Lost & Found: The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative publishes unexpected, genre-bending works by important 20th century writers. Unearthed from personal and institutional archives in the United States and abroad, these unique projects are edited by doctoral students at the Graduate Center, CUNY. Aimed at a general readership, these chapbooks expose and provoke new archival research and connections.

These chapbooks are a gold mine, so rich and important, and may well give rise to a new generation of writers."
-Diane di Prima

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$30 | Set of 5 Chapbooks (To purchase individual books, click on their links below.)

Lost & Found Series V features Kathy Acker, William S. Burroughs, Langston Hughes, and Jean Sénac: four major writers responding to sweeping socio-political shifts around the globe. To what extent they resist, ride, and provoke these shifts is written into their prose, poetry, manifestos, travel notes, diaries, letters, and friendships. While working at a strip club in Times Square in 1972, Kathy Acker writes Homage to Leroi Jones and other “exercises,” as part of an effort to map her “total present consciousness.” In The Travel Agency is on Fire, William S. Burroughs performs cut-ups on authors related to his personal cannon and ranging from William Shakespeare to Anthony Burgess. Across the ocean, Algerian poet Jean Sénac writes Le soleil sous les armes [The Sun Under the Weapons], a revolutionary manifesto urging for nothing short of total cultural transformation, sexual liberation, and political independence. Traveling between Moscow to Tashkent in 1932, Langston Hughes befriends, photographs, and translates the works of young poets writing in Uzbek in his travelogues, excerpted here as part of Langston Hughes: Poems, Photos & Notebooks from Turkestan. Through the publication of these varied texts, Lost & Found Series V connects the liberatory politics and radical writing practices of New York in the 1970s, France and Algiers in the 1960s, and the Soviet Union and Turkestan in the 1930s.

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Kathy Acker: Homage to Leroi Jones (ed. Gabrielle Kappes)

Jean Sénac: The Sun Under the Weapons, Correspondence & Notes from Algeria (Parts I & II) (ed. Kai Krienke)

Langston Hughes: Poems, Photos & Notebooks from Turkestan (ed. Zohra Saed)

William S. Burroughs: The Travel Agency is on Fire (ed. Alex Wermer-Colan)



$25 | Set of 8 Chapbooks | 600 pages

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Lost & Found: The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative Series IV consists of eight beautifully printed chapbooks (600 pages in all), featuring rare and unpublished texts, including late work by Harlem Renaissance poet Helene Johnson, Adrienne Rich’s teaching materials, a newly discovered film script by Edward Dorn, the formative correspondence of Pauline Kael & Robert Duncan, and a facsimile reproduction of Vincent Ferrini’s 1946 Tidal Wave: Poems of  the Great Strikes.This collection consists of:

Edward Dorn: Abilene! Abilene! (Parts I & II) (ed. Kyle Waugh)
Vincent Ferrini: Before Gloucester (eds. Ammiel Alcalay & Kate Tarlow Morgan)

Helene Johnson: After the Harlem Renaissance (ed. Emily Rosamond Claman)
Pauline Kael & Robert Duncan: Selected Letters 1945-1946 (PARTS I & II) (ed. Bradley Lubin)
Adrienne Rich: Teaching at CUNY, 1968-1974 (Parts I & II) eds. Iemanjá Brown, Stefania Heim, erica kaufman, Kristin Moriah, Conor Tomás Reed, Talia Shalev & Wendy Tronrud




$25 | Set of 8 Chapbooks | 500 pages
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Lost & Found: The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative Series III consists of the following eight beautifully printed chapbooks of original research and extra-poetic work (correspondences, journals, critical prose) and the extraordinary blue-ink facsimile edition of Lorine Niedecker’s Homemade Poems.

This collection consists of:

Langston Hughes, Nancy Cunard & Louise Thompson: Poetry, Politics & Friendship in the Spanish Civil War (Anne Donlon)
Lorine Niedecker: Homemade Poems (John Harkey, editor)
John Wieners & Charles Olson: Selected Correspondence (Parts I & II) (Michael Seth Stewart, editor)
Diane di Prima: Charles Olson Memorial Lecture (Ammiel Alcalay and Ana Božičević, editors)
Edward Dorn: The Olson Memorial Lectures (Lindsey Freer, editor)
Michael Rumaker: Selected Letters (Megan Paslawski, editor)
Letters to & from Joanne Kyger (Ammiel Alcalay and Joanne Kyger, editors)







Spring, 2011

Literary Nonfiction/ Poetry History & Criticism/ Poetics/ Research 
$25 | Set of 6 Chapbooks | 322 pages

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Lost & Found: The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative Series II consists of the following six chapbooks, featuring Diane di Prima's Mysteries of Vision: Some Notes on H.D. and R.D.'S H.D. (on Robert Duncan); a lecture on Charles Olson by Robert Duncan; selections from El Corno Emplumado by Margaret Randall; selections from Muriel Rukeyser's Spanish Civil War archive; and Jack Spicer's Beowulf

This collection consists of:

