David Meltzer

American, 1937-

Meltzer grew up in New York and wrote his first poem at eleven, on the subject of the subway. His writing career began in earnest when he moved to San Francisco at the age of nineteen and joined the Beats led by Jack Spicer and Robert Duncan. He has since published over fifty books of poetry and prose while simultaneous developing a reputation as an accomplished jazz guitarist and Cabalist scholar. Meltzer still lives in the Bay Area, where he teaches at the New College of California in the Poetics Program.