About the Author


Born in Chicago, Illinois. No siblings. Raised on the southeast side near Lake Michigan and Jackson Park. Attended multiethnic, multicultural Hyde Park High School. Early memories include summers in the small lakeside town of Glenn, Michigan; swimming alone; growing apart from the family; Herbie Mann at the Stage Lounge, The Jazz Messengers at the Crown Propeller on Sixty-Third, Miles Davis at the Southerland Hotel, John Coltrane at McKee's on Cottage Grove, Billie Holiday at the Blue Note in 'The Loop' . . . Attended the University of Illinois-Urbana and the University of Chicago. Began writing poems. Married Judith. Founded CHOICE Magazine with Aaron Siskind and John Logan. Attended Roosevelt University (completed Bachelor of Arts degree twenty-five years later). Son, Jason, born. Worked many years as a bartender and restaurant manager. Divorced. Moved to California. San Francisco - eighteen years - during which time he subsequently published Stiletto and By Dawn's Early Light at 120 Miles Per Hour from Dryad Press. 1986 - Father dies. Moved to San Diego to care for mother. Married Ellen. Published It's Mother's Day. Moved to Barcelona, Spain. Published Barcelona Diary. Returned to US. Widowed. Scattered mother's ashes in 2002. Returned to Barcelona where, in 2006/07 The Man With His Back To The Room Poems 2000-2005  and Intimacies Prose Poems & Stories were designed and published by Jane Riley's, Barcelona Custom Books. 2007/08 saw the publication of three 'chapbooks:' After Goya: Disasters of War / Escapades / Improvisations, Also from B C B -  2008 - Left Barcelona. Returned to San Diego to teach and write. In 2009 was awarded a two month fellowship (summer 2009) to The Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of Taos, New Mexico. As of August 2011 moved to The Hudson Valley (Beacon, New York).It's Only TV - Poems 2005-2011 published by KMW Books - December 2012 - 2013 saw the development & publication of to initial issue of Waymark - a poetry Magazine  [Issue #21 published November 2023] . . . Improvisations - Poetic Impressions From Contemporary Music (the Book) was published 2016 from Barcelona Custom Books - Mustering What's Left - Selected & New Poems 1976-2017 was published by Unsolicited Press in 2018, followed by After Goya (The Book) from Cyberwit Press / India - 2018, The Omnipotent Sorcerer, Unsolicited Press- 2018 and Burn Baby Burn, Cyberwit Press / India - 2022 Poetic Improvisations, Contemplations & Dialogues While Listening to Beethoven's 32 Piano Sonatas 2022


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