The Floating Bear

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This legendary magazine ran from 1961 to 1971, edited in New York first by Diane di Prima & Leroi Jones & then later, by issue 25, by Diane alone. Published nearly every month & distributed by mailing list only, it was a fantastic platform for a several schools of writing to come together, including The Beat writers, the New York School, Black Mountain & other revolutionary writers of that time. Later, after issue 28, when di Prima relocated to Topanga, California, it featured some of the San Francisco Renaissance writers. This weighty carrier of words held the works of Frank O’Hara, Michael McClure, Ed Dorn, Charles Olson, Joel Oppenheimer, Diane Levertov, Phillp Whalen, Jack Spicer, Allen Ginsberg, Robert Creeley, Robert Duncan, William S. Burroughs, John Wieners & both the editors, plus many more. It was never sold, it was supported by the editors & donations. The people who received copies were considered part of a literary & creative community, all kindred spirits. It was a great tool of the times, this mimeographed newsletter would reach a few hundred people every few weeks, so if your work was showcased, it was read & quick. 37 issues were printed. The last issue printed as 'The Intrepid-Bear Issue' (Intrepid no 20/ Floating Bear no 38.) LeRoi Jones was arrested for homoerotic content of his play "Dante's System of Hell" in Issue 9. You can find a great deal about this publication in a few Diane di Prima’s novels & writings.