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Anne Tardos

Anne Tardos in 2007. Photo by Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, Los Angeles. Licensed under Creative Commons, courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

Anne Tardos
Born 1943

Anne Tardos (born 1943)[1] is an American poet, visual artist, composer, and academic.


Youth and education Edit

Tardos was born in Cannes, France. She lived as a small child in German-occupied Paris, then after the war moved with her parents to Budapest, where she learned Hungarian.

The Hungarian revolution resulted in her having then to move to Vienna, where she learned German and attended a French high school. After completing high school, she spent two years in Paris. In 1966 she moved to the United States.

Tardos received her education in film and the visual arts, attending the Vienna Film Academy from 1963 to 1965, then the Art Students League of New York, from 1966 to 1970 (for which she received grants from the Ford Foundation for the years 1967 to 1970).

Career Edit

Her books of multilingual poems and graphics include The Dik-dik's Solitude: New and Selected Works (Granary Books, 2002), A Noisy Nightingale Understands a Tiger's Camouflage Totally (Belladonna Books, 2003), Uxudo (1999), Mayg-shem Fish (1995), and Cat Licked the Garlic (1992).

She is among the guest faculty at Naropa University (2008, 1994) and has lectured at Bard College (2008), UC Berkeley (2003), SUNY-Buffalo (2003), The New School (2001), University of Hawaii-Manoa (1999), The School of Poetry of Vienna (1996, 1994, 1993), University of Szeged, Hungary (1993), UC San Diego (1990), School of Visual Arts, New York (1987), SUNY-Albany (1986), and the Brooklyn Museum Art School (1982).

Tardos is the author of a multilingual performance work, Among Men, which was produced by West German Radio Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR), in Cologne. Among Men consists of 17 music scores and 2 reader’s scores, with text based on encyclopedia entries for female artists and the first names of the men whose entries fall between theirs. The scores utilize collaged sound and visual elements from female musicians and artists, with variation allowed for in performance according to the visibility of a note on the score. Among Men was also performed live at Roulette, New York (1996); the Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna (1994); and the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University, Boulder, CO (1994).

She met Jackson Mac Low in 1975; the couple lived and worked together from 1978 until his death in 2004. Thing of Beauty, New and selected works by Jackson Mac Low, edited by Tardos and released January 2008 by the University of California Press, provides a general outline of Mac Low’s poetic oeuvre and includes many previously unpublished texts. Tardos’s editorial work has been highly lauded, with Publishers Weekly stating that "Thing of Beauty does the best job to date in providing a window into Mac Low’s unique perspective on what constitutes poetic beauty."


Tardos' book, I Am You (Salt Publishing, 2008), is a collection of 5 long poems that explore the limits of language, time, subjectivity and grief. A deeply personal elegy for Mac Low, I Am You is also a poetic inquiry into the boundaries of the human subject.


For collecting many of Mac Low’s artworks, Tardos received a grant from the Judith Rothschild Foundation.



  • Cat Licked the Garlic. Vancouver: Tsunami Books, 1992.
  • Mayg-Shem Fish: For Jackson Mac Low. Elmwood, CT: Potes & Poets Press, 1995.
  • Uxudo. Berkeley, CA: Tuumba Press / Oakland: O Books, 1999.
  • A Noisy Nightingale Understands a Tiger's Camouflage Totally. Brooklyn, NY: Belladonna Books, 2003.
  • The Dik-dik's Solitude: New and selected works. New York: Granary Books, 2003.
  • I Am You. Great Wilbraham, Cambridge, UK: Salt Publishing, 2008.
  • Both Poems. New York: Roof Books, 2011.
The Holloway Series in Poetry - Anne Tardos and Maurice Scully

The Holloway Series in Poetry - Anne Tardos and Maurice Scully

Except where noted, bibliographical information courtesy WorldCat.[2]

See alsoEdit

List of U.S. poets



  1. Tardos, Anne, 1943,, Online Computer Library Center Inc. Web, Mar. 19, 2013.
  2. Search results = au: Anne Tardos, WorldCat, OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Web, Mar. 20, 2015.

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