A. D. Winans
Allan Davis Winans known as A. D. Winans, is an American
United States
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A poet is a person who writes poetry. A poet's work can be literal, meaning that his work is derived from a specific event, or metaphorical, meaning that his work can take on many meanings and forms. Poets have existed since antiquity, in nearly all languages, and have produced works that vary...

, essayist, short story
Short story
A short story is a work of fiction that is usually written in prose, often in narrative format. This format tends to be more pointed than longer works of fiction, such as novellas and novels. Short story definitions based on length differ somewhat, even among professional writers, in part because...

 writer and publisher. Born in San Francisco, California, he returned home from Panama
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 in 1958, after serving three years in the military. In 1962, he graduated from San Francisco State College
San Francisco State University
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He made his home away from home in North Beach where he became friends with Beat
Beat generation
The Beat Generation refers to a group of American post-WWII writers who came to prominence in the 1950s, as well as the cultural phenomena that they both documented and inspired...

 poets like Bob Kaufman
Bob Kaufman
Bob Kaufman , born Robert Garnell Kaufman, was an American Beat poet and surrealist inspired by jazz music. In France, where his poetry had a large following, he was known as the "American Rimbaud."-Biography:...

 and Jack Micheline
Jack Micheline
Jack Micheline , born Harold Martin Silver, was an American painter and poet from the San Francisco Bay Area. His name is synonymous with street artists, underground writers, and "outlaw" poets...


Second Coming

He was the founder of Second Coming Press
Second Coming Press
Second Coming Press was a San Francisco-based small press founded by A.D. Winans that was in existence from 1972 to 1989. It specialized in publishing poetry and essays...

, a small press
Small press
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 based in San Francisco that published books, poetry broadsides, a magazine, and anthologies. He edited Second Coming Magazine for seventeen years from 1972 to 1989. Winans became friends with Charles Bukowski
Charles Bukowski
Henry Charles Bukowski was an American poet, novelist and short story writer. His writing was influenced by the social, cultural and economic ambience of his home city of Los Angeles...

, whose work he published. He also published Bukowski's then-girlfriend, Linda King
Linda King
Linda King is an American sculptor and poet. She was the girlfriend of American writer Charles Bukowski for several years in the early 1970s....

. Other writers he published included Micheline, Pablo Neruda
Pablo Neruda
Pablo Neruda was the pen name and, later, legal name of the Chilean poet, diplomat and politician Neftalí Ricardo Reyes Basoalto. He chose his pen name after Czech poet Jan Neruda....

 and William Wantling
William Wantling
William Wantling was an American poet, novelist, ex-Marine, ex-convict, and college professor born in East Peoria, Illinois. After graduating high school he joined the Marine Corps until 1955. He served in Korea during 1953. After leaving the Marines he moved to California and eventually had a son...


In 2002, he published his memoir, Holy Grail: Charles Bukowski & The Second Coming Revolution.

Other Work

A.D. Winans has had poetry, book reviews, and short stories published in over 1,500 magazines and anthologies. He has written 50 books of poetry, and two books of prose.

A song poem of his was performed at Alice Tully Hall
Alice Tully Hall
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, New York City. In 2006, he was awarded a PEN National Josephine Miles Award
PEN Oakland/Josephine Miles Literary Award
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for excellence in literature. In 2009 PEN Oakland presented him with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

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