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Hugh Fox

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Hugh Fox (b. 1932) is an American novelist, critic, and poet. Fox was one of the founders (along with the likes of Ralph Ellison, Anais Nin, Paul Bowles, Joyce Carol Oates and Buckminster Fuller) of the Pushcart Prize for literature.[1] He has been published in numerous literary magazines and was the first writer to publish a critical study of Charles Bukowski.[2][3] He was Editor of Ghost Dance: The International Quarterly of Experimental Poetry from 1968-1995. The most recent of his 105 books are Collected Poetry (World Audience, 2008), Ghosts (Green Panda Press, 2008) and Alex (Rubicon Press,2008).

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Biography

Early Life and Education

Fox was born and raised in Chicago as a devout Catholic, but converted to Judaism in later life.[4] He had polio as a kid and was the first human being to receive a pre-Salk serum that worked. But because he had been crippled for more than a year and his father was an ex-violinist turned M.D. and his mother a frustrated non-acting actress, he spent his childhood studying violin, piano, composition and opera with his Viennese teacher Zerlina Muhlman Metzger. He received a M.A. degree in English from Loyola University in Chicago and his Ph.D. in American Literature from the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign).

Personal Life

Fox met his first wife, a Peruvian woman named Lucia Ungaro de Zevallos, while at Urbana-Campaign. While a professor at Michigan State Univerity, he met his second wife Nona Grimes. They were married in 1970. He met his third wife Maria Bernadete Costa in Brazil in 1978.

Literary Career

Fox was a Professor of American Literature from 1958-1968 at Loyola University in Los Angeles. Fox received Fulbright Professsorships at the University of Hermosillo in Mexico in 1961, the Instituto Pedagogico and Universidad Catlica in Caracas from 1964 to 1966, and at the University of Santa Catarina in Brazil from 1978-1980. He became a professor at Michigan State University in the Department of American Thought and Language in 1968 until his retirement in 1999.[5] He studied Latin American literature at the University of Buenos Aires on an OAS grant and spent a year as an archaeologist in the Atacama Desert in Chile in 1986. He was a founding board member of the Pushcart Prize, a publisher of the well-regarded avant-garde literary magazine Ghost Dance(1968-1995), founder of the seminal organization for little magazines and small presses COSMEP, a reviewer of thousands of chapbooks, magazines and books, and the author of the first critical study of Charles Bukowski.[6] Ibbetson Press published Fox's memoirs of the small press movement, Way, Way Off the Road, in 2006. Fox was a contributing reviewer on Smith/ Pulpsmith, Choice etc. and currently is a contributing reviewer to SPR and SMR. He is listed in Who's Who: The Two Thousand Most Important Writers in the Last Millenium, Dictionary of Middlewestern Writers, and The International Who's Who.[7]

COSMEP

COSMEP was founded at Berkeley in November 1968.

Selected Bibliography

•Defiance, Higganum Hill Press,Higganum, Connecticut, 2006.

•The Collected Poetry, Thrope Springs Press, Austin, TX 2006

•Time, Presa Press, Rockford, Michigan, 2005.

•Blood Cocoon, Presa Press, Rockford Michigan, 2005 (Connie Fox)

•Black Frogs, Mystery Island Publications (www.mysteryisland.net), 2004.

•Hugh Fox: Greatest Hits, 1968-2001, Pudding House Publications, Johnstown, Ohio, 2003.

•Voices, Three-Legged Dog Press, Plymouth, Michigan, 2002.

•Boston: A Long Poem, Ibbetson Street Press, Somerville, Massachusetts, 2002.

•The Angel of Death: O Anjo da Morte, Ibbetson Street Press, Somerville, Massachusetts, undated. 2001 (?).

•Slides, special edition of Lilliput Review, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, July, 2000.

•Back, Ye Olde Font Shoppe, New Haven, Connecticut, 1999.

•Strata, Mayapple Press, Saginaw, Michigan, 1998.

•Techniques, K.C./Chicago Poems, Scars Publications, Chicago, Illinois,1995.

•Once, Permeable Press, San Francisco, California, 1995.

•The Sacred Cave and Other Poems, Omega Cat Press, Cupertino, California, 1992.

•Jamais Vu, Dusty Dog, Zuni, New Mexico, 1992.

