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An anthology of long out-of-print works by one of America's most innovative, yet virtually forgotten, writers of the 20th century.
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What Are They All Waiting For? Stories, Poems & Essays: 1944-1962  by Gil Orlovitz is scheduled for publication by Tough Poets Press on June 7, 2018, the 100th anniversary of the author's birth.

Although virtually unknown today, Gil Orlovitz was once a very highly-regarded – and often controversial – "underground" writer who was published in numerous magazines and anthologies in the 1950s and 1960s, alongside other writers who would later achieve greater notoriety (Charles Bukowski, William Burroughs, Gary Snyder, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, etc.). Here's a quote from the 1964 anthology, Today's Poets, edited by Chad Walsh:

"His work is known only to a handful of poetry lovers who read the verse magazines and purchase slender books issued by publishing houses with names like Inferno Press and Hearse Press. He is nonetheless one of the finest – the most versatile – poets now writing in English. Long before the San Francisco Renaissance exploded with public and police clamor and articles in Time, Orlovitz was writing with a Dionysian frenzy combined with perfect control of language that has been equaled by few, if any, of the Beats."

His fascinating, yet ultimately tragic, life was only touched upon in the September 8, 1973, New York Times obituary: "Gil Orlovitz, Poet, Died in July; Traced to City Paupers' Grave."

An in-depth biography of Orlovitz, which includes details of his involvement in the famous 1957 Howl obscenity trial, can be viewed and/or downloaded from the Tough Poets Press website here:

Photo of Gil Orlovitz by Victor Laredo and cover of his spoken word LP, "The Rooster and Other Poems" (1960)
Photo of Gil Orlovitz by Victor Laredo and cover of his spoken word LP, "The Rooster and Other Poems" (1960)

About the Book

What Are They All Waiting For? shares its title with one of the short stories from this collection. In total, there are 9 stories, 4 essays, and 49 poems, originally published between 1944 and 1962, in this volume. Also included is the biography mentioned above, and a lengthy bibliography of his works (stories, plays, novels, poetry collections, screenplays, and recordings).

Format: paperback
Pages: 274
Dimensions: 5.83" x 8.27" x 0.58"

At the request of Orlovitz's heirs, a portion of the proceeds from each sale of this book will be donated to Safe Horizon, a New York-based non-profit organization providing services and shelter to victims of domestic violence.

Where the Money Will Go

As with my previous Kickstarter projects, my goal is simply to break even and get the book out there. If this campaign is successful, the $650 raised will be just enough to purchase a bar code and an ISBN number, pay the printer's setup fees, pay Kickstarter's cut, and cover the cost of printing and shipping the copies needed to fulfill the pledges. Any pledges in excess of the goal will go towards printing review copies of the book that will be sent out to various newspapers, magazines, and literary websites.

About Tough Poets Press

Tough Poets Press is a one-person independent publisher of rediscovered experimental and offbeat literary fiction and non-fiction. To date, I've published six books, all thanks to the generous support of the Kickstarter community:

Five Fictions by Marvin Cohen (2018)
Baseball as Metaphysics by Marvin Cohen (2017)
The Self-Devoted Friend by Marvin Cohen (2017)
Others, Including Morstive Sternbump by Marvin Cohen (2016)
Sarpedon: A Play by Gregory Corso (2016)
The Whole Shot: Collected Interviews With Gregory Corso (2015)

Risks and challenges

There are really no risks or challenges. This will be my seventh book so I've got the process down to a science. With the exception of the acknowledgments page, which will be updated when this Kickstarter campaign has ended, the book is complete and ready to go to the printer.

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