Allen Ginsberg
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CAREER
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Writer
1945
Spot welder, Brooklyn Naval Yard, Brooklyn, NY,
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dishwasher, Bickford's Cafeteria, New York City
1945-56
worked on various cargo ships
1946
literary agent, reporter for New Jersey union newspaper, and copy boy for New York World Telegram
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night porter, May Co., Denver, CO
1950
book reviewer, Newsweek, New York City
1951-53
market research consultant in New York City and San Francisco
1963
instructor, University of British Columbia, Vancouver
1966-97
founder and treasurer, Committee on Poetry Foundation
1967
organizer, Gathering of the Tribes for a Human Be-In, San Francisco
1974-97
cofounder, co-director, and teacher, Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, Naropa Institute, Boulder, CO
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Has given numerous poetry readings at universities, coffee houses, and art galleries in the United States, England, Russia, India, Peru, Chile, Poland, and Czechoslovakia. And has addressed numerous conferences, including Group Advancement Psychiatry Conference, 1961, Dialectics of Liberation Conference, 1967, LSD Decade Conference, 1977, and World Conference on Humanity, 1979.
 

POETRY COLLECTIONS
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Howl and Other Poems, introduction by William Carlos Williams, City Lights (San Francisco), 1956, revised edition, Grabhorn-Hoyem, 1971, 40th anniversary edition, City Lights, 1996.
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Siesta in Xbalba and Return to the States, privately printed, 1956.
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Kaddish and Other Poems, 1958-1960, City Lights, 1961.
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Empty Mirror: Early Poems, Corinth Books (Chevy Chase, MD), 1961, new edition, 1970.
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A Strange New Cottage in Berkeley, Grabhorn Press, 1963.
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Reality Sandwiches: 1953-1960, City Lights, 1963.
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The Change, Writer's Forum, 1963.
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Kral Majales (title means "King of May"), Oyez (Kensington, CA), 1965.
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Wichita Vortex Sutra, Housmans (London), 1966, Coyote Books (Brunswick, ME), 1967.
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TV Baby Poems, Cape Golliard Press, 1967, Grossman, 1968.
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Airplane Dreams: Compositions from Journals, House of Anansi (Toronto), 1968, City Lights, 1969.
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(With Alexandra Lawrence) Ankor Wat, Fulcrum Press, 1968.
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Scrap Leaves, Tasty Scribbles, Poet's Press, 1968.
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Wales—A Visitation, July 29, 1967, Cape Golliard Press, 1968.
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The Heart Is a Clock, Gallery Upstairs Press, 1968.
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Message II, Gallery Upstairs Press, 1968.
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Planet News, City Lights, 1968.
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For the Soul of the Planet Is Wakening..., Desert Review Press, 1970.
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The Moments Return: A Poem, Grabhorn-Hoyem, 1970.
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Ginsberg's Improvised Poetics, edited by Mark Robison, Anonym Books, 1971.
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New Year Blues, Phoenix Book Shop (New York, NY), 1972.
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Open Head, Sun Books (Melbourne), 1972.
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Bixby Canyon Ocean Path Word Breeze, Gotham Book Mart (New York City), 1972.
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Iron Horse, Coach House Press (Chicago), 1972.
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The Fall of America: Poems of These States, 1965-1971, City Lights, 1973.
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The Gates of Wrath: Rhymed Poems, 1948-1952, Grey Fox (San Francisco), 1973.
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Sad Dust Glories: Poems during Work Summer in Woods, 1974, Workingman's Press (Seattle), 1975.
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First Blues: Rags, Ballads, and Harmonium Songs, 1971-1974, Full Court Press (New York City), 1975.
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Mind Breaths: Poems, 1972-1977, City Lights, 1978.
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Poems All over the Place: Mostly Seventies, Cherry Valley (Wheaton, MD), 1978.
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Mostly Sitting Haiku, From Here Press (Fanwood, NJ), 1978, revised and expanded edition, 1979.
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Careless Love: Two Rhymes, Red Ozier Press, 1978.
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(With Peter Orlovsky) Straight Hearts' Delight: Love Poems and Selected Letters, Gay Sunshine Press (San Francisco), 1980.
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Plutonian Ode: Poems, 1977-1980, City Lights, 1982.
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Collected Poems, 1947-1980, Harper (New York, NY), 1984, expanded edition published as Collected Poems: 1947-85, Penguin (New York, NY), 1995.
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Many Loves, Pequod Press, 1984.
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Old Love Story, Lospecchio Press, 1986.
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White Shroud, Harper, 1986.
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Cosmopolitan Greetings: Poems, 1986-1992, HarperCollins (New York City), 1994.
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Illuminated Poems, illustrated by Eric Drooker, Four Walls Eight Windows (New York, NY), 1996.
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Selected Poems, 1947-1995, HarperCollins, 1996.
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Death and Fame: Poems, 1993-1997, edited by Bob Rosenthal, Peter Hale, and Bill Morgan, foreword by Robert Creeley, HarperFlamingo (New York, NY), 1999.
 

appearance in films (selection)
1960
Pull My Daisy,
1962
Guns of the Trees,
1964
Couch
1965
Wholly Communion
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Chappaqua
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Allen for Allen
1966
Joan of Arc
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Galaxie
1967
Herostratus
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The Mind Alchemists
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Don't Look Back, all
1968
Me and My Brother
1971
Dynamite Chicken
1978
Renaldo and Clara,
1984
It Doesn't Pay to Be Honest,
1987
It Was Twenty Years Ago Today,
1988
Heavy Petting
1994
John Bowles: The Complete Outsider
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Jonas in the Desert, both
1977
Kaddish (TV film)