Abstract

Papers of Rae Armantrout, American poet and teacher. The papers primarily document Armantrout's writing, including typescripts of individual poems and published manuscripts, her personal journals, as well as an extensive amount of correspondence with other American poets. The collection also includes teaching materials and notebooks from literature courses Armantrout taught at UCSD between 2000 and 2008. In addition, the papers contain promotional materials from poetry readings and conferences, as well as a small amount of biographical material.

Biography

Rae Armantrout was born on April 12, 1947, in Vallejo, California, and grew up in San Diego. Armantrout studied literature at UC Berkeley, where she received her bachelor's degree in 1970. She later received her master's degree in creative writing from San Francisco State University in 1975. Armantrout is one of the founding members of the West Coast "Language Poetry" movements and worked with other Language poets including Bob Perelman, Ron Silliman, and Lyn Hejinian. Armantrout and her husband Chuck Korkegien returned to San Diego in the early 1980s.

Armantrout's first publication was in 1978, entitled Extremities, followed by nine other books of poetry, including Made to Seem (1995), Veil (2001), Up to Speed (2004), Next Life (2007), and Versed (2009). Her poems have appeared in numerous anthologies including American Hybrid: A Norton Anthology of Contemporary Poetry, Language Poetries, The Oxford Book of American Poetry, and The Best American Poetry of 1988, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2007, and 2008.

Armantrout has been a finalist for the PEN USA Award in 2001 and 2004, a 2008 Guggenheim Fellow in Poetry, as well as the 2008 winner of the Frederick Bock Poetry Prize. She is one of ten poets currently working on the project The Grand Piano: An Experiment In Collective Autobiography, which is a collaboration by ten writers identified with the rise of Language Poetry in San Francisco. Writing on the volumes began in 1998, with the first volume (of a proposed ten) being published in November 2006. For the past twenty years, Armantrout has taught in the Department of Literature at the University of California, San Diego.

Scope and Contents of Collection

The Rae Armantrout Papers include materials documenting her work as a poet and teacher. The collection includes personal and professional correspondence, personal journals, and typescript drafts of poems and manuscripts. The collection also contains notebooks and lecture notes from literature courses taught by Armantrout from 2000 through 2008. Although the materials date from 1954 through 2009, the bulk of the collection dates from 2001 through 2008. The papers are arranged in five series: 1) CORRESPONDENCE, 2) WRITINGS BY ARMANTROUT, 3) JOURNALS, 4)TEACHING MATERIALS, and 5) MISCELLANEOUS MATERIALS.

SERIES 1: CORRESPONDENCE

The CORRESPONDENCE series, arranged alphabetically, contains letters and emails from Fanny Howe, Ron Silliman, Bob Perelman, and other poets and literary editors regarding Armantrout's poetry. Materials in this series also include a small amount of correspondence between Armantrout and various publishers regarding her books of collected poetry, as well as individual published poems.

SERIES 2: WRITINGS BY ARMANTROUT

The WRITINGS BY ARMANTROUT series is arranged in three subseries: A) Individual Poems, B) Collected Poems, and C) Prose.

A) The Individual Poems subseries includes individual poems written by Armantrout, as well as uncollected published poetry that appeared in The New Yorker and The Philadelphia Inquirer.

B) The Collected Poems subseries contains typescript drafts of individual poems written by Armantrout for her publications Pretext (2001), Veil (2001), Up to Speed (2004), Next Life (2007) and Versed (2009). This subseries also contains published criticisms and reviews of some of Armantrout's later writings. Items in this subseries are arranged in chronological order.

C) The third subseries, Prose, includes typescript drafts of essays written by Armantrout, including an essay about fellow Language Poet Lyn Hejinian. This series is arranged in alphabetical order.

SERIES 3: JOURNALS

The JOURNALS series includes 145 personal journals kept by Armantrout from 1971 through 2009. The journals include drafts of poems and personal entries. This series is arranged in chronological order.

SERIES 4: TEACHING MATERIALS

The TEACHING MATERIALS series is arranged in two subseries: A) Syllabi and Lecture Notes, and B) Notebooks.

A) The Syllabi and Lecture Notes subseries includes Armantrout's course notes, outlines, and final exam keys from literature courses she taught at UCSD from 2000 to 2008. This subseries is arranged in alphabetical order.

B) The Notebooks subseries contains spiral bound notebooks with course and lecture notes from 2000 through 2008, and are arranged in chronological order.

