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 materials are edited by doctoral students at the Graduate Center, CUNY and published by the Center for the Humanities. Lost & Found Series VI presents work by Gregory Corso, Bobbie Louise Hawkins, Judy Grahn, and Ted Joans. While the styles and experiences of these writers are radically different, each project presented enacts a commitment to the exploration of knowledge unbound by disciplinary constraints. These chapbooks are available individually or as a set. Click here to purchase.
Photograph of Ted Joans, Joyce Mansour and Nanos Valaoritis with Alain Jouffroy reflected in the mirror at “A la cloche des halles" in Paris by Marion Kalter.
GREGORY CORSO: NAROPA LECTURES 1981 (PARTS I & II)
eds. William Camponovo, Mary Catherine Kinniburgh, and Öykü Tekten
While many readers will be familiar with Gregory Corso as a youthful Beat icon, only those exposed to his teaching at the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University will know of his eclectic, idiosyncratic, and vast storehouse of cultural knowledge. Introduced by Anne Waldman, this two-part chapbook includes two transcribed and annotated lectures from Corso's classes at Naropa. Click here to purchase.
BOBBIE LOUISE HAWKINS: THE SOUNDING WORD
ed. Iris Cushing
Poet, fiction writer, performer, and visual artist, Bobbie Louise Hawkins was invited by Allen Ginsberg and Anne Waldman to direct the prose writing concentration at the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University. Hawkins' lectures describe her unflinching empirical approach to knowledge and its transmission through direct experience, while looking at iconic French novelist Colette, the poetics of prose, and the nature of the self expressed through narrative. This chapbook presents two transcribed lectures accompanied by a new interview with the author. Click here to purchase.
JUDY GRAHN: SELECTIONS FROM BLOOD, BREAD, AND ROSES
eds. Iemanjá Brown & Iris Cushing
A pioneer in the creation of women’s spaces and institutions, Judy Grahn has been publishing groundbreaking poetry, plays, prose, essays, and scholarly studies since the mid-1960s. Selections from her out-of-print Blood, Bread, and Roses: How Menstruation Changed the World explore mythic, societal, and personal relationships to menstruation throughout time, and is accompanied by a recent interview with the legendary poet, teacher, scholar, and activist. Click here to purchase.
TED JOANS: POET PAINTER / FORMER VILLAGER NOW / WORLD TRAVELLER (PARTS I & II)
eds. Wendy Tronrud & Ammiel Alcalay
Introduced by Diane di Prima, this two-part chapbook presents an array of Ted Joans' previously unpublished texts on jazz, travel guides to Africa and Paris, his inimitable “Negative Cowboy, and accompanied by photographs of Joans with a remarkable array of his friends, from James Baldwin and Archie Shepp to Anais Nin and Stokely Carmichael. Click here to purchase.