Public Access Poetry

Even if you were watching the innovation called cable TV in 1977 and 1978, what are the chances that you saw a show titled Public Access Poetry? Produced by Poetry Project stalwarts Greg Masters, Gary Lenhart, David Herz, Didi Susan Dubelyew, Daniel Krakauer, Bob Rosenthal and Rochelle Kraut, PAP programs featured half-hour readings by a wide range of poets and performers who could roughly be categorized as “downtown,” more often than not linked in one way or another with the Poetry Project. The cable TV series lasted two seasons (one live, the other recorded for later airing) and was produced with little-to-no broadcasting experience by the PAP personnel.

Forty-six fragile open-reel videotapes of these shows were preserved and, in 2009, were donated to the Poetry Project by the PAP team. A grant and subsequent anonymous support supported the preservation and digitization of the first 31 of the original tapes. A successful Kickstarter campaign in Fall of 2011 allowed us to complete the transfer of the remaining tapes.

In April 2011, The Poetry Project, in collaboration with Anthology Film Archive, presented a two-program screening series at Anthology – one featured highlights from various episodes of Public Access Poetry and another showed three full episodes.

The Poetry Project, dedicated to making the Public Access Poetry archive available to the public, as envisioned by its producers more than 30 years ago, is happy to have collaborated with PennSound to make this possible. Poet Erica Hunt said it best, we must “reverse the decay of the the poetry record. Every one knows that watching a poet read is the 4th dimension of the text. As close to living witness as we can get pre-digitially.” Enjoy your journey into the 4th dimension.

Video hosting courtesy PennSound.

 

April 20, 1977

Simon Schuchat, Jim Brodey, and Karen Edwards

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May 19, 1977

Susie Timmons and Steve Levine

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June 9, 1977

Bob Rosenthal and Paul Violi

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June 16, 1977

Eileen Myles and Alice Notley

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July 7, 1977

Michael Scholnick and John Godfrey

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July 14, 1977

David Herz and Gary Lenhart

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July 21, 1977

Jeff Wright and John Yau

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August 4, 1977

Ted Berrigan and Harris Schiff

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August 18, 1977

Brad Gooch and Tim Dlugos

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August 25, 1977

Barbara Barg and Rose Lesniak

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September 1, 1977

Sara Miles and Bob Holman

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September 22, 1977

Tom Carey and Poez

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October 6, 1977

Steve Levine and Ted Greenwald

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October 13, 1977

Greg Masters and Robert Meyers

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October 17, 1977

Jude Webber, Didi Susan Dubelyew, Rochelle Kraut and Susie Timmons

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October 20, 1977

James Sherry and Yuki Hartman

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November 24, 1977

Michael Brownstein and Jim Brodey

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December 1, 1977

Rene Ricard and Camille O’Grady

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December 12, 1977

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December 8, 1977

Tom Savage and Tony Towle / Simon Pettet* and Steve Carey

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*Simon Pettet asked that we make available only an excerpt from his reading.

December 22, 1977

Nancy Ancrum and David Gitin

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January 5, 1978

Joel Oppenheimer

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January 12, 1978

Consumptive Poets League: Maggie Dubris. Elinor Nauen, Rachel Walling, Daniel Krakauer, Lenny Goldenstein, San Stokes

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January 26, 1978

Peter Orlovsky with Steven Hall and Arthur Russell, Jackson Mac Low, and Sharon Matlin

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February 16, 1978

Ron Padgett

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February 28, 1978

Maureen Owen and Robin Messing

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March 7, 1978

Bill Kushner and Michael Slater

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March 22, 1978

Vincent Katz and Paul Schneeman

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March 28, 1978

Joanne Kyger

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April 26, 1978

Bernadette Mayer and Lewis Warsh

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July 13, 1978

Regina Beck and Miguel Algarin

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Date Unknown

Harris Schiff and PennSound.

Public Access Poetry

Second Set of Recordings

May 26, 1977

Steve and Gloria Tropp


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June 23, 1977

Lenny Neufeld, Kill Krosen, and Peter Gordon


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July 28, 1977

Neil Hackman and Janet Hamill


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August 11, 1977

Steve Hamilton and Michael Lally


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September 15, 1977

Ed Friedman and Robert Kushner


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September 29, 1977

Lenny Goldstein and Eileen Myles


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December 29, 1977

Charles Bernstein


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Hannah Weiner


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January 29, 1978

Brian Breger and Chuck Wachtel


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February 9, 1978

Tom Johnson


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February 14, 1978

Lenny Goldstein, Tom Savage, Tony Towle, Bob Rosenthal, Greg Masters, David Herz, Gary Lenhart, and Rochelle Kraut


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March 21, 1978

Jeffrey Cyphers Wright and Bob Rosenthal


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May 8, 1978

Bob Heman and Mike Sappol


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July 27, 1978

Rochelle Kraut, Barbara Barg, Jim Brodey, Bob Holman, Daniel Krakauer, Steve Levine, Greg Masters, Alice Notley, Simon Pettet, Michael Scholnick, Jeff Wright, and Gary Lenhart


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Date Unknown

David Herz and Rebecca Klinger


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These sound recordings are being made available for noncommercial and educational use only.
All rights to this recorded material belong to the authors. © 2011 The Respective Authors.
Used with the permission of The Poetry Project and the Respective Authors. Distributed by PennSound.

Funding to preserve “Public Access Poetry” was made possible through a Consulting Fund re-grant from the New York State Literary Presenters Technical Assistance Program (LitTAP). LitTAP is made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), a State agency, and administered through Just Buffalo Literary Center. Additional funding was made possible through the generosity of two anonymous donors, as well as a Kickstarter camaign. All videos transferred by The Standby Program at MercerMedia with consulting support from Anthology Film Archives.