Michael Basinski

Michael Basinski. Courtesy University at Buffalo.

Michael Basinski (born 1950) is an American poet, who specializes in text, visual, and sound poetry.


Basinski was born in Buffalo, New York.

He had a 32-year career with the University at Buffalo, retiring in 2016 as curator of the Poetry Collection and director of Special Collections.[1]

Basinski published more than 100 poetry titles and more than 100 reviews of poetry books and magazines. His work has appeared more than 750 times in literary magazines and journals, and has been featured in more than 350 exhibitions at art galleries and spaces around the world, including the Oakland Museum of California, Burchfield Penney Art Center, Albright-Knox Art Gallery and Carnegie Art Center. He also has presented at more than 50 academic conferences and literary festivals.Marcene Robinson,[1]

He has served as chair of the Popular Culture Association’s Poetry Studies Area, as a member of the Burchfield Penney Art Center’s poetry series committee, and as the vice president of the Americas for the International Robert Graves Society. He also co-founded Moody Street Irregulars: A Jack Kerouac Newsletter, a publication dedicated to the history and cultural influences of Jack Kerouac and the Beat Generation.[1]

Basinski has been poet in residence at Jamestown Community College; University of Coimbra (in Coimbra, Portugal); Niagara County Community College; Gloucester Writers Center; and the Elora Poetry Centre in Ontario, Canada.[1]

He performs as a solo poet and with the performance/sound ensemble, Bufffluxus.[2]




  • Mooon Bok. Leave Books. 1992. 
  • Red Rain Two. Run Away Spoon Press. 1992. 
  • Cnyttan. Meow Press. 1993. 
  • Flight To The Moon. Run Away Spoon Press. 1993. 
  • Vessels. Texture Press. 1993. 
  • Odalisque. Word Outa Buffalo. 1995. 
  • SleVep. Tailspin Press. 1995. 
  • Barstokai. Meow Press. 1996. 
  • Empty Mirror. Non Compos Mentis Press. 1996. 
  • Heebie Jeebies. Meow Press. 1996. 
  • Idyll. Juxta Press. 1996. 
  • Un Nome. Run Away Spoon Press. 1996. 
  • From Wooden Unguent-Spoon In the Shape of a Girl Swimming and Reaching Out to Touch a Duck. 1998. 
  • Book of Two Cartouche. 1999. 
  • Fine White Out Lines. 1999. 
  • By. House Press. 1999. 
  • Beeseechers. Light And Dust Books. 2000. 
  • The Doors. House Press. 2000. 
  • Mool. Writers Forum. 2000. 
  • Mool3Ghosts. Writers Forum. 2000. 
  • Shards of Shampoo. Writers Forum. 2000. 
  • Heka. Factory School. 2001. 
  • The Lay Of Fraya Wray. Xtant Books. 2001. 
  • Song Of Yetti's Dream. 2001. 
  • Strange Things Begin To Happen When A Meteor Crashes in the Arizona Desert. Burning Press. 2001. 
  • Poemeserss. Structum Press. 2002. 
  • Abzu. Run Away Spoon Press. 2003. ISBN 1-898497-18-4. 
  • Idyllic Book. Michel Letko, Houston, Texas. 2003. 
  • It's Alieve. 2004. 
  • Poems Popeye Papyrus. Slack Buddha Press. 2004. 
  • Frogs. 2005. 
  • Fluxus Play Book and Performance Poems. 2006. 
  • All My Eggs Are Broken. BlazeVox. 2007. 
  • Of Venus 93. Little Scratch Pad. 2007. 
  • Welcome To The Alphabet. Redfoxpress. 2008. 
  • auXin. Amphibole Books. 2008. 


See alsoEdit

Michael Basinski

Michael Basinski


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Basinski concludes remarkable career as Poetry Collection curator, University at Buffalo, October 26, 2016. Web, Mar. 31, 2018.
  2. Van Maele, Francis. "Michael Basinki "Welcome To The Alphabet"" September 6, 2009.

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