Ted Pearson was born and raised in Palo Alto, California. He began writing poetry in 1964 and subsequently attended Vandercook College of Music, Foothill College, and San Francisco State. He has since published twenty-five books of poetry, including Extant Glyphs 1964-1980 (2014), An Intermittent Music 1975-2010 (2016) and his most recent, Last Date (2020). He also co-authored The Grand Piano, a ten-volume multi-authored experiment in collective autobiography. He lives in Oakland, California.