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The Free Lance

“The Free Lance Poetry and Prose Workshop was begun in 1942 by Mrs. Helen Collins, a librarian whose outlook was decidedly advanced for that profession here in those days. In 1950, Russell Atkins, a charter member of the group, suggested starting a ‘little magazine’ and brought this project together. He edited and published the first issue through financial gifts. It was distributed mainly in Cleveland. The 1952 issue was the first issue circulated outside of Cleveland. We were in correspondence with Judson Crews’ Suck Egg Mule, E.V. Griffith’s way-out editing of the Minnesota Quarterly. Mrs. Collins presented the magazine at Breadloaf. Many suggestions, help, from Langston Hughes, Loring Williams, Arna Bontemps. With the start of Trace magazine, Free Lance began its correspondence with Villiers’ James Boyer May. Collectively, this constituted some of what was the avant garde of the early fifties.

“Free Lance did not advocate the Carlos Williams school that began later. It has never held any particular sympathy for that concern with ‘ordinary language’: a dead-end seemingly. However, it did publish emerging Robert Creeley along with others in the boldest of experimentation. Eventually, Free Lance set an entirely different pattern of thought which persists even now. After some surprises to Cleveland (viz., Irving Layton’s poem, ‘The Dwarf’ which used ‘fuck’ as early as 1955 in Cleveland, and a short salon play, ‘The Abortionist’, at a time when the word was unmentionable here) Free Lance published its ‘psychovisualism’ theory. Few ‘little magazines’ had launched as complete and as original a bid for a ‘scientific aesthetic’. Free Lance was established, indisputably, as Cleveland’s avant garde. The magazine picked up interest. Editor-in-Chief Casper L. Jordan, Adelaide Simon, Helen Collins began to bring influences to bear: Mr. Jordan through the library at Wilberforce University; Mrs. Simon stirred memories of Hart Crane (who, after all, was a neglected name in Cleveland); Mrs. Collins determined policies. Many poets who became the “Beats” of late 1957 passed through our early files.

“Free Lance is now Cleveland’s hard core for poetry. Recently it supplied the largest continuous support for other activities pertaining to poetry, viz., the Fenn College Poetry Center; radion station WCLV’s Poetry Seminar (Jau Billera); d.a. levy’s Renegade Press. To the extent of its means it brings to Clevelanders names such as Judson Crews, Tracy Thompson, David Cornel DeJong, Irving Layton, Robert Creeley, Barris Mills, Charles Bukowski, Robert Sward

“Recently, Adelaide Simon re-organized the Free Lance Workshop, developing it along the lines of a zany salon for pent-up poets, painters, musicians. Russell Salamon invents words while d.a. levy makes prints using a condom in some instances; Russell Atkins suddenly psychovisualizes at the piano while Jau Billera plays tapes of poets he has recorded; Mr. and Mrs. Kent Taylor, James R. Lowell and Alsbrooks Smith run the gamut from art to sociology and politics while Mrs. Simon brings out day-old cakes, beer and newly arrived ‘Little Mags’. Celeste Simon pounces on overbearing seriousness devastatingly; the Fergusons relax. Mr. Simon returning from a Cleveland Orchestra concert brings delighted sanity to the evening. Somebody reads a poem occasionally. There are visitors.”

– Russell Atkins [Input, Vol. 1, No. 4 (New York, December 1964)]

Carl Larsen – Periodicals Edited and Published

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SECTION E:
This index includes periodicals edited and published by Carl Larsen


1. EXISTARIA, Nos. 1-7
Hermosa Beach: Existaria, 1956-1957

2. RONGWRONG, Nos. 1-4
New York: 7 Poets Press, 1960-1962

3. BRAND X, Nos. 1-12
New York: 7 Poets Press, 1962


1. EXISTARIA

a. EXISTARIA, No. 1, edited by Claudia Archuletta, James Singer, Virginia Winderman, Carl Larsen
Hermosa Beach: Existaria, Summer 1956
First edition, saddle-stapled in printed wrappers, 5.5″ x 8.5″, 22 pages.

Contributors: Michel Edouard, Lachlan McDonald, James Boyer May, Dorothy Dalton, Edward V. Craddock, Leslie Woolf Hedley, Fred Cogswell,  E.E. Walters, Robert L. Peters, George Donmain, Lilith Lorraine, Richard Ashman, E. Wilber Stevens, Ron Smith, John Fury, Helen Harrington.

b. EXISTARIA, No. 2, edited by Carl Larsen
Hermosa Beach: Existaria, (c. 1956-1957)
First edition, saddle-stapled in printed wrappers, 5.5″ x 8.5″, 18 pages.

