Joe Brainard

1942 –

Joe Brainard was born on March 11, 1942, in Salem, Arkansas. He studied briefly at the Dayton Art Institute in Ohio before moving to New York City where he became part of a community of poets, which included Ron Padgett and Ted Berrigan, as well as artists who were also part of the New York School

Brainard is the author of multiple collections of poetry and prose, including the influential book, I Remember (Angel Hair, 1970). He produced several comic book collaborations with poets and was a well-regarded set designer and visual artist with works in collections at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Whitney Museum, among others.

Joe Brainard died on May 25, 1994, in New York City from AIDS-related pneumonia.