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poet , curator of the "Avant Writing Collection

John Michael Bennett, American poet, librarian. Grantee Ohio Arts Council, 1979-1980, 82, 85, 1988-1996. Volunteer poetry therapist Central Ohio Psychiatric Hospital, 1979-1986. Member National Association for Poetry Therapy (certified 1985).

Background

Bennett, John Michael was born on October 12, 1942 in Chicago, Illinois, United States. Son of John William and Kathryn (Goldsmith) Bennett.

Education

Bachelor in Spanish and English with honors, Washington University, St. Louis, 1964. Master of Arts in Spanish, Washington University, 1966. Doctor of Philosophy in Latin American Lit, University of California at Los Angeles, 1970.

Career

As well as steadily producing and distributing his own work, Bennett, through "Luna Bisonte Prods", a small press founded in 1974, has published thousands of limited edition items by writers who compose visual poetry, word art, and other experimental fiction/art/poetry. Bennett's papers, and published works, as well as the results of his own publishing activities (including 30 years of "Lost & Found Times" magazine), are collected in several major institutions, including Louis, SUNY Buffalo, The Ohio State University and The Museum of Modern Art. Bennett himself is the curator of the "Avant Writing Collection", "The William S. Burroughs Collection", and "The Cervantes Collection" at the Ohio State University Libraries.

More information about Bennett's career, publishing activities and artistic endeavors can be found at his website.

Achievements

  • Bennett has won the attention of critic Richard Kostelanetz and other commentators on the avant-garde.

Works

Membership

Volunteer poetry therapist Central Ohio Psychiatric Hospital, 1979-1986. Member National Association for Poetry Therapy (certified 1985).

Interests

  • Other Interests

    Avocations: art, gardening.

Connections

Married Janifer Holley September 1964 (divorced 1980). 1 child, William E.; married C. Mehrl July 4, 1980. Children: Benjamin K., John A.

father:
John William Bennett

mother:
Kathryn (Goldsmith) Bennett

spouse:
Janifer Holley September 1964

spouse:
C. Mehrl July 4

child:
William E. Bennett

child:
Benjamin K. Bennett

child:
John A. Bennett