Kenneth Goldsmith

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Born June 4, 1961(1961-06-04)
Freeport, Long Island, New York, United States
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Kenneth Goldsmith (1961) is the author of ten books of poetry, founding editor of the online archive UbuWeb, and the editor I'll Be Your Mirror: The Selected Andy Warhol Interviews, which is the basis for an opera, "Trans-Warhol," premiered in Geneva in March of 2007. An hour-long documentary on his work, "Sucking on Words" premiered at the British Library in 2007. From 1996-2009, Goldsmith was the host of a weekly radio show on New York City's WFMU. He teaches writing at The University of Pennsylvania, where he is a senior editor of PennSound, an online poetry archive. He held the The Anschutz Distinguished Fellow Professorship in American Studies at Princeton University for 2009-10 and received the Qwartz Electronic Music Award in Paris in 2009. In 2011, he co-edited, Against Expression: An Anthology of Conceptual Writing and published a book essays, Uncreative Writing: Managing Language in the Digital Age. In 2013, he was appointed the Museum of Modern Art's first Poet Laureate. He resides in New York City with his wife, artist Cheryl Donegan, and his two sons. (Source)


Fiction, Poetry[edit]

  • No. 110 10.4.93-10.7.93, Lodz: Artists Museum, 1993, PDF. Chapbook.
  • with Joan La Barbara, 73 Poems, Permanent Press, 1994. [1]
  • No. 109 2.7.93-12.15.93, New York: Bravin Post Lee, 1994, [14] pp, PDF. Chapbook.
  • No., Great Barrington, MA: The Figures, 1997, 606 pp, HTML, PDFs: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7.
  • Soliloquy, New York: Bravin Post Lee, 1997, 281 pp, (edition of 50); new ed., New York: Granary Books, 2001, 487 pp, HTML, PDF, HTML.
  • Gertrude Stein on Punctuation, Newton, NJ: Abaton Books, 1999, PDF. Chapbook.
  • 6799, zingmagazine, 2000, 92 pp, PDF.
  • Fidget, Toronto: Coach House, 2000, 107 pp, Applet, HTML.
    • Inquieto, trans. Carlos Bueno Vera, intro. Esteban Pujals, afterw. Marjorie Perloff, Segovia La Uña Rota, 2014, 159 pp. (Spanish)
  • Head Citations, Great Barrington, MA: The Figures, 2002, 88 pp, HTML. Review: Fama.
  • Day, Great Barrington, MA: The Figures, 2003, 836 pp, PDF, PDF. [2]. Reviews: Ford, Nufer (Muse Apprentice Guild), Stefans, Raven (Bomb), Goode (Gig), Rubinstein (Art in America).
  • The Weather: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall, Los Angeles: Make Now, 2005, 120 pp. Reviews: Levine (Bookforum), Huppatz, Zultanski (Rain Taxi), Wershler (PoMo Cult).
  • Traffic, Los Angeles: Make Now, 2007, 115 pp, HTML, PDF. Reviews: Huppatz, Zultanski (Rain Taxi), Perloff, Wershler (PoMo Cult).
  • All The Numbers From Numbers, /ubu Editions, 2008, 21 pp, PDF.
  • Sports, Los Angeles: Make Now, 2008, PDF. Reviews: Thomson (Dazed&Confused), Fama, Huppatz, Zultanski (Rain Taxi), Wershler (PoMo Cult).
  • Seven American Deaths and Disasters, New York: powerHouse Books, 2013, 176 pp, Log, EPUB.
  • Theory, Paris: Jean Boîte, 2015, 500 pp, Log, PDF.
    • Théorie, trans. Léa Faust, Paris: Jean Boîte, 2015, 500 pp, Log, PDF. (French)
  • Capital: New York, Capital of the 20th Century, Verso, 2015, 928 pp, ARG. [3]


