Dave Oliphant, a native Texas poet, was for eighteen years the editor of The Library Chronicle at the University of Texas at Austin; in 2006 he retired from the University as a senior lecturer in Writing and Rhetoric. For twenty-five years he was the editor/publisher of Prickly Pear Press, and is a noted writer on the history of Texan jazz. His recent books include a collection of essays, Jazz Mavericks of the Lone Star State (2007); two translations of collections of Chilean poetry: Love Hound by Oliver Welden (winner of the poetry prize at the 2007 New York Book Festival) and After-Dinner Declarations by Nicanor Parra (winner of the Soeurette Diehl Fraser Award for best book translation from the Texas Institute of Letters, 2011); and a collection of his own poetry, The Cowtown Circle (2014). His volume, The Pilgrimage: Selected Poems, 1962-2012, was published in 2013 by Lamar University Press. Dave Oliphant's 548-page memoir, Harbingers of Books to Come: A Texan's Literary Life (2009), and his book-length poem on Texas trumpeter Kenny Dorham, KD: a Jazz Biography (2012), were both published by Wings Press.
Oliphant was born in Fort Worth in 1939. He graduated from Lamar University with a B.A. and the University of Texas at Austin with an M.A., and took his Ph.D. at Northern Illinois University. Dave and his wife María, a native of Chile, have been married for 49 years and have a son and a daughter and four grandchildren.