The Grand Piano

San Francisco 1975–80

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Bay Area Experimental Writing

The second half of the 1970s and the early Reagan years saw an explosion of literary activity in the Bay Area. This page offers the beginning of an archive of this lively writing scene. Poetry readings, public talks, residencies, performances, literary presses and magazines flourished:

An intense and comradely community and social life provided both backdrop and stimulus to the hectic pace of artistic activity. The Grand Piano recalls some of the events of these days. Others have recalled them too — e.g. poets

Collaborative Essays

Some of The Grand Piano authors collaborated in writing essays on Language poetry and its poetics during the 1980s. The first was for the French magazine Change and the second for Social Text, a journal of "Theory/Culture/Ideology" based in New York. READ MORE >>