(photo credit: dion olivier w/ suzi kaplan olmsted)
Allen Ginsberg said "MARC OLMSTED inherited Burroughs' scientific nerve & Kerouac's movie-minded line nailed down with gold eyebeam in San Francisco." Olmsted has appeared in CITY LIGHTS JOURNAL, NEW DIRECTIONS IN PROSE & POETRY, OUTLAW BIBLE OF AMERICAN POETRY, SIGNS OF LIFE (a Manic D Press anthology), PROCESSED WORLD, Flesh Eater Chris D's BONGO CHALICE, BLUE SATELLITE and a variety of small presses. His work includes two books, MILKY DESIRE (Subterranean Press, 1991) and RÉSUMÉ (Inevitable Press, 1998).
Olmsted's memoir is available on Amazon and at your local bookstore through Small Press Distribution.
He has also made two short films, BURROUGHS ON BOWERY, a portrait of the NAKED LUNCH author, and AMERICAN MUTANT, with Burroughs, Ginsberg & Timothy Leary. His latest film project, THE COUNT, stars Dion Olivier, lead singer of Late Young. Both short films and the first 12 minutes of THE COUNT are on Amazon Video on Demand. Watch the trailer below!
In the 1980s, Olmsted’s band The Job was part of the San Francisco New Wave, playing the Mabuhay and other local clubs of the day. Allen Ginsberg, taken with the punk scene, performed his poem “Birdbrain” with their backup on a number of occasions. (Listen.)
Olmsted appeared at the L.A. Ginsberg Memorial along with Tom Waits, Exxene and Johnny Depp.
His book, WHAT USE AM I A HUNGRY GHOST? - POEMS FROM 3-YEAR RETREAT (Valley Contemporary Press, 2001), has an introduction by Ginsberg. http://www.amazon.com
His very latest chapbook can be ordered directly below.
Fresh Lotus Rehab (2009)
by Marc Olmsted
Olmsted is a senior student of Lama Tharchin Rinpoche. http://www.vajrayana.org
Olmsted has studied Buddhism since 1974 and completed a 3-year retreat supervised by his teacher. Afterwards, he was encouraged to teach in the San Francisco chapter of Tharchin Rinpoche's students, Last Chance Gompa. It is now established across the Bay in Oakland.
Marc Olmsted's current book project is DON'T HESITATE: 23 YEARS KNOWING ALLEN GINSBERG, a memoir including their correspondence. He has lectured teaming up with Anam Thubten Rinpoche at Naropa University and UC Santa Cruz. http://www.dharmata.org
Allen Ginsberg, Anam Thubten Rinpoche and Marc Olmsted -
October 3, 1996, DNA Lounge, San Francisco. Here's the double album of this event, which included Diane di Prima.
.......... The more successful
.. poet explains
......... his fortune to me as
in miracles" -
.... My father told me
........... about Anne Frank's
. diary when I
.... was 12 - how
.. it ended with
her view of
................. human "basic goodness"
as the Nazis
..... came down -
... Fritz Lang said
"To live is to
.... When I told this
. to my lama
... he said "That's
........ very beautiful"
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