David Meltzer is a Bay Area resident who teaches in the Humanities and Poetics programmes at the New College of California. He began his literary career during the Beat heyday in San Francisco, reading poetry to jazz accompaniment in the Jazz Cellar. He has published numerous volumes of poetry, a series of novels, and collections of commentary and criticism, including Reading Jazz (Mercury House, 1996), Writing Jazz (Mercury House, 1999) and San Francisco Beat: Talking with the Poets (City Lights, 2001). In 1968 his rock band Serpent Power released their eponymous album. Collections of his verse have been anthologised by Black Sparrow Press and his most recent poetic work, Beat Thing, was published by La Almeda Press in 2004. His website is meltzerville.com

David’s ‘Howling Wolves’ features in Howl for Now.