Jim Cohn established the short-lived ACTION magazine in 1984 while living in Rochester, New York. He bought an A.B. Dick mimeo machine and produced the magazine in his basement. Between 1984 and 1986, Cohn published 9 issues of ACTION, drawing upon the work of poets in the upstate New York region such as Sam Abrams, J. Todd Beers, Finvola Drury, bobby johnson, Chan McKenzie and Wendy Low, as well as poets Cohn had met in Boulder, Colorado, as a student at the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University. ACTION also drew upon the Deaf poetry community of Rochester and was the first poetry magazine in the country to feature work by American Sign Language poets Peter Cook, Debbie A. Rennie and Patrick Graybill.