Joanne Kyger is a native Californian. She attended the University of California at Santa Barbara and in 1957 moved to North Beach in San Francisco. Since then she has published fourteen books of poetry and her poems have appeared in numerous anthologies and literary magazines. For the last 20 years she has lived in Bolinas, California. She has taught at New College of California in San Francisco, and in the Poetics Program at the Naropa Institute in Boulder, Colorado. Her most recent book of poems, Patzcuaro is published by Blue Millenium Press and available from Small Press Distribution.


The Tapestry and The Web. Four Seasons Foundation. San Francisco: 1965. 1,000 copies of which 27 are numbered and signed by the author and specially bound. 61 pp.

12 poets & 1 painter. Writing 2. Poems by LeRoi Jones, Joanne Kyger, Robert Creeley, Denise Levertov, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Robert Duncan, Gary Snyder, Lew Welch, Allen Ginsberg, Charles Olson, Max Finstein & Bruce Boyd; six drawings by Jess Collins.Bound in printed paper wrappers. [San Francisco, Four Seasons Foundation; distributed by City Lights Books, c1964] [1]-32 p. illus. 22.1 cm.

The Fool in April: A Poem. Broadside. Coyote Books. 1966.

Joanne. Angel Hair Books. 1970.

Places to Go. Black Sparrow Press, 1970. Edition limited to 750 copies in paper wrappers;200 hardcover copies numbered and signed by the poet; 26 lettered presentation copies handbound in boards by Earle Gray & signed by the poet. 93pp.

I don't want to repeat the same mistakes over again. Broadside. Kent State Arts Festival. Kent State University. Kent, Ohio. 1974

Lettre de Paris / Joanne Kyger, Larry Fagin. Published: [S.l.] : Botanists of the Rue Vercingetorix, 1976, c1977 ([Berkeley, Calif. : Poltroon Press])

Desecheo Notebook. Arif Press. Berkeley, CA. 1971. 500 copies printed by Wesley Tanner. at Cranium Press. 37pp.

Trip Out and Fall Back. Arif Press, Berkeley. Drawings by Gordon Ball. 1974. 17pages.

All This Every Day. Big Sky. Berkeley,CA. 1975. 91pp

The hindrance of lustful desire. [San Francisco, CA : Cranium Press, CA. 1979].Broadside ; 21 x 27 cm

The Wonderful Focus of You. Z Press. Calais, Vermont. 1980. 66 pp. Edition Limited to 776 copies of which 26 are lettered and signed.

The Japan and India Journals: 1960-1964. Cover collage by Ken Botto, from an original photo work by Sophie Callle. Tombouctou, 1981. Bolinas, CA 280 pp.

Mexico Blonde. Evergreen Press, CA. 1981.

up my coast (adapted from the stories of C. Hart Merriam). Illustrations by Inez Storer. Floating Island Publications. Point Reyes Station, CA. 1981 (First published in Floating Island II by Floating Island Publications. 1977). 500 copies printed at the West Coast Print Center, Berkeley, Ca. 12pp.

I am now in Canada -- words by Joanne Kyger ; drawing by Arthur Okamura.Grindstone City, MI : Alternative Press, 1982?.1 sheet : ill. ; 16 cm. Yellow paper printed and illustrated in black; verso printed as a postcard.

The bodhisattva of compassion. Poltroon Press.Berkeley, Calif.: Poltroon Press, 1982? Broadside : ill. ; 53 cm. White paper printed in black and blue-gray; blindstamped illustration.

Going On: Selected Poems 1958-1980. E. P. Dutton, Inc. NY. 1983. 85 pages.

The Dharma Committee. Smithereens Press, 1986.

Phenomenological. Institute of Further Studies, 1989. Glover Publishing. Canton, NY. 30pp

Man-Women (with Michael Rothenberg). Illustrated by Nancy Davis. Big Bridge Press, 1988.

Friends of the K.U. Poetry Collection: first series. Broadsides. Metamorphosis (First line: We come to bed as mammals) / Denise Low -- Cahokia mounds (First line: We ascended the great mound at mid-day, climbed Monk's sweating) ; Reunion (First line: There is a sadness which inhabits reunion) / John Moritz -- Two studies (First line: Of curly beechbark oak, iron in the dust, of paper sculpted head) / Kenneth Irby -- Eternal sections (First line: She probably would have) / Tom Raworth -- [Untitled. An edition of 50 copies numbered and signed by the authors. [Lawrence, Kansas: Tansy Press in conjunction with the Friends of K.U. Poetry Collection, 1989]

Book for Sensei: poems. Illustrations by Nancy Davis. Pacifica, CA : Big Bridge Press, 1990. 16p. Published in an edition of 100 copies, 26 are hand colored, lettered A-Z and signed by the artist and the poets.

Just Space: Poems 1979-1990. Illustrated by Arthur Okamura). Black Sparrow Press, Santa Barbara & Ann Arbor by Graham Mackintosh & Edwards Brothers Inc. Published in wrappers and a hardover trade edition; 125 numbered hardcover copies have been signed by the poet; 26 signed lettered copies have been handbound in boards by Earl Gary; & there a 11 special hardcover copies signed by the poet each with an original drawing by Arthur Okamura. 1991. 145pp.

Ecology and consciousness : traditional wisdom on the environment / edited by Richard Grossinger. Grossinger, Richard, 1944- ed. McClure, Michael, auxilium. Kyger, Joanne, auxilium.Berkeley, Calif.: North Atlantic Books, c1992. 223 p.: ill. ; 23 cm. Paperbound; printed and illustrated in white, black, deep purple, and orange.

The New Censorship. Poems by Joanne Kyger. Art by Donald Guravich. The Next Savage State Publishing Group. Denver, Colorado. January, 1994. 21pp.

Some Sketches from the Life of Helena Petrovna Blavatsky. Boulder: Rodent Press, 1996.

Patzcuaro. San Francisco: Blue Millennium, 1999.