History of Gay and Lesbian Life in Milwaukee, Wisconsin - People - Bios

Jeff Poniewaz


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In the 1960s, Jeff Poniewaz made a pact with his compatriot of the pen, Antler (Brad Burdick), and vowed to dedicate his life to poetry. He hasn’t reneged on his word. His work has been praised by Allen Ginsberg for its “impassioned prescient ecological Whitmanesque/Thoreauvian verve and wit.”

Poniewaz contributed to numerous books and collections, including several all-gay theme publications which include his work.

Poniewaz was a life-long friend of gay poet Antler. From the UWM Report of June 2005: "According to Jeff Poniewaz and UWM Distinguished Alumnus Antler presented “Calamus Spirit” at the conference celebrating the 150th anniversary of the publication of Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass that was held March 31-April 2 on the campus of the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. They will be conducting a weeklong celebration of Leaves of Grass July 31-Aug. 6 at The Clearing, a nature refuge near the tip of Door County. On April 26, Poniewaz and Antler presented “Emerson, Thoreau, and Whitman as Nature Mystics” at Club Timbuktu in Milwaukee as part of the ongoing monthly Rumi-Hafiz Mystic Poetry series there."


Credits: initial page creation by Don Schwamb;
Last updated: June-2007.