the spirit of d.a levy looms large over the city of cleveland, and his work as a poet,
artist, publisher, & cultural icon continues to inspire & inform the literary landscape.
the d.a. levy center for progressive poetics exists to perpetuate his legacy,
and celebrate the creative genius of cleveland's "mimeograph revolution" poets.
Please see the below events and commemorative projects.

levy drawing by Aleathia Drehmer

Important New Publication . . .

d.a.levy &
the mimeograph revolution

edited by Larry Smith and Ingrid Swanberg
Published by Bottom Dog Press

Chronology of his life and work/Biographical essays. Photographs/Interviews, Profiles, Statements, Letters, Art Work, Collage, Poems Critical appreciations of his writing and art/  "Cleveland Prints" in full color

Contributors: Ed Sanders, T.L. Kryss, rjs, Karl Young, Allen Frost, Joel Lipman, Kent Taylor, Mark Kuhar, Ingrid Swanberg, Larry Smith, Russell Salamon, John Jacob, Doug Manson, Michael Basinski, Jim Lang, and others

Book includes 2006 dvd of Kon Petrochuk's film  
if i scratch, if i write

Order from Bottom Dog Press




     levy links:

d.a. levy home page


about poetry

gary snyder's famous levy essay

a d.a levy chronology

Tracing the Places of  d.a. levy (1942-1968)

d.a. levy archive at kent state university

d.a. levy memory project

a d.a. levy satellite

mission statement

the d.a. levy center for progressive poetics & the art of the spoken word
is a virtual organization, the mission of which is:

1. to perpetuate the literary legacy of cleveland's late, legendary poet, artist & underground publisher d.a. levy, as well as cleveland's "mimeograph revolution" poets of the 1960s.

2. to work with cleveland state university toward its goal of establishing a permanent collection of original d.a. levy material.

3. to encourage an english literature curriculum at cleveland-area colleges and high schools that includes the study of work from local poets both past and present, and emphazises the role of poetry as a community value.

4. to sponsor live readings of levy's work.

5. to push local government to create a "d.a. levy/poetry in cleveland" day of recognition on october 29 of each year (levy's birthday).

6. to work toward the establishment of " levyfest, " a yearly literary symposium that includes scholarly analysis of levy's work, examines the connection between art and poetry, looks at the role of the small-press publisher, offers writing workshops, features live readings & street performance, & concludes with one hell of a big party.

7. to establish a bi-yearly literary journal of experimental poetics.

8. to be an active supporter of first-amendment rights, banned books week, and to work toward the repeal of the anti-american 'patriot act.'

9. to support independent bookstores.

10. to create alliances with institutes of higher learning and literary organizations that share the goals of the d.a levy center for progressive poetics & the art of the spoken word.


-- mark s kuhar, self-appointed executive director

cleveland state university is interested in acquiring original d.a. levy
material as part of its efforts to establish a special collection.
please contact joanne cornelius, or
if you have levy material to sell or know anyone who does.



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