BAY AREA WRITERS ARCHIVES

$975 of $925 goal

Raised by 26 people in 12 months
Back in 1976/1977, I taught a class called "Bay Area Writers" at a new experimental college north of San Francisco, called Indian Valley Colleges. The campus--all redwood and glass--won an architectural award from Alan Temko of the SF Chronicle (who appears as a character in at least one of the Kerouac novels), We were filled with a lot of spirit and also, luckily, a lot of money.
My class came with funding attached so I was able to invite writers--Robert Duncan, Robert Creeley, Michael McClure, Jack Gilbert, Linda Gregg, Bobbie Louise Hawkins, JoAnne Kyger, Jack Micheline, and plenty more to class where they discussed their work, answered questions, and did readings of their work. These were wonderful evenings, filled with fine poetry and the generous spirits of these artists.
We videotaped the events and they have been sitting in boxes, old 3/4" "industrial" type video cassettes that are as outmoded as 8-track stereo cartridges, ever since.
Now, thanks to the magic technologies of reconnecting with people from one's past, it has come to pass that the original videographer can oversee transferring these tapes into a digital format which can then be duplicated on DVDs or stored on flash drives as well as uploaded to a dedicated youtube channel.
This task will require a modest amount of money to ship the tapes across country and to purchase the storage drives to transfer them on to.
I'm presenting this information so I can do a little crowdsourcing and ask that if there are those who would like to help make this happen, they can contribute a few dollars.  The rewards will be the Youtube channel where you can watch Jack Micheline sing, "It's the dead that rule this world," watch Robert Duncan read, "My mother would be a falconress," watch Michael McClure tell the story of how he was inspired to write, "The Beard," and more.  This project will present 18 iconic writers, associated with the San Francisco Bay Area, including dynamic readings of their works and candid discussions of their views, including insights into their creative processes.
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Thanks to the generous donators of the last couple of days, we are 25 dollars away from our goal so all systems are go! May the angels of poetry sing to you in your dreams!!
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Just a reminder that the YouTube channel is now live and operative and new material will be added weekly until the series is complete. The 3/4" tape machine did die a groaning death while digitizing the third to last tape and we need an additional $150.00 to rent a machine for the final transfers. All donors have been very generous. If you know of anyone else who can contribute to the completion of this project, please pass this along to them. Thanks to all and I hope you are enjoying the videos.
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Thanks to the generous contributions made by all of you, I am very happy to announce that the Bay Area Writers YouTube channel has now been launched!! We have decided to roll out the full collection over the next several weeks. The initial launch features Jack Gilbert, Linda Gregg, Michael McClure, and Jack Micheline.. If you subscribe to the YouTube channel, you will be informed when new material is added. You can also check back each week on your own if you prefer. To access the channel, simply go to YouTube and in the search function, type "Bay Area Writers" the icon for the page is an old typewriter keyboard and the cover photo is of me, Jack Gilbert and Linda Gregg (left to right) just before the class began. Thank you so much for your generous contribution and let me add an additional plea: The 3/4" video machine broke down while transferring one of the last tapes. Barry Schneier, who was the original videographer and who is doing the transfers , said the machine whimpered as it died. We need to rent a machine to do the last three tapes plus do some correcting and that will cost another 150.00. I am not asking any of you to contribute more than you have already done, but if you know someone you think would be interested in supporting this venture to completion, would appreciate if you pass along the gofundme campaign link to them. Notice when you go to the channel that there is a link to a Bay Area Writers blog on the banner. I have written small descriptive paragraphs to go along with each video--if you click the see more button below the author's name, you see them. The blog will feature longer pieces about the writers individually and about their presentations. Above all, enjoy the rare treat of seeing these writers from a unique perspective.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCttBlPM_vOsRwNdH3iWPFQg

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Just to let everyone know what's going on: the tapes have been converted to digital format, all but three. The 3/4" machine broke down and they are hard to come by since they are no longer used. Barry is following various leads to getting another one for the final couple of hours . Meanwhile, I have reviewed the ones that converted and despite the occasionally grainy minute or two, or a glitch or two, these tapes have captured the spirit of those evenings in the Spring of 1976 when a remarkable group of writers came to the beautiful new campus in the Marin foothills and gave so generously of their time to present their art to us, share their insights into the creative process, speak to the political climate at the end of the Vietnam War and the midst of the culture war. The youtube channel set up is the next step and we want to proceed carefully to get it done right. The youtube channel should be ready for viewing in a couple of weeks and I will let you know as soon as it is.

Thanks again for your generous contributions and stay tuned...
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$975 of $925 goal

Raised by 26 people in 12 months
Created January 25, 2017
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CM
$50
Cleveland Moffett
10 months ago
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I used to know Jack Gilbert in his Perugia days when he was in love with my sister in law Gianna Gelmetti struggling valiantly against the barrier of the Italian language. Before Yale and fame. I continued to meet and write to him for the rest of his life. The best event that ever happened to me. Then there was Linda Gregg carrying on.

SR
$25
Sheila Ross
11 months ago
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Almost there!!

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Anonymous
11 months ago
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LF
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Larry Felson
11 months ago
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Hooray! Great Project! (Meant to send this earlier...)

RW
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Ron Walashek
12 months ago
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Thanks for offering this opportunity.

ML
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Maureen Lomasney
12 months ago
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Yay! Done!

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