Biography and History

Kathleen Tankersley Young was an African American author and poet, and editor of the Modern Editions Press during the era of the Harlem Renaissance. In 1929 Young joined Charles Henri Ford and Parker Tyler to publish the Blues: A Magazine of New Rhymes. Blues boasted such contributors as Kay Boyle, Erskine Caldwell, Harry Crosby, E. E. Cummings, Oliver Jenkins, Ezra Pound, Laura Riding, Herman Spector, Gertrude Stein, Laurence Vail, William Carlos Williams, and Louis Zukofsky.

Charles Henri Ford was an American artist, poet, editor, and filmmaker. In 1929 Ford dropped out of high school in order to publish with Parker Tyler and Kathleen Tankersley the magazine Blues.

Harrison Parker Tyler, better known as Parker Tyler, was an American author, poet, and film critic. Tyler lived with the underground filmmaker Charles Boultenhouse (1926-1994) from 1945 until his death. Tyler was one of the few film critics to write extensively on experimental and underground film.

Lew Ney (Luther Emanuel Widen) was known as the "Mayor of Greenwich Village." He was a writer, printer ,and book designer for the Parnassus Press and later for the Alcestis Press. Ney created the exquisite typesetting font (L 283) which was well suited for poetical works. In 1928 Ney married the poet Ruth Willis Thompson.

Source: From the finding aid for C1273