Nancy Peters

American writer and publisher

Nancy Joyce Peters (born October 3, 1936) is an American author, publisher and co-owner with Lawrence Ferlinghetti of the City Lights Bookstore.

Peters in 1974

Quotes edit

1970s edit

  • The tempest unleashes an alphabet
    letters fall through the apertures of crazy angles
    to spell out the future
    uprooting the course of invention
    and enslaving the masters
    • It's In the Wind (1977) "Ceremonies In A Polar Garden"
  • I'm looking for the binding energy of a look
    a crop of reflections to be reaped
    in a winter of thorn
    when icebergs of illusion will melt
    to be served at high tea
    and the spaces between the poles pinned down
    • It's In the Wind (1977) "Ceremonies In A Polar Garden"
  • The stars are dreaming
    but they are laughing
    I see myself in the smile of a polar bear
    while turning the pages of an arctic sky
    reading the delirious lines that
    foretell the sovereignty of language
    and the rule of invisible birds
    • It's In the Wind (1977) "Ceremonies In A Polar Garden"

1990s edit

  • Lawrence is usually the first poet kids read in schools that they really like. It's a real turn-on for them.
    • Edward Epstein, "S.F. Finds Its Voice", San Francisco Chronicle, 1998-08-12.
    • On Laurence Ferlinghetti becoming San Francisco's first poet laureate.

2000s edit

  • The old San Francisco is under attack to the point where it's disappearing
  • When I joined City Lights in 1971 and started working with Lawrence, it was clear that it had been very much a center of protest, for people with revolutionary ideas and people who wanted to change society. And when I first began working at the little editorial office up on Filbert and Grant, people that Lawrence had known through the whole decade of the '60s were dropping in all the time, like Paul Krassner, Tim Leary, people who were working with underground presses and trying to provide an alternative to mainstream media. This was a period of persecution, and FBI infiltration of those presses.
  • Ginsberg used to stay in the publishing house. Our editorial office had two rooms and a kitchen; it was a tiny place. And one of the rooms was kind of a guest room so that visiting authors could stay there. Allen would come sometimes for a week at a time or more. And he hung out in the store, also. The store had become quite a center for writers by that time. Ginsberg was working on "The Fall of America," which was his long chronicle of the Vietnam War, which is full of the anguish and passion and anger that so many people felt. The war had been going on for such a long time by then. That book won the National Book Award [in 1974].
  • Then (in 1981) we did a book by Geoffrey Rips called "Unamerican Activities," which was a documentation of the subversion of the underground press. That was when the Freedom of Information Act made those files available. We were shocked, we couldn't believe that our government had been bombing people, infiltrating their organizations. In fact, I think one of the files listed Lawrence as a "beatnik rabble-rouser."
  • During the '70s, when the Cold War was still on, we invited Voznesensky and Yevtushenko to come here. We had very large readings for them. It was a way of kind of culturally thawing the Cold War.
  • The mood of the '50s is like today.
    • "City Lights' silver lining", Publishers Weekly, 2003-07-14. : Referring to the prosecution and acquital of Alan Ginsberg's book of poems, Howl, for obscenity in 1957.

Quotes about Nancy Joyce Peters edit

  • She is one of the best literary editors in the country and is why City Lights Books has grown and done well.

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