| Bakersfield native Jerry Hicks reads widely in the greater Los Angeles area, and his poetry has appeared in 46 anthologies in the U.S. and abroad.
Hicks has co-hosted (with Jim Doane and the Redondo Poets) workshops and poetry readings in South Bay since 1996. He co-hosted "Midnight Special Slam Poetry '96" with Olin Tezcatlipoca, and co-directed with Jeni Bate the poetry exposition, "Aloud from the Heart." In 1999, he received the "Excellence in Literary Arts Award" from the Torrance Cultural Arts Council for contributions to the South Bay Authors Coalition.
Hicks mentors poets via the Internet, and was a frequent contributor to Next Magazine and Poetix. He teaches essay writing at Torrance Adult School and is the author of three poetry books: Even Weeds Have Flowers,Instructions Included, and Stalking Oma's Daughter and other Poems.