1956. Broadside (14” x 22”), printed in red and blue on white card stock.
In addition to writing poetry, Margolis was the editor/publisher of the Miscellaneous Man, a Beat Generation magazine and lesser known defendant in the 1957 obscenity trial which made Allen Ginsberg’s Howl famous. A month before they seized Howl, U.S. Customs officials seized Safford Chamberlain’s story “Our Kind of Love,” which was published in the magazine’s 10th issue (January 1957). This, along with Gil Orlovitz’s The Statement of Erika Keith and Other Stories, Poems, and a Play (Miscellaneous Man, Numbers 11-12) and Howl, which were purchased at City Lights Bookstore by plainclothes police officers, were at the heart of the obscenity trial.
Leslie Woolf Hedley (1921-2013), an accomplished writer and poet, was the publisher of the other sponsor of this reading, inferno. The Bay Area poetry journal was printed in eleven issues in the 1950s.
The Town Hall Theatre was in operation from 1955 to 1959. It is best known as the location on March 18, 1956 where the earliest known recordings of “Howl” was made.
The broadside was likely posted to advertise the event. It has the remnants of non-archival scotch tape in two spots, a bit of staining, and some general wear. A rare survivor with no copies recorded in OCLC or available in the marketplace. Item #72721