New from CCC: Fielding Dawson – Allentown Reading

William Levy - The Fortunate TravellerNew from Counter Culture Chronicles:

Fielding Dawson – Allentown Reading

Artist and writer Fielding Dawson (1930-2002) was active in two of the American postwar avant-garde centres: Black Mountain College, North Carolina and New York. At the age of 8 Dawson’s parents moved from New York to the St. Louis area, where his father worked as a journalist. Convinced of his talent as a writer, his mother bought him a typewriter when he was 15 years old. Dawson enrolled in Black Mountain College in 1949 alongside Robert Rauschenberg and Kenneth Noland to study painting under Franz Kline and writing under Charles Olson. After having served at a military hospital as a conscientious objector to military service, Dawson returned to New York and immersed himself in the burgeoning art scene and frequented Max’s Kansas City, where he met Philip Guston, Jackson Pollock and many other artists. Dawson wrote about them all in a seemingly stream-of-consciousness style, influenced by Olson´s ‘projective writing’, in which form follows content.

In 1969 Dawson published Krazy Kat/The Unveiling and Other Stories from 1951-1968 for Black Sparrow Press, which was greeted with acclaim and was followed by more than 20 books, most of which are anthologies of short fiction. In his later years he taught at the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, gave writing classes at Sing-Sing and Attica and developed into a passionate advocate of prison reform as chairman of the P.E.N Prison Writing Committee.

The second cassette that Counter Culture Chronicles has devoted to Fielding Dawson consists of a lively reading recorded in 1984 by beat documentalist Allen DeLoach at the Allentown Community Center, where Dawson was a writer-in-residence and conducted a How to Write a Novel workshop. Order now