SERIES 5: MISCELLANEOUS MATERIALS

The final series in the collection, MISCELLANEOUS MATERIALS, contains Armantrout's early poems and artwork from the mid-1950s. This series also contains a transcript from Stephen Burt and Linnea Odgen's interview with Armantrout about her writing process, and flyers and typescripts drafts of introductions from poetry readings and performances by Armantrout in the 1990s through 2009.

CORRESPONDENCE

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1 1 A - Miscellaneous.
1 2 B - Miscellaneous.
1 3 Benson, Steve, 2002-2008.
1 4 Bernstein, Charles, 2000-2008.
1 5 Best American Poetry, 2002-2007.
1 6 Boston Review, 1999-2008.
1 7 Burt, Stephen, 2001-2008.
1 8 C - Miscellaneous.
1 9 Coconut, 2006-2008.
1 10 Creeley, Robert, 2001-2003.
1 11 D - Miscellaneous.
1 12 Davis, Lydia, 2000-2008.
1 13 De'Ath, Amy, 2007.
1 14 Denver Quarterly, 2008.
1 15 DuCornet, Rikki, 2006-2007.
1 16 E - Miscellaneous.
1 17 Emily Dickinson Journal, 2006.
1 18 Equi, Elaine, 2000-2007.
Materials include a typescript draft of Elaine Equi's publication Ripple Effect.
1 19 F - Miscellaneous.
1 20 Fischer, Norman, 2007-2008.
1 21 G - Miscellaneous.
1 22 Gizzi, Peter, 2005-2008.
1 23 Golding, Alan, 2001-2004.
1 24 Granger, John, 2001-2008.
1 25 Gregory, Sinda, 2006-2007.
1 26 Guillot, Claire, 2004-2005.
1 27 H - Miscellaneous.
1 28 Hejinian, Lyn, 1978-2008.
1 29 Hensley, Susan, 2006-2008.
1 30 Hillman, Brenda, 2001-2007.
1 31 Howe, Fanny, 2000-2006.
2 1 Howe, Fanny, 2007-2008.
2 2 Howe, Susan, 2002-2006.
2 3 I - Miscellaneous.
2 4 Interval(le)s, 2008.
2 5 J - Miscellaneous.
2 6 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, 2008.
2 7 Jubilat, 2006.
2 8 Keller, Lynn, 2007-2008.
2 9 Korkegian, Aaron, 2002.
2 10 L - Miscellaneous.
2 11 Lazar, Zachary, 2008.
2 12 Lazer, Hank, 2001-2005.
2 13 Lux Books, 2007-2008.
2 14 Luxford, Dominic, 2008.
2 15 M - Miscellaneous.
2 16 Massey, Joseph, 2002-2008.
2 17 McHugh, Heather, 2002.
2 18 MoMA, 2002.
2 19 Morrow, Bradford, 2001-2002.
2 20 Myles, Eileen, 2002-2008.
2 21 N - Miscellaneous.
2 22 Naylor, Paul, 2001-2008.
2 23 The New Yorker, 2005-2008.
2 24 NO: A Journal of the Arts, 2008.
2 25 O - Miscellaneous.
2 26 Oxford University Press, 2005.
2 27 P - Miscellaneous.
2 28 Perelman, Robert, 2001-2008.
2 29 Perloff, Marjorie, 2000-2008.
2 30 Poetry Magazine, 2007-2008.
2 31 Poetry Society of America, 2006-2008.
2 32 R- Miscellaneous.
2 33 Raworth, Thomas, 2000-2006.
2 34 Robertson, Lisa, 2003-2008.
2 35 Rothenberg, Jerome, 2001-2006.
2 36 S - Miscellaneous.
2 37 Silliman, Ronald, 1978-2008.
2 38 Stanford University, 2001.
2 39 Stanton, Robert, 2003-2006.
2 40 Swensen, Cole, 2005-2008.
2 41 T - Miscellaneous.
2 42 Tillman, Lynne, 2003-2008.
2 43 U - Miscellaneous.
2 44 V - Miscellaneous.
2 45 Valiton, Patricia, 2004-2005.
2 46 W - Miscellaneous.
2 47 Watten, Barry, 2007-2008.
2 48 Wesleyan University Press, 2003-2008.
2 49 Wesling, Donald, 2006.
2 50 Woodward, Jon, 2006-2008.

