About the Poet

Walt Curtis is Portland, Oregon’s unofficial Poet Laureate. He has published 15 small-press books, including Mala Noche, which inspired Gus Van Sant’s first film. Curtis is a cofounder of the Oregon Cultural Heritage Commission, having written about neglected Oregon writers John Reed, Hazel Hall, Jouaquin Miller, C.E.S. Wood, and others. For 35 years, he has cohosted The Talking Earth, on KBOO.fm radio, The poet has performed in Penny Allen’s films Property and Paydirt. Bill Plympton produced the docudrama The Peckerneck Poet, and Curtis earlier performed in American Ferris Wheel. Having read with William Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, and Ken Kesey, the aging “street poet” is legendary in the Pacific Northwest. He considers Salmon Poet an apocalyptic message about Planet Earth that he first delivered in the 1974 Mad Bomber's Notebook from Out of the Ashes Press.