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Allan Porter

Allan Porter was a participant at the first-of-its-kind Poetry Slam at the Seven Arts coffee shop on the corner of 43rd and 9th avenue in New York in 1953-1959. He was part of a collective group that met at the coffee shop at 01:00 to 04:00 hours with such unknowns at the time as Lee Roy Jones, Barbara Moraff, Allen Ginsburg, Edward Dahlberg, William Burroughs, Jack Kerouac sometimes, and Lawrance Ferlinghetti and others in the fields of the arts, theater, and photography. The gatherings were sponsored by the Eighth Street Book Shop in the Village. There were also folk music groups and book and magazine editors in attendence.

Alan also participated in similar events at the Gilded Cage in Philadelphia, circa 1954. It was the beginning of the RAP and Poetry Slam. Alan's accomplishments as an author-publisher-photographer-painter-designer are far too many to list here, so please log on to his website to read more of his work and learn more about him. His email address is: aporter[AT]access.ch. (replace [AT] with @).

From the Seven Arts coffee shop readings:

“Twenty One and Then Some”

From Remembrance of Things Present, A Book of Poetry:

“There is a Stillness ” and “Emptiness is Lonely”