Long before the photocopier, desktop computers, and blogs, the mimeograph machine put inexpensive printing technology in the hands of poets and artists. The Mimeo Revolution of the late 1950s brought about an explosion of DIY printing and independent literary magazines. Although many of the mimeo magazines and small presses were short-lived, poetry superstars emerged from the mimeographed pages, including poet and little mag publisher, Ed Sanders.
The revolution was spawned by the youthful, counterculture poet-publisher, cranking out 100 copies of an outlandishly titled magazine on cheap paper. The image of the iconoclastic and self-motivated poet, breaking the chain of convention, heading out for the territories with a sack full of magazines and making it new, formed and solidified in our common imagination as a direct result of the mimeo explosion. (M. Basinski from An Author Index to Little Magazines of the Mimeograph Revolution)
Join us for an afternoon as we explore the Mimeo Revolution and celebrate the poets and presses that made it flourish. Events are free and open to the public.
October 26, 2010, 3:00pm to 6:00pm, Dodd Research Center
3:00pm Gallery Talk Little Magazines in the Archives with Melissa Watterworth, Curator of Literary Collections (McDonald Reading Room)
3:45pm Unveiling of special re-issue of the 1968 limited edition book Krulik Ksiega or Book of Rabbits by Cleveland poet Tom Kryss
4:00pm Poetry reading with Ed Sanders! (Konover Auditorium)
4:45pm Film showing If I Scratch, I Write: d.a. levy and the Mimeograph Revolution
6:00pm Reception with refreshments
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