Bill Berkson was born in New York in 1939. During the 1960s, he worked in various capacities at Artnews, the Museum of Modern Art, and as associate producer of a show on art for public television. A poet, critic, teacher, and sometime curator, he moved to Northern California in 1970 and during the next decade edited a series of little magazines and books under the Big Sky imprint.

He has taught at The New School, Yale, in many Poets in the Schools programs, and for twenty-four years at the San Francisco Art Institute, where he is now professor emeritus. He is a corresponding editor for Art in America and has contributed reviews and essays to such other journals as Aperture, Artforum, and Modern Painters.

Berkson’s books of poetry include Gloria (in a deluxe limited edition with etchings by Alex Katz), Lady Air and Repeat After Me. Other books include two collections of his criticism, The Sweet Singer of Modernism & Other Art Writings: 1985-2003; For the Ordinary Artist; as well as  Sudden Address: Selected lectures 1981-2006; an epistolary collaboration with Bernadette Mayer entitled What’s Your Idea of a Good Time?: Interviews & Letters 1977-1985; and a words-and-drawings sequence with Colter Jacobsen called BILL. His Portrait and Dream: New & Selected Poems appeared from Coffee House Press in early 2009; a new collection, Expect Delays, is due to appear in Fall 2014.

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(Omerta, 2013)  17 pages



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