John Vieira has been working seriously in poetry and in visual-verbal (and other related) arts for the past 30 years, with part of his work over this time, both lyric and experimental, appearing as numerous chapbooks.
He has given readings of his poems at many different venues—for instance, in New York City art galleries, at festivals on both the east and west coasts including several of the annual "Lowell Celebrates Kerouac" festivals in Lowell, Massachusetts (including with accompaniment by David Amram), at festivals in the South Pacific, at a "Poets Against the War" Washington, DC Reading for Peace & Justice, in bars in Boston, Cambridge (MA), and Washington, DC, at Adams House at Harvard University, at The Writer's Center in DC, and at The Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church (NYC). [Artist photo: Susan Cassabon.]
A lengthy essay entitled "Ecstatic Writing: An
Appeal for the Reclamation of Poetry" appeared (in 1998) in The Bitter Oleander (vol. 4, no. 1), and
was nominated for the 1999 Pushcart Prize. (The essay was reprinted in
Listed in A Directory of American Poets and Fiction Writers (New York: Poets & Writers, Inc., 2003) and Contemporary Authors (Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale, 2007), an entry on his career with a specimen of work appears in R. Kostelanetz, et al., A Dictionary of the Avant-Gardes, 2nd edition (New York: Schirmer Books, 2000).
In addition to the books referred to above, John's work has also appeared in numerous and varied publications in the U.S. (including, for example, AGNI, Many Mountains Moving and Rolling Stone) and in little magazines in Canada, Brazil, Cuba, England, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Australia, the South Pacific and Japan; as well as being shown in museums, galleries and other venues in the U.S. and abroad (including Ghana and Australia); and is held in private and university collections—for example: The Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry (Miami Beach), Poets House (NYC), the Poetry/Rare Books Collection of the University of Buffalo / State University of New York, Mills Library / the William Ready Division of Archives and Research Collections at McMaster University (Canada), and Rare Books and Manuscripts Library / The Ohio State University (Columbus).
Since the 1970s, in addition
to utilizing his photographs in his broader work, John has also involved
himself with shooting straight photography, working almost exclusively with analog
instant film (Polaroid, Impossible Project,
John was born and raised in
A devoted practitioner of "Radical" Adidam (The Reality-Way of Adidam or The Always Priorly ego-Transcending Way of Reality Itself)—a worldwide gathering—he has served that communion for many years with his time and energy. (Adidam Art Culture exhibit; The Mummery Book Enactments.)
Currently he lives—with Cindy Schaller, his wife of many