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Hedwig Gorski is a poet and writer. She coined the term “performance poetry” to describe her spoken words recorded during radio broadcasts with a band resulting in audio and books.

Background Information

She published three books of poetry and released several audio collections before 1994. Intoxication: Heathcliff on Powell Street, the latest book by Slough in 2007, is a art memoir/archive about her 1978 experimental theater, a cut-up neo-verse drama titled "Booby, Mama!" which is a precursor to the performance poetry movement and slam.  Her BFA degree from NSCAD, a world famous radical art school, is in painting. She received a doctorate in creative writing in 2001, Louisiana Artist’s Fellowship in 2002, and a Fulbright to lecture in Poland in 2003. The radio drama Thirteen Donuts, a charming tribute to Polish immigrants in New Orleans during Solidarity in Poland, received an award from National Audio Theatre in 2002.    

Artistic influences include the avant-garde and experimental across genres such as conceptual art and Beat poetry including individual artists and writers such as Mayakovsky, Khlebnikov, Warhol, Pound, Eliot, Philip Glass, John Cage, Jim Jarmusch, Dylan, Foucalt, Polanski, Andrzej Wajda, Jerzy Grotowski, Gombrowicz, Milosz, and Szymborska. She has been called the American Mayakovsky for her playfulness, optimism, and attachment to the working class and farmers.  

"Gorski, who is widely acknowledged as one of our most innovative and compelling poets, is first-generation Polish American. Echoes of Eastern Europe reverberate through her complex verbal interplay, lingering especially in her phrasing.” New Texas Magazine                

Gorski’s audio recordings have been played on radio stations around the world and charted on several Canadian stations in rotation with Tom Waits, Bob Dylan, Patti Smith, and Leonard Cohen. She has also produced successful audio poetry anthologies for broadcast. Most of her band recordings were recorded live while being broadcast on the radio program Live Set at KUT-FM. She performed live on KLRN, KAZI, KRVS, worked with WWOZ in New Orleans, and her audio was featured internationally on radio programs associated with alternative and spoken word programming during the independent audio revolution.

Birth Place
Trenton, NJ USA

Southern Artistry Award, 2004.

Fulbright, 2003-04, University of Wroclaw, Poland.

Artist Fellowship. Audio Media. Louisiana Division of the Arts. 2002-2003.

Robert and Bernice Webb Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching - Advanced Level. Department of English, University of Louisiana. April 30, 2001.

National Audio Theatre Festivals Script Writing Competition for Thirteen Donuts, Fifth Place Honorable Mention Winner. April 15, 2001.

Producer Fellowship. Corporation for Public Broadcasting. WWOZ, New Orleans. 1994.
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Additional Information listen to audio from the new CD Send in the Clown

Contact Information
100 Springfield Drive 
Carencro LA 70520-6016  
Contact Author: Hedwig Gorski
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Official website
photos, powerpoint, audio, links to other sites, and access to info about the poet

CV with publications and other info with links to texts, etc.

Hedwig Gorski Spoken Word Band
Photo and info about audio with links to latest CD Send in the Clown, 2009.

Teenager in Nova Scotia
Video of Gorski performing poem Teenager in Nova Scotia on Vermilion River in Lafayette Louisiana Cajun/Creole country 2009.

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