Nonfiction. A SECRET LOCATION ON THE LOWER EAST SIDE, based on an acclaimed 1998 exhibition at The New York Public Library, documents a period of intense exploration and experimentation in American writing and literary publishing. The various strains of poetry identified by Donald Allen in his watershed anthology "The New American Poetry," 1945-1960 (Grove, 1960) -Beat, Black Mountain, New York School, San Francisco Renaissance, and others - extended into and evolved throughout the 60s and 70s, finding expression in "underground" magazines and presses. Focusing on the small press publishing scene in San Francisco and in downtown New York City, this book offers a glimpse into that Mimeo Revolution, through descriptions and checklists for over 80 magazines and presses. With a Pre-Face by Jerome Rothenberg, contributions from many of the original editors and publishers, a chronological timeline of the literary underground, and over 200 black and white images, this volume is a useful guide to one of the richest periods of American writing and publishing, and an essential point of departure for students, collectors, literary historians, and librarians alike.