Celebrating Jerry: The Jerome Rothenberg Archive in the Archive for New Poetry

Page from The Burning Babes and Other Poems (Granary Books, 2005), with artwork by Susan Bee.

An exhibit of the works and papers of Jerome Rothenberg, a professor emeritus at the University of California, San Diego, and an internationally renowned poet, editor, and translator, as well as an originator of ethnopoetics, a field he pioneered, will be on view in Geisel Library through February 24, 2012. “Celebrating Jerry: The Jerome Rothenberg Archive in the Archive for New Poetry” includes correspondence and collaborative projects with other artists, a selection of Rothenberg’s published poetry, and other materials documenting his literary and artistic life, spanning roughly six decades from the 1950s through the last decade.

Rothenberg, the author of more than 80 volumes of poetry, a dozen books of translations, and a dozen or so anthologies on contemporary and traditional poetry, was a member of the faculty in both the UC San Diego Department of Visual Arts and the Department of Literature from 1977 until his retirement in 1998.

Ink sketch of Rothenberg by San Diego artist (and UC San Diego alumna) Joyce Cutler-Shaw.

The UC San Diego Libraries’ Archive for New Poetry, housed in the Mandeville Special Collections Library, is widely recognized as the most outstanding and comprehensive collection of new and experimental poetry on the West Coast and one of the top collections of its kind in the nation. The Archive, which was established in 1968 by UC San Diego Literature Professor Roy Harvey Pearce, includes more than 30,000 volumes, 1,800 journals, more than 700 poetry broadsides, and extensive manuscript holdings.

Known for its focus on the ‘New American’ poets, including the Black Mountain poets, the Objectivist Movement, the San Francisco Renaissance, the New York School, the Language writers, and the Beat poets, the Archive includes the personal papers of some of the nation’s most prominent poets. In addition to Rothenberg’s papers, the Archive comprises the papers of poets George Oppen, Charles Reznikoff, Susan Howe, Jackson Mac Low, Lyn Hejinian, Paul Blackburn, and Pulitzer Prize winners James Schuyler and UC San Diego’s Rae Armantrout.

The Leonardo Project: 10 + 2 Poems. San Diego, 1998.

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