Margaret Randall: Selections from El Corno Emplumado/The Plumed Horn
Diane di Prima: The Mysteries of Vision: Some Notes on H.D.
Diane di Prima: R.D.’s H.D.
Barcelona, 1936: Selections from Muriel Rukeyser’s Spanish Civil War Archive
Jack Spicer’s Beowulf: Selections, Part 1 & 2
Robert Duncan: Charles Olson Memorial Lecture




Fall, 2010
Literary Nonfiction/ Poetry History & Criticism/ Poetics/ Research
$25 | Set of 5 Chapbooks | 246 pages

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Lost & Found: The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative Series I consists of five beautifully printed chapbooks, mapping out seminal poetic conversations of the 50s-70s, drawing on correspondence, journals, and essays from the era. Kenneth Koch & Frank O'Hara trade transatlantic confidences even as they create a poetic lexicon for the emerging New York School of poetry; Ed Dorn & Amiri Baraka discuss poetry as political action, while Philip Whalen's journals explore his writing and Zen Buddhist practices, California hikes, and love of jazz. The set also includes a heretofore unpublished essay on Darwin by Mrueikl Rukeyser, who articulates a juncture of the scientific and literary imaginations. It also includes records of the legendary 1963 Vancouver Poetry Conference: Robert Creeley's Contexts of Poetry and notes by Daphne Marlatt.

This collection consists of:
Amiri Baraka & Edward Dorn: Selections from the Collected Letters, 1959-1960
The Correspondence of Kenneth Koch & Frank O’Hara: 1955-1956 (Parts I & II)
Darwin & the Writers: Muriel Rukeyser
The 1963 Vancouver Poetry Conference Robert Creeley’s Contests of Poetry: with selections from Daphne Marlatt’s Journal Entries





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Lost & Found has established itself as one of the most exciting developments on the literary and cultural scene, creating a new model for cultural recuperation. Those who have come to our events, like the tribute to Muriel Rukeyser, the electrifying reading by Diane di Prima, Jerome Rothenberg’s 80th birthday celebration, or the reunion of old friends Joanne Kyger and Michael Rumaker, know very well what kind of energy Lost & Found has generated.

Those getting to know the scholarship of our graduate students realize that a new generation of cultural critics and literary historians is in the making. And publishers are taking notice as Lost & Found Elsewhere embarks on two new projects: Michael Rumaker’s Robert Duncan in San Francisco (with selected correspondence & interview), edited by Ammiel Alcalay and Megan Paslawski, due out from City Lights in 2012, and the stunning discovery of Muriel Rukeyser’s unknown Spanish Civil War novel, Savage Coast (Costa Brava), edited and annotated by Rowena Kennedy-Epstein, due out from Feminist Press in 2013.

For more on Lost & Found, read Joanne Kyger's piece on the series on the Poetry Foundation's Harriet blog, and an interview with Ammiel Alcalay and Ana Božičević on The Volta.

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Lost & Found also initiates research, works with living writers and their heirs, and organizes seminars and events that promote new, cooperative models of textual scholarship and publication. Taking the New American rubric writ large, to include the affiliated and unaffiliated, the precursor and follower, our aim is to open the field of inquiry and include ancillary materials of importance to the writers themselves. In focusing on extra-poetic work (correspondence, journals, transcriptions of lectures), Lost & Found illuminates unexplored terrain of an essential chapter of 20th-century life. Utilizing personal and institutional archives located throughout the country, Lost & Found scholars seek to broaden the vision of our literary, cultural, and political history. In addition to the annual series, the Initiative has joined with select publishers for book length projects emerging from our research, to appear under the general title Lost & Found Elsewhere.


Poised at the intersection of scholarly investigation, innovative publishing, public programming, and the preservation of cultural heritage, each Lost & Found project emphasizes the importance of cooperative work and the relationship of archival materials to a living legacy.

LOST & FOUND Staff & Board




Lost & Found Elsewhere is a unique new series of book-length projects emerging from the research of Lost & Found editors. Working in partnership with select publishers, these books bring to light unpublished or long unavailable materials that have emerged alongside or as part of the Lost & Found project. Available in this series:

Amiri Baraka and Edward Dorn: The Collected Letters
Amiri Baraka and Edward Dorn
ed. Claudia Moreno Pisano

University of New Mexico Press, 2013
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From the end of the 1950s through the middle of the 1960s, Amiri Baraka (1934–2014) and Edward Dorn (1929–99), two self-consciously avant-garde poets, fostered an intense friendship primarily through correspondence, as seen in this University of New Mexico Press edition. The early 1960s found both poets just beginning to publish and becoming public figures. Bonding around their commitment to new and radical forms of poetry and culture, Dorn and Baraka created an interracial friendship at precisely the moment when the Civil Rights Movement was becoming a powerful force in national politics. The major premise of the Dorn-Jones friendship as developed through their letters was artistic, but the range of subjects in the correspondence shows an incredible intersection between the personal and the public, providing a schematic map of what was so vital in postwar American culture to those living through it.

