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Light Years

An Anthology on Sociocultural Happenings

Multimedia in the East Village 1960-1966

Edited by Carol Berge

Cover art by Nancy Ellison

ISBN 978-1-933132-46-4        $40.00       632 pages

co-published with AWAREing Press

LIGHT YEARS tells the story of a unique group of poets, novelists, playwrights and book people who associated with visual and performing artists at the core of New York's emerging East Village Scene in a creative renaissance during the 1960s. The memoirs illustrate how these writers took poetry off the page, how they developed the heady amalgam multimedia. Voices and words were thrust into perspectives where the body and the space around it became extensions of poetry; this is what made the LIGHT YEARS poets different from others of theirera: taking skills into the realms of audio and visual experimentation, and exercising freedom to reconstitute academic learning so as to create new arts. In the intervening decades, the people of LIGHT YEARS, while achieving as professors, translators, editors, novelists, playwrights, actors, and filmmakers, have also received recognition for work in multimedia.

Carol Berge