A. D. Winans

San Francisco, CA 94114

Author's Bio

A. D. Winans is a native San Francisco poet and writer. In 1958 he returned home from Panama and became part of the North Beach Beat era. He is the author of over sixty books of poetry and prose, including North Beach Poems, North Beach Revisited, San Francisco Poems, and The Holy Grail: The Charles Bukowski Second Coming Revolution, He edited and published Second Coming Press for l7 years, during which time he produced the 1980 Poets and Music Festival, honoring the poet Josephine Miles and Blues legend John Lee Hooker. Colin Wilson, Studs Terkel, James Purdy, Peter Coyote, Jack Hirschman, Jack Micheline, and Charles Bukowski have praised his work. His poetry and prose has been published in over 2,000 literary magazines and anthologies, including The American Poetry Review, City Lights Journal, Poetry Australia, the New York Quarterly, Beat Scene, Beatitude, Rattle, and The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry. In 2002 a song poem of his was performed at Tully Hall, NYC. In 2006 he was awarded a PEN Josephine Miles award for excellence in literature. In 2009 PEN Oakland presented him with a Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2015 he received a Kathy Acker Award in poetry and publishing. In 2010 Bottle of Smoke Press (BOS Press) published a book of his Selected Poems.

Publications and Prizes

Dreams That Won't Let Me Alone
(Bottle of Smoke Press, 2004)
, Drowning Like Li Po in a River of Red Wine: Selected Poems 1970-2010
(Bottle of Smoke Press, 2010)
, Love- Minus Zero
(Cross-Cultural Communications, 2009)
, Marking Time
(Erbacce Press, 2008)
, Outlaw Bible of American Poetry
(Thunder's Mouth Press, 1997)
, San Francisco Poems
(Little Red Tree Publishing, LLC, 2011)
, The Holy Grail: The Charles Bukowski and Second Coming Revolution
(Dustbooks, 2002)
, The Wrong Side of Town
(Cross-Cultural Communications, 2005)
, The Wrong Side of Town
(Cross-Cultural Communications, 2005)
, This Land is Not My Land
(Presa Press, 2005)
The Other Side of the Postcard
(City Lights, 2005)
American Poetry Review, City Lights Review, The New York Quarterly
Days In Heaven. Nights In Hell.
(Propaganda Press, 2009)
Prizes Won: 
1984 Arts and Letters Foundation cash award for contribution to small press literature. 2006 PEN National Josephine Miles award for excellence in literature.2010 Pen Oakland Lifetime Achievement Award.

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San Francisco, CA
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Last updated: Dec 17, 2016