Hugh Fox, (1932 – 2011), was a seminal figure in 20th century American literature. The contributions of Dr. Hugh Fox to the indie press are too numerous to list here. A graduate of Loyola University and the University of Illinois (Urbana- Champaign), he was one of the most widely published poets in America. He has numerous books to his credit, including First Fire (Anchor Doubleday Press, NY, 1978), an acclaimed book on pre-Columbian religion, and The Collected Poetry of Hugh Fox (World Audience Press, NY, 2008). As the longtime editor of Ghost Dance (one of the foremost avant-garde litmags) to his wide influence as a founder of COSMEP and the Pushcart Prize, Fox was instrumental in the development of the essential American literature of the last half century. He was the first person to write critical essays about Charles Bukowski, Lyn Lifshin, Eric Greinke and other small press originals. Beyond Our Control, a collaborative poem with Eric Greinke written in ‘exquisite corpse’ style, was Fox’s last major work. A poem about death by a dying poet and his friend, it achieves a blended third person persona that was greater than anything either had done individually. Fox was Professor Emeritus of American Thought and Language at Michigan State University.