is a poet, activist, journalist, and author of a dozen books and tapes of poetry. His poems have appeared in many anthologies over the last twenty – five years. He is founder of Friends of The Los Angeles River, a “40 year art work” to bring the Los Angeles River back to life. His book, Birth of the Cool: Beat, Bebop and the American Avant Garde was published in 2001. A new collection of poems, The River: Books One, Two & Three, takes the Los Angeles River as its metaphor, weaving the story and song of the poet, activist, and journalist as these three roles form the confluence which is the man.