Jerome Rothenberg’s ground-breaking ethnopoetic anthology Technicians of the Sacred was first published in 1968, and remains a cornerstone of the ethnopoetics movement. The anthology first displayed Rothenberg’s innovative translation techniques, and drew startling parallels between oral and ritual poetries and avant-garde experiments, including concrete, visual, language and sound poetry.
Rothenberg’s career as a poet, translation, anthologist, professor, and anthropologist has spanned 50 years, since his first work of translation was published in 1959 by Ferlinghetti’s City Lights press. His interests include Jewish mysticism, first-wave modernism including Dada and Surrealism, and the championing of indigenous and outsider poetries.
His numerous awards and honours include grants from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts; two PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Literary Awards; two PEN Center USA West Translation Awards; and the San Diego Public Library’s Local Author Lifetime Achievement Award. He remains Emeritus Professor of Visual Arts and Literature at the University of California, San Diego.