a “second generation Beat writer,” he came to San Francisco in 1957. During the late 1950s period of the San Francisco renaissance, his personal expression as a young poet was formed by his association with Michael McClure, Lew Welch, Jack Spicer, Robert Duncan, and Philip Whalen. He is the author of several books of poetry, the most recent being, No Eyes: Lester Young (Black Sparrow Press, 2002) and Beat Thing (La Alameda Press). In the interim he also put together San Francisco Beats: Talking with the Poets (City Lights Books). He teaches in the graduate Poetics and undergraduate Humanities programs at New College of California.