•Entre Nous, Trout Creek Press, Parkdale, Oregon, 1992. (Connie Fox.)

•Time, The Plowman, Ontario, Canada, 1992.

•For Richard (Dick) Thomas� Fiftieth Birthday, Zerx Press, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 1991.

•Our Lady of Laussel, Spectacular Diseases Press, Peterborough, England, 1991 (Connie Fox).

•Song of Christopher, Clock Radio,n.p., 1987.

•Nachthymnen, J. Muddfoot, Mudborn Press, Santa Barbara, California, 1986.(Connie Fox)

•10170, Trout Creek Press, Parkdale, Oregon, 1986. (Connie Fox)

•Babicka, Kangaroo Court Publishing, Erie, Pennslvania, 1986.(Connie Fox)

•Oma: A Long Poem About the Amerindian Year Cycle Seen Through the Eyes of the Goddesses, Implosion Press, Stow, Ohio, 1985.

•The Dream of the Black Topaze Chamber: The Poem Cycle, Ghost Poney Press, Madison, Wisconsin, 1983. (as Connie Fox)

•Almazora 42, Laughing Bear Press, San Jose, California, 1982.

•Yo Yo Poems, Allegra Press, East Lansing, Michigan, 1977.

•The Face of Guy Lombardo, The Fault Press, Fremont, California, 1976.

•Huaca, Ghost Dance Press, East Lansing, Michigan, 1975.

•Survival Handbook: For my Son (And Youngest Daughter), Cat�s Pajamas , Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1972.

•Handbook Against Gorgons, A Ghost Dance Press Pilot Edition, East Lansing, Michigan, 1971. (Drawings by E. Vigo).

•Echoes Off the Human Tribe, Hellric Publications, Boston, 1971.

•Paralytic Grandpa Dream Secretions, Morgan Press, Milwaukee, Wisconsin,1971.

•The Industrial Ablution, Ghost Dance Press, E. Lansing, Michigan, 1971 (Graphics by Deisler).

•Kansas City Westport Mantras, A Ghost Dance Press Pilot Edition, East Lansing, Michigan, January, 1971.

•The Ecological Suicide Bus, Camels Coming Press, San Francisco, California, 1970.

•The Permeable Man, Black Sun Press, Brooklyn, New York, 1969.

•Son of Camelot Meets the Wolfman, Quixote, Madison, Wisconsin, 1969.

•Glyphs, Fat Frog Press, San Bruno, California, 1969.

•Capabilities (drawings in Part I by Cathy Cuiss), Ghost Dance Press, East Lansing, Michigan, 1969.

•Open Letter to a Closed System, Mercenary Press, Cleveland, Ohio, 1969.

•Apotheosis of Olde Towne, Fat Frog Press, San Bruno, California, 1968.

•The Headless Centaurs--Their Voyage and Conquest, centerfold book in The Wormwood Review, Storrs, Connecticut, Vol.8, No.4, Issue Number 32, 1968.

•Eye Into Now, Ediciones de la Frontera, Los Angeles, California, 1967.

•Soul-Catcher Songs, Ediciones de la Frontera, Los Angeles, California, 1967.

•40 Poems, Colecin Nuestro Tiempo, Caracas, Venezuela, 1966.

•Skin, Gland Press (really Abyss...this is a satire on early Lifshin), Somerville, Massachusetts, no date.

•The Angel of the Chairs, a series of 6 poems with accompanying lithographs by the Argentinian artist, Amalia Cortina Aravena, Ghost Dance Press, East Lansing, Michigan, undated, but probably 1971. One copy in the Special Collections at Michigan State U. library, 2 copies in the possession of the author, the rest destroyed.

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Notes and references

  1. http://www.litkicks.com/HughFox/
  2. http://content.cdlib.org/view?docId=kt1q2n99st&doc.view=entire_text&brand=oac
  3. http://www.litkicks.com/HughFox/
  4. http://poetrydispatch.wordpress.com/2009/04/23/hugh-fox-icehouse-thirteen-keys-to-talmud/
  5. http://www.juice-press.com/poetry/links/hughfoxbio.html
  6. litkicks.com: Hugh Fox
  7. Poet's Encyclopedia: Hugh Fox
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