Walt Curtis

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Walt Curtis (born July 4, 1941) is a poet, novelist and painter from Portland, Oregon. He is mainly known for his autobiographical work, Mala Noche (1977), which became the basis for Gus Van Sant's 1985 film of the same name.

Curtis has shared the bill with many Beat Generation writers, such as Allen Ginsberg, William S. Burroughs, and Ken Kesey.


  • Angel Pussy (1970)
  • The Erotic Flying Machine (1970)
  • The Sunflower and Other Earth Poems (1975)
  • The Mad Bombers Notebook (1975)
  • The Mad Poems, The Unreasonable Ones (1975)
  • The Roses of Portland (1974, poetry)
  • Mala Noche (1977)
  • Peckerneck Country (1978)
  • Journey Across America (1979)
  • Rhymes for Alice Bluelight (1984)
  • Salmon Song, And Other Wet Poems (1995)
  • Male Noche: And Other "Illegal" Adventures (1997)



  • John Trombold and Peter Donahue (eds.): Reading Portland: The City in Prose (2006). ISBN 0-295-98677-8

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