Since IKON magazine first appeared in 1967, our editorial mission could be summed up in the words of our logo: “Creativity and Change.” That art should serve “as an impetus to action, not divorced from, but irrevocably part of our involvement in this world, this present moment in which we find ourselves.” IKON was dedicated to breaking long standing artistic taboos—that artists and writers could not write objectively about people they knew or about their own work, that art must be seen as separate from the context in which it was created.

We published experimental work by Fluxus artist Henry Flynt, criticism by Yvonne Rainer, the poetry of Anselm Hollo, essays by Margaret Randall. As far back as the Sixties we were dedicated to multi-culturalism--publishing early work of Ishmael Reed, short stories that included writers like Grace Paley and poets from Cuba, Mexico, the work of women.  We believed in a publication that integrated words and visual design, in which art was seen as more than “illustration” or “decoration.”

Twenty years later in 1984, we published the second series of IKON, which included focused on women’s work and included collaborations with groups like “Art Against Apartheid,” “Asian Women United,” and “Coast to Coast: National Women Artists of Color.” That series of IKON was funded by NYSCA and received editor’s awards from NYSCA and CCLM.

IKON ceased publication as a magazine in 1993. Since then we have published several books of poetry, including books by Jan Clausen, Paul Pines, Rochelle Ratner, Gale Jackson, Kathy Engel, D.H. Melham, and Bruce Weber.