Lewis Warsh (1944-2020)

Lewis Warsh (1944-2020). Photo: John Sarsgard

More sad news to have to impart, the passing of our dear friend, New York-based poet, visual artist, professor, prose writer, editor, and publisher, Lewis Warsh . He just recently celebrated his 76th birthday.

His was a legendary collaboration with his first wife, Anne Waldman and the magazine Angel Hair  See Lewis on Angel Hair  – here
– and Anne on Angel Hairhere

A subsequent marriage with poet Bernadette Mayer , likewise resulted in a wide range of publications – United Artists books and magazines

Here’s Lewis’ PennSound page (many great audio recordings)

More on Lewis to follow –

See  Lewis in The Brooklyn Rail  (and this beautiful collection of tributes in The Brooklyn Rail)

Lewis in The Poetry Project Newsletter

missing you, Lewis (one year on, 2021)


  1. Sad beyond belief. He had such a big impact on my life that i don’t think he even realized. He had the biggest heart.

  2. That is sad news indeed. Lewis was such a nice guy and a terrific poet/writer/editor. We’d corresponded off & on over the years and always swapped books. The whole Angel Hair thing was a HUGE influence on me and a sort of guiding light. That story of his, “Money Under the Table,” in his collection, One Foot Out the Door, is one of my all-time favorite stories ever, right up there with James Joyce’s “The Dead” and Julio Cortázar’s “The Pursuer.” If all writers endeavored to write as true and clear as Lewis Warsh did, what a lot of fine writers we would have.

    Amen, and RIP Lewis…

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