Poet and performance artist John Giorno lives and works in New York. In 1962 he met Andy Warhol and was featured in Warhol’s first film Sleep (1963). Pop art influences are evident in Giorno’s work, which appropriates texts from advertising and signage. Giorno first recorded his poems in the 1960s, distorting the recordings to produce “electronic sensory poetry environments.” In 1965 he founded the nonprofit production company Giorno Poetry Systems, which introduced innovative poetry to a wider audience through various mediums. One of the first telephonic artworks, his Dial-a-Poem used the telephone to communicate to listeners poetry by established poets such as Ashbery and young artists and musicians such as John Cage, Patti Smith and David Byrne. This work has been exhibited twice at the Museum of Modern Art in New York to much critical acclaim – once in Information in 1970 and again in 2012 in Ecstatic Alphabets/Heaps of Language. In recent times, Giorno has become well known for his confrontational readings and as AIDS activist.