Helmes, Scott 1945-
HELMES, Scott 1945-
PERSONAL: Born October 27, 1945, in Fort Snelling, MN; son of Leslie C., Jr. and Marilyn (Tomlinson) Helmes; married Julie H. Williams, September, 1967 (marriage ended, December, 1974); married Kathleen Arndt (a secondary school principal). Ethnicity: "Caucasian." Education: University of Minnesota, B.Arch., 1968. Hobbies and other interests: Antiques, photography, design, sailing, skiing, curling, first-edition books.
CAREER: Architect. Feerts Sperl Flynn Architects, St. Paul, MN, drafter, 1977-80; Smiley Glotten Architects, Minneapolis, MN, drafter, 1980-82; Park Nicollet Medical Foundation, Minneapolis, director of design, 1982-85; Skaaden-Helmes Architects, Minneapolis, vice president, 1985—.
MEMBER: American Institute of Architects, Professional Ski Instructors of America, Courage Alpine Skiers, Friends of Gillette.
Poems, 1972-1997 (visual poetry), Stamp Pad Press, 1998.
Non-Addictive Postulations and Other Poems, Runaway Spoon Press, 2000.
Contributor of poetry to A Dictionary of the Avant-Gardes, edited by Richard Kostelanetz, 2nd edition.
WORK IN PROGRESS: Visual poetry.
SIDELIGHTS: Architect and visual poet Scott Helmes told CA that his primary motivation for writing is an "interest in language," inspired by Wittgenstein, the futurists, dada, surrealism, and visual poets. His writing process varies, depending on ideas and interests, and he strives in his work to attain a unique perspective on his subject.