Collection contains works of avant-garde and visual poetry, mail
art, rubber stamp art, book and performance reviews, and announcements for public
John M. Bennett is an American author and artist whose work, though not well known to the
academic community, has made a significant contribution to the world of innovative poetry.
Born in Chicago, Bennett received his B.A. and M.A. from Washington University and his Ph.D.
from UCLA in 1970. He taught Hispanic literature from 1969 to 1976 at Ohio State University.
Bennett is the author of numerous books of poetry, all published by small presses, including
Luna Bisonte Prods, his own press. Much of his poetry relies upon the visual experience of
the poem for its effect. The interplay of texts with space, the physical appearance of the
page, and the printing process itself are all important elements in Bennett's work. He is
also one of a growing number of poets and artists who have made innovative use of
inexpensive mimeographic and xerographic processes. Luna Bisonte Prods, which he founded in
1976, publishes a variety of printed pieces including broadsides, rubber stamp art, labels,
and stickers. From 1975 to 2005 Bennett produced the Lost and Found Times.
Number of containers: 10 boxes
Linear feet: 3.2
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