Larry Fagin - Private Manuscript Editing & Consultations

"I don't know of a better editor and teacher of poetry or prose than Fagin."  Allen Ginsberg

Photo: Ted Roeder

Photo: Ted Roeder

Larry Fagin is the author of 14 books of poetry, including Parade of the Caterpillars (Angel Hair, 1968); Twelve Poems (Angel Hair, 1972); Landscape, with George Schneeman (Angel Hair, 1972); Rhymes of a Jerk (Kulchur Foundation, 1974); Seven Poems (Big Sky, 1976); Poems Larry Fagin Drawings Richard Tuttle (Topia Press, 1977); I'll Be Seeing You: Selected Poems (Full Court Press, 1978); Stabs (Poltroon,1979); The List Poem (Teachers & Writers Collaborative, 1991); On the Pumice of Morons, with Clark Coolidge (The Figures, 1993); Dig & Delve, with Trevor Winkfield (Granary Books, 1999); Complete Fragments (Cuneiform Press, 2012).   Website            Poets & Writers article 2013      The New York Times visits Larry Fagin

Poet:  "Larry Fagin is an extraordinary poet who, exercising his skills as both small-press editor and free-lance teacher, has transferred vast amounts of poetic knowledge, critical acumen, good humor and sympathetic insight to innumerable students and readers far and wide. The fact that he has performed diligently in these capacities for over 40 years with no sign of let-up but remains continually alert and ever-enlarging in personal scope is, in itself, staggering. There is no one comparable to him in cultural breadth or clarity of approach. He gets results." — Bill Berkson

"Poet, editor, publisher, and teacher Larry Fagin has four of the most discriminating eyes and ears on the planet, and he's made a name for sharing his inordinately good taste and insider knowledge of writing, music, film, art, dance (where to stop?) with anyone who's smart enough to listen. Particularly for refugees from academia, there is a doctor in the house."- Alan Bernheimer

"Fagin's role as teacher, not to mention his work as publisher, curator, mentor & friend, is profound for the creation of the 3rd Gen NY School. . ." - Ron Silliman

Larry Fagin has mentored poets and writers for more than 40 years, both privately and in universities. In particular, he offers his private students, in person or online, the one-to-one attention that is almost impossible to achieve in university settings. As part of the wave of innovative writers who emerged in the early 1960s, Fagin is familiar with the most advanced writing techniques and welcomes students on all levels and in all disciplines: poetry, fiction, non-fiction, playwriting, and screenwriting.

Fagin suggests writing and reading assignments tailored to fit individual needs. He offers general guidance for publication and assists in the preparation of chapbooks.

Many of Fagin's students have had their work published in books, chapbooks, anthologies, and literary magazines, and have gone on to win prizes.

"I try to mirror my students, following their leads, " Fagin says, "helping them develop to the full extent of their abilities and discover what they do best as writers."

As an Editor:  Larry Fagin's editing skills are well-known among his fellow writers. Since 1967, he has proven his abilities as editor and publisher of Adventures in Poetry, issuing books by John Ashbery, Clark Coolidge, Bernadette Mayer, Carla Harryman, Jean Day, John Godfrey, Charles North, Kit Robinson, Alan Bernheimer, Merrill Gilfillan, Jack Collom, Lyn Hejinian, Kenward Elmslie and others. He has edited collections by Jamie MacInnis, Joseph Ceravolo and Michael Gizzi, and chapbooks by both established and younger writers. In the late 1970s, Fagin published a monthly newsletter, Un Poco Loco, each number dedicated to the work of an individual poet. He has been a guest editor at Shiny Magazine. In 1991, Teachers and Writers Collaborative brought out Fagin's The List Poem: A Guide to Teaching and Writing Catalog Verse. Currently, he is editing a selection of Clark Coolidge's poetry.

"I don't think there has been a better or more important publisher, editor, or champion of the highest in poetry in my lifetime than Larry Fagin. Beginning in the late 1960s, his now legendary small press, Adventures in Poetry, has brought together a remarkably high percentage of the poets who matter, whether or not they were well known, just becoming known, or entirely unknown at the time. There have been other admirable presses in the past 40 years, but none with the range and consistent interest of Adventures, none with the same sharp eye for what is vital regardless of its aesthetic or geographic or high or low profile, which is a testament not only to the taste but to the artistic integrity of its editor/publisher." — Charles North

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Complete Fragments from Cuneiform Press