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Painted Bride Quarterly records


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Since 1973, the Painted Bride Quarterly has become the tri-state area's Paris Review: a literary forum where fiction, prose, poetry, commentary, essays, experimental texts, photography and interviews with avant-luminaries worldwide meet regularly. Based at Rutgers University in Camden, founding editors Louise Simons and R. Daniel Evans have made PBQ (which became its own nonprofit corporation in 1977) into an elegant, eloquent journal whose focus, though global, would never lose sight of regional artists and writers.

The Painted Bride Quarterly is the stepsister to the Painted Bride Art Center, although they share a name they are in fact separate nonprofit entities.

Philadelphia, according to Ott, "is very lucky to have the Bride (magazine and Center). Both are class acts, with high production values, informed curating/editing, rich history, and independence (by which I mean non-academic). The alternative arts movement, with its government subsidies, which grew in the 70s and 80s, was damaged by the NEA censorship wars of the 80s. Many cities lost their Painted Brides. The Quarterly has been a consistent ambassador to other cultural hubs for Philadelphia's emerging arts in ways that the Art Center alone could not be."

Since its first print issue in 1973, this independent, Philadelphia-based literary magazine has survived on the dedication of volunteers – local writers, poets, critics, teachers, editors, and other artists – and on the patience of its contributors and loyal readership for each issue's funding to be secured.

In 1999 PBQ, originally a print quarterly, became a hybrid publication, with new online issues appearing quarterly and the year's issues printed in book form at the end of each year.

Having weighed the pros and cons of print and Web – reading a hand-held book versus viewing a computer screen, the rise in reputable Webzines, increased Internet access and literacy – PBQ's 15-member, two-city editorial team easily reached their consensus to go electronic in 2000 when faced with yet another full double-issue Painted Bride Quarterly "all dressed up but with no place to go" said Senior Editor Daniel Nestor.

PBQ inaugurated its online incarnation with its Spring 2000 issue #63. 15,000 hits in 16 days made if virtually (ha!) painless to say goodbye to the 70-100 glossy covered, perfect-bound pages of PBQ's historical print publication. Still, the editors know that folks like to hold the "spoils of their success in their hands," and so will print annual "best-of" anthologies, the first one to include the entire issuer #63, in addition to the best of issues #64-66, as a thank-you to its subscribers.

When the Department of English and Philosophy hired Kathy Volk Miller to teach, they were also pleased to learn that the Painted Bride Quarterly (PBQ), the literary journal she has edited for many years, would be coming with her. Housing a literary journal that has survived for 33 years is certainly a coup for Drexel, but the internships the journal provides – both volunteer and for course credits – are proving themselves to be invaluable for Drexel students.

The records of the Painted Bride Quarterly at the University of Pennsylvania Library comprise the correspondence and submissions between artists and PBQ journal editors, as well as manuscripts, galleys, published PBQ journals and its Grant Records.

Purchased from Gil Ott, 2003

University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
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Patricia D. Hopkins
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Ashbery, John, 1992.
Box 1 Folder 1
Barba, Sharon, 1974.
Box 1 Folder 2
Bertolino, James, 1973-1974.
Box 1 Folder 3
Bluford, Ken, 1974.
Box 1 Folder 4
Braun, Henry.
Box 1 Folder 5
Brooks, Gwendolyn, 1992.
Box 1 Folder 6
Bukowski, Charles, 1992.
Box 1 Folder 7
Chang, Diana, 1975.
Box 1 Folder 8
Cobb, Sheila, 1974.
Box 1 Folder 9
Crew, Louie, 1974-1975.
Box 1 Folder 10
Darkchild, Rosemary, 1977.
Box 1 Folder 11
Dlugos, Tim, 1973-1974.
Box 1 Folder 12
Dreher, Faith Paulette, 1978.
Box 1 Folder 13
Evans, R. Daniel, 1975-1980.
Box 1 Folder 14
Fowler, Gene, 1974.
Box 1 Folder 15
Gibson, Margaret, 1978.
Box 1 Folder 16
Horovitz, Israel, 1973.
Box 1 Folder 17
Kress, Leonard, 1974.
Box 1 Folder 18
Lally, Michael, 1974.
Box 1 Folder 19
Leyland, Winston, 1978-1979.
Box 1 Folder 20
Lockwood, Margo, 1974.
Box 1 Folder 21
McGinnis, Mary, 1974.
Box 1 Folder 22
McKee, Louis, 1993.
Box 1 Folder 23
McPhillips, Nan, 1980.
Box 1 Folder 24
McQuilkin, Frank, 1974.
Box 1 Folder 25
Mariah, Paul, 1973-1974.
Box 1 Folder 26
O'Connell, Richard, 1973.
Box 1 Folder 27
Osborne, Elizabeth, 1979.
Box 1 Folder 28
Peters, Robert L., 1977-1979.
Box 1 Folder 29
Piercy, Marge, 1977.
Box 1 Folder 30
Polak, Marilyn Lois, 1973.
Box 1 Folder 31
Rockow, Karen, 1975.
Box 1 Folder 32
Russell, Carol Ann, 1987-1988.
Box 1 Folder 33
Salus, Herbert W., 1974.
Box 1 Folder 34
Scheese, Donald F., 1979-1981.
Box 1 Folder 35
Schreiber, Ron, 1975-1980.
Box 1 Folder 36-37
Schweiker, Richard S., 1974.
Box 1 Folder 38
Steyer, Thomas, 1977-1978.
Box 1 Folder 39
Stokes, Terry, undated.
Box 1 Folder 40
Sweigart, Stephen, 1973-1974.
Box 1 Folder 41
Vajda, David, 1975.
Box 1 Folder 42
Van Brunt, H.L., 1977.
Box 1 Folder 43
Waldman, Anne, 1992.
Box 1 Folder 44
Wolf, Peter Lipman, 1979-1982.
Box 1 Folder 45
Zahler, Leah, 1974.
Box 1 Folder 46
Zawadiwsky, Christine, 1974.
Box 1 Folder 47
Zitch, Beryl, 1992.
Box 1 Folder 48
General PBQ Correspondence, 1977-1979.
Box 1 Folder 49

