Poet Laureate of Florida
Edmund Skellings began forging a new frontier for poetry as early as the Sixties with experiments in electronic audio
and television as appropriate media to expand poetry's audience. In 1960, he produced the first recordbook. Vinyl
recordings slid in and out of the dust jacket of the book. Duels and Duets won the Chicago Midwest Award for
During the Seventies, he produced stage presentations at colleges and universities using multiple speakers and film and
video projections. In 1979, he delivered the ballroom address at the first National Educational Computer Conference,
where he showed his poetry animated in color and foresaw a national internet of artists using personal computers to
Skellings is well known worldwide for his computer animated poems, which have won television prizes in Berlin, Tokyo,
Madrid, Miami, New York, Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles and were shown on national PBS by The Johns Hopkins
In Word Songs, novel and traditional poems are interpreted by computer graphic illustration, and for the first
time are recorded for Dolby digital multiple speaker home theater with special effects. The entire audio-visual
spectrum enhances these poems, at last fulfilling Skellings' early prophesies for poetry.
Welcome to a new Globe Theater. Welcome to the poems of a man Show Magazine called "an American Dylan Thomas", now with
full contemporary technology. And then some.