David Meltzer

American, 1937 - 2016

David 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 published over fifty books of poetry and prose while simultaneously developing a reputation as an accomplished jazz guitarist and Cabalist scholar.