Contributors: Jean Arsenault, Judson Crews, David Ray, Alden A. Nowlan, Richard Dwyer, Henry Lawrence Moscovitch, William J. Noble, Charles Shaw, Helen Gee Woods.

c. EXISTARIA, No. 3, edited by Carl Larsen
Hermosa Beach: Existaria, (c. 1956-1957)
First edition, saddle-stapled in printed wrappers, 5.5″ x 8.5″, 18 pages.

Contributors: James Boyer May, Jean Arsenault, Alan Donovan, John Weyland, David Cornel Dejong, Judson Crews, Richard Schade, Robert Vaughn, Emilie Glen, W. Arthur Boggs, Ritchie Darling, Miriam Jans, William J. Noble, Henry Lawrence Moscovitch, Clarence Major.

d. EXISTARIA, No. 4, edited by Carl Larsen
Hermosa Beach: Existaria, (c. 1956-1957)
First edition, saddle-stapled in printed wrappers, 5.5″ x 8.5″, 18 pages.

Contributors: Robert Vaughn, Maurice Tasnier, H. Ristau, James M. Singer Jr., Jed Garrick, Edwin Thomason, Clarence Major, Leon Rooke, K.P.A. Taylor, Alfred Leland Taylor, Genevieve K. Stephens, O.W. Crane, Elinor Henry Brown, Ben Tibbs.

e. EXISTARIA, No. 5, edited by Carl Larsen
Hermosa Beach: Existaria, (c. 1956-1957)
First edition, saddle-stapled in printed wrappers, 5.5″ x 8.5″, 18 pages.

Contributors: O.W. Crane, Genevieve K. Stephens, K.L. Beaudoin, Robert Spiess, James M. Singer Jr., Ben Tibbs, Forrest Anderson, Rockwell B. Schaefer, Vicente Huidobro, William J. Noble, Robert Vaughan, George Lindsey, Edwin Thomason.

f. EXISTARIA, No. 6, edited by Carl Larsen
Hermosa Beach: Existaria, July-August 1957
First edition, saddle-stapled in printed wrappers, 5.5″ x 8.5″, 22 pages.

Contributors: Melvin Howard, George Ellenbogen, Jean Arsenault, Gilbert Sorrentino, Charles Shaw, Alden A. Nowlan, Curtis Zahn, John Richardson, H. Ristau, Louis Newman, Colin Gibson, Emilie Glen, Zack Walsh, John Lachs.

g. EXISTARIA, No. 7, edited by Carl Larsen
Hermosa Beach: Existaria, September-October 1957
First edition, saddle-stapled in printed wrappers, 5.5″ x 8.5″, 16 pages.

Contributors: O.W. Crane, Jed Garrick, Charles Bukowski, Rozana Webb, Joseph Martinek, Cerise Farallon, Fred Cogswell, E.W. Northnagel, Claudia Archuletta, Clarence Major, Apollinaire, John Charles Chadwick, Richard Brautigan, Rockwell B. Schaefer, Judson Crews.


2. RONGWRONG

a. RONGWRONG, No. 1, edited by Carl Larsen, James Singer, O.W. Crane, and Harland Ristau
New York: 7 Poets Press, (1960)
First edition, saddle-stapled in illustrated wrappers, 6″ x 9.25″, 20 pages.

Contributors: Charles Bukowski, John Beecher, David Cohen, Harland Ristau, James Singer, Don Solbeck, Tracy Thompson, Emilie Glen, Judith Schechtman, Rozana Webb, L.R. Thomas, Charles Shaw

b. RONGWRONG, No. 2, edited by Carl Larsen, James Singer, O.W. Crane, and Harland Ristau
New York: 7 Poets Press, Summer 1961
First edition, side-stapled in illustrated wrappers, 8.5″ x 11″, 16 pages. Cover illustration by Harland Ristau.

Contributors: George Abbe, Harland Ristau, Langston Hughes, Walter Lowenfels, Lee Hays, Charles Bukowski, Will Inman, Robert Vaughan, Marvin Malone, George Hitchcock, David Cohen, Leonard Opalov, O.W. Crane, Frank Ankenbrand Jr., Ben Tibbs, Don Solbeck, John J. Crowell, David Kalugin, Rozana Webb, Marvin Bell, Sue Abbott Boyd.

c. RONGWRONG, No. 3, edited by David Cohen, O.W. Crane, Carl Larsen, Harland Ristau, and Rozana Webb
New York: 7 Poets Press, (1962)
First edition, side-stapled in illustrated wrappers, 8.5″ x 11″, 20 pages. Cover illustration by Joe Brainard.

Contributors: Rozana Webb, Walter Lowenfels, Ottone M. Riccio, Marvin Malone, George Thompson, Frank Ankenbrand Jr., Ronald Voigt, W. Arthur Boggs, Charles Farber, Louis Newmann, L.R.N. Ashley, Charles Shaw, Harland Ristau, Dolores Stewart, James Hargan, James Franklin Lewis, Robert L. Tyler, Sue Abbott Boyd, Ben Tibbs, Robert G. Wicks.

