About A.D. Winans

A. D. Winans is a native San Francisco poet, writer and photographer. He was friends with Jack Micheline, Bob Kaufman, Charles Bukowski and other poets and writers of the 50's and 60's. The author of over 50 books and chapbooks of prose and poetry, his work has appeared internationally and been translated into nine languages. He is the winner of a 2006 PEN National Josephine Miles award for literary excellence. In 2009 PEN Oakland presented him with a Lifetime Achievement Award. One of his poems was set to music and performed at Tully Hall, NYC. His book, Drowning Like Li Po in a River of Red Wine: Selected Poems:1970-2010 is available from BOS Press. He is available for readings. Visit A.D. on the web: A.D. Winans | A.D. Winans Website | A.D. Winans Fan Site



I was born with poetry
I cried for poetry
I bled from poetry
seven months out of the womb
born at home, eager for the poem

in the morning
the …{read more}

I Am San Francisco

Planet San Francisco / photo credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/eyeonthesky/257477210/">supernova3688 / CC BY


I have witnessed the waterfront decay
the ships disappear
the piers given over to tourists
and sunbathing sea lions

Gone the Haight Theater
in the old Haight Ashbury
where …{read more}


photo copyright mwandaw / http://www.sxc.hu/profile/mwandaw

Like a crow caws into the night, like an owl with
its questioning eyes, like a Shaman lights the
night with magic words, like a hawk circles the
sky, like …{read more}


image copyright Michael Fleshman http://www.flickr.com/photos/fleshmanpix/6864004618/ Title: Trayvon Martin Occupy March 21

who would have thought
skittles and ice tea was
a death sentence
not even Dr. Oz

when a black boy with a dream
walks home alone at night

hard rain …{read more}

New Poetry Release! A.D. Winans – In the Dead Hours of Dawn

A.D. Winans - In the Dead Hours of Dawn from Bottle of Smoke Press

New Release from Bottle of Smoke Press:A.D. Winans – In the Dead Hours of Dawn

Poetry, 32 pages. 8 1/2″ x 11 1/4″. A new book of poems by award …{read more}

6 Poems by A.D. Winans

Empty Mirror Arts Magazine


she grooves with time
day time, night time
be bop jazz time
dances with timeless time
all rhythm no rhyme
birds in flight flap their wings
…{read more}


Photo credit: pedrosimoes7 / Foter.com / CC BY

There are poets who like
To dance with words
Dance for favors and illusionary
Poetry careers
But dancing for an audience
Isn’t like feeling the rhythm
That rubs up against …{read more}

Looking Back


When I was 18
I was on a troop train heading
for basic training when
we stopped to take on water
or whatever it is trains stop for
and after …{read more}

A. D. Winans: 11 Photographs

House Cat, Abandoned Planet Bookstore, San Francisco, 2000 by A.D. Winans

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A.D. Winans on A.D. Winans


I was born in San Francisco, and have lived here almost my entire life. I was born at home, premature. My mother said the doctor told her I would not …{read more}