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Appalachian Poetry Project papers, 1974-1985

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Finding aid prepared by Megan Mummey

Title

Appalachian Poetry Project papers

Date

1974-1985

Repository

University of Kentucky Special Collections

Arrangement

Organized into six series: Administrative records, Workshops, Related materials, Anthology, Poets, and Drafts.

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open to researchers by appointment.

Preferred Citation Note

87m39: [identification of item], Appalachian Poetry Project papers, 1974-1975, University of Kentucky Special Collections.

Extent

4.5 Cubic feet

10 boxes

Abstract

The Appalachian Poetry Project papers (dated 1974-1985; 4.5 cubic feet; 10 boxes) provide a thorough record of the activities of the Appalachian Poetry Project to recognize and develop Appalachian poets.

Biography/History

In August, 1979, writer Gurney Norman, under the auspices of the University of Kentucky's Appalachian Center, submitted a proposal to the Witter Bynner Foundation for Poetry to identify, recognize and nurture the poets of the central Appalachian region by organizing poetry workshops in regional communities and ultimately to publish a poetry anthology. The Foundation funded the project and in January 1980 the work began with poets George Ella Lyons and Bob Henry Baber acting as executive director and consulting director, respectively. The grant period ended in December 1980 and the project was never refunded. As of August 1987, the anthology had not been published.

Scope and Content

The Appalachian Poetry Project papers (dated 1974-1985; 4.5 cubic feet; 10 boxes) provide a thorough record of the activities of the Appalachian Poetry Project to recognize and develop Appalachian poets. Included are administrative records of the project, correspondence with many of the participating poets, typescripts of the poetry submitted for the anthology, and two drafts of the proposed volume entitled Contemporary Appalachian Poetry. Among the more than one hundred poets noted in the papers are Gurney Norman, George Ella Lyon, Bob Henry Baber, Lillie Chaffin, Fred Chappel, Lee Howard, Jane Wilson Joyce, Jeff Daniel Marion, Robert Morgan, Lee Pennington, Rita Quillen, Bettie Sellers, Bennie Lee Sinclair, and Jane Stuart.

Subjects

  • Appalachian Poetry Project.
  • University of Kentucky. Appalachian Center.
  • Witter Bynner Foundation For Poetry, Inc..
  • Poems
  • Appalachian Region--Poetry.
  • Baber, Bob Henry
  • Chaffin, Lillie D.
  • Chappel, Fred
  • Howard, Lee, 1952-2003
  • Joyce, Jane Wilson
  • Lyon, George Ella, 1949-
  • Marion, Jeff Daniel, 1940-
  • Morgan, Robert, 1944-
  • Norman, Gurney, 1937-
  • Pennington, Lee
  • Quillen, Rita Sims
  • Sellers, Bettie M.
  • Sinclair, Bennie Lee, 1939-
  • Stuart, Jane
  • Drafts.
  • Poets, American--20th century.

User Restrictions

Property rights reside with the University of Kentucky. The University of Kentucky holds the copyright for materials created in the course of business by University of Kentucky employees. Copyright for all other materials has not been assigned to the University of Kentucky. For information about permission to reproduce or publish, please contact Special Collections.

Related Material

82m5, Southern Appalachian Writers Cooperative records, University of Kentucky Special Collections.

