Ken Haas, the son of European immigrants, was born in New York City. He attended 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.”
Ken now divides his time between San Francisco, CA, where he is partner in a healthcare venture capital firm, and Truckee, CA. A skier, sea kayaker, bike rider, yoga practitioner, and volunteer, he created and sponsors a weekly poetry writing program at UCSF Children’s Hospital.
Ken has attended the Squaw Valley Community of Writers on several occasions, where he studied with Sharon Olds, Bob Hass, Brenda Hillman, Dean Young, Lucille Clifton, and C.D. Wright. He has participated in numerous workshops led by Dorianne Laux, Joe Millar, Ellen Bass, Marie Howe, and Richard Jones, to each of whom infinite gratitude is owed. Ken’s work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and has appeared in more than 50 different literary magazines/journals and anthologies.