Mynes, Jess, 1970-

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Michael Gizzi was born in Schenectady, New York in 1949 to Carolyn and Anthony Gizzi. He had two brothers, Peter and Thomas Gizzi. He spent part of his childhood living in Ohio and lived in East Greenwich, Rhode Island for three years (10th, 11th, and 12th grade) of high school. His parents moved up to Pittsfield, Massachusetts and he returned to Rhode Island as an undergraduate student at Brown University where he recieved a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1976. He would return to Brown to earn his Master of Fine Arts degree in English in June 1977. He attended the Masters program with Keith Waldrop who, ultimately, connected him to the Burning Deck community of poets and artists. He was married to his first wife, fellow artist, Ippy (Patterson) and had his daughter Pilar at this time and they purchased a home in Rehobeth, Massachusetts. He worked for seven years as an arborist and tree surgeon in Southeastern New England to support his family.

After receiving his MFA, Michael Gizzi moved out to the Berkshires in Western Massachusetts where he worked collaboratively with Clark Coolidge on a Jack Keuroac inspired series. This work with Clark Coolidge fomented a long lasting friendship in work and in life. In the early 1990s, Gizzi began teaching English and creative writing at Lenox High School, which he did for several years. In the late 1990s, he would move back to Providence. At this time he was married to his second wife, Cape Verde native, RISD graduate and collage artist, Barbieo (Barros). He worked as adjunct faculty and visiting professor at Roger Williams University and Brown University. He officially started work as an adjunct creative writing professor at Roger Williams in 2005 and worked for three more years as a visiting professor there. Due to financial constraints, Roger Williams could not ask Gizzi back in the fall of 2009. He worked as a visiting professor in literary arts at Brown during this time, as well, and coordinated a number of poetry readings and projects such as the Down City Poetry Series on campus.

In the midst of his apparently normal life, Michael Gizzi established himself in literary circles as an author and editor through his connection to the Waldrops and other impressive poets. He authored over ten books of poetry, including: Bird As, Avis, Species of Intoxication, New Depths of Deadpan, and No Both. Both of his wives, Ippy and Barbieo, contributed artwork for covers of his books. For example, Ippy designed the cover artwork for his work "Cured in the Going Bebop". His works were published by Burning Deck, Hard Press, Roof, among others and he would work as an editor for a few of those companies. An indicative reflection of these relationships is highlighted in his work as editor of "Lingo" Magazine which functioned as a component of Hard Press from 1992 - 1998. During this time he edited works from writers such as Bernadette Mayer, Jim Brodey, Merrill GilFillan, and Trevor Winkfield. In 1996 (and 2007) Gizzi was award the Gertrude Stein Award for Innovative Writing. In early 2000 Gizzi collaborated with Craig Watson (who he met for the first time in 1976 at the Waldrop's home) to open their own publishing company called Qua Books. There first published work was John Ashbery's "As Umbrellas Follow Rain" in 2002. Their second published work was George Stanely's "A Tall, Serious Girl" in 2003. He worked on outside projects as well, such as lyrics for music scores.

Michael Gizzi died unexpectedly on Monday, September 27th, 2010 in his Providence home at the age of 61.

From the guide to the Michael Gizzi papers, Gizzi (Michael) Papers, circa 1940-2010, (John Hay Library Special Collections)

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Bernadette Mayer was born on May 12, 1945, in Brooklyn, New York. She received her B.A. from the New School for Social Research in 1967, shortly after which she began teaching there on a part-time, semi-permanent basis. From 1967-1969, Mayer and conceptual artist Vito Acconci edited the experimental journal 0 TO 9, which published work from experimentalists in a range of genres and media. In the early 1970s, Mayer lived with film-maker Ed Bowes, with whom she collaborated on numerous projects. In 1975, Mayer married writer and publisher Lewis Warsh, with whom she had three children. Warsh and Mayer collaboratively edited United Artists press, which published a number of seminal books of poetry, including Ted Berrigan's SONNETS and Mayer's own UTOPIA.

Throughout the 1980s, Mayer was director of The Poetry Project at St. Mark's Church in New York where, as well as teaching writing workshops, she produced the Poetry Project's reading series. Mayer's position made her a central figure in the community of artists and writers gathered at that time in New York City's Lower East Side, and many of her students from this period -- Lee Ann Brown and Lisa Jarnot among them -- have gone on to become writers themselves.

As a writer, Mayer is most often associated with the New York School, a rubric which refers to composers, painters, visual artists, conceptual artists, and choreographers in addition to writers. Mayer's use of compositional methods such as chance-operation, collage, and cut-up identify her as an artist pursuing concerns similar to those of John Cage, Jackson Mac Low or Frank O'Hara -- central figures in the New York School -- as well as more contemporary figures associated with L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E writing. But Mayer's work is also significantly influenced by modernist figures such as James Joyce and Gertrude Stein, as well as by her background in classical studies, evident in her syllabi, reading lists and in her informal translations of Catallus.

