Richard Denner

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Richard Denner, an American poet and publisher born in 1941, was uneducated in Berkeley, California, during the 60s, self-exiled into the Alaskan woods, printing on a 1927 Kelsey hand press, small smudgy chapbooks, graduating from University of Alaska, Fairbanks, 1972, continued printing while working at Queen Anne News in Seattle, moved with family to 800 acre cattle ranch east of Ellensburg, Washington, to punch cows and write hayseed verses, finally finding a career as the proprietor of Fourwinds Bookstore & Cafe, settling down to civic responsibilities, Masonic Order, alcoholism and a total freak-out after separating from one of the most beautiful women in the world, finding happiness in the teachings of Buddha, 1989, moving to Tara Mandala Retreat Center in Colorado to manage another bookstore and do a long retreat until called back to California in 1997 to care for his elderly parents, staying on in Santa Rosa after his father's death to write and publish dPress chapbooks, Denner's Collected Poems: 1961-2000 was published by Comrades Press in England, and The Collected Books of Richard Denner have now reached their twelfth volume. In 2005, Denner was ordained as a Vajrayana Buddhist monk. He is adjusting to his role as an elder.


For more information on Richard Denner and an online archive of his published works visit his web site

Richard Denner's page at the Poetry Center at Buffalo University