John Godfrey John Godfrey was born in Massena, N.Y. 11 July 1945. He entered school
in Honolulu, then the Territory of Hawaii (T.H.), and attended schools in
Bennington, VT, Albany, NY, and Dallas, TX thereafter. From 1963-1967 he
attended Princeton University, where he was a classmate of John Koethe. Since
1965 they have been close friends and colleagues in the service of varieties of
the same muse.
After graduation, settling hash with the Selective Service, and a year in northern
California, Godfrey has lived without interruption in the East Village of Manhattan.
For years he supported himself in colorful occupations. In 1994 he received a
B.S. in Nursing from Columbia University. From 1994-2003 he was a visiting
nurse in the Maternal/Child HIV/AIDS program of St. Mary's Hospital for Children,
with a caseload in the North Brooklyn ghettos. In 2003 he became Head Nurse
in the Family Care Clinic of Kings County Hospital Center, which specialized
in HIV/AIDS care for pediatrics, young adults, and especially the treatment of
infected pregnant women. He coordinated the testing, through the New York
State Department of Health, of newborns. Over 300 infants were born without
infection up to his retirement in 2011.
He is the author of eleven collections of poems. In the current century the titles
are Push the Mule (The Figures, 2001), Private Lemonade (Adventures in Poetry,
2003), City of Corners (Wave Books, 2008), Tiny Gold Dress (Lunar Chandelier,
2012), and a chapbook, Singles and Fives (Fewer & Further, 2012). In 1984 he
was a fellow of the General Electric Foundation. He received fellowships from the
Foundation for Contemporary Art in 2009 and from the Z Foundation in 2013.