Biographical Notes On Don Hagelberg
Massachusetts born Don Hagelberg, has been a Californian since 1947. Active in the Civil Rights Movement which brought an end to Blacks sitting in the balcony only, Don was imprisoned in 1963 for refusing induction and served 1964-1965 in prison instead of the military. He created, produced and hosted “Live Poets” a two hour, weekly radio program, broadcast on a San Francisco listener-supported station. A founding member of the Bay Area Poets’ Coalition, he supported efforts to gain dental insurance for members as well as supporting the guerrilla poetry readings which the Coalition did on the Bay Area Rapid Transit District’s BART subway-trains.
In 2000 he suggested to the British Broadcasting Corporation [BBC] that they broadcast the Finnish epic poem, The Kalevala, in English. To his delight, they followed his suggestion by broadcasting the epic in installations. This pleased him because many international listeners were able to hear The Kalevala for the first time.