Clark Coolidge (b. 1939) is a poet and experimental jazz musician. He is the author of more than thirty books of poetry. Raised in Providence, Rhode Island, Coolidge, studied geology at Brown University (1956-58) before traveling to Los Angeles, Greenwich Village in New York City, and back to Providence. Among his collaborations are Supernatural Overtones (1990) with Ron Padgett, On the Pumice of Morons (1993) with Larry Fagin, and other pieces with Philip Guston, Bernadette Mayer, and Keith Waldrop.
Coolidge has taught at the Naropa Institute and the American Academy in Rome (1985-85). He has read his work locally and internationally in France, London, Scandinavia, and Russia. In 1993, he co-founded the MIX poetry and jazz group with David and Tina Metzer. After five decades of publishing poetry, Coolidge’s work continues to evolve. He is the editor of Philip Guston: Collected Writings, Lectures and Conversations (University of California Press, 2010), and Fence Books published his last two books of poetry, 88 Sonnets and A Book Beginning What and Ending Away. He lives in Petaluma, California.