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Jed Birmingham on William S. Burroughs Collecting

Kulchur 1, Front

Kulchur 1 (View complete issue)
(Spring 1960)
Editor Marc Schleifer; Managing Editors: John Fles, Charles Olson, Leroi Jones, Martin Williams, Donald Phelps. Cover by Stephen Solosy. Selected Contributors: William Burroughs (“The Conspiracy”); Allen Ginsberg (“Paterson”; Diane Di Prima (“Whims”); Charles Olson (“Pieces of Time”; Basil King (“Drawings”); Paul Bowles (“Ketema Taza”).


Kulchur 2, Front

Kulchur 2
(1960)
Editor Marc Schleifer; Managing Editors: John Fles, Charles Olson, Leroi Jones, Martin Williams, Donald Phelps. Cover Photograph by Charles Rotmil. Selected contributors Joel Oppenheimer (“A View of the Trinity”); Paul Bowles (“The Ball at Sidi Hosni”); Paul Goodman (“The Fate of Dr. Reich’s Books”); Charles Olson (“Postscript to Proprioception & Logography”); Gregory Corso (“Two Weather Vanes”); Diane Di Prima (“Notes Towards Something”); Leroi Jones (“Cuba Libre”).


Kulchur 3, Front

Kulchur 3
(1961)
Editor Marc Schleifer; Poetry Editor Gilbert Sorrentino; Contributing Editors: John Fles, Charles Olson, Diane Di Prima, A.B. Spellman; Leroi Jones, Martin Williams, Donald Phelps. Cover photograph by Leroy McLucas. Selected contributors Jack Kerouac (“Dave”); Charles Olson (“Bridge-Work); William Burroughs (“In Search of Yage”); Gary Snyder (“The Ship in Yokohama”); Tuli Kupferberg (“Death & Love”); Allen Ginsberg (“Breughel-Triumph of Death”); Paul Bowles (“Kif”); Herbert Huncke (“Elsie”).


Kulchur 4, Front

Kulchur 4
(1961)
President Lita Hornick; Editor Marc Schleifer; Guest Editor Gilbert Sorrentino; Contributing Editors: John Fles, Charles Olson, Diane Di Prima; A.B. Spellman, Leroi Jones, Donald Phelps. Cover photgraph of Inspector Maigret (William Burroughs) and Sam Spade (Jack Kerouac). Selected Contributors: Osmond Beckwith (“The Oddness of Oz”); Edward Dorn (“What I See in the Maximus Poems I”); Leroi Jones (“African Slaves/American Slaves: Music Of”); Robert Duncan (“Ideas of the Meaning of Form”); Louis Zukofsky (“Modern Times”).


Kulchur 5, Front

Kulchur 5
(Spring 1962)
President Lita Hornick; Editor on leave of absence Marc Schleifer; Guest Editor Joel Oppenheimer; Poetry Editor Gilbert Sorrentino; Jazz Editor Leroi Jones; Contributing Editors: Charles Olson, Diane Di Prima; A.B. Spellman. Cover photograph by Arthur Freed. Selected contributions Louis Zukofsky (“Little Baron Snorck”); Charles Olson (“the hinges of civilization to be put back on the door”); Kenneth Koch (“Canto”); Leroi Jones (“Tokenism: 300 Years for 5 cents”); Louis and Celia Zukofsky (“Translating Catullus”); A.B. Spellman (“Next to Last Generation of Blues Singers”); Frank O’Hara (“Art Chronicle”).


Kulchur 6, Front

Kulchur 6
(Summer 1962)
Editor on leave of absence Marc Schleifer; Managing Editor Lita Hornick; Poetry Editor Gilbert Sorrentino; Music Editor Leroi Jones; Art Editor Frank O’Hara; Contributing Editors: Charles Olson, Diane Di Prima; A.B. Spellman, Donald Phelps. Cover Photography of Jack Gilbert’s The Apple at the Living Theatre. Denise Levertov (“An English Event”); Julian Beck (“Broadway and Living Theatre Dynamic”); Jerome Rothenberg and Robert Creeley (“An Exchange”); Robert Kelly (“Staccato for Tarots: I); Frank O’Hara (Art Chronicle); Louis Zukofsky (“Arise, Arise”).


Kulchur 7, Front

Kulchur 7
(Autumn 1962)
Managing editor Lita Hornick; Music Editor Leroi Jones; Book Editor Gilbert Sorrentino; Art Editor Frank O’Hara; Joseph LeSueur Theatre Editor; Film Editor Bill Berkson; Contributing Editors: Charles Olson, Diane Di Prima; A.B. Spellman, Donald Phelps. Cover art Franz Kline. Contributions: Edward Dorn (“Notes More or Less Relevant to Burroughs and Trocchi”); Louis Zukofsky (“Five Statements for Poetry”); Leroi Jones (“Introducing Bobby Bradford”); Fielding Dawson (“A Summer to Remember”).


