was born in Rochester, New York, and raised in Brooklyn. He began his literary career during the San Francisco Beat and Berkeley Renaissance period in North Beach, California, and his work was included in the anthology, The New American Poetry 1945–1960. He is the author of over 40 volumes of poetry, including Arrows: Selected Poetry 1957–1992, No Eyes: Lester Young (2000), Beat Thing (2004), and David’s Copy (2005). His most recent book, When I Was A Poet, number 60 in the Pocket Poet’s Series published by City Lights Booksellers and Publishers, came out in 2011. In 2008, he received the Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants to Artists Award and was also given the Bay Area Guardian’s Lifetime Achievement Award, and in 2012 was nominated for the Northern California Book Award in Poetry. He is now performing with his wife, poet Julie Rogers, in the Bay Area and elsewhere. Visit the website at www.meltzerville.com.