Academic journal article Chicago Review

Three Interviews on Small-Press Publishing: Hettie Jones, Margaret Randall, and Maureen Owen

Academic journal article Chicago Review

Three Interviews on Small-Press Publishing: Hettie Jones, Margaret Randall, and Maureen Owen

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The following interviews, with Hettie Jones, Margaret Randall, and Maureen Owen, are part of an attempt to draw attention to the roles of women small-press publishers who were active between the 1950s and 80s. Recent scholarship has underscored the importance of small press publications--particularly those associated with "the mimeograph revolution"--in the poetry scenes of those decades; the goal of these interviews is to further illuminate the various and formative work done by women in such scenes.

These three interviews trace various geographical and temporal trajectories, and in each case, magazine publication led to book publication. Jones co-edited and co-published Yugen (1958-62) and Totem Press (1958-64) with LeRoi Jones/Amiri Baraka. Due in part to her connections at the Partisan Review, the magazine circulated more widely than other small press publications of the period and became an important venue for writers now associated with the so-called Beat, New York School, and Black Mountain scenes. Around the time Yugen ceased publication, Randall founded El Como Emplumado / The Plumed Horn (1962-69) in Mexico City; issues 1-28 were co-edited with Sergio Mondragon and 30 and 31 with Robert Cohen. …

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