Biography Al Zolynas
Al Zolynas was born in Austria of Lithuanian parents in 1945, and grew up in Sydney, Australia and Chicago, Illinois. He holds a PhD. in Creative Writing and Enlish from the University of Utah and was a Fulbright-Hays Fellow in India. Zolynas has worked as a kitchen helper, lifeguard, factory worker, cab driver, road construction worker, poetry editor, and resident poet in the schools, and currently teaches writing and literature at the United States International University in San Diego. He is also a longtime Zen student. He and his wife reside in Escondido, California.
Zolynas is the author of books including The New Physics (Wesleyan University Press, 1979) and Under Ideal Conditions (Laterthanever Press, 1994; San Diego Book Award, Best Poetry, 1994 ), and editor of Men Of Our Time: An Anthology of Male Poetry in Contemporary America (with Fred Moramarco; University of Georgia Press, 1992). His poems have been widely anthologized and translated into Lithuanian, Spanish, and Polish, the last by Czeslaw Milosz.