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Amy Gerstler letter and postcards to Tom Clark


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Amy Gerstler (1956-) is an American poet and writer who won the National Book Critics Circle Award for her volume of poetry,

Bitter Angel in 1991. Her poetry book Medicine was a finalist for the Phi Beta Kappa Poetry Award in 2000.

Gerstler received her Master of Fine Arts in nonfiction from Vermont's Bennington College in 2000, where she has since intermittently taught in the Bennington Writing Seminars program. She has additionally served on the faculty of various other institutions in professional and creative writing programs. In addition to several poetry volumes and works of fiction, Gerstler has written non-fiction journal articles, art reviews, and book reviews including publications in

Art Forum and Los Angeles Times.

"Amy Gerstler." The Writers Directory. Detroit: St. James Press, 2013 (reproduced in Gale Biography in Context). http:/ (accessed March 17, 2014). "Amy Gerstler." Contemporary Authors Online (reproduced in Gale Biography in Context). http:/ (accessed March 17, 2014).Gerstler, Amy. "At the Back of a Closet, Two Dresses Converse." The American Poetry Review July-Aug. 2008: 17 (reproduced in Gale Biography in Context). http:/ (accessed March 17, 2014)."Amy Gerstler." Academy of American Poets. (accessed March 17, 2014).

This small collection consists of two postcards, a letter, and a miniature book from Amy Gerstler to American poet Tom Clark (1941-) between 1982 and 1988, providing him news about their mutual acquaintances, and asking him about his work and family.

The letters and postcards present Gerstler and Clark’s relationship as friends and fellow poets. Gerstler acknowledges Clark’s having written a quote for her most recent publication and inquires of his wife and daughter. She also mentions she would soon purchase Clark’s biography on Kerouac. In addition to updating Clark on the activities of a mutual publisher acquaintance, Gerstler indicates she is considering teaching a writing seminar for the first time and asks Clark for advice on the matter. Included in the collection is a copy of Gerstler's

Primitive Man, a miniature book of fiction, which was sent with the 1988 letter to Clark.

Gerstler also mentions small list of poetic and artistic figures with whom the two were familiar, including poets Eileen Myles, James Schuyler, Bob Flanagan, and David Trinidad; writer/musician Jack Skelley; and publisher Michael Sheppard.

Materials are arranged in chronological order.

Box 66, F0955: Shelved in SPEC MSS 0099 manuscript boxes.

Purchase, 2013.

Processed and encoded by Dustin Frohlich, March 2014. Further encoded by George Apodaca, October 2015.

University of Delaware Library Special Collections
Finding Aid Author
University of Delaware Library, Special Collections
Finding Aid Date
2014 March 17
Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

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Collection Inventory

Postcard from Gerstler to Clark, 1982 August 7.
Box 66 Folder F0955
Scope and Contents

One side of postcard contains typed poem "I Remember," by Stevie Smith

Postcard from Gerstler to Clark, 1986 July 6.
Box 66 Folder F0955
Letter from Gerstler to Clark, 1988.
Box 66 Folder F0955
Scope and Contents

The two-page letter from Gerstler to Clark includes a copy of Gerstler's miniature book,

Primitive Man , and an envelope addressed from Gerstler to Clark. Physical Description

3 items

Print, Suggest