Andy Clausen Woodstock Beat Poet

   
Andy Clausen
           



 
Andy Clausen Poet      
“Andy Clausen’s character voice is heroic, a vox populi of the democratic unconscious…
The expensive bullshit of government TV poetics suffers diminution of credibility placed side by side with Mr. Clausen’s direct information and sad raw insight. Would he were, I’d take my chance on a President Clausen.” Allen Ginsberg
       
 
 

Books & Publications

Home of the Blues by Andy Clausen

HOME OF THE BLUES, Museum of American Poetics 2013


40TH CENTURY MAN (SELECTED VERSE 1996-1966), Autonomedia 1997

WITHOUT DOUBT, Zeitgeist Press 1990
TREK TO THE TOP OF THE WORLD, Zeitgeist Press 1996

THE STREETS OF KASHI, Roadkill Press 1994

FESTIVAL OF SQUARES, Shivastan Press 2003

TREK TO THE TOP OF THE WORLD, Zeitgeist Press 1995

SONGS OF BO BABA, Shivastan Press 2004

THE IRON CURTAIN OF LOVE, Long Shot Press 1984

AUSTIN TEXAS AUSTIN TEXAS, Place of Herons 1980

SHOE BE DO BE EE OP, Madness Inc 1975

EXTREME UNCTION, Litmus Press 1973
THE MERCILESS CHILL Pressure Press 2008

THE MEDICINE ISN'T WORKING Pressure Press 2012

GINSBERG, CORSO & ME, Pressure Press 2009

FROM THE BEAT, Pressure Press 2012

   

BIO
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Andy Clausen was raised in Oakland California USA. He graduated from Bishop O'Dowd High School in 1961 and attended six colleges. After reading the poems of the characters in Kerouac's books, he felt he'd found his life's vocation and headlong began trying to be a Beat poet in 1965. He has traveled and read his poetry all over North America and the world. (New York, California, Alaska, Texas, Prague, Kathmandu, Amsterdam etc.) He has maintained a driven intrepid lifestyle and aspired to be a champion of the underdog. He has had many occupations studying humanity and earning a living. Clausen has written about his friendships with Allen Ginsberg, Gregory Corso, Ray Bremser, Janine Pommy Vega, Peter Orlovsky, and many others of the Beat Generation.

He has lectured at universities, high schools, and art centers. Clausen has taught at The Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, Naropa University. He was co-editor of, POEMS FOR THE NATION, with Allen Ginsberg and Eliot Katz (Seven Stories Press). He was an editor at LONG SHOT Magazine. Clausen wrote about Ray Bremser
and appears in Encyclopedia of Beat Literature (Kurt Hemmer, editor) Clausen has back packed around the world and has resided in over twenty states and provinces.

For twelve years AC conducted poetry workshops in the NY state prison system for Incision Arts. In 1999 Clausen began teaching poetry in the schools under the auspices of Teacher's & Writers Collaborative. Andy now resides in Woodstock, NY, where he teaches, writes, and performs his work. He lived with Janine Pommy Vega the last 12 years of her life and celebrates The Annual Janine Pommy Vega Poetry Festival in Woodstock.


“Andy Clausen inherited Neal Cassady’s American Energy Transmission” Allen Ginsberg

“Might be the best performance in the land… without props…more enlightening and entertaining than the movies” Al Simmons, The Daily Californian

“Why am I reading with Clausen? He’s coming to the fore after living it for years. I haven’t been called punk in years, since prison. Daddy Punk and Andy Punk. No, I’m not reading with him because he’s a punk, but because he’s a good poet.” Gregory Corso

“Andy Clausen is a true heart son of Allen ginsberg and his own force at that. Thepoems soar and rage but ultimately reside in empathy and tenderness for the woes and joys of the human realm. Clausen’s oeuvre is a reminder that poetry comes from the street and struggle and not the confines of academia and privilege. An innate delicate music and aspiration residing here, in the poems, in the heart.” Anne Waldman

“Heir of Jack Micheline’s Golden Horn, Neal Cassady’s torrential energy, borne of the Belgian unde3rground and Eastern European deep lyric, Andy Clausen is the great Whitmanic blue collar orator of my generation….” David Cope


 

Andy Clausen photo: Erik Lamont

Some Media Links
videos
He Was A Man

Saturday Night Fights

'"The Comin Froms"

Andy Clausen Allen Ginsberg's Capital Air First Blues

The Deconstruction of an Erection

 

“Andy Clausen is a true heart son of Allen ginsberg and his own force at that. Thepoems soar and rage but ultimately reside in empathy and tenderness for the woes and joys of the human realm. Clausen’s oeuvre is a reminder that poetry comes from the street and struggle and not the confines of academia and privilege. An innate delicate music and aspiration residing here, in the poems, in the heart.” Anne Waldman

“Heir of Jack Micheline’s Golden Horn, Neal Cassady’s torrential energy, borne of the Belgian unde3rground and Eastern European deep lyric, Andy Clausen is the great Whitmanic blue collar orator of my generation….” David Cope

   
       

Andy Clausen and Pamela Twining are available for performance at your Event, either singly or together;
contact: booking@woodstockbeatpoet.com
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