(born 1935) is an English
poet, artist and translator.
Michael Horovitz was the youngest of ten children who were brought to England from Nazi Germany by their parents, both of whom were part of a network of European-rabbinical families. Michael has spent most of his adult life as a poet, songwriter-singer, Jazz, Blues & Klezmer anglo-saxophonist, clown, impresario, visual artist, translator, literary journalist and editor-publisher. He founded and has edited New Departures for fifty years, & coordinated many Live
New Departures, Jazz Poetry SuperJams and Poetry Olympics festivals. Introducing him to New York in 1970, Allen Ginsberg characterized him as a "Popular, experienced, experimental, New Jerusalem, Jazz Generation, Sensitive Bard". In 1969 Penguin published his Children of Albion
anthology, and in 1992 Grandchildren of Albion
, his choice of forty younger poets, appeared. Michael's latest book is A New Waste Land: Timeship Earth at Nillennium
, described by D J Taylor in The Independent as "A deeply felt clarion-call from the radical underground", and by Tom Stoppard as "A true scrapbook and songbook of the grave new world". He is currently fronting the William Blake Klezmatrix band. An exhibition of his current artworks including 'jazz paintry' is on view at 42 Pembridge Road, Notting Hill Gate (until February 2011).
Michael studied at Brasenose College, Oxford
from 1954 to 1960.
In 1959 he... Read More