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John Martin is owner of the Black Sparrow Press which publishes and promotes non-traditional authors, among them Charles Bukowski.

From the description of John K. Martin collection, ca. 1952-1966. (University of California, Santa Barbara). WorldCat record id: 213892597

John Martin founded the Black Sparrow Press in Los Angeles in 1966; now based in Santa Barbara, CA, Black Sparrow Press publishes modern fiction and poetry in fine press editions.

From the description of Papers, 1966-1981. (University of California, Los Angeles). WorldCat record id: 39450042

Biography

John Martin founded the Black Sparrow Press in Los Angeles in 1966 to publish modern fiction and poetry in fine press editions. In May 2002, Martin sold the rights to his premier authors (Bukowski, Bowles, and Fante) to Harper Collins, the Wyndam Lewis titles went to Ginkgo Press in Corte Madera, and the rest were purchased by Boston publisher Charles Godine.

From the guide to the John Martin Papers, 1966-1981, (University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Dept. of Special Collections.)

John Martin was born in San Francisco in 1930 and grew up in Los Angeles. At an early age, he began collecting the books of William Faulkner, D. H. Lawrence, Ezra Pound, and Henry Miller. Later on in his life, Martin focused on the works of avant-garde poets. Using the money from his sale of first and signed editions to the University of California, Santa Barbara, Martin founded the Black Sparrow Press in 1966.

As sole owner of Black Sparrow Press from 1966 to 2002, Martin sought the work of avant-garde writers. He is noted for his role in launching the literary career of Charles Bukowski (1920-1994). Among the other writers he published are: John Fante, George and Mary Oppen, Robert Creeley, Charles Olson, Larry Eigner, Michael Palmer, Clayton Eshleman, Charles Reznikoff, Rochelle Owens, Ed Dorn, Jack Spicer, Cid Corman, Jane and Paul Bowles, William Everson, and Diane Wakoski.

Martin retired in 2002 when he sold the Black Sparrow Press to David R. Godine.

From the guide to the John Martin Letters to William Young, 1968-1980, (Brown University Library Special Collections)

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Black Sparrow Press. Records, 1967-1976. University of New Mexico-Main Campus
referencedIn Black Sparrow Press Records, 1967-1976 University of New Mexico. Center for Southwest Research
creatorOf Bukowski, Charles. Papers, ca. 1970. Indiana University
referencedIn McClure, Michael. Michael McClure collection. [1955-1971]. University of Victoria Libraries, UVic
creatorOf Charles Bukowski / John Martin Collection, 1967-1994 University of California, Santa Barbara. Library. Dept. of Special Collections.
referencedIn Charles Bukowski Letter, 1969-001., 1974. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries
referencedIn Crumb, R. Raymond Danowski and John Martin collection of R. Crumb material, 1958-2000. Emory University Library, Special Collect Department
referencedIn "The Common Shore" : uncorrected proofs and letter, 1969 June 19 University of Delaware Library - Special Collections
creatorOf John Martin Papers, 1966-1981 University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Dept. of Special Collections.
creatorOf Black Sparrow Press. Black Sparrow Press records : Santa Rosa, California, circa 1965-[ongoing]. UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn Child, William, b. 1834. Martin, John W. Godfrey Memorial Library
creatorOf Martin, John W. [Scene at Beal's Bar, Jacksonville, Calif.] [graphic]. UC Berkeley Libraries
creatorOf Martin, John, 1930-. Papers, 1966-1981. University of California, Los Angeles
referencedIn Larry Eigner papers, Eigner (Larry) papers, 1958-1978, 1958-1978 Brown University Library, Special Collections
creatorOf John Martin Letters to William Young, 1968-1980 Brown University Library, Special Collections
creatorOf Martin, John, 1930-. John K. Martin collection, ca. 1952-1966. University of California, Santa Barbara, UCSB Library
creatorOf Charles Bukowski Poems, ca. 1966-1994 University of California, Santa Barbara. Library. Dept. of Special Collections.
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associatedWith Black Sparrow Press. corporateBody
associatedWith Bukowski, Charles. person
associatedWith Bukowski, Charles. person
associatedWith Bukowski, Charles. person
associatedWith Child, William, b. 1834. person
associatedWith Crumb, R. person
associatedWith Duncan, Robert, 1919-1988. person
associatedWith Eigner, Larry, 1927- person
associatedWith Kelley, Robert, 1935- person
associatedWith McClure, Michael. person
associatedWith Miller, Henry, 1891-1980. person
associatedWith Osgood, Benjamin. person
associatedWith Williams, Tennessee, 1911-1983. person
associatedWith Young, William, 1927-1980 person
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California--Jacksonville
Jacksonville (Calif.)
California
California
California, Southern
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Printers
Publishers and publishing--California, Southern--Archival resources
Authors, American--20th century--Sources
Poets, American--20th century--Sources
Bukowski, Charles--Poetry
Publishers and publishing--Archival resources
Gold mines and mining--Pictorial works
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Birth 1930-10-30

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