The Black Mountain Letters: Poems and Essays . Dalkey Archive Press, 2016

The Black Mountain Letters: Poems and Essays. Dalkey Archive Press, 2016




"The Black Mountain Letters is a rich and vivid portrait of one of the most original and pioneering educational ventures of the last century, as well as a fascinating personal narrative. Creasy captures the experimentation, the sense of community, and the atmosphere created by the small hive of brilliant artists, writers, and educators who flourished in the mountains of North Carolina when money was tight, conditions lean, and imagination the supreme force. At the same time, Creasy writes about his own mother and the mother-son link in a way that is deeply moving even to those of us who have never met either one; it is an account that resonates for everyone."

Nicholas Fox Weber, author of The Bauhaus Group, Le Corbusier: A Life, Director of the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation



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Creasy has been writing and publishing since his early twenties. His book of poems and essays, shown above, is published worldwide by Dalkey Archive Press. He is a regular contributor to the Los Angeles Review of Books. Other essays and poems have appeared in many publications, including the Emily Dickinson JournalPOST, Dublin Review of Books, Guts Magazine, the poetry anthology Berryman's Fate, the book Ezra Pound & Modernism, and regular contributions to Totally Dublin magazine. Other projects include a forthcoming book on 'Fundamentals in Teaching and Design', co-authored with Ulrich Schwarz and Thomas Lehner in Berlin. Creasy is co-author (with Benjamin Dwyer and Kimberly Campanello) and editor of the book, Imagines (2015). (See photos from the launch. Purchase Imagines.) He is also co-author and editor of the book Regarding Susan Howe (2015). 

Creasy is a 2016 Lannan Writer-in-Residence, awarded by the Lannan Foundation


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works exhibited at the 2014 Black Mountain College {Re}Happening - North Carolina
(photographs by Astrid Kaemmerling)

Below: IMAGINES (2015) by Jonathan C. Creasy, Benjamin Dwyer, Kimberly Campanello, and Garth Knox
Book design: Rossi McAuley (Distinctive Repetition)