Ken Weisner is a poet, teacher, and editor living in Santa Cruz, California. He read at the Downtown Writers Center in Syracuse in March 2015. The reading is here.
About Weisner’s most recent book, Stephen Kuusisto has said, “Poetry is the physicality of music–not in drumming, but in the mind. With Anything on Earth, Ken Weisner gives us poems conveying what is doubly good: our instruments and the ardent notes we make with them.” Weiner has published widely in national journals including The Antioch Review, Seneca Review, The Brooklyn Review, Berkeley Poetry Review, and others; recent poems have appeared in The Music Lovers Poetry Anthology from Persea Books, Sam Hamill’s “Poet’s Against the War” website, and on Garrison Keillor’s The Writers Almanac.
His first full length collection, The Sacred Geometry of Pedestrians, was published in 2002 by Hummingbird Press. His 2010 volume, Anything on Earth, was also published by Hummingbird. Weisner has won numerous awards for his fifteen years as editor of Quarry West magazine, published out of Porter College at the University of California at Santa Cruz. He now edits Red Wheelbarrow, De Anza College’s literary journal.
Born and raised in Oakland, Weisner has a B.A. from Oberlin College, an M.F.A. from the Iowa Writers Workshop, and a Ph.D in Comparative Literature from U.C. Santa Cruz where he also taught writing for many years. For over a decade, he was active as a Poet-in-the-Schools throughout the Central California Coast through the poetry/consulting organization “Heart of the Word.” Weisner now devotes his full time teaching energies to the English Department at De Anza College in Cupertino, where he is currently Department Chair. He is also a French horn player, a baseball and Labrador Retriever lover, husband to the pianist and potter Kit Birskovich, and the father of two grown sons.