Bob Holman is a poet, multimedia producer, poetry activist and performance poetry professor who lives in New York City. Margery Snyder is a poet, photographer, flute player and editor who lives in San Francisco. They have worked together as the About.com Poetry Guide team for more than 15 years.
Bob has published six books, most recently A Couple of Ways of Doing Something (Aperture, 2006), praise poems paired with photographs of artists by Chuck Close. He’s also put poetry on television, radio and the Web, producing The United States of Poetry for PBS, appearing on MTV’s Spoken Word Unplugged and HBO’s Def Poetry Jam, and serving as poetry commentator on WNYC and NPR. Currently, he teaches “Exploding Text: Poetry in Performance” at Columbia University and is the founder and proprietor of the Bowery Poetry Club.
Margery began her writing life as a short story writer, but became a poet when she moved to San Francisco and came under the influence of its community of performing poets. She has given readings of her work all over California and in New York, Chicago, Seattle, New Mexico, Paris, London and Prague. Her books include Loving Argument (Viridiana, 1991), The Gods, Their Feathers (Blue Beetle Press, 1993) and Earthly Magic (Deep Forest, 2001).
Bob became a poet in third grade, when his teacher averred, “That’s a very good poem, Robert. Where did you copy it from?” He earned an A.B. in English in 1970 at Columbia College, where he studied with Kenneth Koch, Eric Bentley, Michael Goldman and Michael Wood. He also studied at the St. Mark’s Poetry Project from 1974 to 1978, working with Ted Berrigan and Alice Notley.
Margery graduated with a B.A. in English and American literature from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1974. She went on to do graduate work at Brandeis University and at Northwestern University.
By Bob Holman & Margery Snyder:
Our main collaborators are you, dear Readers. We’re all poets in this together! We’ve kicked poetry into the new millennium, like a word on a wire, and we’re working to make this site a worldwide resource that will lead you to all the places poems and poets are found, from ancient Greece to medieval England to 21st century New York City.
- Bob’s poems online at BobHolman.com
Choose a year, find a bunch of poems!
- World of Poetry
Bob’s multimedia poetry project, including the archives from United States of Poetry
- Margery’s poems at The Astrophysicist’s Tango Partner Speaks
Paired with photographs from Nepal by Michael Monteleone
- Margery’s poems in the women’s issue of Perihelion
“Love Your Mother,” “For Samuel,” and “Sinister, This City Street”