Kenneth Goldsmith is an American poet and critic. He is the founding editor of UbuWeb and is a senior editor of PennSound at the University of Pennsylvania, where he teaches. He hosted a weekly radio show at WFMU from 1995 until June 2010. He has published ten books of poetry, notably Fidget (2000), Soliloquy (2001), Day (2003) and his American trilogy, The Weather (2005), Traffic (2007), and Sports (2008). He is the author of a book of essays, Uncreative Writing: Managing Language in the Digital Age (2011).
In 2013, he was appointed the Museum of Modern Art’s first poet laureate. In October 2007, a documentary film of Goldsmith’s life and practice, Sucking on Words, by filmmaker Simon Morris screened at Shandy Hall in Coxwold, England, and in London. On May 11, 2011, Goldsmith was featured at President and Mrs. Obama’s celebration of American poetry at the White House.