David Alpaugh holds degrees in English from Rutgers University and the University of California at Berkeley, where he was both a Woodrow Wilson and Ford Foundation fellow. More than 200 of his poems have been published in literary journals, including Able Muse, American Journal of Poetry, Evergreen Review, Exquisite Corpse, Mudlark, Poetry, Rattle, Spillway, Scene4, and ZYZZYVA. His essays on “Po-Biz” (in The Chronicle of Higher Education, Poets & Writers Magazine, and Rattle) have been much discussed online.
Alpaugh’s first full collection of poems, Counterpoint, won the Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize from Story Line Press. His second collection, Heavy Lifting, was published by Alehouse Press in 2007, and his latest, Spooky Action at a Distance, by Word Galaxy Press (an imprint of Able Muse Press) in 2020. He is one of fifty contemporary poets included in the Heyday Press anthology California Poetry from the Gold Rush to the Present, and he has been a finalist for Poet Laureate of California.
A popular performer noted for his humor and dramatic flair, Alpaugh has been a featured reader more than one hundred times at California bookstores, cafés, poetry societies, and other venues. He lives in the San Francisco Bay and teaches poetry at the University of California Berkeley Extension and for The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at their Cal State East Bay campus.