Marilyn Stablein is a multidisciplinary artist who grew up on the west coast near San Francisco in the countercultural sixties. She frequented North Beach coffee shops and Ferlinghetti’s City Lights Bookstore; Kepler’s Books and Ken Kesey’s La Honda digs were just up the road. On the road at eighteen, inspired by Ginsberg, Snyder and Kyger’s travels in India, she hitchiked overland to Nepal and India arriving in 1966. She studied Tibetan literature, calligraphy, tantra, painting and Asian book arts for seven years.
She is a former book critic for The Seattle Times, founding board member of Seattle Arts and Lectures and founding publisher/editor of The Literary Center Quarterly. Profiles of Diane di Prima and Janine Pommy Vega, and other writings are published in magazines, journals, and anthogies. She was a panelist in the 2019 Kathy Acker Seattle Symposium organized by Daniel Schulz. Her mixed media work is primarily in fiction, nonfiction, performance art, collage and book arts which she uses to explore visual narrative (autobiographical collage journals), travelog and memoir.
Her interests include alternative and small press collaborative projects, Beat, Fluxus, and countercultural movements, art and travel. Author of 15 books, her small press limited editions and artist books are in private and public collections. She is based in Portland, Oregon.
A few of her books include:
Houseboat on the Ganges & A Room in Kathmandu: Letters from India & Nepal, 1966-1972 http://www.prrb.ca/articles/issue25-asian.htm
Sleeping in Caves: A Sixties Himalayan Memoir
The Census Taker: Tales of a Traveler in India & Nepal
Night Travels to Tibet and More Night Travels to Tibet