Don Hagelberg was born in Lunenburg, Massachusetts, in 1941 and moved with his family to Berkeley, California, in 1947 and has lived in the San Francisco Bay Area since then. He has been affectionately called Tauno since his youth. Don has been active in social justice and civil rights and refused the draft in 1963, serving instead in prison during 1964 and 1965. He took creative writing courses, and in 1974 he created, produced and hosted Live Poets, a two-hour radio program broadcast weekly on a listener-supported Bay Area station. He is also a founding member of the Bay Area Poets' Coalition [BAPC], through which he supported the organization in its attempt to secure dental insurance for its members as well as supporting its members' guerrilla poetry readings on BART's rapid transit trains. In 1981, Don moved to the foothills of California on the death of his woman friend who refused treatment both for cancer and mental illness. This event triggered his own breakdown. He has past his 20th year in recovery and still writes and works for social justice.
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