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The Poetry Project at St. Mark's Church was founded in 1966 at St. Mark's Church in-the-Bowery in the East Village of Manhattan by, among others, the poet and translator Paul Blackburn.It has been a crucial venue for new and experimental poetry for more than five decades.
The Project offers a number of reading series, writing workshops, a quarterly newsletter, a website, and audio and document archives, and the church has been the site of memorial readings for poets Paul Blackburn, Allen Ginsberg, W.H. Auden, Frank O'Hara, Ted Berrigan, and others.
The Project is staffed completely by poets. Artistic Directors and coordinators of the project have included Joel Oppenheimer, Anne Waldman, Bernadette Mayer, Bob Holman. Ron Padgett, Eileen Myles, Ed Friedman – whose term from 1986 to 2003 was the longest – Anselm Berrigan, Stacy Szymaszek and the incumbent director Kyle Dacuyan.
From 1977 until 1978, the New York City public-access television show Public Access Poetry (PAP)showed readings at the project featuring poets such as Ted Berrigan, Ron Padgett, Eileen Myles, John Yau, Brad Gooch, Alice Notley, Jim Brodey, and more.
On the show, performers and poets gave half-hour readings.[ citation needed ] In 2011, after launching a successful Kickstarter campaign, The Poetry Project was able to restore, preserve and digitize all of the remaining film. In April 2011 with the Anthology Film Archives they presented screenings of highlights of the PAP films.
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