Karl Kempton

Karl Kempton lives with his beloved wife, Ruth, in Oceano, California. He has been writing lexical poetry, composing visual poetry and visual text art since the early 1970s. His works have been published internationally in 45 titles, 50 anthologies and seen in over 100 group exhibitions since the early 1970s. As an environmental activist he has worked for and with the Northern Chumash since 1977, stopped chemical strawberry farming in his neighborhood, played a major role in the decommission and demolition of two coastal oil tank farms and stopped acoustic offshore testing, and with others brought the Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary effort to formal NOAA nomination status (chumashsanctuary.com). He is also a writer, editor, publisher, and visual text art critic and historian. His latest book was published by Paper Press. He is near completion on a new book, Visual Text Arts: Page As Canvas, Paint As Ink, & Sculpt Text By Modern & Contemporary Artists & Poets.