is an American poet who is a Professor Emeritus of English at California State University, Long Beach and the poetry editor of Chiron Review. He taught at CSU, Long Beach from 1965 to 2007. He was a friend of Charles Bukowski, whom he first met in 1970 and wrote a memoir of that friendship, Charles Bukowski: A Sure Bet, published in 1995. His first chapbook, Sunset Beach, was published in 1967. Since then, he has authored over 150 books, chapbooks, and broadsides of poetry, fiction, and criticism, with over 4,000 poems, stories, articles, reviews, and interviews. In 2013: Deep Meanings, a collection of new poems from Presa Pressa; a novella trilogy from Spout Hill Press, The Case of the Missing Blue Volkswagen: Come Back, Bear, and Last Tango in Long Beach. His writings are archived by the Special Collections of the CSULB library.