11 Facts About Peter Orlovsky


Peter Anton Orlovsky was an American poet and actor.


Peter Orlovsky was raised in poverty and was forced to drop out of Newtown High School in his senior year so he could support his impoverished family.


In 1953, Peter Orlovsky was drafted into the United States Army for the Korean War at nineteen years old.


Peter Orlovsky met Allen Ginsberg while working as a model for the painter Robert La Vigne in San Francisco in December 1954.


Peter Orlovsky helped produce and contributed vocals to Ginsberg's 1970 LP Songs of Innocence and Experience, based on William Blake's poetry collection of the same name.


Peter Orlovsky was Ginsberg's lover in an open relationship until Ginsberg's death in 1997.


In 1974, Peter Orlovsky joined the faculty of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at the Naropa Institute in Boulder, Colorado, teaching poetry.


In May 2010, friends reported that Peter Orlovsky, who had had lung cancer for several months, was moved from his home in St Johnsbury, Vermont, to the Vermont Respite House in Williston.


Peter Orlovsky died there on May 30,2010, from complications of the disease; he was 76 years old.


Peter Orlovsky was buried at Shambhala Mountain Center in Red Feather Lakes, Colorado.


Peter Orlovsky appeared in at least six films: Andy Warhol's Couch, Conrad Rooks's Chappaqua, Stan Brakhage's Thot-Fal'N, and three by Robert Frank.