Ken Haas was born in New York City; went to college, law school, and business school at Harvard University; and received an MA in English literature at the University of Sussex, U.K., where he wrote his thesis on Wallace Stevens and the “poetry of place.” He now lives in San Francisco where he is a partner in a healthcare venture capital firm. An avid skier, bike rider, yoga practitioner, and volunteer, he has created (and continue to sponsor) a weekly poetry writing program at UCSF Children’s Hospital, which employs two poet-teachers from California Poets in the Schools.
Ken’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in Alabama Literary Review, Caesura, CHEST Journal, Forge, Freshwater, Hawai’i Pacific Review, Helix, Natural Bridge, Pigsah Review, Red Wheelbarrow, Schuylkill Valley Journal Of The Arts, Squaw Valley Review, Stickman Review, Tattoo Highway, and Wild Violet. My poetry has been anthologized in The Place That Inhabits Us (Sixteen Rivers Press, 2010) and the Marin Poetry Center Anthology (2012). He has participated in the Squaw Valley Community of Writers, where he studied with Bob Hass, Brenda Hillman, Dean Young, Lucille Clifton, and C.D. Wright, as well as numerous other workshops led by Sharon Olds, Dorianne Laux, Joe Millar, Ellen Bass, and Richard Jones.