WRITINGS BY ARMANTROUT

Individual Poems

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3 1 The Philadelphia Inquirer - "Thing" published poem, April 8, 2003.
3 2 The New Yorker - "Thrown" published poem, February 25, 2008.
3 3 Unpublished work - "Advent" typescript draft.
3 4 Unpublished work - "The Agent" typescript drafts.
3 5 Unpublished work - "Answer" typescript drafts.
3 6 Unpublished work - "Bubble Wrap" typescript draft.
3 7 Unpublished work - "Cancellation" typescript drafts.
3 8 Unpublished work - "Haunts" typescript drafts.
3 9 Unpublished work - "The Hearing" typescript drafts.
3 10 Unpublished work - "Hopscotch" typescript drafts.
3 11 Unpublished work - "Human" typescript drafts.
3 12 Unpublished work - "In Pictures" typescript drafts.
3 13 Unpublished work - "Longer" typescript drafts.
3 14 Unpublished work - "Look" typescript drafts.
3 15 Unpublished work - "Marked" typescript drafts.
3 16 Unpublished work - "Marks" typescript drafts.
3 17 Unpublished work - "Measure" typescript drafts.
3 18 Unpublished work - "Missing" typescript drafts.
3 19 Unpublished work - "Neither" typescript drafts.
3 20 Unpublished work - "Spin" typescript drafts.
3 21 Unpublished work - "Versions: Worlds Collide" typescript drafts.
3 22 Unpublished work - "Whom" typescript drafts.
3 23 Unpublished work - Miscellaneous typescript drafts.

