Alan Botsford is the author of the dialogue, essay, and poetry collection Walt Whitman of Cosmic Folklore (Sage Hill Press, 2010) and is the co-editor of Poetry Kanto, Japan’s leading bilingual poetry journal. His two previous poetry collections are A Book of Shadows (2003) and Mamaist: learning a new language (2002), about which The Japan Times wrote: “[Botsford] throws out convention to create a new art…. it’s a revitalization of old forms… he breathes new life into words by the sheer brilliance of his constructions.” Born in Connecticut and raised in the Washington, D.C. area, Alan holds degrees from Wesleyan University and Columbia University, and was a Pushcart Prize nominee for poetry in 2001. He is currently the Associate Professor of American Literature at Kanto Gakuin University in Yokohama, Japan, where he lives with his wife, illustrator Minako Saitoh, and his son.
Alan Botsford performed on September 16th, 2010.