Richard Denner

American poet associated with the Berkeley Street Poets and the Poets of the Pacific Northwest.

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Richard Denner (born November 21, 1941) in Santa Clara, CA is an American poet associated with the Berkeley Street Poets and the Poets of the Pacific Northwest.  Richard is the founder and operator of dPress, which has published over two hundred titles, mostly of poetry and most in chapbook format.

Collected Poems: 1961-2000 was published by Comrades Press in 2001.

The Collected Books of Richard Denner: Volumes 1-12 are published by dPress.

Berkeley Daze: Profiles of Berkeley Poets of the 60s edited by Richard Denner, published by dPress, 2008.

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Professional Background

Richard Denner was born in Santa Clara, California and raised in the Oakland Hills. In 1959, Denner enrolled in the University of California, Berkeley in 1959.  Infact he dropped out of school the following year, initially Denner worked in Moe’s Books and for The Berkeley Barb. “I was trying to be like a street poet,” Richard recalled later, “using magic markers to write on napkins at Cafe Med for espressos, on girls’ arms and feet.”  Soon after, Denner founded the one-man printing operation, dPress, the backlists of which now contain some two hundred titles.

In 1965, Richard Denner attended the Berkeley Poetry Conference, what John Bennett, in ‘Air Guitar’ (an Ellensberg Daily Record column), has called , “an event creating white light intensity that rivaled any drug high and had more staying power.” This convergence of the Black Mountain, San Francisco Renaissance, Beat and Northwest Schools gave Denner the pivotal opportunity to study under such avant-garde poets as Charles Olson, Ed Dorn, Robert Creeley, Allen Ginsberg, Joanne Kyger, Lew Welch, and Jack Spicer.  Later he would study with Robert Bly, Gary Snyder, Philip Whalen, Denise Levertov and Carolyn Kizer at Fort Worden Center for the Arts in Port Townsend, Washington. But it was Jack Spicer’s molding of series poetry into little books that had the most singular effect.

In 1972, Richard Denner went back to college and received a BA in English and Philosophy from the University of Alaska in Fairbanks.

The former proprietor of the Four Winds Bookstore in Ellensburg, Washington, Denner took up the practice of Vajrayana Buddhism.  His most recent major work is a long series of cantos in collaboration with David Bromige.