Barba, Sharon, undated.
Box 1 Folder 50
Bluford, Ken, undated.
Box 1 Folder 51
Braun, Henry, undated.
Box 1 Folder 52
Brownworth, Victoria A., undated.
Box 1 Folder 53
Burke, Stephen, undated.
Box 1 Folder 54
Cattafi, Bartolo, undated.
Box 1 Folder 55
Cobb, Sheila, undated.
Box 1 Folder 56
Colten, Joel, undated.
Box 1 Folder 57
Cottage, Steve, undated.
Box 1 Folder 58
Daily, Susan, undated.
Box 1 Folder 59
Dlugos, Tim, undated.
Box 1 Folder 60
Dorman, Sonya, undated.
Box 1 Folder 61
Evans, R. Daniel, 1975.
Box 1 Folder 62-63
Fowler, Gene, undated.
Box 2 Folder 64
Holland, Barbara A., undated.
Box 2 Folder 65
Hollo, Anselm, undated.
Box 2 Folder 66
Hughes, Maryllis, undated.
Box 2 Folder 67
Jarrett, Emmett, undated.
Box 2 Folder 68
Lorde, Audre, undated.
Box 2 Folder 69
McGinnis, Mary, undated.
Box 2 Folder 70
Major, Clarence, 1974.
Box 2 Folder 71
Malanga, Gerard, undated.
Box 2 Folder 72
Mariah, Paul, undated.
Box 2 Folder 73
Middlegrooks, Phylllis, undated.
Box 2 Folder 74
Molarsky, Del, 1972.
Box 2 Folder 75
Moritz, Dennis, undated.
Box 2 Folder 76
Norris, Kathleen, undated.
Box 2 Folder 77
Owen, Maureen and Wright, Rebecca, undated.
Box 2 Folder 78
Penzi, James, undated.
Box 2 Folder 79
Polak, Marilyn Lois, 1972-1974.
Box 2 Folder 80
Pomeroy, Ralph, 1974.
Box 2 Folder 81
Sanchez, Sonia, 1973.
Box 2 Folder 82
Sellin, Eric, undated.
Box 2 Folder 83
Simons, Louise, undated.
Box 2 Folder 84
Tarn, Nathaniel, undated.
Box 2 Folder 85
Vacante, Jane, undated.
Box 2 Folder 86
General PBQ Submissions.
Box 2 Folder 87


Arranged chronologically.

Painted Bride Quarterly, 1974-1975.
Box 2 Folder 88-92
Painted Bride Quarterly, 1975.
Box 2 Folder 93

Arranged chronologically.

Painted Bride Quarterly, 1973-1976.
Box 3 Folder 94-105
Painted Bride Quarterly, 1977-1989.
Box 4 Folder 106-116
Painted Bride Quarterly, 1991-1997.
Box 5 Folder 117-122

Series Description

Arranged alphabetically by foundation or recipient.

Leo, Teresa, 1993-1994.
Box 5 Folder 123
Maneely Fund, 1992.
Box 5 Folder 124
Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, 1974-1993.
Box 5 Folder 125-134

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