Having been a student at Black Mountain College from 1950 to 1953, taking courses with Charles Olson and publishing in The Black Mountain Review edited by Robert Creeley, Joel Oppenheimer is one of those writers most legitimately a part of the group known in recent literary history as the Black Mountain Poets, and is included as such in Donald Allen’s famous anthology, The New American Poetry. Oppenheimer’s writing is hardly restricted to representing a literary movement, however, and his subsequent reputation is as much a result of his life and literary activities in New York as it is due to his Black Mountain connections — especially, since 1972, his regular column in the Village Voice. He has also been project director for the St. Mark’s Poetry Project as well as director of New York City’s Teachers and Writers Collaborative, and served as Poet in Residence at the City College of New York. Oppenheimer was born in 1930 in Yonkers, N.Y. [and died at 58 of lung cancer in Henniker, New Hampshire on October 11, 1988.] His papers are among the literary archives in the Special Collection of The University of Connecticut Library.
—George F. Butterick, Joel Oppenheimer, A Checklist of his Writings
Butterick, George F. JOEL OPPENHEIMER: A CHECKLIST OF HIS WRITINGS
Storrs: University of Connecticut Library, 1975
Gilmore, Lyman. DON’T TOUCH THE POET: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF JOEL OPPENHEIMER
New Jersey: Talisman House, 1998