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Alan Bernheimer’s latest collection of poetry is From Nature (Cuneiform Press, 2019). Recent work has appeared at Across the Margin and at SFMOMA’s Open Space and in The Equalizer, The Delineator, and Hambone. The Spoonlight Institute was published by Adventures in Poetry in 2009. Born and raised in Manhattan, he has lived in the Bay Area since the 1970s. He produces a portrait gallery of poets reading on flickr. His translation of Philippe Soupault’s memoir, Lost Profiles: Memoirs of Cubism, Dada, and Surrealism, was published by City Lights in 2016. More information is at The Electronic Poetry Center.
Karl Gartung was born in Liberal, Kansas (a place, and a real contradiction). In college he became aware of William Carlos Williams, but his real education in poetry began when he was hired by Tom Montag and Karl Young in 1976 to manage their small press poetry bookstore, Book, Inc. During his employment interview Montag suggested he should read Lorine Niedecker; which he did, promptly. This was life changing, opening the live tradition of poetry in the mid twentieth century to the present. Without this, he would never have developed as a reader and writer.
In 1979 he cofounded, with Anne Kingsbury and Karl Young, the Woodland Pattern Book Center. Through Book, Inc. and Woodland Pattern he became friends with Paul Metcalf, Dick Higgins, Thomas A. Clark, Walter Hamady, Jenny Penberthy, Kathy Kuehn and many others. With Kingsbury and Penberthy, he organized the 2003 Lorine Niedecker Centenary celebration in Milwaukee and Ft. Atkinson.
In 2008 Tom Montag published Gartung’s first book of poetry, Now That Memory Has Become So Important. This was a selection of work from 1969 through 2008, as much as he thought durable, not a lengthy volume.