David Meltzer

David Meltzer was one of the key poets of the Beat Generation. Born in Rochester, New York, to musician parents, he wrote his first poem at age 11. In 1954, he moved with his father to Los Angeles, and moved to San Francisco in 1957, where he became part of the group of writers associated with Jack Spicer and Robert Duncan. Meltzer has written many volumes of poetry, including The Clown (Semina, 1960) and No Eyes: Lester Young (Black Sparrow); fiction including The Agency Trilogy (Brandon House, 1968), and edited such works as San Francisco Beat: Talking With the Poets (City Lights, 2001). When I Was a Poet (City Lights Pocket Poets Series #60) was published in 2011.