a poet working in long, serial, and stand-alone forms, shaped to make space for language to operate on as many of its known and unknown levels as possible. He is the author of eight books of poetry, two collaborative books, and several chapbooks.
Berrigan's books of poetry Zero Star Hotel (Edge, 2002); Free Cell (City Lights Books, 2009); Notes from Irrelevance (Wave Books, 2011); a selection from an ongoing series, Pregrets (Vagabond Press, 2014); the book-length scroll Primitive State (Edge, 2015); and Come In Alone (Wave Books, 2016), a book of poems composed out at the edge of the page. Berrigan is the Poetry Editor for The Brooklyn Rail, an arts and culture monthly.
He co-edited The Collected Poems of Ted Berrigan (U. California, 2005) and the Selected Poems of Ted Berrigan (U. California, 2011) with his mother Alice Notley and brother Edmund Berrigan. He also edited What Is Poetry? (Just kidding, I know you know): Interviews from the Poetry Project Newsletter 1983-2009 (Wave Books, 2017).
Or gave readings and lectured in dozens of festivals and conferences worldwide. He is the recipient of Israeli and international poetry awards, including the Pleiades tribute 2000 of the Struga Poetry festival for having made “a significant contribution to modern world poetry”, the Fulbright Award for Writers, the Bernstein Prize, the Prime Minister’s Poetry Prize, the Oeneumi literary prize 2010 of the Tetovo Poetry Festival, the Struga Wine Poetry prize 2013, the Stefan Mitrov Ljubiša international Award 2014 of The Budva City Theater and the European Atlas of Lyrics prize 2016; as well as Fellowships from the University of Iowa, the Jewish-Hebrew Centre of the University of Oxford, Fondación Valparaiso Spain, Hawthornden Castle Scotland, the Irish Heinrich Böll Foundation and others. Or gave readings and lectured in dozens of festivals and conferences worldwide; and has been a guest writer at several cultural institutions, among them the Literarische Colloquium Berlin, Chattanoogah University and the Nihon University, Tokyo.
Or was born in Tel Aviv, 1956. His grandparents have emigrated from Poland in the 1930's and came to Israel as Zionist pioneers. He is descendant of a renowned Rabbis dynasty, among them Elimelech of Lizhensk and  Rashi, whose family line goes back to King David.
Or founded a meditation and therapy centre and a spiritual commune in Jerusalem. He studied Philosophy and Comparative Religion in the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and lectured there on Ancient Greek Religion.
He has published numerous papers, articles and essays on literature, society, comparative religion and the classics. In 1990 Or founded the Helicon Society for the Advancement of  Poetry in Israel. In 1993 he set up the Arabic-Hebrew Helicon Poetry School and developed the school’s pioneering integrated methodologies of teaching creative writing, and taught it in Israel, U.S., Austria, U.K. and Japan.  Or has served as Editor-in-Chief of Helicon's journal and its series of poetry books. In 2001 he founded the Sha’ar International Poetry Festival and has been its Artistic Director. He is a founding member of the World Poetry Movement and of the Eurpean Association of Writing Programs. Or serves as editor of the Catuv poetry books series, as national editor of the international poetry magazines Atlas and Blesok, and as a national coordinator for the U.N. sponsored UPC venture, “Poets for Peace.”