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Underground literary magazines exerted a powerful influence on shifting, and often contradictory, literary trends during most of the 20th century. These publications, called "little magazines" because of their small press runs, are often inspired, produced, and edited by individual poets. While many of these magazines endured for only a short time, their edgy and often controversial ideas strongly influenced other writers. The University of Connecticut has collected and preserved many little magazines, making its collection robust and of great research value. This exhibit presents an overview of the collection and highlights little magazines that were produced and inspired by poets whose personal papers are located in the Literary Archives of the University of Connecticut.


A timeline with actual issues on display shows the growth of little magazines through the years. Another part of the exhibit highlights the following influential titles and their poet editors:
· Bill Berkson: Big Sky
· Larry Fagin: Adventures in Poetry
· Robert Creeley: The Black Mountain Review
· Ed Dorn: Rolling Stock
· Ed Sanders: Fuck You, a magazine of the arts
· Cid Corman: Origin
· Joel Oppenheimer: The Poetry Project
· John Wieners: Measure
· Diane di Prima: The Floating Bear

Dodd Center Gallery
Curator: Rutherford Witthus