Kulchur 8, Front

Kulchur 8
(Winter 1962)
Managing editor Lita Hornick; Music Editor Leroi Jones; Book Editor Gilbert Sorrentino; Art Editor Frank O’Hara; Joseph LeSueur Theatre Editor; Film Editor Bill Berkson; Contributing Editors: Charles Olson, Diane Di Prima; A.B. Spellman, Donald Phelps. Cover photograph by Leroy McLucas. Contributors: Michael McClure (“Phi Upsilon Kappa”); Fielding Dawson (“Come September”); Denise Levertov (“Letters to the Editor”); Gilbert Sorrentino (“Kitsch into Art: The New Realism”).


Kulchur 9, Front

Kulchur 9
(Spring 1963)
Managing editor Lita Hornick; Music Editor Leroi Jones; Book Editor Gilbert Sorrentino; Art Editor Frank O’Hara; Joseph LeSueur Theatre Editor; Film Editor Bill Berkson; Contributing Editors: Charles Olson, Diane Di Prima; A.B. Spellman, Donald Phelps. Cover Drawing Larry Rivers. Contributors: Leroi Jones (“The Toliet”); Diane Di Prima (“Murder Cake”; Barbara Guest (“The Dark Muse”); Kenward Elmslie (“The Aleutians”).


Kulchur 10, Front

Kulchur 10
(Summer 1963)
Managing editor Lita Hornick; Music Editor Leroi Jones; Book Editor Gilbert Sorrentino; Art Editor Frank O’Hara; Joseph LeSueur Theatre Editor; Film Editor Bill Berkson; Contributing Editors: Charles Olson, Diane Di Prima; A.B. Spellman, Donald Phelps. Cover Photograph: Balanchine Choreographing Contributions: George Oppen (“The Mind’s Own Place”); Paul Blackburn (“The Grinding Down”); Edwin Denby (“Balanchine Choreographing”); Louis Zukofsky (“A Statement for Poetry (1950)”); Larry Eigner (“Walls Dispose a City”); Gilbert Sorrentino (“Remembrances of Bop in New York 1945-1950).


Kulchur 11, Front

Kulchur 11
(Autumn 1963)
Managing editor Lita Hornick; Music Editor Leroi Jones; Art Editor Frank O’Hara; Joseph LeSueur Theatre Editor; Film Editor Bill Berkson; Contributing Editors: Charles Olson, Gilbert Sorrentino; A.B. Spellman. Contributions: W.S. Merwin (“A New Right Arm”); Robert Duncan (“Love”); Edward Dorn (“The New Frontier”); Louis Zukofsky (“Ezra Pound”); Walter Lowenfels (“Bob Brown”); Joseph LeSueur (“Our First Theature of Cruelty”).


Kulchur 12, Front

Kulchur 12
(Winter 1963)
Managing editor Lita Hornick; Music Editor Leroi Jones; Art Editor Frank O’Hara; Joseph LeSueur Theatre Editor; Contributing Editors: Charles Olson, Gilbert Sorrentino; A.B. Spellman, Bill Berkson. Contributions: Ed Dorn (“Clay”); Leroi Jones (“Expressive Language,” “Exaugural Address: For Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy who has had to eat too much shit”); Rights Some Personal Reactions.


Kulchur 13, Front

Kulchur 13
(Spring 1964)
Editor Lita Hornick; Music Editor Leroi Jones; Art Editor Frank O’Hara; Joseph LeSueur Theatre Editor; Contributing Editors: Charles Olson, Gilbert Sorrentino; A.B. Spellman, Bill Berkson. Cover: Andy Warhol’s The Kiss. Contributions: Allen Ginsberg (“The Change: Kyoto-Tokyo Express July 18, 1963″); Gilbert Sorrentino (“The Art of Hubert Selby”); Richard Brautigan (“The Post Office of Eastern Oregon”); Pauline Kael (“Film Review”); Warren Tallman (“Robert Creeley’s Portrait of the Artist”).


Kulchur 14, Front

Kulchur 14
(Summer 1964)
Editor Lita Hornick; Contributing Editors Leroi Jones; Frank O’Hara; Joseph LeSueur; Gilbert Sorrentino; A.B. Spellman, Bill Berkson. Cover by Joe Brainard. Contributions: Robert Creeley (“A Note on Louis Zukofsky”); Mack Thomas (“The Fable of Orby Dobbs”); Michael McClure (“Reason”); Walter Lowenfels (“Michael Fraenkel”); Clayton Eshleman (“from the Poemas Humanos of Cesar Vallejo”).


Kulchur 15, Front

Kulchur 15
(Autumn 1964)
Editor Lita Hornick; Contributing Editors Leroi Jones; Frank O’Hara; Joseph LeSueur; Gilbert Sorrentino. Cover by Robert Rauschenberg. Contributions: Donatella Manganotti (“The Final Fix”); Nicolas Calas (“Robert Rauschenberg”); George Bowering (“The New American Prosody”); Walter Lowenfels (“Last Conversation with Fraenkel”).


