Hugh Fox dies.

Hugh Fox, one of the main players in the small-press/mimeo revolution of the Sixties and Seventies, died Septermber 4, 2011 in East Lansing, Michigan.
Hugh was a friend and supporter of Haggard and Halloo. Many of the H&H writers had the honor to read and enjoy the company of Hugh over the years. He was born in Chicago in 1932, is a writer, novelist, poet and anthropologist and one of the founders (with Ralph Ellison, Anais Nin, Paul Bowles, Joyce Carol Oates, Buckminster Fuller and others) of the Pushcart Prize for literature. He has been published in numerous literary magazines and was the first writer to publish a critical study of Charles Bukowski.
Fox was raised in Chicago as a devout Catholic, but converted to Judaism in later life. He has a Ph.D. in American Literature from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and was a professor at Michigan State University in the Department of American Thought and Language from 1968 until his retirement in 1999.
Fox is the author of over sixty-two books, including six books on anthropology, he wrote over fifty-four books on poetry and many volumes on short fiction, and published many novels. He also wrote a number of books on pre-Columbian American cultures, catastrophism, which would fit into the pseudoarchaeological category, such as his book Gods of the Cataclysm: A Revolutionary Investigation of Man and his Gods Before and After the Great Cataclysm (1976). Some of his books with these themes in have been compared to the work of Ignatius Donnell
His book Gods of the Cataclysm received a number of positive reviews, Curt Johnson an editor praised the book claiming “Hugh Fox’s Gods of the Cataclysm…ought to be required reading for cultural historians of all disciplines.
The Ibbetson Street Press of Somerville, Mass. published “Way, Way Off the Road: The Memoirs of an Invisible Man” by Hugh Fox with an introduction by Doug Holder in 2006. This book recounts Fox’s life and the people he knew in the small press over the years such as Charles Bukowski, A.D. Winans, Sam Cornish, Len Fulton, etc…
Hugh Fox was a contributor to Haggard and Halloo over the years and we published several of his poems. Here’s one he submitted that had yet to be published:
by Hugh Fox
Bringing them all back, the right Andean
chemicals, prayers to the Underground
spirits, Great-Great-Great-Grandmother
Adeline Fox coming out of the Red Cedar
River, Great-Great-Great Grandfather
Sean walking over the mountains toward
our stone cabin with a pitchfork in his
hands praising Jesus, “Not long now and
He’ll be back,” The Inquisition hovering
around in the clouds as the Great-Great-
Great-Greaters make their way north into
Celticism, the latest womb-escaper, Beatrice,
coming into my workroom, “I want colored
paper, violet, I’m making violets,” as the
Weather Devil drolls on “Tomorrow, tomorrow,
tomorrow you’ll see, see, see…..,” feeling
existentially ONE as the rest of the antiquities
slither through the cracks in the windows and
drop down the chimney into the flames that
can’t/won’t touch them.
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Selected Bibliography:
Defiance, Higganum Hill Press,Higganum, Connecticut, 2006.
The Collected Poetry, Thrope Springs Press, Austin, TX 2006
Time, Presa Press, Rockford, Michigan, 2005.
Blood Cocoon, Presa Press, Rockford Michigan, 2005 (Connie Fox)
Black Frogs, Mystery Island Publications (, 2004.
Hugh Fox: Greatest Hits, 1968-2001, Pudding House Publications, Johnstown, Ohio, 2003.
Voices, Three-Legged Dog Press, Plymouth, Michigan, 2002.
Boston: A Long Poem, Ibbetson Street Press, Somerville, Massachusetts, 2002.
The Angel of Death: O Anjo da Morte, Ibbetson Street Press, Somerville, Massachusetts, undated. 2001 (?).
Slides, special edition of Lilliput Review, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, July, 2000.
Back, Ye Olde Font Shoppe, New Haven, Connecticut, 1999.
Strata, Mayapple Press, Saginaw, Michigan, 1998.
Techniques, K.C./Chicago Poems, Scars Publications, Chicago, Illinois,1995.
Once, Permeable Press, San Francisco, California, 1995.
The Sacred Cave and Other Poems, Omega Cat Press, Cupertino, California, 1992.
Jamais Vu, Dusty Dog, Zuni, New Mexico, 1992.
Entre Nous, Trout Creek Press, Parkdale, Oregon, 1992. (Connie Fox.)
Time, The Plowman, Ontario, Canada, 1992.
For Richard (Dick) Thomas� Fiftieth Birthday, Zerx Press, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 1991.
Our Lady of Laussel, Spectacular Diseases Press, Peterborough, England, 1991 (Connie Fox).
Song of Christopher, Clock Radio,n.p., 1987.
Nachthymnen, J. Muddfoot, Mudborn Press, Santa Barbara, California, 1986.(Connie Fox)
10170, Trout Creek Press, Parkdale, Oregon, 1986. (Connie Fox)
