Poet and Author Robin Blaser dies at 83

BlaserRobin Blaser, prize-winning poet and author died last Thursday, just shy of his 84th birthday.  The Globe and Mail and The Vancouver Sun published obituaries last week. Among the many books Blaser authored, UC Press published The Fire: Collected Essays of Robin Blaser (September 2006) and most recently Holy Forest: Collected Poems of Robin Blaser, Revised and Expanded Edition (January 2007). Blaser was born in Denver, CO but grew up in Idaho. In 1944, he moved to Berkeley, CA where he became part of a group of poets (along with Robert Duncan, Jack Spicer, Robert Creeley, and others) as they later became instrumental in the so-called San Francisco Renaissance of the 1950’s and early 1960’s. Amid his many achievements, Blaser received a Lifetime Recognition Award given by the trustees of the Griffin Trust for Excellence in Poetry in 2006 and the Griffith Poetry Prize in 2008.

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