W. S. Gainer
is known for the openness of his confessional poetry and is recognized as one of the
founding contributors to the modern movement of "After Hours Poetry." He has contributed to
the literary scene as a writer, editor, promoter, publicist and poet. Gainer considers
himself forever influenced by an odd mix of outsiders. He says, early on he was swept away
by the clarity, boldness, courage and brevity of the works of Richard Brautigan and Michael
McClure. Later he found himself enthralled with the storytelling talents of the likes of Tom
Waits, William Kennedy, Johnny Cash, Freddy Fender and a legion of “Meat Poets." Gainer has
a long standing love of the short poem, but is often more recognized for his longer pieces.
He continues to read and work with a wide range of poets and writers, including readings on
KUSF radio San Francisco with Punk-Rocker Patti Smith and performances with California's Poet Laureate, Al
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