Margareta Waterman

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margareta waterman
Born (1932-12-08) December 8, 1932 (age 85)
Boston, Massachusetts
Occupation Poet, publisher
Nationality United States
Citizenship United States
Genre poetry

margareta waterman (lowercase intentional)[1] (born December 8, 1932) is an American poet and publisher. She founded the small press nine muses books in Seattle, Washington in 1987,[2] and has since published upwards of 70 books and chapbooks by poets, improvisational musicians, and other writers from the Pacific Northwest. nine muses books is listed in The Directory of Poetry Publishers, 30th edition.[3] More than two dozen books of waterman's poems and short stories have been published.[4] Her work references mythology and the female experience.[5] Waterman did not begin publicly performing her work or publishing until she was in her 50s.

In Seattle, waterman was affiliated with the Seattle Muse Community[6] and served on the board of the Red Sky Poetry Theatre from 1989-1994.[7] She founded manifest arts, a series of poetry and performance art videos originally broadcast on TCI.[8] manifest arts documented work by Charlie Burks, Louise Dovell, Martina Goodin, Bill Shively, Carletta Wilson, Marion Kimes, Michael Hureaux, Thomas R Prince, and David Lloyd Whited from 1989-1990.[9]

Personal life[edit]

waterman was born in Boston, Massachusetts and was raised in New York City. Her mother was a French (and later music) teacher, and her father was a sports journalist. Both parents were involved in labor organizing.[10] waterman attended New York public schools before attending Connecticut College, Hunter College, and Williams College. waterman was married to Kenneth Moore from 1951-1957, Lewis Murdock from 1957-1982, and has three children, Cynthia, Pamela, and Roderick. She brought her family west in 1969 to join a commune in Southern Oregon. In 1986, she moved to Seattle and began to collaborate with musicians, dancers, painters, and sculptors. She did an extensive reading tour of the United States and Canada from 1994-1998. She has traveled extensively and lived in Greece, India, Australia, Africa, China, Tibet, and various countries in South America.

Selected works[edit]

  • the seed of osiris, nine muses books, 1987
  • eleusinian theatre, nine muses books, 1988
  • red sky sketches, nine muses books, 1988
  • moon riding backwards, nine muses books, 1989
  • lady orpheus, nine muses books, 1990
  • cracked crystal, nine muses books, 1991
  • egyptian night, nine muses books, 1991
  • walkin' occam's razor, nine muses books, 1991
  • lady orpheus, nine muses books, 1993
  • astarte calling clytemnestra, nine muses books, 1994
  • some south american colors, nine muses books, 1995
  • five songs from the primordial alphabet, nine muses books, 1996
  • cloud coop songs, 26 BOOKS, 1997
  • the mother of the world, nine muses books, 1999
  • loose ends, nine muses books, 2000
  • the lion throne, nine muses books, 2002
  • pending visions, nine muses books, 2003
  • now and other times, nine muses books, 2003
  • iteration, nine muses books, 2005
  • the sexuality of ageing, nine muses books, 2009
  • achilles and helen, nine muses books, 2013
  • the voice of lysergic acid, nine muses books, 2013


  1. ^ Radon, Lisa. "margareta waterman". Oregon Arts Commission Spotlight Stories. Oregon Arts Commission. Retrieved 22 October 2014. 
  2. ^ Radon, Lisa. "margareta waterman". Oregon Arts Commission Spotlight Stories. Oregon Arts Commission. Retrieved 22 October 2014. 
  3. ^ "The Directory of Poetry Publishers, 30th Edition". Dust Books. Dust Books. Retrieved 22 October 2014. 
  4. ^ Radon, Lisa. "margareta waterman". Oregon Arts Commission. Oregon Arts Commission. Retrieved 22 October 2014. 
  5. ^ Roche, Judith. "reviews: iteration". Raven Chronicles. Raven Chronicles. Retrieved 22 October 2014. 
  6. ^ University of Washington Libraries. "Red Sky Poetry Theatre and Seattle Muse Community records". University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections. University of Washington. Retrieved 22 October 2014. 
  7. ^ Phil West, At Red Sky, There's No Limit For Experimenting Poets, Seattle Times, January 17, 1992 accessed May 31, 2014
  8. ^ Gillis, Cydney (October 1989). ""Manifest Arts" Video Series,". Arts Focus. 3 (8): 2–4. 
  9. ^ La Charity, Ralph. "SEEK THE SACRED / SHARE THE SECRETS". Retrieved 22 October 2014. 
  10. ^ Gold, Jerome (January 1, 2010). Publishing Lives: Interviews with Independent Book Publishers in the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia. Black Heron Press. pp. 70–92. ISBN 0930773411. 

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