Hedwig Gorski coined the term “performance poetry” to describe her spoken word in drama and radio broadcasts in the early 1980s. She published and produced six books and records of poetry before 1994. Intoxication: Heathcliff on Powell Street (Slough, 2009) reflects about her 1978 conceptual theater and cut-up verse drama. She received a BFA in painting from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University (1976) and a Ph.D. from UL (2001). Her parents immigrated to the United States from Poland's frontier, Galicia, now in Ukraine, where two aunts and her grandmother were murdered by Ukrainian partisans during WWII. They arrived on the General Sturgis through New Orleans, Louisiana. In Austin, Texas, Gorski's career intensified after finding it in New Orleans during 1973-74 while working for NOLA Express (1973) with Charles Bukowski.
Written by agent Catherine Allen
Publications and Prizes
Intoxication: Heathcliff on Powell Street (Slough Press, 2006), Polish Gypsy With Ghost (Shinebone Press, 1998), Slow Paradise (Shinebone Press, 1998), Snatches of the Visible Unreal (Back Yard Press, 1990)
Hispanic American Literature Encyclopedia (Facts On File, 2007)
Art Mag 29, Karawane, Poetry Repair Shop
Borders Books - Houston, TX (2008), Polish American Historical Association, Annual Meeting - Washington, DC (2008), Cafe Krzystofore, Krakow, Poland (2004), Thirteen Donuts Radio Drama, KRVS-FM (2000), Audio: Intellectual Love (Perfection Productions) (1990), KUT-FM Radio, Austin, Texas (1986), Maple Leaf Club, New Orleans (1984), Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, Naropa Institute (1983), Huntington Art Gallery, University of Texas at Austin (1977)
LDA Artist Fellowship (Media), National Audio Theatre Award, NEA/Contemporary Art Center, Fulbright Senior Fellowship, National Poetry Series finalist 2011.