Joe Safdie


San Diego Mesa College 7250 Mesa College Drive
San Diego, CA 92111

Author's Bio

Joe Safdie has lived, mostly chronologically, in Oklahoma City, Los Angeles, Santa Cruz, Venice Beach, Boulder, San Francisco, Bolinas, Olomouc, Prague, Seattle and now in Encinitas, where he writes from a small office with a window that looks out over a cheramoya tree, a lantana plant, and a lemon tree. Five chapbooks appeared between 1974 and 2006; other poems, essays and reviews are floating about in the virtual universe.

Publications & Prizes

Coastal Zone (Spuyten Duyvil, 2015)
Scholarship (BlazeVOX books, 2014)
Mary Shelley's Surfboard (Blue Press, 2006)
Prizes won: 

Working Artist Grants from the Marin Arts Council in 1986 and 1991

Personal Favorites

What I'm reading now: 
The Muse Learns to Write by Eric Havelock, The Master and His Emissary by Iain McGilchrist, A New Theory for American Poetry by Angus Fletcher, All Fire All Water by Judith Roche, On Time by Joanne Kyger

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Born in: 
Oklahoma City
Raised in: 
Los Angeles, CA
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Last update: Aug 08, 2018