Janine Pommy Vega
Janine Pommy Vega is the author of eighteen books and chapbooks since 1968. The latest is (poetry) The Green Piano, Godine, May 2005. The Green Piano CD, recorded with music in a Woodstock studio, and from live performances in Italy will be coming out in 2006. Island of the Sun , a chapbook on her life as a hermit in Bolivia, will be published by Floating Island in 2006.
Vega performs with music and solo, in both English and Spanish, in international poetry festivals, museums, prisons, universities, cafes, nightclubs, and migrant workers' camps in South America, North America and Europe. She has been anthologized extensively, and has recorded her poems and a memoir of the Beats for Audio Literature's spoken word version of Women of the Beat Generation.
Reviews and articles about her work have appeared in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Dallas Morning News, The American Book Review, The Press Democrat, The Boston Phoenix, Il Manifesto of Rome. Her poetry has been translated into six languages and published in a dozen countries.
Vega has taught inside American prisons for more than twenty years. She is the Director of Incisions/Arts , an organization of writers working with people behind bars. She is a member of P.E.N.'s Prison Writing Committee, and co-author, with Hettie Jones, of the P.E.N. sponsored guide for writers: Words, Wall, Razor Wire . Currently she is teaching a course in poetics for the Bard Prison Initiative inside Eastern and Woodbourne, New York state prisons.