Thanks Conrad for your post and mention of Gil Orlovitz -- I know of Orlovitz from my high school English teacher, poet Lou McKee, former editor of the Painted Bride, who turned me onto to poetry, and also first told me about Orlovitz. I have never read any of Gil's work. I only know of Lou's admiration for novels like "Milk Bottle H" to name one I can remember. Lou would be a good person to talk about Orlovitz too.
Maybe Lou McKee was one of the few other people in the room at The Gil Orlovitz Symposium?