Charles Plymell

was born in 1935 in Kansas, involved in the Beat scene in New York in the 1950s, and was a notable figure in the San Francisco literary scene in the 1960s. He shared a house with Allen Ginsberg and Neal Cassady on Gough Street in 1963. He has been published widely, collaborated with, and published many poets, writers, and artists, including principals of the Beat Generation. He opposes the National Endowment for the Arts and has criticized it in print. He claims it became a politicized unjust system feeding on its own mediocrity and self contradiction. He was subsequently blacklisted and has never received any funding from any federal, state, or academic agency to pursue his creativity.  He was influential on underground comix artists such as Robert Crumb and S. Clay Wilson. He has published, printed, designed many underground magazines and books with Pamela Beach, a namesake in avant garde publishing, whom he married. His books include, Apocalypse Rose, Dave Haselwood Books, San Francisco, 1967; Neon Poems, Atom Mind Publications, Syracuse, New York, 1970; The Last of the Moccasins, City Lights Books, San Francisco, 1971; and Hand on the Doorknob, Water Row Books, Sudbury, Massachusetts, 2000.