Collected Poems

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3 24 The Invention of Hunger (1979) - "Special Theory of Relativity" promotional flyer.
3 25 Engines (1983) - Bound typescript draft.
3 26 True (1998) - Published review.
3 27 A Wild Salience: The Writings of Rae Armantrout (2000) - Typescript draft of introduction.
3 28 A Wild Salience: The Writings of Rae Armantrout (2000) - Press release.
3 29 The Pretext (2001) - Poem typescript drafts.
3 30 The Pretext (2001) - Published review.
3 31 Veil (2001) - Typescript draft.
3 32 Veil (2001) - Galley proof.
4 1 Veil (2001) - Published reviews, 2001-2002.
4 2 FB 482-14 Burt, Stephen - "Where Every Eye's a Guard," published review of Armantrout's poetry, April-May 2002.
4 3 Up to Speed (2004) - "Almost" typescript drafts.
4 4 Up to Speed (2004) - "Another Sense" typescript drafts.
4 5 Up to Speed (2004) - "As One" typescript drafts.
4 6 Up to Speed (2004) - "Back" typescript drafts.
4 7 Up to Speed (2004) - "Enough" typescript drafts.
4 8 Up to Speed (2004) - "En Route" typescript drafts.
4 9 Up to Speed (2004) - "Fieldwork" typescript drafts.
4 10 Up to Speed (2004) - "The Fit" typescript drafts.
4 11 Up to Speed (2004) - "Flinch" typescript drafts.
4 12 Up to Speed (2004) - "Gorgons" typescript drafts.
4 13 Up to Speed (2004) - "Imaginary Places" typescript draft.
4 14 Up to Speed (2004) - "Interior Design" typescript drafts.
4 15 Up to Speed (2004) - "Interval" typescript drafts.
4 16 Up to Speed (2004) - "Next Generations" typescript drafts.
4 17 Up to Speed (2004) - "Write Home" typescript drafts.
4 18 Up to Speed (2004) - Bound typescript draft.
4 19 Up to Speed (2004) - Publisher agreement, May 1, 2003.
4 20 Up to Speed (2004) - Published reviews.
4 21 Next Life (2007) - "Again" typescript drafts.
4 22 Next Life (2007) - "Agreement" typescript drafts.
4 23 Next Life (2007) - "Arrangements" typescript drafts.
4 24 Next Life (2007) - "Away" typescript drafts.
4 25 Next Life (2007) - "Clear" typescript drafts.
4 26 Next Life (2007) - "Close" typesript drafts.
4 27 Next Life (2007) - "A Distance" typescript drafts.
4 28 Next Life (2007) - "Echo" typescript drafts.
4 29 Next Life (2007) - "Face" typescript drafts.
4 30 Next Life (2007) - "Headline song" typescript drafts.
4 31 Next Life (2007) - "Incorporation" typescript drafts.
4 32 Next Life (2007) - "Ins and Outs" typescript drafts.
4 33 Next Life (2007) - "Make it New" typescript drafts.
4 34 Next Life (2007) - "Next Life" typescript draft.
4 35 Next Life (2007) - "Our Daphne" typescript drafts.
4 36 Next Life (2007) - "Propensity" typescript drafts.
5 1 Next Life (2007) - "Remote" typescript drafts.
5 2 Next Life (2007) - "Resting" typescript drafts.
5 3 Next Life (2007) - "Reversible" typescript drafts.
5 4 Next Life (2007) - "Seed" typescript drafts.
5 5 Next Life (2007) - "Some" typescript drafts.
5 6 Next Life (2007) - "Soon" typescript drafts.
5 7 Next Life (2007) - "State" typescript drafts.
5 8 Next Life (2007) - "Two, Three" typescript drafts.
5 9 Next Life (2007) - "Units" typescript drafts.
5 10 Next Life (2007) - "Us" typescript drafts.
5 11 Next Life (2007) - "visits" typescript drafts.
5 12 Next Life (2007) - "Yonder" typescript drafts.
5 13 Next Life (2007) - "Yoohoo" typescript drafts.
5 14 Next Life (2007) - Bound typescript draft.
5 15 Next Life (2007) - Typescript draft.
5 16 Next Life (2007) - Galley proof.
5 17 Next Life (2007) - Published reviews.
5 18 Versed (2009) - "Amplification" typescript draft.
5 19 Versed (2009) - "Around" typescript drafts.
5 20 Versed (2009) - "Babel" typescript drafts.
5 21 Versed (2009) - "Birth Order" typescript drafts.
5 22 Versed (2009) - "Bonding" typescript drafts.
5 23 Versed (2009) - "Concentrate" typescript draft.
5 24 Versed (2009) - "Decor" typescript drafts.
5 25 Versed (2009) - "Equals" typescript drafts.
5 26 Versed (2009) - "Fade" typescript drafts.
5 27 Versed (2009) - "Fetch" typescript drafts.
5 28 Versed (2009) - "Guess" typescript drafts.
5 29 Versed (2009) - "Had" typescript drafts.
5 30 Versed (2009) - "Heaven" typescript drafts.
5 31 Versed (2009) - "Help" typescript drafts.
5 32 Versed (2009) - "Hey" typescript drafts.
5 33 Versed (2009) - "Inscription" typescript drafts.
5 34 Versed (2009) - "Integer" typescript drafts.
6 1 Versed (2009) - "Just" typescript drafts.
6 2 Versed (2009) - "Later" typescript drafts.
6 3 Versed (2009) - "Left Behind" typescript drafts.
6 4 Versed (2009) - "Lengths" typescript drafts.
6 5 Versed (2009) - "The Light" typescript drafts.
6 6 Versed (2009) - "Like" typescript drafts.
6 7 Versed (2009) - "Locality" typescript drafts.
6 8 Versed (2009) - "Minimum Sun" typescript draft.
6 9 Versed (2009) - "Music" typescript drafts.
6 10 Versed (2009) - "Name Calling" typescript drafts.
6 11 Versed (2009) - "New" typescript drafts.
6 12 Versed (2009) - "New Genres" typescript drafts.
6 13 Versed (2009) - "On Your Way" typescript drafts.
6 14 Versed (2009) - "Operations" typescript drafts.
6 15 Versed (2009) - "Outer" typescript drafts.
6 16 Versed (2009) - "Own" typescript drafts.
6 17 Versed (2009) - "Pass" typescript drafts.
6 18 Versed (2009) - "Poem" typescript drafts.
6 19 Versed (2009) - "Prayers" typescript drafts.
6 20 Versed (2009) - "The Program" typescript drafts of peom left out of publication.
6 21 Versed (2009) - "Provenance" typescript drafts.
6 22 Versed (2009) - "The Racket" typescript drafts.
6 23 Versed (2009) - "Relations" typescript drafts.
6 24 Versed (2009) - "Remaining" typescript draft.
6 25 Versed (2009) - "Resounding" typescript drafts.
6 26 Versed (2009) - "Results" typescript drafts.
6 27 Versed (2009) - "Running" typescript drafts.
6 28 Versed (2009) - "Someone" typescript drafts.
6 29 Versed (2009) - "Still" typescript drafts.
6 30 Versed (2009) - "Take-out" typescript drafts.
6 31 Versed (2009) - "Through" typescript drafts.
6 32 Versed (2009) - "Thrown" typescript drafts.
6 33 Versed (2009) - "Vehicles" typescript drafts.
6 34 Versed (2009) - "Versed" typescript drafts.
6 35 Versed (2009) - "Watch" typescript drafts.
6 36 Versed (2009) - "What We Mean" typescript drafts.
6 37 Versed (2009) - "Worthwhile" typescript drafts.
6 38 Versed (2009) - "Dark Matter" chapter typescript draft and notes.
6 39 Versed (2009) - "Versed" chapter typescript draft and notes.
6 40 Money Shot - Poem typescript drafts.
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6 41 "A Border Comedy" typescript draft.
6 42 "Cosmology and Me" typescript draft.
6 43 "Darkinfested" typescript drafts.
6 44 "'Feeling Selfhood' and the Work of Bob Perelman" typescript draft.
6 45 "Lyn Hejinian (Shelley Memorial Award)" typescript drafts.
6 46 "My William Carlos William" typescript draft.
6 47 "Overlooked: Dickinson's Poem # 1712" typescript draft.
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7 1 1971-1974.
7 2 1976.
7 3 1978.
7 4 1978.
7 5 1979.
7 6 1979-1980.
8 1 1980-1981.
8 2 1980-1981.
8 3 1980-1981.
8 4 1980-1982.
8 5 1981.
8 6 1981-1982.
9 1 1982-1983.
9 2 1983-1984.
9 3 1984.
9 4 1984.
9 5 1984-1985.
9 6 1984-1986.
9 7 1985.
10 1 1986.
10 2 1986.
10 3 1986-1987.
10 4 1987.
10 5 1987.
10 6 1987-1988.
11 1 1987-1989.
11 2 1988.
11 3 1988-1989.
11 4 1988-1989.
11 5 1989.
12 1 1989.
12 2 1989-1990.
12 3 1990.
12 4 1990.
12 5 1990.
13 1 1990.
13 2 1990-1991.
13 3 1991.
13 4 1991-1992.
13 5 1992.
14 1 1992.
14 2 1992-1993.
14 3 1997.
14 4 1999.
14 5 2001.
14 6 2002-2008.
15 1 2003.
15 2 2003.
15 3 2003-2004.
15 4 2004.
15 5 2004.
15 6 2004.
16 1 2004.
16 2 2004-2005.
16 3 2005.
16 4 2005.
16 5 2005.
16 6 2005.
17 1 2005-2006.
17 2 2006.
17 3 2006.
17 4 2006.
17 5 2006-2007.
17 6 2007.
18 1 2007.
18 2 2007.
18 3 2007.
18 4 2007.
18 5 2007-2008.
18 6 2007-2008.
19 1 2008.
19 2 2008.
19 3 2008.
19 4 2008.
19 5 2008.
19 6 2008-2009.
20 1 Undated.
20 2 Undated.
20 3 Undated.
20 4 Undated.
20 5 Undated.

