Alpaugh, David J. 1941–

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Alpaugh, David J. 1941–

PERSONAL: Born June 26, 1941, in Plainfield, NJ; son of Lewis (a bookkeeper) and Emma (a secretary; maiden name, Frank) Alpaugh; married April 27, 1969; wife's name, Mary Jane (an administrator); children: Miranda Alpaugh Crocker, Janet. Education: Rutgers University, A.B., 1965; University of California, Berkeley, M.A., 1967, doctoral study, 1969–72.

ADDRESSES: Office—Small Poetry Press, 362 Odin Pl., Pleasant Hill, CA 94523. E-mail—davidalpaugh@

CAREER: Writer. Bell Telephone Laboratories, Murray Hill, NJ, member of administrative group, 1968–69; Central Bank, Oakland, CA, advertising manager, 1974–79; Heald Colleges, San Francisco, CA, advertising director, 1980–87; Small Poetry Press, Pleasant Hill, CA, owner and publisher, 1987–. University of California, Berkeley, extension instructor, 1997–2001. Host of monthly poetry readings in Walnut Creek, CA, 1992–97, and monthly poetry reading series in Crockett, 2001–04.

MEMBER: Ina Coolbrith Circle (member of board of directors, Web master, and publications director).

AWARDS, HONORS: Woodrow Wilson fellowship, 1965; Ford Foundation fellow, 1969; Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize, Story Line Press, 1994, for Counterpoint.


Negative Definition in Samuel Beckett's Happy Days, W.W. Norton (New York, NY), 1991.

Counterpoint (poetry), Story Line Press (Ashland, OR), 1994.

(Editor) Family (poetry collection), Small Poetry Press (Pleasant Hill, CA), 1996.

The Edge (poetry), Coracle Press (Montreal, Quebec, Canada), 1997.

(Editor) Times Ten: An Anthology of Northern California Poets, Small Poetry Press (Pleasant Hill, CA), 1997.

Slow Burn for Ozymandias (poetry), Coracle Press (Montreal, Quebec, Canada), 2000.

The Greatest Hits of David Alpaugh, 1989–1999 (poetry), Pudding House Publications (Columbus, OH), 2001.

(Editor) At the Heart of the Circle: The Life and Poetry of Ina Coolbrith, Ina Coolbrith Circle (Orinda, CA), 2002.

Contributor of an essay to Poets and Writers.

WORK IN PROGRESS: Villon!, a play with music, based on the life and poetry of François Villon; editing a collection of essays on the sociological and ethical aspects of contemporary poetry.