Dragonfly Summer, new and collected poems, features 64 poems by California poet Nicholas Campbell. Campbell, who has been described as the author of summer, started writing poetry in the early Seventies. His first published book was issued in 1993 and was featured in the March 17th Los Angeles Times Book Review. He hails from southern Indiana where he lived until age 12 when his family moved to the San Fernando Valley. His interest in poetry began during the Sixties folk era whose many song writers, the poets of a generation, were of great influence on both he and his younger brother, both of whom own and operate a coffee house in Atascadero, California, called Socrates, and which is next door to The Book Odyssey. He and his brother were also instrumental in helping to save a film made in 1965 titled, Dirty Feet, and that starred legendary folksinger, Tim Morgon. Some of his poems also reflect the influence of his long-time mentor, poet Benjamin Saltman (d.1999), his friend, William Stafford (d.1993), and Langston Hughes. He is currently at work on a memoir about growing up in Indiana and California, writing poetry, and his friendship with Ben Saltman.