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John M. Bennett mail art, circa 1975-2018

Historical Note

John M. Bennett (1942-) is a poet, educator, and mail artist in Columbus, Ohio. Bennett studied English and Spanish at Washington University in St. Louis where he completed a master's degree in 1966, followed by a Latin American Literature PhD in 1970 from UCLA. From 1969 to 1976 Bennett worked as Assistant Professor of Spanish at Ohio State University, and since 1998 has served as curator of the Avant Writing Collection, the William Burroughs Collection, and the Cervantes Collection at the Library of Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. Bennett served as editor and publisher of Lost and Found Times from 1975 to 2005.
John M. Bennett has published over 500 books and chapbooks of poetry and other materials and contributed to numerous other publications. He has also exhibited and performed his works internationally in thousands of venues. In 1993 he began making "Tacky Little Pamphlets" (TLPs), a term devised by mail artist Blaster Al Ackerman and widely among the mail art audience. They are small, cheap publications that are dispersed in random locations and mailed to artists and strangers. Bennett's works, publications, and papers are collected in several major libraries and institutions including Washington University in St. Louis. State University of New York, Buffalo, The Ohio State University, and The Museum of Modern Art Library.