New York City: The Floating Bear, 1961-1969. Named for Winnie-the-Pooh's boat made of a honey pot, The Floating Bear was a mimeographed newsletter distributed by mailing list whose mission was the speedy dissemination of new literary work. Under the editorship of Diane di Prima and LeRoi Jones (guest editors included Billy Linich, Alan Marlowe, Kirby Doyle, John Wieners, and Bill Berkson), twenty-five issues came out in the magazine's first two years." - A Secret Location on the Lower East Side. By Steve Clay & Rodney Philips. (N.Y.: NYPL & Granary Books, 1998), p.75. Contributors include: John Ashbery, Paul Blackburn, Robert Creeley, Fielding Dawson, Diane Di Prima, Ed Dorn, Robert Duncan, Allen Ginsberg, Ray Johnson, LeRoi Jones, Michael McClure, Frank O'Hara, Charles Olson, David Shapiro, Gary Snyder, Carl Solomon, Gilbert Sorrentino, Lew Warsh, Philip Whalen, and John Wieners among others. 19 issues, 4tos, mimeographed and stapled, some issues with illustrated front wrappers designed by Jess, Ray Johnson, and Wallace Berman. Occasional light use and toning, some folded in half for mailing, otherwise these are in very good condition.