Anselm Hollo, a beloved Naropa University professor known for his wry sense of humor and love of teaching, died peacefully Tuesday in his north Boulder home, with his wife and daughters at his side. He was 78.
A widely revered poet, Hollo published more than 40 original titles in the U.K. and U.S. He also translated into several languages the works of authors such as Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Miguel de Cervantes and his close friend Allen Ginsberg.
Hollo taught creative writing in 18 different institutions of higher education, including the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, the University of Colorado and SUNY Buffalo. In 1985, he settled in Boulder, teaching classes in surrealism, European poetry and contemporary poetry at Naropa’s Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics.
“Naropa University has lost an extraordinary professor and friend,” Naropa President Charles Lief said. “Anselm exuded… truth telling, and ordinary human kindness and grace. He was a fearless and outspoken poet-warrior and will be greatly missed by our community and the big world he so profoundly touched.”