Ashbery, John

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Ashbery, John Gender: M
John Lawrence Ashbery
born on 28 July 1927 at 08:20 (= 08:20 AM )
Place Rochester, New York, 43n09, 77w37
Timezone EDT h4w (is daylight saving time)
Data source
From memory
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_leocol.18.gif 04°25' s_mo.18.gif s_leocol.18.gif 01°48 Asc.s_vircol.18.gif 01°06'

John Ashbery
photo: David Shankbone, license cc-by-2.0


American poet and professor, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry among other prestigious awards.

Ashbery wrote over 20 books of poetry. His first collection, "Some Trees" won a Yale Younger Poets Prize in 1956. His "Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror" (1975), received the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the National Book Award. In addition to his poetry, he wrote a book of art criticism, a collection of plays; and a novel, A Nest of Ninnies (1969). He was co-editor of the 1988 edition of "The Best American Poetry."

The first English-language poet to win the Grand Prix de Biennales Internationales de Poésie (Brussels) he also received the Bollingen Prize among many other grants, fellowships and awards.

Ashbery graduated with honours from Harvard University in 1949. There he had been on the staff of the Harvard Advocate, a university literary magazine, and a member of the Signet Society. He had been heavily influenced by W. H. Auden and wrote his senior thesis on the poet. He subsequently received an M.A. from Columbia in 1951. Shortly afterwards he went to France on a Fulbright Fellowship and stayed there until 1965, serving as the art editor for the European edition of the New York Herald Tribune. During this period, Ashbery lived together with poet Pierre Martory for nine years, inspiring and influencing each other’s work.

Upon his return to the USA he worked as an art critic for Newsweek and New York magazines. In addition to writing volumes of poetry, he served as editor of the Partisan Review until 1980. He was hired by Brooklyn College in the early 1970s; by the next decade he was employed by Bard College as the Charles P. Stevenson, Jr. Professor of Languages and Literature. From 2001-2003 he was appointed New York state's poet laureate. He served as Chancellor of The Academy of American Poets.

Ashbery died on 3 September 2017 at his home in Hudson, New York of natural causes at the age of 90. He was survived by his husband, David Kermani.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • associate relationship with Bly, Robert (born 23 December 1926). Notes: Classmates
  • associate relationship with Creeley, Robert (born 21 May 1926). Notes: Classmates
  • associate relationship with Gorey, Edward (born 22 February 1925)
  • associate relationship with Warhol, Andy (born 6 August 1928)
  • compare to chart of Auden, W.H. (born 21 February 1907)


  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1956 ("Some Trees")
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1969 ("A Nest of Ninnies")
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1975 ("Self Portrait")
  • Work : Prize 1975 (Pulitzer Prize for Poetry)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1988 (Co-editor of "Best American Poetry")

Source Notes

On 26 June 2014 Sy Scholfield changed the time from 9:30am to 8:20am based on Ashbery's statement in "John Ashbery in conversation with Mark Ford" (Between the Lines, 2003), p. 19: "Ford: You were born on July 26th, 1927. Does that make you a Leo? Ashbery: Yes, with Virgo rising. I was born at 8:20 a.m., and there was a thunderstorm at the time, which may be significant."

Previously Scholfield quoted the book by David Lehman,"The Last Avant Garde: The Making of the New York School of Poets" (NY: Doubleday, 1998); name, date and place of birth on page 120 & Ascendant sign stated on page 162: "Ashbery (a Leo himself, with Virgo rising)..." The time of 9:20 am was approximate based on this statement.


  • Family : Relationship : Mate - Noted (Pierre Martory, poet, 1956-1965)
  • Family : Relationship : Mate - Same sex (David Kermani)
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (One)
  • Passions : Sexuality : Gay
  • Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs (Age 90)
  • Vocation : Education : Teacher (College professor)
  • Vocation : Writers : Fiction
  • Vocation : Writers : Poet
  • Vocation : Writers : Publisher/ Editor
  • Vocation : Writers : Translator (French to English)
  • Notable : Awards : Pulitzer prize
  • Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession