Poetry. California St. is one of the major thoroughfares in downtown San Francisco, the city where George Stanley was born in 1934, and left at age 37 to move to Vancouver. NORTH OF CALIFORNIA ST. collects 53 poems, all written between 1975 and 1999, originally published in four collections, all now out of print—Opening Day (1983), Temporarily (a chapbook; 1986), Gentle Northern Summer (1995) and At Andy's (2000).
George Stanley was born and raised in San Francisco where, in the sixties, he was part of the San Francisco Renaissance which included Robert Duncan, Robin Blaser and Jack Spicer. He moved to Vancouver in the seventies where he became associated with New Star Press, and The Grape (an underground newspaper). He has been active in Canadian politics, unions and alternative media. His books include GENTLE NORTHERN SUMMER (New Star, 1995), AT ANDY'S (New Star, 2000), A TALL, SERIOUS GIRL: SELECTED POEMS 1957-2000 (Qua Books, 2003), VANCOUVER: A POEM (New Star Books, 2008), AFTER DESIRE (New Star Books, 2013) and NORTH OF CALIFORNIA ST. (New Star Books, 2014). In 2006, Stanley received the Shelley Memorial Award from the American Poetry Society. Stanley still resides in Vancouver. Author City: VANCOUVER, BC CAN