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Zavatsky, Bill


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Archive for Chantre / Finlay, Ian Hamilton; Zavatsky, Bill; Apollinaire G., 1976

Identifier: CC-61359-61302
Scope and Contents This Archive solely contains letters from Bill Zavatsky. Wikipedia: Bill Zavatsky (born 1943 Bridgeport, Connecticut) is an American poet, journalist, jazz pianist, and translator. Zavatsky could be described as a second-generation New York School poet, influenced by such writers as Frank O'Hara and Kenneth Koch. (Koch was his professor at Columbia University.) In addition to the wry humor typical of the New York School, Zavatsky adds to his poetry an emotional poignancy that gives it additional depth. Zavatsky grew up in a working-class family in Bridgeport, Connecticut. His father was a mechanic who owned a garage. Zavatsky was the first member of his family to graduate from a four-year college. He attended Columbia University, where his fellow students included a dynamic cohort of budding writers, such as Phillip Lopate, Ron Padgett, and David Shapiro. Zavatsky's artistic influences include the jazz pianist Bill Evans, whom Zavatsky got to know late in the musician's...
Dates: 1976