Anne Waldman is a poet, performer, professor, editor and cultural activist. She is the author of over forty books of poetry, including the book-length hybrid narrative eco-poem Manatee/Humanity and the feminist epic The Iovis Trilogy: Colors in the Mechanism of Concealment, which is the winner of the 2012 PEN Center USA Award for Poetry. Other recent books include Gossamurmur. Jaguar Harmonics and Cross Worlds: Transcultural Poetics co-edited with Laura Wright. She has recently been awarded The American Book Award for long-life achievement by the Before Columbus Foundation (2015).