New York-born poet whose literary works include Memoirs of a Beatnik and The Book of Hours. She also published a 2001 memoir entitled Recollections of My Life as a Woman.
She dropped out of Swarthmore College to pursue writing full-time. She quickly became involved with the Beat poets in both New York and California.
She served as editor of The Floating Bear newspaper and co-founder of the New York Poets Theatre.
She was the granddaughter of an Italian anarchist. She married and divorced both Alan Marlowe and Grant Fisher and had five children: Jeanne, Alex, Dominique, Rudi, and Tara.
She taught with Allen Ginsberg at the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodies Poetics until 1997.