Collection Inventory

Series I. Administrative records, 1979-1982
Witter Bynner Foundation for Poetry, Inc. general information, 1982
[Box: 1, Folder: 1]
Grant proposal, 1979
[Box: 1, Folder: 2]
Grant report, undated
[Box: 1, Folder: 3]
Correspondence, 1980
[Box: 1, Folder: 4]
Correspondence, 1981
[Box: 1, Folder: 5]
Correspondence, 1982
[Box: 1, Folder: 6]
Correspondence, Baber, 1979-1980
[Box: 1, Folder: 7]
Financial records, 1980
[Box: 1, Folder: 8]
Financial records, Baber, 1980
[Box: 1, Folder: 9]
Photograph of George Ella Lyon and Gurney Norman, circa 1980
[Box: 1, Folder: 10]
List of Appalachian Poetry Project participants (incomplete), undated
[Box: 1, Folder: 11]
Series II. Workshops, 1980
General information, 1980
[Box: 2, Folder: 1]
Johnson City, Tennessee, 1980 May 5 and 12
[Box: 2, Folder: 2]
Barbour County, West Virginia, 1980 May 17
[Box: 2, Folder: 3]
Boone, North Carolina, 1980 May 18
[Box: 2, Folder: 4]
Moundsville, West Virginia, 1980 May 24
[Box: 2, Folder: 5]
Cincinnati, Ohio, 1980 May 24
[Box: 2, Folder: 6]
Pipestem, West Virginia, 1980 May 24
[Box: 2, Folder: 7]
Morgantown, West Virginia, 1980 May 28
[Box: 2, Folder: 8]
Montreat, North Carolina, 1980 [May 23]
[Box: 2, Folder: 9]
Whitesburg, Kentucky, 1980 June 6-8
[Box: 2, Folder: 10]
Big Stone Gap, Virginia, 1980 June 7
[Box: 2, Folder: 11]
Berea, Kentucky, 1980 June 14
[Box: 2, Folder: 12]
Buffalo Creek, West Virginia, 1980 June 14
[Box: 2, Folder: 13]
Knoxville, Tennessee, 1980 June 14
[Box: 2, Folder: 14]
Logan County, West Virginia, 1980 June 21-22
[Box: 2, Folder: 15]
Williamson, West Virginia, 1980 June 21-22
[Box: 2, Folder: 16]
Berea, Kentucky, 1980 June 24
[Box: 2, Folder: 17]
Harlan County, Kentucky, 1980 June 27-28
[Box: 2, Folder: 18]
Poetry Reading, Charleston, West Virginia, 1980 September 7
[Box: 2, Folder: 19]
Series III. Related materials, 1974-1985
Appalachian Studies Conference, 1980
[Box: 3, Folder: 1]
Appalshop, Whitesburg, Kentucky, 1980
[Box: 3, Folder: 2]
APPALWOW, 1979
[Box: 3, Folder: 3]
Berea College, Appalachian Literature Workshop, 1975-1980
[Box: 3, Folder: 4]
Funding sources, 1980
[Box: 3, Folder: 5]
Highlander Center, New Market, Tennessee, 1981
[Box: 3, Folder: 6]
Hindman Writers Workshop, Hindman, Kentucky, 1980-1981
[Box: 3, Folder: 7]
Southern Appalachian Writers Cooperative (SAWC), 1975-1980
[Box: 3, Folder: 8]
Strokes paste-up (published by SAWC in Richwood, Virginia, 1980), circa 1980
[Box: 3, Folder: 9]
University of Kentucky Women Writers Conference, 1980
[Box: 3, Folder: 10]
University of Kentucky Women Writers Conference, 1981
[Box: 3, Folder: 11]
Benefit Concert, Knoxville, Tennessee, 1982 February 20
[Box: 3, Folder: 12]
Bibliographies and articles, 1977-1985
[Box: 3, Folder: 13]
Series IV. Anthology, circa 1980
Manuscripts lists, circa 1980
[Box: 4, Folder: 1]
Manuscripts for reconsideration, circa 1980
[Box: 4, Folder: 2]
Manuscripts returned, circa
[Box: 4, Folder: 3]
Children's poems (by children), circa 1980
[Box: 4, Folder: 4]
Older poets, circa 1980
[Box: 4, Folder: 5]
