John Giorno (New York, US, 1936 – 2019)
John Giorno was an American poet and performance artist. He founded the not-for-profit production company Giorno Poetry Systems and organised a number of early multimedia poetry experiments and events, including Dial-A-Poem. He became prominent as the subject of Andy Warhol’s film Sleep (1963). He was also an AIDS activist and fundraiser, and a long-time practitioner of the Nyingma tradition of Tibetan Buddhism.