J. Kellogg Burnham born in 1916 in Portland, Oregon, spent early childhood in Idaho and emigrated to prosperous California before the crash of 1929. He started writing poetry while attending Belmont High School in Los Angeles and continued at UCLA and then UC Berkeley, from which he graduated. Served his country during WWII and was honorably discharged at the end of the conflict. 

Married, with children, lived for over three decades in Mexico City variously as diplomat, miner, inventor and businessman. Returned to California for good, established a marble fabrication business and retired in his late-eighties. Still an avid reader and inveterate lover of nature, truth and democracy, favors the pen over the sword.

Birthday 1991

Fort McArthur 1942

Drawing by the author of his station in the Philippines during WWII