A collection of material related to the
California poet Bert Meyers collected by Kenneth Funsten.
Kenneth Funsten (1952-) is a native Californian. He worked in the Rare Books stacks in the
Huntington Library in the 1970s and, since then, Funsten has had a multifaceted career as a
poet, journalist, speech writer, and businessman. Bert Meyers (1928-1979) was born in Los
Angeles, his parents were Romanian Jewish immigrants. Meyers dropped out of high school to
become a poet and during the 1940s and 1950s he was involved with the communist youth in Los
Angeles. He married Odette Sarah Miller in 1957 and they had two children. In 1964, he was
admitted to the Claremont Graduate School and in 1967 earned a Master's degree in English
Literature; he was then hired to teach literature and poetry at Pitzer College in Claremont.
He published various poetry collections including: "Early Rain" (1960), "Sunlight on the
Wall" (1976), and "The Wild Olive Trees" (1979). Meyers died of lung cancer in 1979.
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