At the age of 22 Michael McClure gave his first poetry reading at the legendary Six Gallery event in San Francisco, where Allen Ginsberg first read Howl.
He has received numerous awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, an Obie Award for Best Play, an NEA grant, the Alfred Jarry Award, and a Rockefeller grant for playwriting.
McClure has made two television documentaries – The Maze and September . His many books of poetry include Jaguar Skies, Dark Brown, Huge Dreams, Rebel Lions, September Blackberries, Rain Mirror and Plum Stones. He has published eight books of plays and four collections of essays, including essays on Bob Dylan and on environmental issues. His novels are The Mad Cub and The Adept.
His journalism has been featured in The Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, and the L.A. Times and San Francisco Chronicle.
Two recent collections of Michael’s poems are:
Mysteriosos and Other Poems (New Directions, 2010)
Of Indigo and Saffron: Selected and New Poems (University of California Press, 2010).
McClure is a Professor Emeritus of California College of the Arts, and holds an honorary doctorate.