Sulfur Magazine


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Founded by Clayton Eshleman at the California Institute of Technology in 1981, SULFUR moved to Ypsilanti, Michigan, in 1986, when Eshleman became a professor in the English Department at Eastern Michigan University there. The magazine received 13 grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, and four of its authors received General Electric Foundation Awards for Younger Writers. Eshleman himself received an Editorial Fellowship from the CLMP. Contributing Editors were Rachel Blau DuPlessis, Michael Palmer, and Eliot Weinberger. Correspondents were Charles Bernstein, James Clifford, Clark Coolidge, Jayne Cortez, Marjorie Perloff, Jed Rasula, Jerome Rothenberg, Roberto Tejada, Keith Tuma, Allen S. Weiss, and Marjorie Welish. Caryl Eshleman was the Managing Editor.

Coming December 2015: A Sulfur Anthology is being published in December 2015 by Wesleyan University Press. It offers 700 pages of material from Sulfur’s 11,000 pages. See the fall 2015 Wesleyan online catalog for information on this anthology.

In its 46 issues, totaling some 11,000 pages, and including over 600 writers and artists, the magazine might be best described as having presented an American and international overview of innovative writing of the past 100 years. Each issue included translations, art and art criticism, archival materials, and commentary, along with poetry by well-known and unknown poets. Contributors included: Ezra Pound, Edward Dahlberg, Charles Olson, James Hillman, John Ashbery, Lyn Hejinian, Paul Blackburn, Robert Kelly, Jonathan Williams, Aime Cesaire, Ronald Johnson, Ron Silliman, Jose Lezama Lima, Susan Howe, Michel Deguy, Cid Corman, Robert Duncan, Paul Celan, William Carlos Williams, Hart Crane, Boris Pasternak, Peter Redgrove, Carl Rakosi, William Bronk, Jackson Mac Low, Baroness Elsa Von Freytag Loringhoven, Rosmarie Waldrop, Kurt Schwitters, Gerrit Lansing, Lydia Davis, Samuel Beckett, Octavio Paz, Antonin Artaud, Gary Snyder, Diane Wakoski, Velimir Khlebnikov, Hayden Carruth, Ed Sanders, Edmond Jabes, William Everson, Gael Turnbull, Laura Riding Jackson, Pierre Joris, Hans Magnus Enzensberger, Nancy Spero, Irving Petlin, Ana Mendieta, R.B. Kitaj, Jack Spicer, Alejandra Piznarik, Ray A. Young Bear, Andrew Schelling, Nathaniel Mackey, Vladimir Holan, Roman Jakobson, John Yau, Ron Padgett, Arkadii Dragomoshchenko, Basil Bunting, Gustaf Sobin, Adrienne Rich, Allen Ginsberg, Henri Michaux, Michel Leiris, Leon Golub, Francis Bacon, Cesar Vallejo, Andrei Codrescu, Norma Cole, Paul Metcalf, Lorine Diedecker, Antonio Lopez Garcia, Norman O. Brown, Georges Bataille, Charles Simic, Philip Lamantia, Wolfgang Giegerich, David Meltzer, Coral Bracho, Amiri Baraka, Will Alexander, William Corbett, Maurice Blanchot, Garcia Lorca, Maxine Hong Kingston, Rae Armantrout, Donald Revell, John Cage, Kusano Shimpei, David Bromige, Phillip Foss, George Oppen, Kathleen Fraser, Mina Loy, Camille Paglia, Cecilia Vicuna, Paul Violi, Larry Eigner, Joel-Peter Witkin, Mel Edwards, John Heartfield, Maxine Chernoff, Paul Hoover, Ingeborg Bachmann, Anselm Hollo, Bei Dao, Mary Caponegro, Kenneth Irby, Martin Chambi, Andrew Joron, Rikki Ducornet, Inger Christensen, Wang Ping, Andre du Bouchet, Francisco Toledo, Michel Nedjar, Robin Blaser, Michael McClure, Matsutani, Adonis, Jorie Graham, C.K. Williams, Kristin Prevallet, Andre Breton, Carla Harryman, Alice Notley, Dale Pendell, Carolee Schneemann, Linh Dinh, Christian Bok, Steve McCaffery, John Tranter, Lisa Robertson, Barbara Guest, Anne Waldman, and Viteslav Nezval.

Most issues are still available for $7 per issue, packaging and postage included. For information, write to Clayton Eshleman, at