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Lewis Warsh collection of twentieth-century poetry ephemera


Held at: University of Delaware Library Special Collections [Contact Us]181 South College Avenue, Newark, DE 19717-5267

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American poet Lewis Warsh (born 1944) was a central figure in the second generation of the New York School of poets. He joined a circle of writers associated with the Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church and established a poetry career that bridged the experimental writing movements on the East and West coasts.

Warsh was born November 9, 1944, in the Bronx, New York, and attended City College of New York. His first published poems appeared in

Wild Dog magazine in 1965. The following year, Warsh and fellow poet Anne Waldman (born 1945) co-founded the small press Angel Hair. Warsh found himself involved in the burgeoning arts scene at the Poetry Project, which included Ted Berrigan (1934-1983), George Schneeman (1934-2009), and Bernadette Mayer (born 1945). Warsh and Mayer married in 1975 and in 1977, established United Artists Books and co-edited United Artists Magazine between 1977 and 1983.

Warsh has written over twenty books of poetry, including

Dreaming as One (1971), Blue Heaven (1978), and Information from the Surface of Venus (1987). In addition to poetry, he authored autobiographical works and fiction, such as Agnes & Sally (1984) and A Place in the Sun (2010). With Anne Waldman, Warsh co-edited an anthology of the Angel Hair Magazine , titled Angel Hair Sleeps with a Boy in My Head: The Angel Hair Anthology (2002). He has taught English at Long Island University since 2000, and directed the MFA program in creative writing from 2007 until 2013.

Lewis Warsh. (accessed July 08, 2015)."Lewis Warsh." The Poetry Foundation. (accessed May 12, 2015).

American poet Lewis Warsh (born 1944) compiled this collection of promotional ephemera primarily documenting what is known as the second generation of the New York School. The collection also includes material relating to Warsh's own readings and performances, writing, and publishing ventures.

The collection is arranged into two series: I. Lewish Warsh and II. Poetry ephemera. Series I. comprises personal and professional material related to Warsh and includes Warsh's financial documents and catalogs, brochures, and advertisements pertaining to Angel Hair Press and United Artists Books represent his professional activities and publishing ventures. Other items represented Warsh's engagement in activism, in particular his response to what was called "The Whalen Affair": Warsh led a protest against the high sales price Harcourt, Brace & World had placed on its edition of Philip Whalen's (1923-2002)

On Bear's Head (1969).

The posters, mailers, fliers, and programs in Series II. feature his friends such as Bernadette Mayer (born 1945) and Anne Waldman (born 1945) and/or poets he admired as readers and/or performers. The majority of the promotional material was produced for venues that Warsh regularly frequented, such as The Poetry Project at St. Mark's Church, Bolinas Community Center, and Intersection in San Francisco.

Note: There is no Folder 18 in this collection.

  1. Boxes 1-2: Shelved in SPEC MSS manuscript boxes
  2. Box 3: Shelved in SPEC MSS manuscript boxes (1 inch)
  3. Removals: Shelved in SPEC MSS mapcases

Purchase, July 2014.

Processed and encoded by Sean Lovitt, April 2015.

University of Delaware Library Special Collections
Finding Aid Author
University of Delaware Library, Special Collections
Finding Aid Date
2015 April 21
Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Use of materials from this collection beyond the exceptions provided for in the Fair Use and Educational Use clauses of the U.S. Copyright Law may violate federal law. Permission to publish or reproduce isrequired from the copyright holder. Please contact Special Collections Department, University of Delaware Library,

Collection Inventory

Personal, circa 1960s-2010, undated.
Box 1 Folder F1
Professional correspondence, grants, and agreements, 1968-1984.
Box 1 Folder F2
Readings, 1982-2009, undated.
Box 1 Folder F3
Book launches and exhibitions, 1978-2012, undated.
Box 1 Folder F4
Reading and writing programs, 1970, 2007.
Box 1 Folder F5
Letterpress poems and calendars, 1970-1998.
Box 1 Folder F6
Angel Hair Press, 1969, 1973, 2001.
Box 1 Folder F7
United Artists Books, circa 1980-2010.
Box 1 Folder F8
Conferences and symposia, 1998-2000, undated.
Box 1 Folder F9
Poetry International '67, 1967.
Box 1 Folder F10
Rally and protest flyers, undated.
Box 1 Folder F11
Exhibitions and book launches, 1980-2008, undated.
Box 1 Folder F12
"The Whalen Affair", [1969], undated.
Box 1 Folder F13

Bolinas Community Center, 1972, undated.
Box 1 Folder F14
Cinema 16, 1962-1963.
Box 1 Folder F15
The Fiction Collective, 1983, undated.
Box 1 Folder F16
Intersection, circa 1970-1971.
Box 1 Folder F17
The Poetry Project, 1971-2011, undated.
Box 2 Folder F19
Paul Auster, 1987, undated.
Box 2 Folder F20
Bill Barkson, 1999, 2007.
Box 2 Folder F21
Wallace Berman, 2006-2007.
Box 2 Folder F23
Stan Brakhage, circa 1996.
Box 2 Folder F24
Susan Cataldo, 2003.
Box 2 Folder F25
Chinese poets, 1988, 1992.
Box 2 Folder F26
Bill Corbett, undated.
Box 2 Folder F27
Robert Creeley, 1999, 2005.
Box 2 Folder F28
Allen Ginsberg, 1968-1988, undated.
Box 2 Folder F29
Yvonne Jacquette and Rudy Burckhardt, 1983-2008, undated.
Box 2 Folder F30
Alan Katz, 1998, undated.
Box 2 Folder F31
Kenneth Koch, 1968-2002.
Box 2 Folder F32
Gerard Malanga, 1969- circa 1979 and undated.
Box 2 Folder F33
Bernadette Mayer, 1994-2002, undated.
Box 2 Folder F34
Rosemary Mayer, 2006.
Box 2 Folder F35
Alice Notley, 1985, circa 1992.
Box 2 Folder F36
Frank O'Hare, 1969, 2006, undated.
Box 3 Folder F37
David Rosenberg, 1976, undated.
Box 3 Folder F38
George Schneeman, 1975-2006.
Box 3 Folder F39
Joel Sloman, [1969].
Box 3 Folder F39A
Anne Waldman, 1971-2002, undated.
Box 3 Folder F40
"Selected Correspondence of Anne Waldman [and] Lewis Warsh", 1969.
Box 3 Folder F41
William Carlos Williams, 2005, 2007, undated.
Box 3 Folder F42

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