Alan Bernheimer

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Born in 1948. Married to Melissa Riley, daughter: Lily Bernheimer

Nationality: USA

Education: B.A., English Literature, Yale University

Career: Corporate communications executive at Bay Area technology and solar companies—First Solar, OptiSolar, Hyperion Solutions, Maxtor,
              Digital Island, National Semiconductor, ComputerLand Corporation

              Produced and hosted In the American Tree, weekly program of new writing by poets, on KPFA, 1979–1980

              Performed, directed, and wrote for San Francisco Poets Theater, 1979-85

Awards: National Endowment for the Arts creative writing fellowship 1979




The Spoonlight Institute, Adventures in Poetry, 2009

Cloud Eight (collaboration with Kit Robinson), Sound & Language, 1999
Billionesque The Figures, 1999
State Lounge Tuumba, 1981
Cafe Isotope The Figures, 1980
  Celestial Mechanics Third Man Press, 1978


Younger Than Yesterday SFMOMA Open Space, 2017

What Happens Next: Warren Sonbert, The Grand Piano: An Experiment in Collective Autobiography, 9 Mode A, 1975-1980

Paris Journal, Nowhere magazine, 2015

A Little Tour of Provence, Nowhere magazine, 2010


Lost Profiles: Memoirs of Cubism, Dada, and Surrealism by Phlippe Soupault City Lights, 2016

The Hamlet of the Bees by Valery Larbaud, Whale Cloth Press, 1981


Best American Poetry 2004 Scribner's, 2004

Up Late: American Poetry since 1970 4 Walls 8 Windows ,1987

In the American Tree National Poetry Foundation, 1986, 2002


Particle Arms Hills 9, 1983; The Kenning Anthology of Poets Theater, Kenning Editions, 2009