  • editor, I'll Be Your Mirror: The Selected Andy Warhol Interviews, New York: Carroll & Graf, 2004, EPUB.
    • Interviews mit Andy Warhol, intro. Klaus Theweleit, trans. Susanne Höbel, Kippenheim: Liebig, 2005, 381 pp. (German)
    • Entretiens: 1962-1987, trans. Alain Cueff, Paris: Bernard Grasset, 2006, 405 pp. (French)
    • Będę twoim lustrem: wywiady z Warholem, trans. Marcin Zawada, Warsaw: Twój Styl, 2006, 391 pp. (Polish)
    • Wo jiang shi ni de jing zi: An diWo huo er fang tan jing xuan, Beijing: San lian shu dian, 2007, 463 pp. (Chinese)
    • Entrevistas: 1962-1987: treinta y siete entrevistas con el maestro del pop, intro. Reva Wolf, afterw. Wayne Koestenbaum, trans. Ferran Esteve, Barcelona: Blackie Books, 2010, 559 pp. (Spanish)
  • Letter To Bettina Funcke / Brief an Bettina Funcke, Ostfildern: Hatje Cantz, 2011, 35 pp. (English)/(German)
  • editor, with Craig Dworkin, Against Expression: An Anthology of Conceptual Writing, Evanston, Ill: Northwestern University Press, 2011, Log, PDF.
  • Uncreative Writing: Managing Language in the Digital Age, New York: Columbia University Press, 2011, Log, EPUB, HTML.
    • Escritura no-creativa: la gestión del lenguaje en la era digital, intro. Reinaldo Laddaga, trans. Alan Page, Buenos Aires: Caja Negra, 2015, 331 pp. Excerpt. (Spanish)
    • Uncreative Writing. Sprachmanagement im digitalen Zeitalter, trans. Hannes Bajohr and Swantje Lichtenstein, Berlin: Matthes & Seitz, 2017, 351 pp, ARG. Enlarged edition. [4] (German)
    • L'écriture sans écriture: du langage à l'âge numérique, trans. François Bon, Paris: Jean Boîte, 2018, 248 pp. [5] [6] (French)
  • Je ne me tourne vers la théorie qu’après avoir réalisé que quelqu’un a consacré toute sa vie à une question qui m’avait à peine traversé l’esprit jusqu’alors, trans. Nicolas Garait, Paris: Jeu de Paume, 2013, 68 pp. Audio. [7] [8] [9] (English)/(French)
  • Against Translation: Displacement Is the New Translation, Paris: Jean Boîte, 2016, 8 x 32 pp. 8 books in a box. [10] (English),(French),(Spanish),(German),(Chinese),(Japanese),(Russian),(Arabic)
  • Wasting Time on the Internet: The Art of Mindless Surfing, HarperCollins, 2016, 224 pp. [11]
    • Perdere tempo su internet, trans. Luca Bianco, Torino: Einaudi, 2017, 192 pp. [12] (Italian)
  • The PXL-MAD Lectures, eds. Arne De Winde, Evelin Brosi and Kris Latoir, Ghent: Het Balanseer, 2017, 100 pp. [13]
  • The Ideal Lecture (In Memory of David Antin), Ghent: Het Balanseer, 2018, 62 pp, Log, PDF. [14]
  • The American Subject, powerHouse Books, 144 pp, forthcoming.

More texts

Artist's books, Miscellanea[edit]

  • Kenneth Goldsmith Annotates 'Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus' by Ludwig Wittgenstein, London: Marginalia, 2018, 72 pp. [15]
  • Marcel Duchamp, The Bride Stripped Bare by her Bachelors Even (The Green Box), [1934] 2018. Bootleg edition. [16]
  • One Square Kilometer (for Walter De Maria),, 2018, 2568 pp. [17] [18] [19]
  • editor, 1000 Infrathins, University of Pennsylvania, 2018, 121 pp, Log.
  • I Declare a Permanent State of Happiness, London: Eris, 2018, 148 pp. A collection of sixty-two new artworks inspired by Wittgenstein's Tractatus.


Documentary films[edit]


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