Richard Grossinger

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Richard Grossinger (born Richard Towers) (born 1944) is an American writer, anthropologist, and founder of North Atlantic Books in Berkeley, California.[1]

Biography[edit]

Grossinger was born and raised in New York City, attended Horace Mann School, Amherst College, and the University of Michigan, earning a B.A. in English at Amherst and a Ph.D. in anthropology at Michigan.[2] With his wife (then girlfriend at Smith College) Lindy Hough, he founded the journal Io in 1964, then founded North Atlantic Books in Vermont in 1974.[2]

Between 1970 and 1972 he taught anthropology at the University of Maine, Portland-Gorham, now the University of Southern Maine, and between 1972 and 1977 he taught interdisciplinary studies (including alchemy, Melville, Classical Greek, Jungian psychology, and ethnoastronomy) at Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont.[2]

An ethnographer and self-described psychospiritual explorer as well as a writer and publisher, he has studied or trained in homeopathic medicine, somatic theory, t'ai chi ch'uan, craniosacral therapy, qigong, Breema, yoga, and psychic healing.[2]

His brother was Jonathan Towers, a poet who committed suicide in 2005.[3]

His daughter is filmmaker, author and performance artist Miranda July.

Bibliography[edit]

Books written by Grossinger[edit]

  • Solar Journal (Oecological Sections) (1970) Black Sparrow Press ISBN 0-87685-011-5
  • Spaces Wild & Tame (1971) Mudra ISBN 978-0-685-22801-2
  • The Book of the Earth and Sky (1971, 2 Vols) Black Sparrow Press ISBN 978-0-87685-090-9
  • Mars: A Science Fiction Vision (1972) Io Books [No ISBN]
  • Two Essays (Sparrow 7) (1973) Black Sparrow Press [No ISBN]
  • The Continents (1973) Black Sparrow Press ISBN 0-87685-162-6
  • The Book of Being Born Again into the World (1974) North Atlantic Books ISBN 0-913028-29-0
  • Book of the Cranberry Islands (1974) Black Sparrow Press ISBN 0-87685-211-8
  • The Windy Passage from Nostalgia (1974) North Atlantic Books ISBN 0-913028-30-4
  • The Long Body of the Dream (1974) North Atlantic Books ISBN 0-913028-28-2
  • Martian Homecoming at the All-American Revival Church (1974) North Atlantic Books ISBN 0-913028-21-5
  • The Slag of Creation (1975) North Atlantic Books ISBN 0-913028-32-0
  • The Provinces (1975) North Atlantic books ISBN 0-913028-31-2
  • Unfinished Business of Doctor Hermes (1976) North Atlantic Books ISBN 0-913028-43-6
  • Planet Medicine: From Stone-Age Shamanism to Post-Industrial Healing (1980/1990) North Atlantic Books ISBN 1-55643-019-1
  • The Night Sky: The Science and Anthropology of the Stars and Planets (1981/1988/1992) North Atlantic Books ISBN 1-55643-142-2
  • Nuclear Strategy and the Code of the Warrior (1984) North Atlantic Books ISBN 0-938190-50-4
  • Embryogenesis: Species, Gender and Identity (1985/2000) North Atlantic Books ISBN 0-938190-82-2
  • Waiting for the Martian Express: Cosmic Visitors, Earth Warriors, Luminous Dreams (1989) North Atlantic Books ISBN 1-55643-051-5
  • Homeopathy: An Introduction for Skeptics and Beginners (1993) North Atlantic Books ISBN 1-55643-165-1
  • Planet Medicine: Modalities (1995/2003) North Atlantic books ISBN 1-55643-391-3
  • New Moon (1996) Frog Ltd ISBN 1-883319-44-7
  • Out of Babylon: Ghosts of Grossinger's (1997) Frog Ltd ISBN 1-883319-57-9
  • Homeopathy: The Great Riddle (1998) North Atlantic Books ISBN 1-55643-290-9
  • Embryos, Galaxies, and Sentient Beings: How the Universe Makes Life (2003) North Atlantic Books ISBN 1-55643-419-7
  • On the Integration of Nature: Post 9-11 Biopolitical Notes (2005) North Atlantic Books ISBN 1-55643-603-3
  • Migraine Auras: When the Visual World Fails (2006) North Atlantic Books ISBN 1-55643-619-X
  • The New York Mets: Myth, Ethnography, Subtext (2007) Frog Ltd ISBN 1-58394-205-X
  • The Bardo of Waking Life (2008) North Atlantic Books ISBN 1-55643-700-5
  • 2013: Raising the Earth to the Next Vibration (2010) North Atlantic Books 9781556438783

Works edited by Grossinger[edit]

  • The Alchemical Tradition in the Late Twentieth Century (1970)
  • Baseball Diamonds: Tales, Traces, Visions & Voodoo from a Native American Rite (1980 with Kevin Kerrane)
  • Planetary Mysteries: Megaliths, Glaciers, The Face on Mars, and Aboriginal Dreams (1986, Revised 1993)
  • The Dreamlife of Johnny Baseball (1987 with works by Tom Clark, Jerome Klinkowitz, Grossinger, W.P. Kinsella, Richard Russo, Nancy Willard)
  • Into the Temple of Baseball (1990/2000 with Kevin Kerrane)

Select Io Journal editions[edit]

  • #4: Alchemy Issue. 1967.
  • #5: Doctrine of Signatures. 1968.
  • #6: Ethnoastronomy Issue. 1969.
  • #8: Dreams Issue on Oneirology. 1971.
  • #9: Mars: A Science Fiction Vision. 1971.
  • #10: Baseball Issue. 1971.
  • #12: Earth Geography Booklet No. 1. 1972.
  • #13: Earth Geography Booklet No. 2. 1972.
  • #14: Earth Geography Booklet No. 3. 1973.
  • #15: Earth Geography Booklet No. 4. 1973.
  • #18: Early Field Notes From the All-American Revival Church. 1973.
  • #19: Mind/Memory/Psyche. 1974.
  • #20: Biopoesis. 1974.
  • #21 'Vermont: Geology and Mineral Industries, Flora, Fauna & Conditions of Sky (1974)
  • #22: An Olson-Melville Sourcebook, Vol. 1: The New Found Land/North America. 1976.
  • #23: An Olson-Melville Sourcebook, Volume 2: The Mediterranean. 1976.
  • #24: Baseball, I Gave You All the Best Years of My Life (1977 with Kevin Kerrane; 1992 with Lisa Conrad)
  • #25: Ecology and Consciousness: Traditional Wisdom on the Environment. 1978.
  • #26: Alchemy: Pre-Egyptian Legacy, Millennial Promise 1979.
  • #31: Alchemical Tradition in the Late Twentieth Century. 1983/1991.
  • #34: The Temple of Baseball. 1985.
  • #37: Planetary Mysteries 1986.
  • #46: Nuclear Strategy and the Code of the Warrior (with Lindy Hough). 1992

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