Basil on Whitehall Street. Photo credit: Lynn St. John

Born in the UK in 1935, immigrated to the USA at age twelve, King began studies at Black Mountain College in 1951. After college studies and time in San Francisco, New York City, and Montana, where he worked under Peter Voulkos, he ultimately settled in New York City’s Lower East Side–and then Brooklyn. In 1985, following his first return trip to the UK, he began to write seriously and has since published both chapbooks and full length collections of poetry. His early work painting abstract expressionist works grew into a new approach to art employing fluid forms that combine abstraction, surrealism, and figuration. Now in his 8th decade, he lives in Brooklyn and paints and writes daily.