Bernard Harden Porter

Bernard Harden Porter  (Maine, US, 1911 – 2004)
Bernard Harden “Bern” Porter was an American artist, writer, publisher, performer, and physicist. He was a representative of the avant-garde art movements Mail Art and Found Poetry. He first studied physics, chemistry and economics in Maine and New York. In Paris around 1937-38 he was taken into the circle around Gertrude Stein. In 1944 Porter formed a small press, “Bern Porter Books”, which published texts by and about Henry Miller and poetry books by California poets. George Leite, a bookseller from San Francisco, published via Porter, the literary magazine “Circle” featuring Porter’s views on the interplay of art and science he presented in his SciArt Manifesto (1950).