Born: June 3, 1926; Newark, New Jersey
Father: Louis Ginsberg; poet, high school teacher
Mother: Naomi Ginsberg

Ginsberg was first introduced to Walt Whitman's poetry in high school. He enrolled at Columbia University in New York City in 1944, where he met Kerouac, Huncke, Carr, and Burroughs. Allen was kicked out after two years and went to Denver to visit Cassady. He then moved on to San Fransisco.
While living a New York City in 1948, Ginsberg had his famous Blake Vision. Pursuit of the meaning of this vision and attempts to recreate it led Ginsberg for the next several years.
Howl was first read in October of 1955 at the Six Gallery in San Fransisco.
Ginsberg traveled to such places as India, Cuba and Europe during the sixties, as well as being involved with Ken Kesey's Acid Tests and Timothy Leary's experiments with LSD.
In 1974 he and Anne Waldeman co-founded the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at the Naropa Institute.
In the early 80's, Ginsberg became involved with the punk movement and appeared on a Clash album and also performed at their concerts.

Died: April 5, 1997
Place of Death: East Village, New York City

I realize that the above biography is skimpy at best, so to really learn about his life, check out:
Literary Kicks Allen Ginsberg Biography.