One-page Biographical Overview

(updated 2015)

Anne Tardos, American writer, born in France, raised there and in Hungary and Austria, is the author of nine books of poetry, several multimedia performance works, and is the editor of three posthumous collections of poetry by Jackson Mac Low. Tardos's work has been published in dozens of anthologies and journals around the world.

Tardos pioneered a unique multilingual writing style, and often complemented her texts with video stills, photographs, and collages. Her writing is renowned for its fluid use of multiple languages and its innovative forms. She has worked in numerous media, creating performance pieces, radio plays, videos, and musical compositions.

Her multilingual and multimedia works have been presented at the Museum of Modern Art; the West German Radio, WDR; the XLIV Venice Biennale; and in many international sound poetry festivals, including Festival La Batie, Geneva; text-ljud Festival, Stockholm; Scene Wien, Vienna; and Zwischentoene, Cologne.

Since moving to New York in 1966, she maintained lifelong friendships with artists Richard Lindner, Saul Steinberg, Sam Francis, Larry Rivers, Vito Acconci, Ay-O, John Cage, Judith Malina, Simone Forti, Nam June Paik, Charlotte Moorman, George Maciunas; art dealer Felix Landau, architects Vally and Serge Sabarsky; poets Jackson Mac Low (to whom she was married), Jerome Rothenberg, Lyn Hejinian, Anne Waldman, Robert Creeley, and other influential figures of the New York avant-garde.

 A fellow in Poetry from the New York Foundation for the Arts, Tardos lives in New York City, with her husband, the composer Michael Byron.