The records of Black Sparrow Press including manuscripts, proofs, artwork, photographs, production files, correspondence and
Established in 1966 by John Martin, Black Sparrow Press is best known for publishing the work of German born and Los Angeles-based
poet and author Charles Bukowski. Focusing on poetry, fiction and literary non-fiction, the press also featured the work of
Joyce Carol Oates, John Fante, Paul Bowles, William Everson, Aram Saroyan, Eileen Myles and Wanda Coleman, among many others.
Noted for its letterpress covers, designed by Martin’s wife Barbara, Black Sparrow also stood out for its commitment to innovative
writers and independent publishing. In 2002, Martin closed the press and sold the rights to the work of Bukowski, Fante and
Bowles to New York-based Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins. The rest of the backlist can now be found under the moniker Black
27 cartons, 1 oversize folder (27.5 linear feet)
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