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August Kleinzahler (1948-       )



August Kleinzahler was born in Jersey City, New Jersey. He attended the University of Wisconsin as an East Asian Studies major but dropped out and eventually finished a degree as an English major at the University of Victoria, B.C. Since 1980 he has been a resident of San Francisco. His work experience includes stints as a cab driver, lumberjack, and locksmith. He even designed learning kits for native children at the Alaska State Museum. After graduating he taught writing at Brown University, the University of California at Berkeley, and the Iowa Writers' Workshop. His first full collection of poetry, A calendar of airs was published in 1978 by Coach House Press. Subsequent collections include Storm over Hackensack (1985), Eartquake weather (1989), Like cities, like storms (1992) and Red sauce, whiskey and snow (1995)

      He was awarded a Berlin Prize Fellowship at the American Academy for the fall semester of the year 2000, during which he worked on a project entitled "Re-imagining the Map of the World: the 15th Century Cartographer/Illuminator in the Age of Information". Among his other awards and fellowships have been a Guggenheim, a Lila Acheson Wallace/Reader's Digest Award, and an Award in Lterature from the Academy of American Poets. Red sauce, whiskey and snow received the Book of Poetry of the Year Award from the Harvard Review in 1996.