Monday, March 26, 2007

New Round Barn Title From Richard Krech

Ed Coletti's Round Barn Press happily announces publication of Albany, CA poet Richard Krech's latest book, Some Global Positioning Dharma (March 2007)

Richard Krech

(1946- )

[Photo by Briana Miller, used with the gracious permission of Richard Krech]

Richard Krech was born in 1946 and grew up in Berkeley, California. He started writing poetry in 1965, and in 1966 founded, The Avalanche, a poetry magazine which lasted five issues. Along with the The Avalanche, Krech published several chapbooks under his Undermine Press imprint and sponsored weekly poetry readings at a Telegraph Avenue bookstore in Berkeley from 1966 to 1969. Krech's first poetry chapbook was published in 1967. His poetry appeared in various small magazines around the country including Work (from John Sinclair's Artists Workshop Press in Detroit), Ole, Manhattan Review, City Light's Journal for the Protection of all Beings, and Kauri.

Krech stopped writing poetry in the mid-1970s. In 1976, The Incompleat Works of Richard Krech ( Litmus Press) was published and he started law school. Krech graduated from New College of California School of Law, and in 1980 began criminal defense work in Oakland where he maintains his practice today. He has also done pro bono work for the past twenty-five years for those arrested during the course of protest and anti-war demonstrations. In his criminal practice, Krech's cases involve everything from shoplifting to murder. His practice also includes appellate work.

In 2001, Krech started writing poetry again. His second generation poems have appeared in Exit 13, Ecstatic Peace Poetry Journal, Van Gogh's Ear (Paris), California Defender (publication of the California Public Defender's Association), and the Legal Studies Forum, among other magazines and journals.

Krech lives with his wife, Mary Holbrook, a former lawyer and now a therapist, in Albany, California. Krech travels have taken to Europe, Africa, Asia & Latin America, to Laos, Burma, Nepal, Algeria, Iran, Libya and more prosaic destinations like Jamaica, Mexico, Great Britain, and France. Somewhere along the way he took up Buddhist teachings, which he tells us, he finds relevant and helpful in his life. [Source: Personal communication with Richard Krech, 2005-2006]

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