Anselm Hollo

Anselm Paul Alexis Hollo (born April 12, 1934–January 29, 2013)  was a Finnish poet and translator, though he lived most of his life in the United States. He  published more than forty titles of poetry in the UK and in the US, in a style strongly influenced by the American beat poets. His work appeared in many anthologies, including Children of Albion: Poetry of the Underground in Britain (1969), British Poetry since 1945 and Jon Silkin’s Poetry of the Committed Individual (1973). He received many awards, including NEA and Poets Foundation fellowships, and the San Francisco Poetry Center Award for the best book of poems published in 2001, Notes on the Possibilities and Attractions of Existence: New and Selected Poems 1965-2000.

Hollo translated poetry and belles-lettres from Finnish, German, Swedish and French into English. In 2004, he won the Harold Morton Landon Translation Award.

He taught creative writing in eighteen different institutions of higher learning, including SUNY Buffalo, the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and the University of Colorado at Boulder. Since 1989, he taught in the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University, where he held the rank of Full Professor.