Berlin Prize Fellow - Class of Fall 2000
August Kleinzahler was born in Jersey City, New Jersey. He attended the University of Wisconsin as an East Asian Studies major, dropped out, and eventually finished a degree as an English major at the University of Victoria in British Columbia. For the past 20 years he has lived in San Francisco.
Kleinzahler's work experience has included driving a cab, lumberjacking, locksmithing, and working in the Alaska State Museum, designing learning kits for native children. More recently, he has taught writing at Brown University, the University of California at Berkeley, and the Iowa Writers' Work