Brandi, John

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Born in 1943, John Brandi attended California State University, Northridge and graduated with a B.A. in art and anthropology. From 1966 to 1968 he worked as a Peace Corps volunteer in Ecuador. It was also in Ecuador that Brandi began publishing his poems in hand-sewn mimeograph editions. After further travel he returned to the United States where he met several Beat Generation poets and David Meltzer, who published Brandi's first collection of prose poems. In 1971 Brandi moved to New Mexico and established Tooth of Time Books, which published the works of new poets. In addition to his writing and art Brandi teaches in a wide variety of settings, such as schools, prisons, nursing homes, and centers for at-risk youth.

From the description of John Brandi papers, 1964-1999. (University of California, Berkeley). WorldCat record id: 609705977

John Brandi was born in Los Angeles, California, in 1943 and graduated from the University of California at Northridge in 1965. He served with the Peace Corps in Ecuador in the late 1960s and there he began publishing poetry. After living in Alaska and Mexico, Brandi settled in New Mexico where he has lived for 30 years. There he has worked as an itinerant poet in schools, homes for the elderly, prisons, and youth centers, etc. He has continued to travel extensively. Painter and photographer as well as poet and essayist, Brandi has produced and published numerous works. Amongst other honors he was awarded an NEA Fellowship for poetry -- though "the real awards belong to the poems and paintings, not the artist."

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From the description of Haiku papers, 1982-2004. (California State Library). WorldCat record id: 57176748

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creatorOf Brandi, John. John Brandi papers, 1964-1999. UC Berkeley Libraries
creatorOf Brandi, John. Maya benefit reading [sound recording] : Berkeley, Calif., 1970 Apr. 2. UC Berkeley Libraries
creatorOf Brandi, John. Haiku papers, 1982-2004. California State Library
creatorOf Meltzer, David. Papers, 1954-1974. Indiana University
referencedIn Gary Snyder Papers, 1910-2003;, (1945-2002 bulk) University of California, Davis. General Library. . Dept. of Special Collections
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correspondedWith Hirschman, Jack, 1933- person
correspondedWith Kyger, Joanne person
correspondedWith McClure, Michael person
correspondedWith Meltzer, David person
correspondedWith Nichols, John Treadwell, 1940- person
correspondedWith Nye, Naomi Shihab person
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correspondedWith Pommy-Vega, Janine person
correspondedWith Sakaki, Nanao person
correspondedWith Sanfield, Steve person
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correspondedWith Sze, Arthur person
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correspondedWith Waters, Frank, 1902-1995 person
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Poets, American--20th century--Correspondence
Haiku, American--History and criticism
Authors, American--20th century--Correspondence


Birth 1943-11-05




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