poet

Andrew Schelling

, United States
Andrew Schelling

Andrew Schelling was born on January 14, 1953, in Washington D.C., and grew up west of Boston in Lexington, Massachusetts. In 1973, he moved west to Northern California where he explored the wilderness regions of the Coast Range and Sierra Nevadas and studied Sanskrit and Asian literature at the University of California, Berkeley. He received his BA from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Along with being a poet and translator, Schelling is an ecologist and naturalist, having travelled extensively in North America, Europe, India, and the Himalayas. In 1990 he relocated to Colorado to join the faculty at Naropa University.

Schelling's poetry collections include A Possible Bag (Singing Horse Press, 2013), From the Arapaho Songbook (La Alameda Press, 2011), Old Tale Road (Empty Bowl Press, 2008), Tea Shack Interior: New & Selected Poetry (Talisman House, 2002), The Road to Ocosingo (Smokeproof Press, 1998), and Old Growth: Poems and Notebooks 1986-1994 (Rodent Press, 1995). He is also the author of Wild Form, Savage Grammar: Poetry, Ecology, Asia (La Alameda Press, 2003).

In 1992, Schelling received the Harold Morton Landon Translation Award from the Academy of American Poets for Dropping the Bow: Poems of Ancient India (Broken Moon Press, 1991). His volumes of translation also include For Love of the Dark One: Songs of Mirabai (Shambhala Publishers, 1993) and The Cane Groves of Narmada River: Erotic Poems of Old India (City Light Books, 1998). Schelling has received two grants for translation from the Witter Bynner Foundation for Poetry.

He regularly teaches at Deer Park Institute in India’s Kangra Valley and works with California's The Public School, a free and cooperative public space that emerged from Occupy Oakland. He teaches poetry in the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics and Sanskrit for the Religious Studies program, both located at Naropa University in Boulder, where he lives along the front range of the Southern Rocky Mountains.


Bibliography

Poetry

A Possible Bag (Singing Horse Press, 2013)
From the Arapaho Songbook (La Alameda Press, 2011)
Old Tale Road (Empty Bowl Press, 2008)
Tea Shack Interior: New & Selected Poetry (Talisman House, 2002)
The Road to Ocosingo (Smokeproof Press, 1998)
Old Growth: Poems and Notebooks 1986-1994 (Rodent Press, 1995)


Translations

The Cane Groves of Narmada River: Erotic Poems of Old India (City Light Books, 1998)
For Love of the Dark One: Songs of Mirabai (Shambhala Publishers, 1993)
Dropping the Bow: Poems of Ancient India (Broken Moon Press, 1991)


Prose

Wild Form, Savage Grammar: Poetry, Ecology, Asia (La Alameda Press, 2003)