About Bud

PoetPavillionAfter studying music, drama, English and broadcasting in college, Bud was a popular disc jockey for three years in the Oklahoma City area. He became disillusioned with that career, and in the 1970s took to being a vagabond on foot with a pack pony and dog. From PA. to the Oregon Coast, to San Francisco to Hot Springs, Arkansas he walked 8,000 miles in 3 1/2 years. It was on that trip that Bud began to write poetry.

In 1989 he founded Wednesday Night Poetry in Hot Springs which has not missed a Wednesday since the first one. It’s recognized as the longest running weekly poetry reading in America.

Bud has hosted and produced numerous poetry events including the Arkansas Grand Slam. For fifteen years it offered the biggest prize in the world for an individual performance poet. Over the years he was worked with such renowned poets as Allen Ginsberg, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Gary Snyder, the founder of poetry slam Marc Smith and Russian master poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko .

In 2001 with his wife Patricia and Della the mule Bud left Hot Springs on foot headed for the coast of Maine. Della pulled a pack cart that generated electricity with its wheels and a solar panel, and it opened as a stage. Along the way they produced roadside poetry shows. Footloose In America – Dixie To New England is the story of that 2 1/2 year adventure–available at Amazon.com

Bud has self -published 5 poetry collections, and he is currently working on a novel, and the memoir of his 1970s journey.

Bud Kenny Books