James Dalessandro was born September 3, 1948, in Cleveland Ohio, attended Valley Forge High School and Ohio University, the latter where he majored in journalism. After arriving in California in 1971, he soon founded the Santa Cruz Poetry Festival, along with Ken Kesey and Allen Ginsberg, earning praise from Lawrence Ferlinghetti for giving "a new birth to American poetry." He attended UCLA's College of Continuing Education in Film and Television. He has published four books, Canary In a Coal Mine (poetry), Bohemian Heart (fiction), Citizen Jane (true crime), and 1906 (fiction): the latter is a re-creation of the epic destruction of the great San Francisco earthquake and fire. A 25 year member of the Writer's Guild of America, Mr. Dalessandro is also writer/director/producer of the award-winning documentary, The Damnedest, Finest Ruins, and screenwriter of the upcoming Warner Brothers feature film, 1906, based on his novel. He is an Instructor of Advanced Screenwriting and Television Writing at the Academy of Arts University in San Francisco, and a charter member of ProtectingAmerica.org. He has made numerous appearances on national television and radio as an advocate for increased disaster preparation, including CNN, NBC, FOX, Clear Channel, and NPR.
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