TEACHING MATERIALS

Syllabi and Lecture Notes

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21 1 Experimental Writing, LIT 115 - Syllabus and lecture notes.
21 2 Graduate Literature and Theory, LTTH 115 - Syllabus and lecture notes.
21 3 Miscellaneous lecture notes and research.
21 4 On Edge: 20th Century Avant-Gardes - Syllabus and lecture notes.
21 5 Poetry, LIT 102 - Syllabus and lecture notes.
21 6 Writing Poetry, LITWR 008 - Syllabi, 2000.

Notebooks

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21 7 Teaching materials - Notebooks, 2002-2004.
21 8 Teaching materials - Notebooks, 2004-2006.
21 9 Teaching materials - Notebooks, 2005-2006.
22 1 Teaching materials - Notebooks, 2005-2006.
22 2 Teaching materials - Notebooks, 2006.
22 3 Teaching materials - Notebooks, 2006.
22 4 Teaching materials - Notebooks, 2006-2007.
22 5 Teaching materials - Notebooks, 2006-2007.
23 1 Teaching materials - Notebook, 2007.
23 2 Teaching materials - Notebooks, 2007-2008.
23 3 Teaching materials - Notebooks, 2008.

MISCELLANEOUS MATERIALS

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23 4 Early childhood writings and artwork.
23 5 Photographs - Portraits on CD-ROM, 2003.
23 6 Transcript of Stephen Burt and Linnea Odgen's interview with Rae Armantrout.
23 7 FB 482-15 Readings and performances - Flyers, 1994-2009.
23 8 Readings and performances - Introduction typescripts.


Finding aid generated: 2012-11-16