Asheville, North Carolina: BMC
At the invitation of his close friend and fellow poet Charles Olson, Robert Creeley taught at Black Mountain College in the spring of 1954 and again in the autumn of 1955. He was the founding editor of the Black Mountain Review (1954-57), a forum for experimental poetry. Greatly influenced by Olson, Creeley became known for his concise yet emotional poetry that later influenced a generation of poets.
Image: "Robert Creeley as a Spanish assassin", 1954. Photo by Jonathan Williams. Courtesy Western Regional Archives, State Archives of North Carolina, Asheville, NC.
San Francisco, California
Robert Creeley moved to San Francisco in the late 1950s in the midst of the “San Francisco Renaissance,” a time when the city was the epicenter of the American poetic avant-garde. Creeley became associated with well-known writers of the Beat Generation, such as Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac. His work appeared in The New American Poetry: 1945-1960 (1960), an influential anthology edited by Don Allen and published by the University of California Press, which concretized the so-called Black Mountain College poets.
Audio/Video: Robert Creeley - "Jack's Blues" from Really!!, available on Paris Records youtube.com/watch?v=wWl7jIpodSI