Nicholas Campbell

Nicholas Campbell is of Slovak and Scottish descent. He was born in Greensburg, Indiana, in 1949, and attended Catholic and public schools in Indiana and California where he later studied verse writing at Los Angeles Valley College with Lawrence Spingarn, and at California State University, Northridge, with poets Benjamin Saltman and Ann Stanford, and where, in 1984, he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature. In 1988 he attended San Francisco State University where he worked on an M.A. in Creative Writing studying poetry with Stan Rice. He has taught creative writing at the California Men’s Colony, for Arts Reach at U.C.L.A., and for California Poetry in the Schools and participated in the summer writing workshops at Cuesta College near San Luis Obispo where he taught verse writing. He currently lives in Atascadero, California.


Dear World

Once in a cave someone wrote on a wall
and though years passed before it was discovered,
the past gestured, a hand moved across the years
to greet us and a sound that may have been lost was heard.
Sometimes it happens: a friend will write
or you’ll read a poem and you’re not alone anymore.
Writing is a way the world has of not turning away.
When we write we keep saying hello.

© 2019 Nicholas Campbell