D.R. Wagner is the author of over twenty books and chapbooks of poetry
and letters. He founded press : today : niagara in Niagara Falls, NY in
1965 and later Runcible Spoon (press) in the late 1960ís and produced
over fifty magazines and chapbooks. He cowrote The Egyptian Stroboscope
with d.a. levy in the late 1960ís. He read with Jim Morrison of the
Doors in a legendary reading with Morrison and Michael McClure and has
read with Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Al Winans, Viola Weinberg, d.a. levy,
E.R. Baxter III, Ed Sanders, Ann Waldman and many, many other poets over
the past 40 years.
His work is much published and has appeared in numerous translations. He
has exhibited visual poetry with the likes of William Burroughs, Byron
Gysin, Ian Hamilton Finlay, bp Nichol, bill bissett, J.F. Bory and John
Furnival in venues ranging from The Musee de Arts Decoratifs, Paris, at
Louvre to the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C.
He is also a visual artist, producing miniature needle-made tapestries
that have been exhibited internationally and are included in numerous
publications and museum collections. He is, further, a professional
musician, working as a singer-songwriter and playing guitar and
Teaching Design at the University of California at Davis since 1988, he
also teaches in the Honors program at the University conducting classes
in Poetry by Design.
His most recent books include a collection of his poetry and photographs
of his tapestries for Rattlesnake Press, entitled
Where The Stars Are Kept.
In 2011, Rattlesnake Press published a new collection of poetry entitled
Limited Means of Expression.
A new chapbook PENTECOST, has been published by Green Panda Press,
Cleveland, Ohio, 2012, 97 POEMS published by Cold River Press in 2012
and a chapbook, PERSONAL ARCHEOLOGY premiered in 2013 from Bottle of
Smoke Press, Dover, DE.
He continues to design interior carpeting and tapestry as well as write,
perform and publish poetry regularly. He currently lives in Locke, Ca.