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I will talk with Albert Geiser about his spiritual path and professional work.
Albert is an edge poet who has existed on the perimeters of academia.
Albert was born in Orange, New Jersey, next to Newark. His father was a college professor. His mother was a camp counselor.
At an early age Albert showed a talent for poetry, but he received little formal encouragement.
At age 17, Albert was by hit by lightning while hiking on a mountain with his dad. While visibly unharmed, Albert had a seizure in college.
Albert attended Bard College for two years and became the fiction editor of a literary magazine. Albert decided not to pursue a career in academia.
Albert lived in Syracuse, NY, and shared an apartment with the son of prominent poet Hayden Carruth, who gave him advice about living on the perimeters of academia as a poet. Albert went to San Francisco and did underground readings. He inherited some money and moved to Boulder, CO, where he lived next to Naropa University. He did a workshop in Washington State with Bhanu Kapil.
Albert ran out of money and moved to Delaware where he currently lives with his roommate, Bill, a survivor of a self-inflected brain injury. Bill is a conservative Christian.
Albert is considering converting to Judaism. Albert believes his mother and aunt have guided him to convert to Judaism.
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