Philip Whalen (1923-2002), American poet of the beat generation, authored
On Bear's Head, and
The Invention of the Letter, among other works. This
collection contains letters to Whalen from his fellow poets, Robert Creeley, Allen Ginsberg, Bernadette Mayer,
Michael McClure, Alice Notley, Gary Snyder, and Anne Waldman.
Philip Whalen (1923-2002) graduated from Reed College in 1951 on the GI Bill after serving in the Army Air
Corps in World War II. It was at Reed that Whalen met and became friends with poets Gary Snyder and Lew Welch.
Several years later, Whalen was one of the poets who read with Snyder and others at the historic Six Gallery
reading in San Francisco on October 13, 1955. Allen Ginsberg first performed his poem, Howl, at the Six Gallery
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