Richard Modiano


Los Angeles, CA
California US

Author's Bio

While a resident of New York City Richard Modiano became active in the literary community connected to the Poetry Project where he came to know Gregory Corso, Allen Ginsberg, Anne Waldman, William S. Burroughs and Ted Berrigan. Modiano served on the board of directors of Valley Contemporary Poets from 1995 until 2001.  In 2001 he was a programmer at Beyond Baroque Literary/Arts Center, joined the Board of Trustees in 2006, and from 2010 to 2019, he served as Executive Director. In that time he produced and curated hundreds of literary events and with Henry Morro, Suzanne Lummis and Liz Camfiord co-founded and named Beyond Baroque Books’ sub-imprint The Pacific Coast Poetry Series. In 2019 he was elected Vice President of the California State Poetry Society. The Huffington Post named him as one of 200 people doing the most to promote poetry in the United States. In 2022 the Los Angeles-Long Beach Harbor Labor Coalition awarded Modiano the Joe Hill Prize for labor poetry. His collection The Forbidden Lunch Box is published by Punk Hostage Press. Richard is a rank and file member of the Industrial Workers of the World.

Publications & Prizes

The Forbidden Lunch Box (Punk Hostage Press, 2022)
Prizes won: 

Joe Hill Prize for Labor Poetry

Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
T-Bone Slim, Anne Waldman, Laurie Stone, Bob Kaufman, Penelope Rosemont, Mary Low, Yosano Akiko, Karl Marx, Scott Wannberg, Gregory Corso.
What I'm reading now: 
Beyond the Periphery of the Skin by Silvia Federicci

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Born in: 
Burbank, CA
Raised in: 
Los Angeles, CA
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Last update: Dec 22, 2022