Joanne Kyger (1934-2017)

Joanne Kyger and her companion Donald Guravich

It is with great great sadness that we announce today the passing of the immeasurably wonderful and irreplaceable  Joanne Kyger.  She passed away yesterday, Wednesday March 22nd, at 11.11 a.m, at her home in Bolinas,  aged 82, in the year of the Rooster.

Here is John McMurtrie’s obituary in the San Franciscan newspapers

and Rod Meade Sperry in the Buddhist journal, Lion’s Roar.

Joanne Kyger, hills leading to Himalayan Peaks, studying guidebook on wall in Amora, we were on Pilgrimage to Buddhist sites, here visiting Lama Govinda, March 1962. Photograph by Allen Ginsberg Ginsberg

Joanne Kyger, Kyoto-Japan Sea visit with Gary Snyder, 1963 Summer. Photograph by Allen Ginsberg

More on Joanne Kyger from past postings on the Allen Ginsberg Project – here, here, here, and here.

We wish her safe journeys

– and much more on Joanne to follow.


  1. Gloria and I did Add-Verse years ago with Joanne being one of 25 poets – she was great and fun to be with – Tom Raworth – an old friend was also one of the Add-Verse poets – Tom told me years ago that Joanne’s writing was still one of his favorites – Tom died in Feb. this year … We will miss you both! Both of great humor…

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