was born in Chicago. He earned a BA in forestry and English and an MA in English literature from the University of Colorado. He started publishing his poetry in the 1960s; his more recent publications are Entering the City (1997), Dog Sonnets (1998), the 500-plus page collection Red Car Goes By (2001), and Situations, Sings with Lyn Hejinian (2008). He has been active as a teacher of creative writing for adults and children since the 1970s, having taught for Poets-in-the-Schools for 35 years and as Adjunct Professor, teaching ecology and literature, at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado for 23 years. He has been awarded two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships in Poetry and has received many other grants for magazine and book production, especially for his work with children.