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A new Ted Joans website is in the works. If you have images of Ted, his books, or art to share, please contact Denise. Thank you! The new website will launch in April 2015. Ted Joans (1928-2003) was a poet, artist, and trumpet player. André Breton proclaimed him a Surrealist; he was also associated with the Beat Generation. But, Ted was a true original, and his work defies categorization.

ted Tedís artistic work was heavily influenced by jazz rhythms. A former roommate of Charlie Parkerís, Ted coined the phrase ďBird Lives!Ē upon Parkerís death.

Born on a riverboat in Cairo, Illinois, as a young man Ted moved to New York, where he became associated with the Bohemian scene in Greenwich Village. He was associated with, and maintained close friendships with, a number of Beat Generation figures, including Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg.

Ted travelled widely, reading his poetry in nearly every African country, and living in various European & African countries, as well as in the United States. At the time of his death he was living in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.