Their letters offer a vivid picture of American lives connecting around poetry during a tumultuous time of change and immense creativity. Reading through these correspondences allows access into personal biographies, and through these biographies, profound moments in American cultural history open themselves to us in a way not easily found in official channels of historical narrative and memory.

Robert Duncan in San Francisco
Michael Rumaker

Expanded edition, with selected correspondence and interview edited by Ammiel Alcalay and Megan Paslawski
City Lights Publishers, 2013
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A newly expanded edition of an enduring classic, Robert Duncan in San Francisco is both a portrait of the premier poet of the SF Renaissance and a fascinating account of gay life in late 1950s America. Following his graduation from Black Mountain College, Michael Rumaker made his way to the post-Howl, pre-Stonewall gay literary milieu of San Francisco, where he entered the circle of Robert Duncan. His account of that time gives an unvarnished look at Duncan's magnetic personality and occasional failings, while delivering vivid snapshots of other significant poets like Jack Spicer, John Wieners, and Joanne Kyger, against the backdrop of legendary North Beach haunts like The Place, Vesuvio, and City Lights Books. Contrasting Duncan's daringly frank homosexuality with his own then-closeted life, Rumaker conjures up with harrowing detail an era of police persecution of a largely clandestine gay community struggling to survive in the otherwise "open city" of San Francisco. First published in 1996, this expanded edition includes a selection of previously unpublished letters between Rumaker and Duncan, and an interview conducted for this edition, in which Rumaker provides further reflections on the poet and the period.

Review of Robert Duncan in San Francisco by Michael Rumaker (Lost & Found Elsewhere and City Lights), The Gay & Lesbian Review, 2013

Review of Robert Duncan in San Francisco by Michael Rumaker (Lost & Found Elsewhere and City Lights) L.A. Letters, 2013

Review of Robert Duncan in San Francisco by Michael Rumaker (Lost & Found Elsewhere and City Lights) Bookslut, 2013

Review of Robert Duncan in San Francisco by Michael Rumaker (Lost & Found Elsewhere and City Lights) Lambda Literary, 2013

Review of Robert Duncan in San Francisco by Michael Rumaker (Lost & Found Elsewhere and City Lights) San Francisco Chronicle, 2013

Review of Robert Duncan in San Francisco by Michael Rumaker (Lost & Found Elsewhere and City Lights) San Francisco Weekly, 2013


Savage Coast
Muriel Rukeyser 

Edited, with an introduction by Rowena Kennedy-Epstein
The Feminist Press, 2013
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A young reporter in 1936, Muriel Rukeyser traveled to Barcelona to witness the first days of the Spanish Civil War. She turned this experience into an autobiographical novel so forward thinking for its time that it was never published. Recently discovered in her archive, this lyrical work charts her political and sexual awakening as she witnesses the popular front resistance to the fascist coup and falls in love with a German political exile who joins the first international brigade.

Rukeyser's narrative is a modernist investigation into the psychology of violence, activism, and desire; a documentary text detailing the start of the war; and a testimony to those who fought and died for freedom and justice during the first major battle against European fascism.

Review of Muriel Rukeyser's Savage Coast (Lost & Found Elsewhere and Feminist Press), The Paris Review, June 11, 2013.

Review of Muriel Rukeyser's Savage Coast (Lost & Found Elsewhere and Feminist Press), The New York Times Book Review, June 7 2013

All Clear Ahead: Muriel Rukeyser’s Savage Coast (Lost & Found Elsewhere and Feminist Press), Los Angeles Review of Books, May 21, 2013

Review of Muriel Rukeyser's Savage Coast (Lost & Found Elsewhere and Feminist Press), Publishers Weekly, April 1, 2013


A Walker in the City: Elegy for Gloucester
Peter Anastas

With an afterword by Ammiel Alcalay
Back Shore Press
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Also available from book stores or from distributor Byers Books, Ann Byers, 978-283-9294.

Between 1978 and 1990, Peter Anastas published 620 columns on the editorial page of his hometown newspaper, the Gloucester Daily Times. Anastas' weekly column, "This Side of the Cut," recalled his childhood during the 1940s. He shared stories of his Greek immigrant family and the rich diversity of social life he experienced growing up on the Boulevard and in Gloucester's inner city. Walking to and from school, and later around the city, Anastas came to know the look and feel of each neighborhood, the unique character of local businesses, the people themselves through their stories. He watched the fishing vessels being unloaded on Gloucester's historic waterfront and he tramped the woods and beaches of the town, observing the abundant wildlife and unspoiled natural environment.

All of this Anastas described in clear, direct prose, as though entering into dialogue with the people and place of his birth. Anastas also wrote about changes in the landscape, often with a sense of what the consequences would be of precipitous development or unplanned growth. Yet what shines through these selected newspaper columns, and those he subsequently wrote for alternative media under the rubric of "A Walker in the City," is a native's love and concern for his homeplace.

Review of A Walker in the City: Elegy for Gloucester by Peter Anastas (Lost & Found Elsewhere and Back Shore Press) Enterprise News, 2013

Brian James' Review of A Walker in the City: Elegy for Gloucester by Peter Anastas (Lost & Found Elsewhere and Back Shore Press) 2013