David Alpaugh’s poetry has appeared in literary journals that include Able Muse, American Journal of Poetry, Berkeley Poetry Review,Evergreen Review, Exquisite Corpse, Gargoyle, Mudlark, Poetry, Rattle, Spillway, Wisconsin Review, and Zyzyvva. His first collection, Counterpoint, won the Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize from Story Line Press. He is one of the fifty contemporary poets selected by Dana Gioia for the Heyday Press anthology California Poetry from the Gold Rush to the Present. He is the author of three voice plays, all of which have won awards from the University of California and have been published by Boundary 2 and Scene4.
A graduate of Rutgers University and the University of California, Berkeley, David teaches poetry for the UC Berkeley Extension and at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute’s Cal State East Bay Campus. A popular performer of his own poetry, he hosted monthly poetry readings in the SF Bay area for fifteen years and has been a finalist for Poet Laureate of California.
Alpaugh’s controversial essays on Po-Biz in The Chronicle of Higher Education, Poets & Writers Magazine,Mudlark, Stride, and Rattle have been widely discussed both on and off line (links to them are included in the sidebar). His interpretive essays on Samuel Beckett have appeared in Modern Drama, Twentieth Century Literature, and the Norton Critical anthology Eight Modern Plays.
In 2016 David Alpaugh created a new poetic form that he calls the Double-Title Poem. Since then he has written more than 100 "DTs" and more than 90 have been published in print and online at literary journals in the U.S. and United Kingdom. You can sample this intriguing new form by clicking on the names of these on-line journals: AMERICAN JOURNAL OF POETRY, LIGHTEN UP ONLINE, MUDLARK, SCENE4, XPERI.
David Alpaugh’s musical drama Yesteryear: Three Days in Paris with François Villon (music by his composer brother, Lewis) has been published by SCENE4: International Magazine of Arts and Media. Click on YESTERYEAR to read the play.