Andrew Schelling

Poet, author of seventeen books, student of natural history, amateur mountaineer. Lives along Colorado’s front range in the Southern Rocky Mountain ecosystem. His translations from classical India are celebrated and have received an award from the Academy of American Poets and two Witter Bynner Foundation for Poetry grants. Born 14 January 1953, Schelling was raised in Thoreau territory: the townships west of Boston. After a trip to Asia in 1973 he relocated to Northern California. BA in Religious Studies, U.C. Santa Cruz. 1982-1990 were spent engaged with the Bay Area’s lively poetry scene, also studying Zen, learning the Coast Range and Sierra Nevada mountains, and editing the samizdat poetry journal Jimmy & Lucy’s House of “K”. In 1990 he moved to Colorado to join the faculty at Naropa University. From 1993-1996 served as chair of The Jack Kerouac School. He teaches poetry, Sanskrit, and various courses on bioregional & wilderness writing. Recent titles include Old Tale Road (Empty Bowl Press) and a collection of essays, Wild Form, Savage Grammar: Poetry, Ecology, Asia (La Alameda). His most recent volume of translations, fan artist’s editon from Emdash Publications, is Kamini: Poems from the Gitagovinda of Jayadeva. Forthcoming from Oxford University Press, Delhi, is an anthology of India’s bhakti (devotional) poetry.

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