RONGWRONG, No. 4, edited by David Cohen, O.W. Crane, Carl Larsen, et al.
New York: 7 Poets Press, Fall 1962


3. BRAND X

a. BRAND X, No. 1, edited by Carl Larsen
New York: 7 Poets Press, January 1962
First edition, corner-stapled printed sheets, 8.5″ x 11″, 5 pages printed recto only.

Contributors: George Hitchcock, Charles Bukowski, Dave Cohen, Robert L. Tyler, Marvin Bell, Carl Larsen.

b. BRAND X, No. 2, edited by Carl Larsen
New York: 7 Poets Press, February 1962
First edition, corner-stapled printed sheets, 8.5″ x 11″, 8 pages printed recto only.

Contributors: David Kalugin, Tracy Thompson, Walter Lowenfels, Ben Tibbs, Rudolph Gadzo.

c. BRAND X, No. 3, edited by Carl Larsen
New York: 7 Poets Press, March 1962
First edition, corner-stapled printed sheets, 8.5″ x 11″, 7 pages printed recto only.

Contributors: Will Inman


d. BRAND X, No. 4, edited by David Cohen and Harland Ristau
New York: 7 Poets Press, April 1962
First edition, corner-stapled printed sheets, 8.5″ x 11″, 6 pages printed recto only.

Contributors: James Murphy, Robert Burleigh, Dennis Schmitz, David Cohen, Stuart McCarrell, Harland Ristau

e. BRAND X, No. 5, edited by Carl Larsen
New York: 7 Poets Press, May 1962
First edition, corner-stapled printed sheets, 8.5″ x 11″, 6 pages printed recto only.

Contributors: Charles Bukowski, John J. Crowell, John W. Corrington, Charles Shaw, Emilie Glen, William Wroth, Walter Lowenfels, O.W. Crane.

f. BRAND X, No. 6, edited by Carl Larsen
New York: 7 Poets Press, June 1962
First edition, corner-stapled printed sheets, 8.5″ x 11″, 6 pages printed recto only.

Contributors: Ottone M. Riccio, Clarence Major, Marvin Malone, Ben Tibbs, James Franklin, Lewis, Alexander Taylor, Charles Podsen, Harland Ristau, Carl Larsen.

g. BRAND X, No. 7, edited by O.W. Crane
New York: 7 Poets Press, July 1962
First edition, corner-stapled printed sheets, 8.5″ x 11″, 8 pages printed recto only.

Contributors: Charles Shaw, Harland Ristau, Archie Rosenhouse, John Beecher, David Cohen, Carl Larsen, Tony Kiskorna, O.W. Crane.

h. BRAND X, No. 8, edited by Rozana Webb, Carl Larsen, O.W. Crane, Harland Ristau, David Cohen
New York: 7 Poets Press, August 1962
First edition, corner-stapled printed sheets, 8.5″ x 11″, 7 pages printed recto only.

Contributors: Rozana Webb, Carl Larsen, O.W. Crane, Harland Ristau, David Cohen.

i. BRAND X, No. 9, edited by Rozana Webb
New York: 7 Poets Press, September 1962
First edition, corner-stapled printed sheets, 8.5″ x 11″, 12 pages printed recto only.

Contributors: Sue Abbot Boyd, Glen Coffield, Irene Gramling, Rosa Zagnoni Marinoni, Ben Hagglund, Estelle Trust, James Boyer May, Aaron Schmuller, William Tillson.

j. BRAND X, No. 10, edited by O.W. Crane
New York: 7 Poets Press, October 1962
First edition, corner-stapled printed sheets, 8.5″ x 11″, 8 pages printed recto only.

Contributors: John Beecher, O.W. Crane, Carl Larsen, Harland Ristau, Rozana Webb, D.S. Krasniak.

k. BRAND X, No. 11, edited by Rozana Webb
New York: 7 Poets Press, November 1962
First edition, corner-stapled printed sheets, 8.5″ x 11″, 9 pages printed recto only.

Contributors: A. Fredric Franklyn, Rosa Zagnoni Marinoni, Jon Dacus, Sue Abbott Boyd, Jerry Miller, O.W. Crane, Aaron Schmuller.

l. THE DEWDROP [BRAND X, No. 12], edited by Carl Larsen
New York: 7 Poets Press, December 1962
First edition, corner-stapled printed sheets, 8.5″ x 11″, 6 pages printed recto only.

Contributors: Melba Williams Nelligan, Martin P. Cacks, Aerial Columbine, Rosa Flour Madder, Covina Jane Gatherwood, Elsa Scrod, Fred Applegate, Dorothy Sangster Drummond, Margaret Moodie, Sarah Figg Worthy.