Life and work
Dahlen is a native of Portland, Oregon where she attended public schools. Dahlen moved with her family to Eureka, California after World War II. In 1956, she resettled in San Francisco where she has lived for many years. Her first book, Out of the Third, was published by Momo's Press in 1974. Two chapbooks, A Letter at Easter (Effie's Press, 1976) and The Egyptian Poems (Hipparchia Press, 1983) were followed by the publication of the first volume of A Reading in 1985 (A Reading 1—7, Momo's Press). Since then, three more volumes of A Reading have appeared, a serial poem that continues to be in process.
Dahlen was a cofounder, with Kathleen Fraser and Frances Jaffer of the feminist poetics newsletter (HOW)ever. In December 2008 her work was honored by Small Press Traffic with their annual Lifetime Achievement Award. She also received a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants to Artists award (2013).
- A letter at Easter. Emeryville, CA: Effie's Press. 1976.
- The Egyptian poems : poems. Berkeley, Calif.: Hipparchia Press. 1983.
- A reading 1-7. San Francisco: Momo's Press. 1985.
- Something / Nothing A Talk Given at the Conference of Women Working In Literature, San Francisco State University. San Francisco. 1985. [pamphlet]
- A reading 11-17. Elmwood, Conn.: Potes & Poets Press. 1989.
- A reading 8-10. Chax Press. 1992.
- A-reading Spicer & eighteen sonnets. Tucson: Chax Press. 2004.
- A reading 18-20. Instance Press, 2006.
- A reading: birds. little red leaves. 2011.
- The rose: a poem. Houston, Tex: little red leaves. 2013.
- Two Poems. Houston, Tex.: little red leaves. 2015.
- Spare Room: Beverly Dahlen & David Abel
- "Beverly Dahlen :: Foundation for Contemporary Arts". www.foundationforcontemporaryarts.org. Retrieved 2018-04-19.
- Others on Dahlen
- Tributes to Beverly Dahlen
- Emily Dickinson and the Battle of Ball’s Bluff an appreciation of Dahlen by poet Benjamin Friedlander
- READING A READING 18-20 an appreciation by poet and publisher Charles Alexander
- Narrative Perversion: Beverly Dahlen’s A Reading - Something on Paper[permanent dead link]
- An Unending Reading: Part I of an interview interview with Dahlen conducted via email in October 2009
- Thrilling to Throw One's Voice Out There: Part Two of an interview with Dahlen conducted in October 2009 via email
- work by Dahlen
- Poem & Picture: Beverly Dahlen and Laura Paulini
- Working Notes
- In Memoriam: Daniel Davidson epistolary tribute by Dahlen and Kevin Killian
- Some notes on George Stanley’s Vancouver: A Poem
- Audio files, readings & talks