Matthew Cook and Nathan Miller
On April 14, 1962 poet and English instructor Lewis Turco announced the founding of the Poetry Center at Fenn College. As the director of the center, over the next two years Turco would propel the program forward to achieve great success and a lasting legacy in the Cleveland community.
In those two years, the poetry center would attract such prominent and legendary authors such as William Golding, author of Lord of the Flies, Kenyon College critic John Crowe Ransom, and Paris Review poetry editor X. J. Kennedy.
Under Turco’s direction, the center demonstrated its dedication to sponsoring and promoting local Cleveland literature programs as well as playing host to numerous Ohio programs in writing and literature, such as the Ohio Versewriters' Conference...
Joanne K. Cornelius, Bruce Edwards, and Carla Conroy
As poet, artist and publisher, d.a. levy was an important literary and underground figure in Cleveland's emerging poetry and small/alternative press scene in the early 1960s and continued to be until his untimely death in 1968.
levy documented his love-hate relationship with the city and the politics of the day through his poetry and art which today provides a unique political and social perspective of 1960s Cleveland. Considered a visionary by many of his contemporaries, levy transcended the geographical boundaries of the city as well, with his work acknowledged by such nationally renowned poets as Allen Ginsberg and Gary Snyder. Read more...
This on-line collection showcases materials from the Michael Schwartz Library's d.a. levy Collection at Cleveland State University and includes levy's poetry and artwork from the 1960s. Examples of work by his contemporaries, many of whom he published and/or collaborated with in his various publications are also available in the Library’s Special Collections Department.