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I’ve published five books of poetry in the United States and England, including The New World (Curbstone Press) and Sudden Dreams (Coffee House Press), plus poetry, translations, fiction, and essays in magazines and anthologies in the United States, Australia, England, Ireland, France, Japan, and Vietnam. A recipient of writing fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the California Arts Council, and the Lannan Foundation, I also received a Monbusho Fellowship from the Japanese government for the study of Japanese poetry. I was poetry and art editor of the national public arts project Streetfare Journal, which displayed contemporary world poetry, art, and photography on buses in cities throughout the United States; edited the two-volume work Charles Olson & Cid Corman: Complete Correspondence (National Poetry Foundation, University of Maine, Orono); translated The Violent Foam: New and Selected Poems (Curbstone Press) by Nicaraguan poet Daisy Zamora; and cotranslated, with writer Nguyen Qui Duc, The Time Tree, a collection of poetry by Vietnamese poet Huu Thinh.

In the late 1960s I served in the U.S. Air Force as a medical corpsman, stationed in Libya during the Six-Day War of 1967 and in Viet Nam in 1969 during the U.S.–Viet Nam War, where I worked in an emergency room and triage facility at a hospital in Cam Ranh Bay. In Viet Nam, I became involved in various forms of antiwar protest and was eventually court-martialed there for ostensibly disobeying orders, though actual motivations for the trial were rooted in war protest activities. The prosecution was unsuccessful, and I was honorably discharged in early 1970.