Willits, CA: New Settler Interview, 1985-. 4to, each issue offset printed on newprint and saddle-stapled. Illustrated with black and white photographs and drawings. Issue 90 with a signed print affixed to cover, as issued. Some issues with small number stickers applied, as issued.
A complete run of one of the most substantial and longrunning periodicals of the back to the land and ecological movements of the 1980's, which documented the countercultural ethos of the west coast hippie movement as it moved into the woods and coasts of Northern California and Southern Oregon, and joined post-beat writing with ecological concern as no periodical had before it. The periodical cast a wide net, including much coverage of the nuts and bolts of the escape from the cities, ecological action, permaculture, ecodefense, ecotopia, feminism, ecofeminism, bioregionalism, gender non-conformity, transgender material, counter-culture, tattooing, resistance to herbicide use and clearcuts, the Green Apple Maggot Wars, deep ecology, Earth First!, solar energy, marijuana cultivation, alternative architecture, Ortho-Bionomy, Bio-Remediation, dowsing, recipes, growing food, permaculture, and art and poetry from a wide variety of contributors throughout, as befitting the various backgrounds of the back to the land movement in this area. There were also several theme issues, including issues completely devoted to literature and poetry.
The infamous and enigmatic Wanda Tinasky, whom literary sleuths long believed was Thomas Pynchon, was a correspondent of editor Beth Bosk, and at least two Wanda Tinasky letters appear in the pages of the NSI.
The NSI printed two famous interviews with Earth First! related activist Judi Bari, including the interview describing the bomb attack in 1990 in which she suffered severe injuries. The NSI was one of the main conduits of information on the bombings, as well as longrunning legal battles surrounding tree sitting and occupations of forestland to stop logging.
With poetry across the issues from the great beat Mary Norbert Korte, including poems in numerous issues, and at least two interviews, in which she discusses why she abandoned her life as a nun, and her being mistaken for being the true identity of Thomas Pynchon. NSI also included contributions across the issues from the "Beat Goddess" and Jack Kerouac collaborator ruth weiss, and numerous contributions from the ecofeminist poet Sharon Doubiago.
Other poets who contributed included Native American poets William Oandason and Linda Noel, Sharon Doubiago, Sanford Dorbin, hauGh rObwOut, Ruth Weiss, W. J. Ray, Peter Lit, Dan Roberts, Leonard Cirino, Carl Miller, John Perrill, Ray Reed, Gordon Leon Black, Dean Walter, Kate Dougherty, Scott Croghan, Daisy Miller, Virginia Sharkey, Diana Keller, Liselotte Erlanger, Jim Wagoner, Dobby Sommer, and many others, and essays on or by Kenneth Patchen, Robert Bly, Victor Perera, Bill Devall, et al. , art by the punk collagist Winston Smith, Helen Van Gelder, John Chamberlin, Sandra Lindstrom, Kay Rudin, "M," Candice O'Denver, Marion Franklin, Marlene River, an essay on Lookout Records, as well as a cover story on musician Darryl Cherney of Earth First!, underground comics, including Larry Todd's Noyo County Capers, written under the pseudonym Lou P. De Loupe, Mervin Glbert, “M,” et al. Each issue was also chock full of period advertisements for businesses related to the movement. . Item #30842