David Alpaugh’s poetry, fiction, drama, satire, and criticism have appeared in literary journals that include Able Muse, English Literary History, Evergreen Review, Exquisite Corpse, The Formalist, Free Lunch, Light, Modern Drama, Mudlark, Poetry, Rattle, Twentieth Century Literature, Wisconsin Review, and Zyzyvva. His first poetry collection COUNTERPOINT won the Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize from Story Line Press and his chapbooks have been published by Coracle Books and Pudding House Publications. His controversial essays “The Professionalization of Poetry” (Poets & Writers Magazine), "What's Really Wrong With Poetry Book Contests?" (AboutPoetry and Rattle), and, most recently, "The New Math of Poetry" (The Chronicle of Higher Education) have stimulated much discussion both online and off. A graduate of Rutgers University and the University of California, Berkeley, he has taught at the U.C. Berkeley Extension; was publisher of the Carquinez Poetry Review; and hosted two San Francisco Bay Area monthly poetry readings in Walnut Creek and then in Crockett. David Alpaugh's HEAVY LIFTING (Poems 1995 through 2006) was published by ALEHOUSE PRESSin 2007.
Noted for his wit and humor, David Alpaugh is one of the most popular poets in the San Francisco Bay Area where he has been a featured reader at book stores, cafés, colleges, civic centers and other venues more than 100 times. You can see and hear David read his poetry on the TV/Audio page.