John M. Bennett papers, 1956-2014

Bennett, John M.


177.0. boxes.
Organized into 8 series. Series 1. Correspondence. Series 2. Manuscripts. Series 3. Manuscripts by others. Series 4. Mail art. Series 5. Luna Bisonte Prods. Series 6. Personal papers. Series 7. Ephemera. Series 8. Audiovisual.
Includes Bennett's personal and professional correspondence with artists, poets, small press editors, and others, as well as mail or correspondence art--a unique blend of painting, drawing, stickers, rubber stamp work, found objects, poetry, clippings, collage, etc., which are then sent through the postal system, from leading correspondence artists. The collection also contains manuscripts of Bennett's writings; poetry notebooks; and small press publications and journals, including a complete set of publications from his own press, Luna Bisonte Prods. Correspondents include Clayton Eshleman, Carol Bergé, Jarvis Thurston, and David Wagoner.
John M. Bennett is an American author and artist whose work, though not well known to the academic community, has made a significant contribution to the world of innovative poetry. Born in Chicago, Bennett received his B.A. and M.A. from Washington University in St. Louis and his Ph.D. from UCLA in 1970.
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