Mayer's publications include: CEREMONY LATIN (1964), STORY (1968), MOVING (1971), MEMORY (1975), STUDYING HUNGER (1975), THE BASKETBALL ARTICLE (1975), POETRY (1976), THE GOLDEN BOOK OF WORDS (1978), ERUDITIO EX MEMORIA (1978), MIDWINTER DAY (1982), UTOPIA (1984), SONNETS (1989), THE FORMAL FIELD OF KISSING (1990), THE DESIRES OF MOTHERS TO PLEASE OTHERS IN LETTERS (1994), and PROPER NAME AND OTHER STORIES (1996). In 1992, New Directions published A BERNADETTE MAYER READER, which included excerpts from all of her books in addition to new material.

From the guide to the Bernadette Mayer Papers, 1958 - 1996, (Mandeville Special Collections Library)

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Joe Brainard Letters, 1957-1994 Mandeville Special Collections Library
referencedIn Charlie Vermont Papers, 1965-1983 University of California, San Diego. Geisel Library. Mandeville Special Collections Library.
referencedIn Gary Snyder Papers, 1910-2003;, (1945-2002 bulk) University of California, Davis. General Library. . Dept. of Special Collections
referencedIn 0 to 9 Archive, 1967-1969 Fales Library & Special Collections
referencedIn New Directions Publishing Corp. records, ca. 1933-1997. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Larry Fagin Papers., n.d., 1958-1977. Archives & Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Center.
referencedIn Fanny Howe Papers, 1924-1993 Stanford University. Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.
referencedIn Ron Padgett papers, 1929-2008 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Maureen Owen Papers, 1970-2000 University of California, San Diego. Geisel Library. Mandeville Special Collections Library.
creatorOf Bernadette Mayer Papers, 1958 - 1996 Mandeville Special Collections Library
referencedIn Manuscripts and proofs of New Directions books, 1937-1997. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Howe, Fanny. Papers, 1980-1990 Stanford University. Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.
referencedIn Page Mothers Conference Tapes, 1999 University of California, San Diego. Geisel Library. Mandeville Special Collections Library.
creatorOf Michael Gizzi papers, Gizzi (Michael) Papers, circa 1940-2010 John Hay Library, Special Collections
referencedIn Gerard Malanga Papers, 1944-1971 Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries
referencedIn United Artists (New York, N.Y.) Records, 1977-1983 University of California, San Diego. Geisel Library. Mandeville Special Collections Library.
referencedIn Philip Whalen Correspondence, 1978-1987 University of California, Davis. General Library. . Dept. of Special Collections
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correspondedWith Andrews, Bruce, 1948- person
associatedWith Ashbery, John, 1927- person
correspondedWith Banks, Russell, 1940- person
correspondedWith Berkson, Bill, correspondent person
correspondedWith Bernstein, Charles, 1950- person
correspondedWith Berrigan, Ted, correspondent person
correspondedWith Brainard, Joe, 1942-1994 person
associatedWith Coolidge, Clark, 1939- person
associatedWith Corbett, Bill person
correspondedWith Corbett, William, 1942- person
correspondedWith Creeley, Robert, 1926-2005 person
correspondedWith Fagin, Larry. person
associatedWith Gilfillan, Merrill, 1945- person
associatedWith Gizzi, Barbieo Barros person
associatedWith Gizzi, Michael person
associatedWith Gizzi, Peter person
correspondedWith Hejinian, Lyn, correspondent person
associatedWith Howe, Fanny person
correspondedWith Howe, Fanny, correspondent person
associatedWith Howe, Fanny Quincy. person
correspondedWith Jackson, Laura Riding, 1901-1991 person
correspondedWith Mac Low, Jackson, correspondent person
associatedWith Malanga, Gerard. person
associatedWith New Directions Publishing Corp. corporateBody
correspondedWith Notley, Alice, 1945- person
correspondedWith Owen, Maureen, 1943- person
associatedWith Padgett, Ron, 1942- person
associatedWith Qua Books. corporateBody
correspondedWith Rothenberg, Jerome, 1931- person
correspondedWith Silliman, Ronald, 1946- person
associatedWith Snyder, Gary person
associatedWith Stanley, George, 1934- person
associatedWith United Artists (New York, N.Y.) corporateBody
correspondedWith Vermont, Charlie person
correspondedWith Waldman, Anne, 1945- person
associatedWith Waldrop, Keith person
associatedWith Waldrop, Rosemarie person
associatedWith Warsh, Lewis person
correspondedWith Warsh, Lewis, correspondent person
associatedWith Watson, Craig, 1950- person
correspondedWith Weiner, Hannah, correspondent person
correspondedWith Whalen, Philip person
correspondedWith Whalen, Philip, correspondent person
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