Steve Dalachinsky was born on September 29, 1946. A native New Yorker, poet, critic, and artist, Dalachinsky was active in the Avant-Garde and Free Jazz movements. He authored multiple collections of poetry, including Where Night and Day Become One: The French Poems (Great Weather for Media, LLC, 2018) and The Final Nite & Other Poems: The Complete Notes from a Charles Gayle Notebook 1987-2006 (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2006), winner of the PEN Oakland/Josephine Miles Book Award.
Of his work, Amiri Baraka has said, "Steve Dalachinsky is a poet of the real world in a time when reality is despised, dismissed, not understood or lied about."
Author of the chapbooks The Mantis, written for pianist Cecil Taylor, and Long Play E.P., written for saxophonist Evan Parker, Dalachinsky also received the Franz Kafka Prize and an Acker Award, and was nominated for a 2015 Pushcart Prize. He lived in Manhattan with his wife, painter and poet Yuko Otomo, and died on September 15, 2019.