Bill Mohr Biography

Bill Mohr was born in Norfolk, Virginia, and grew up there and in other Navy port towns. After moving to Los Angeles and acting with various small theater companies, including the Burbage Theater Ensemble, he published and edited Momentum magazine for five years, and founded Momentum Press. He published almost two dozen books between 1975 and 1988, including Leland Hickman's Great Slave Lake Suite, which was one of five finalists for the Los Angeles Times book prize in 1980. He also edited two anthologies, The Streets Inside (1978) and Poetry Loves Poetry (1985). Momentum Press was awarded four grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. During much of this time he worked as a blueprint machine operator and a typesetter. The editorial papers of Momentum Press are part of the Archive for New Poetry at the University of California, San Diego. Mohr has been a visiting scholar at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles, as well as an Andrew W. Mellon Fellow at the Huntington Library in San Marino, CA. A chapter from his work-in-progress on West Coast poetry during the Cold War was included in The Sons and Daughters of Los: Culture and Community in L.A. (Temple University Press). For over 25 years he has also taught creative writing in many institutional settings, ranging from medium and minimum security prisons in Chino to the University of California, San Diego, and Idyllwild Arts, in Idyllwild, CA.