Jerome Rothenberg (b. 1931), poet, translator, and anthologist, is the author of over seventy books of poetry and translation. Since the late '50s, he has been involved with various aspects of sound performance, including radio soundplays written and performed for Westdeutscher Rundfunk (Cologne) and collaborative theatrical works for Living Theater and The Bread & Puppet Theater. Rothenberg founded and edited Hawk's Well Press in the early '60s, followed by the magazines Poems from the Floating World, some/thing (with David Antin), Alcheringa, the first magazine of ethnopoetics, and others.
Among his assemblages of traditional and oral poetry from Africa, Oceania, and North America are Technicians of the Sacred, Shaking the Pumpkin, Traditional American Indian Poetry, and America—a Prophecy co-edited with George Quasha. Symposium of the Whole, an anthology of writing on ethnopoetics co-edited with Diane Rothenberg, was published by the University of California Press in 1983.
For almost five decades, Rothenberg has translated poets from German, Czech, Spanish, and other languages. For Antilyrik & Other Poems (2002), his co-translated volume of the Czech modernist Vietszlav Nezval, he received a PEN Center USA West Translation Award. Elected to the World Academy of Poetry (UNESCO) in 2001, Rothenberg is Professor of Visual Arts and Literature at UC San Diego. His recent work includes A Book of Witness from New Directions and A Book of Concealments from Chax Press, both published in 2003.