Nina Zivancevic

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“Everything she learned about poetry,- she learned from me!” – Allen Ginsberg at Nina’s reading 

El Chapo
So they think they got you
And El Zorro and Che and Fidel Castro
And if they keep you inside the wall
Street dungeon/ who is going to supply drugs to the Wall Street lawyers
They cannot function without your coke and yerba buena and for
The mescal alone the intellectuals from all these white countries will surely set you free Perhaps you overdid it in your daily supply of the autonomous power
You audited that mister invisible
And gave him the wrong stuff
Your pay was getting smaller and smaller and your family’s debt taller
You… Hey I do not know
Where you El Chapo went wrong
But I know the prisons in California
Can be comfortable if enough of your pals sit in them too

-excerpt from Papa Eric le Tendre
and Joaquín Guzman ( El Chapo) are my heroes

Poet, essayist, fiction writer, playwright, art critic, translator, and contributing editor to NY ARTS magazine from Paris, Serbian born Nina Zivancevic has published 13 volumes of poetry. She has also written three books of short stories, two novels and a book of essays on Crnjanski (her doctoral thesis) which was published in Paris, New York, and Belgrade.

The recipient of three literary awards and former assistant and secretary to Allen Ginsberg, she has also edited and participated in numerous anthologies of contemporary world poetry. As editor and correspondent, she has contributed to modern Painters, American Book Review, East Village Eye, NY Arts Magazine, and Republique des Lettres. She has lectured at Naropa University, NYU, Saint John’s University, and the Harriman Institute. She taught English language and literature at University of Paris V and History of Avant-Garde Theatre at Paris 8 and numerous institutions throughout Europe. She has had four of her plays performed and emitted in the USA and GB and in New York, she worked with the Living Theater and members of the Wooster group. She lives and teaches the History of the Avant-Garde at University of Paris 8 in France.

You can purchase her books, Letters to Myself and Death of New York City here 

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