Andy Clausen was born Andre Laloux in a Belgian bomb shelter in 1943. He was raised in Oakland, California. USA. He graduated from Bishop O'Dowd High School in 1961 and attended six colleges. An ex-marine, he is the author of 14 books of poetry, including 40th Century Man: Selected Verse 1996-1966 (Autonomedia, 1997), Without Doubt (Zeitgeist Press, 1991, introduction by Allen Ginsberg) and was coeditor of Poems for the Nation (Seven Stories Press, 2000), a collection of contemporary political poems compiled by the late poet Allen Ginsberg.

In 1968, he signalled the intensity of his energetic spoken word recital for which he would become known and would affect the generation of latter-day beats as well as many writers of Generation X when he performed naked save for an American flag tie at the Conference Of Small Magazine Editors and Publishers in Berkeley. The following month, when Allen Ginsberg caught a glimpse of Clausen at the Rolling Renaissance readings in San Francisco, he thought he was seeing the young Neal Cassady. Allen Ginsberg not only called him the "Future of American Poetry" but in the introduction to Without Doubt, said he would take a chance on a "President Clausen."

Clausen has taught at Naropa University and given readings and lectures at many universities, prisons, poetry conferences, and cafes at home and around the world. He has worked for poetry in the schools agencies in California, New Jersey, Colorado and New York. He is presently working on memoirs of his friendship and adventures with Allen Ginsberg, Gregory Corso and many others of the Beat Generation.



 Extreme Unction (Litmus Press, 1972)
 Shoe-Be-do-Be-EE-op (Madness Incorporated, 1975)
 Austin Texas Austin Texas (Place of Herons, 1980)
 Iron Curtain of Love (Long Shot, 1984)
 Without Doubt (Zeitgeist, 1990)
 The Streets of Kashi (Roadkill, 1993)
 40th Century Man: Selected Verse: 1996-1966 (Autonomedia, 1997)
 Festival of Squares (Shivastan, 2003)
 Songs of Bo Baba (Shivastan, 2005)
 The Merciless Chill (Pressure Press, 2007)
 Ginsberg, Corso and Me (Pressure Press, 2009)
 The Medicine isn’t Working (Pressure Press, 2012)
 From the Beat (Pressure Press, 2012)
 Home of the Blues: More Selected Poems (MAP Publications, 2013)

Poems Online

 Access Us!
 Giving Up On Socialism
 Gokyo Lake Breaking Up In The Sun
 I Looked In Jerry Rubin's Eyes
 Judas Talks to Jesus
 My First Wise Man Images From My First American Train Ride &
      An Observation At My New Home From New York To Reno,
      My 4th Year

 Phone With Mom
 Seeing Buddhas in Bangkok
 The Night I Heard Kerouac Died
 They Are Coming
 Three Poems by Andy Clausen and Bo Baba
 Wail Bar Night


 A Review of Andy Clausen's Without Doubt by Eliot Katz


Beat Prose Online

On Ray Bremser 
On Gregory Corso 

Poetics Online

Scansion This
On Mayakovski


Dinners with Andy

Readings Online

Allen Ginsberg's "Capitol Air"
Class Envy
Ginsberg, Corso and Me
Mayor of a Little Psychedelic Community
Neal Cassady was a man
Memorial Reading for Janine Pommy Vega
Janine Pommy Vega Remembered
With Allen Ginsberg, Philip Whalen,
and Anselm Hollo


 Andy at Cosmic Legends Improvisational Arts

Social Media

Clausen at Facebook


"President At Home Of The Blues"
Interview by Michael Lumnios

Andy Clausen & Eliot Katz:
Interview with Harold Channer (8/24/04)




Gokyo Lake