Other literary forms
Although Alice Notley (NAHT-lee) has dedicated her life to poetry, her writing of nonfiction has allowed for further exploration of her literary ideas. She has written introductions, memoirs, and essays, some of them collected in Coming After: Essays on Poetry (2005). She has also included short nonfiction pieces within her poetry volumes.
Notley’s work as editor has had a particularly significant impact, in that she has been instrumental in keeping the works of her late husband, Ted Berrigan, before the public. With Douglas Oliver, Notley edited the Paris-based journal Gare du Nord. After Oliver’s death, she edited his prose and poetry reflections on Paris, which were published as Arrondissements (2003). Notley has worked in the visual arts, sometimes presenting collages, sketches, and watercolors alongside her written pieces. In the 1980’s, she also wrote for the theater.