David Filer was born in 1942, in the low California desert. He took degrees from the University of California in the 1960s, taught in the public schools in San Diego, California and Eugene, Oregon, then practiced law until he retired in 2010. His son Curran lives in Chicago with his wife Young and daughter Hahna. His wife Marlene Anderson created and directs The Imani Project, helping people in villages in eastern Kenya with AIDS prevention, orphan support and medical issues (www.imaniproject.org). David Filer has published numerous poems in journals throughout the United States and has published two poetry chapbooks, Night Verse (Finishing Line Press, 2005) and The Landscape There (Stone City Press, 2009). A full-length collection, provisionally titled The Fear of Love, is forthcoming from Plain View Press.
Recognizing the need for poetry in our lives, the Oregon Poetic Voices Project (OPV) is a comprehensive digital archive of poetry readings that will complement existing print collections of poetry across the state.
"We each carry lines of poetry with us. Words that others have written float back to us and stay with us, indelibly. We clutch these "life lines" like totems, repeat them as mantras, and summon them for comfort and laughter."
-Academy of American Poets