Babicka, Kangaroo Court Publishing, Erie, Pennslvania, 1986.(Connie Fox)
Oma: A Long Poem About the Amerindian Year Cycle Seen Through the Eyes of the Goddesses, Implosion Press, Stow, Ohio, 1985.
The Dream of the Black Topaze Chamber: The Poem Cycle, Ghost Poney Press, Madison, Wisconsin, 1983. (as Connie Fox)
Almazora 42, Laughing Bear Press, San Jose, California, 1982.
Yo Yo Poems, Allegra Press, East Lansing, Michigan, 1977.
The Face of Guy Lombardo, The Fault Press, Fremont, California, 1976.
Huaca, Ghost Dance Press, East Lansing, Michigan, 1975.
Survival Handbook: For my Son (And Youngest Daughter), Cat�s Pajamas , Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1972.
Handbook Against Gorgons, A Ghost Dance Press Pilot Edition, East Lansing, Michigan, 1971. (Drawings by E. Vigo).
Echoes Off the Human Tribe, Hellric Publications, Boston, 1971.
Paralytic Grandpa Dream Secretions, Morgan Press, Milwaukee, Wisconsin,1971.
The Industrial Ablution, Ghost Dance Press, E. Lansing, Michigan, 1971 (Graphics by Deisler).
Kansas City Westport Mantras, A Ghost Dance Press Pilot Edition, East Lansing, Michigan, January, 1971.
The Ecological Suicide Bus, Camels Coming Press, San Francisco, California, 1970.
The Permeable Man, Black Sun Press, Brooklyn, New York, 1969.
Son of Camelot Meets the Wolfman, Quixote, Madison, Wisconsin, 1969.
Glyphs, Fat Frog Press, San Bruno, California, 1969.
Capabilities (drawings in Part I by Cathy Cuiss), Ghost Dance Press, East Lansing, Michigan, 1969.
Open Letter to a Closed System, Mercenary Press, Cleveland, Ohio, 1969.
Apotheosis of Olde Towne, Fat Frog Press, San Bruno, California, 1968.
The Headless Centaurs–Their Voyage and Conquest, centerfold book in The Wormwood Review, Storrs, Connecticut, Vol.8, No.4, Issue Number 32, 1968.
Eye Into Now, Ediciones de la Frontera, Los Angeles, California, 1967.
Soul-Catcher Songs, Ediciones de la Frontera, Los Angeles, California, 1967.
40 Poems, Colecin Nuestro Tiempo, Caracas, Venezuela, 1966.
Skin, Gland Press (really Abyss…this is a satire on early Lifshin), Somerville, Massachusetts, no date.
The Angel of the Chairs, a series of 6 poems with accompanying lithographs by the Argentinian artist, Amalia Cortina Aravena, Ghost Dance Press, East Lansing, Michigan, undated, but probably 1971. One copy in the Special Collections at Michigan State U. library, 2 copies in the possession of the author, the rest destroyed.
Hugh Fox was born in Chicago in 1932. He spent his childhood studying violin, piano, composition and opera with his Viennese teacher Zerlina Muhlman Metzger. He received a M.A. degree in English from Loyola University in Chicago and his Ph.D. in American Literature from the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign). He met his first wife, a Peruvian woman named Lucia Ungaro de Zevallos, while at Urbana-Campaign and was a Professor of American Literature from 1958-1968 at Loyola University in Los Angeles. He became a Professor in the Department of American Thought and Language at Michigan State University in 1968 and remained there until he retired in 1999. It was at MSU that he met his second wife Nona Grimes. They were married in 1970. He received Fulbright Professsorships at the University of Hermosillo in Mexico in 1961, the Instituto Pedagogico and Universidad Catlica in Caracas from 1964 to 1966, and at the University of Santa Catarina in Brazil from 1978-1980. He met his third wife Maria Bernadete Costa in Brazil in 1978. They’ve been married for 28 years. He studied Latin American literature at the University of Buenos Aires on and OAS grant and spent a year as an archaeologist in the Atacama Desert in Chile in 1986.
He was the founder and Board of Directors member of COSMEP, the International Organization of Independent Publishers, from 1968 until its death in 1996. Editor of Ghost Dance: The International Quarterly of Experimental Poetry from 1968-1995. Latin American editor of Western World Review & North American Review, during the 60’s. Former contributing reviewer on Smith/ Pulpsmith, Choice etc. currently contributing reviewer to SPR and SMR. Listed in Who’s Who: The Two Thousand Most Important Writers in the Last Millenium, Dictionary of Middlewestern Writers, and The International Who’s Who. He has 85 books published and has another 30 (mainly the novels and plays and one archaeology book) still unpublished on the shelves.

3 thoughts on “Hugh Fox dies.

  1. I just learnt from his wife’s email reply to my asking about his health. It’s sad. I learnt that he was critically ill and not able to speak or sense much but I hoped he’d beat death. He was a wonderful writer and a good commentator on life.

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