193 boxes (approximately 4200 folders).
Includes a nearly comprehensive collection of John M. Bennett's publications through the year 1995, including books, serials, exhibition and mail art catalogs, audio recordings and other media materials, announcements, reviews of and by Bennett, ephemera, some manuscripts and correspondence, and many other materials. Also includes an effectively complete collection of Bennett's Luna Bisonte Prods imprints (including Lost and Found Times) from the early 1970's through 2000. The collection is a valuable resource for research into Bennett, and into the work of many other artists and writers, as well as the worlds of underground, small press, mail art, and alternative cultures for the years covered.
John M. Bennett was born in Chicago, Illinois, October 12, 1942. A life-long poet, his work started to become well-known in the 1970's. Since that time, he has become one of the world's best-known avant-garde and experimental poets. He has worked in a wide variety of genres, including text, visual poetry, graphics, sound and performance poetry, mail art, film and media, and has collaborated with other writers and artists from around the globe. He was also editor of the international literary journal Lost and Found Times, 1975-2005. Richard Kostelanetz has said, "John M. Bennett has been the seminal American poet of my generation because he has produced so much luminous work in a bewildering variety of experimental modes." Further biographic details may be found in his autobiography (Contemporary Authors Autobiography Series, Detroit: Gale, v. 25, 1996).
Gift of John M. Bennett.
For research use in library only.
Detailed guide and inventory available in library.