Andrew Schelling, poet and translator, was born in 1953, and
raised in New England. He migrated to Northern California in
1973, and for twenty years pursued Zen studies under Kobun
Chino and Mel Weitsman, learning the Sanskrit language and
exploring the region-5 wilderness areas. Here he also
carried on concurrent work in poetry and small press
magazines with urban-based experimental poets of the San
Francisco Bay Area.
1990, Schelling moved to Boulder, Colorado.
He is the co-director of the Jack Kerouac School of
Disembodied Poetics at the Naropa University, where he
teaches poetry, Sanskrit, and wilderness writing. Andrew is
an explorer of wilderness areas in the Rocky Mountain bioregion, and is active on ecology and wilderness issues.
Schelling translates poetry and Buddhist texts from Sanskrit
and related vernaculars. He has given poetry readings and
taught in Mexico, England, and Austria as well as at many
colleges, poetry centers bookstores and ashrams in the
United States. He has received awards and grants from: The
Academy of American Poets, The Witter Bynner Foundation for
Poetry, and is a recipient of a Nathan Cummings
include Old Growth, The Road to Ocosingo, Moon is a Piece of Tea, and a collection of essays The India Book. Translations include Songs of the
Sons and Daughters of Buddha (translations from Pali
texts done with Anne Waldman), For Love of the Dark One:
Songs of Mirabai, and most recently The Cane Groves
of Narmada River: Erotic Poems of Old India.