Michael McClure is an American poet, playwright, musician and novelist. After moving to San Francisco as a young man, he became one of five poets reading books at the famous San Francisco Six Gallery in 1955, which is described in difficult-to-fiction terms in The Dharma Bums. by Jack Kerouac. He quickly became a key member of Beat Generation and immortalized as Pat McLear in Big Sur de Kerouac.
|Born||October 20, 1932, Marysville, Kansas, U.S.|
|Died||May 4, 2020, Oakland, California, U.S.|
|Occupation||Poet, songwriter, critic, playwright, professor|
|IMDb||Michael McClure's IMDb|
Beat Generation poet, author, and playwright known for Love Lion Book, The Beard, and other works. Also a journalist, he wrote for Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, and The San Francisco Chronicle, among other publications.
He published his first poetry volume, Passage, in 1956.
He was the inspiration for the character of "Pat McLear" in Jack Kerouac's famous novel Big Sur.
He was born in Kansas, and he later settled in California. With his wife Joanna, he had one daughter.
He and rock musician Jim Morrison were close friends.
- Kansas Poets
- California College of Arts
- Beat Generation Writers
- Wichita State University alumni
- Writers of the San Francisco Bay Area
- San Francisco State University alumni
Latest information about Michael McClure updated on May 10 2021.