Kulchur 16, Front

Kulchur 16
(Winter 1964)
Editor Lita Hornick; Contributing Editor Leroi Jones. Cover by Al Held. Contributions: Interview with Andy Warhol by Gerard Malanga; Leroi Jones (“Two Poems”); Soren Agenoux (“The Gruesome Operative Contradiction Function in Civilized Living from 1923 to 1963″); Jack Hirschman (“Constellations”); Book Review by Ted Berrigan, Gerard Malanga, Rochelle Owens, Gilbert Sorrentino.


Kulchur 17, Front

Kulchur 17
(Spring 1965)
Editor Lita Hornick; Contributing Editor Leroi Jones. Cover by Robert Indiana. Contributions: Carl Belz (“Pop Art, New Humanism and Death”); Ron Padgett (“Sound and Poetry”); Leroi Jones (“Corregidor”); Book Review by Ted Berrigan, Ron Padgett, Kenneth Irby, George Bowering et al.


Kulchur 18, Front

Kulchur 18
(Summer 1965)
Editor Lita Hornick; Contributing Editor Leroi Jones. Cover photograph of Knox Martin. Contributions: Joe Brainard (“Sunday, July the 30th, 1964″); Armand Schwerner (“Wallace Stevens: The Movements within the Rock”); Book Reviews by Ron Padgett, Ted Berrigan, John Sinclair, Margaret Randall et al.


Kulchur 19, Front

Kulchur 19
(Autumn 1965)
Editor Lita Hornick; Contributing Editor Leroi Jones. Cover by James Mitchell. Contributions: Ron Padgett (“Bill”); Ted Berrigan (“A Boke”); Dick Gallup (“Two Scenes from The Bingo”); Ron Padgett (“Pere Ubu’s Alphabet”); Book Reviews: Aram Saroyan, Ted Berrigan, Gerard Malanga, Clatyon Eshleman et al.


Kulchur 20, Front

Kulchur 20
(Winter 1965)
Editor Lita Hornick. Cover Photograph of James Waring. Ted Berrigan (“Sonnets”); Ted Berrigan & Ron Padgett (“Big Travel Dialogues”); Ron Padgett & Joe Brainard (“Go Lovely Rose”); Gerard Malanga (Interview with James Waring); Armand Schwerner (“Prologue in Six Parts”): Book Reviews: Ted Berrigan, Thomas Clark, David Meltzer, Fielding Dawson et al.


Written by Jed Birmingham and published by RealityStudio on 1 February 2007. The archive does not list all contributors or reproduce the table of contents. The partial listings serve to indicate the shifting alliances and content of Kulchur. Also see the companion pieces Kulchur and “The Conspiracy” and Kulchur 3.
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Comments Total: 7
Charles Rotmil
May 2 2007
5:33 pm

hi
I took the cover photo for Kulchur 2…of Bob Thompson …the painter…

is it possible to get a copy?

Charles Rotmil

fantastic issues…

Judith Wilson
Jul 27 2007
7:06 am

I’m doing research on Bob Thompson and would like to contact Charles Rotmil about his photo for Kulchur 2. Can you either send him my email address or tell me how to get in touch with him?

Thanks for putting Kulchur covers and info online. This sure beats the blurry Xeroxes I was able to make at a university library back in the mid-80s!

Chuck Taylor
May 11 2011
8:34 am

Leroy McLucas, or Leroy Lucas, lives today in Austin, Texas. I have his business card if anyone is interested in contacting him. He did a book with Ed Dorn on the Shonone Indians. He did covers for Kulcher and for other New York city publishers. He tod me once he kept for Jack Kerouac his jazz collection. He is mentioned in Hettie Jones’ memoir on page 198. Lost figure of the Beat Generation and the Black Arts movement.

Gill Tasker
Nov 10 2011
11:54 am

Exciting to see all of this! Just wondering if the comparative article on Burroughs and Trocchi by Ed Dorn in Kulchur no. 7 is available online anywhere? If not, looks like it’ll be off to the British Library for me. Many thanks.

Zoe Chalvatzi
Mar 8 2012
12:47 pm

hi i’m planning to do my master thesis on Kulchur magazine
and i am very interested in the covers
I just started my research
so
could you please tell me where could i find some information about stephen solosy?because i really did not find anything about him or his works.
thank you!

Nigel Burch
Aug 8 2013
12:27 pm

I’ve got a copy of Kulchur 15 featuring article on Burroughs by Donatella Manganotti. Where could I sell it?

Libby Hopfauf
Nov 26 2013
1:44 am

I am doing research on John Wieners and am wondering if I can possibly get a photocopy of Kulchur 2 (pages 94-95)? I have heard this is a review of Wieners’ The Hotel Wentley Poems by Jones.

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