Series V. Poets, undated
Amburgey, Gail, undated
[Box: 5, Folder: 1]
Anderson, Maggie, undated
[Box: 5, Folder: 2]
Baber, Bob Henry, undated
[Box: 5, Folder: 3]
Barks, Coleman, undated
[Box: 5, Folder: 4]
Barrett, Joseph, undated
[Box: 5, Folder: 5]
Bailone, Joe, undated
[Box: 5, Folder: 6]
Blake, Pamela, undated
[Box: 5, Folder: 7]
Blevins, Vivian, undated
[Box: 5, Folder: 8]
Bond, David, undated
[Box: 5, Folder: 9]
Booth, Dave, undated
[Box: 5, Folder: 10]
Bowman, John W, undated
[Box: 5, Folder: 11]
Brown, Harry, undated
[Box: 5, Folder: 12]
Burgess, Susan, undated
[Box: 5, Folder: 13]
Byer, Kathryn Stripling (see also Stripling, Kathryn), undated
[Box: 5, Folder: 14]
Catron, Debra, undated
[Box: 5, Folder: 15]
Chaffin, Lillie D, undated
[Box: 5, Folder: 16]
Chappel, Fred, undated
[Box: 5, Folder: 17]
Coffman, Jane, undated
[Box: 5, Folder: 18]
Coleman, Mary Joan, undated
[Box: 5, Folder: 19]
Colligan, Gretchen, undated
[Box: 5, Folder: 20]
Dafoe, Mark, undated
[Box: 5, Folder: 21]
Dixon, Samuel Edward, Jr, undated
[Box: 5, Folder: 22]
Dooley, David, undated
[Box: 5, Folder: 23]
Dworsky, Nancy, undated
[Box: 5, Folder: 24]
Ellison, George, undated
[Box: 5, Folder: 25]
Folks, Jeffrey, undated
[Box: 5, Folder: 26]
Frazier, Kitty, undated
[Box: 5, Folder: 27]
Ginsberg, Sharon, undated
[Box: 5, Folder: 28]
Goode, James, undated
[Box: 5, Folder: 29]
Graves, Neil, undated
[Box: 5, Folder: 30]
Gray, Pat, undated
[Box: 5, Folder: 31]
Hague, Richard, undated
[Box: 5, Folder: 32]
Hansel, Paulette, undated
[Box: 5, Folder: 33]
Harshman, Marc, undated
[Box: 5, Folder: 34]
Hayes, Vicky, undated
[Box: 5, Folder: 35]
Henson, Mike, undated
[Box: 5, Folder: 36]
Herman, Ira, undated
[Box: 5, Folder: 37]
Hodge, Marion, undated
[Box: 5, Folder: 37]
Holstein, Sherry, undated
[Box: 5, Folder: 39]
Hortenstein, Virgie, undated
[Box: 5, Folder: 40]
Howard, Lee, undated
[Box: 5, Folder: 41]
Irwin, Robert T, undated
[Box: 6, Folder: 1]
Jacobs, Dolores, undated
[Box: 6, Folder: 2]
Jacobs, Lucky, undated
[Box: 6, Folder: 3]
Jarvis, David, undated
[Box: 6, Folder: 4]
Jobe, Carey, undated
[Box: 6, Folder: 5]
Joyce, Jane Wilson, undated
[Box: 6, Folder: 6]
Joyce, Sheila, undated
[Box: 6, Folder: 7]
Kammer, Jeanne, undated
[Box: 6, Folder: 8]
Laska, P.J, undated
[Box: 6, Folder: 9]
Long, Shirley, undated
[Box: 6, Folder: 10]
Lyon, George Ella, undated
[Box: 6, Folder: 11]
McDowell, Margaret, undated
[Box: 6, Folder: 12]
McFee, Michael, undated
[Box: 6, Folder: 13]
McKeown, Bonnie, undated
[Box: 6, Folder: 14]
McKernan, John, undated
[Box: 6, Folder: 15]
McMillan, Sam, undated
[Box: 6, Folder: 16]
McNamara, Devon, undated
[Box: 6, Folder: 17]
McNeill, Louise, undated
[Box: 6, Folder: 18]
McNew, Alice, undated
[Box: 6, Folder: 19]
Marcus, Adrienne, undated
[Box: 6, Folder: 20]
Marion, Jeff Daniel, undated
[Box: 6, Folder: 21]
Magers, Jean Ellen, undated
[Box: 6, Folder: 22]
Mason, Greg, undated
[Box: 6, Folder: 23]
Miller, Evelyn, undated
[Box: 6, Folder: 24]
Miller, Jim Wayne, undated
[Box: 6, Folder: 25]
Moore, Elizabeth Libba, undated
[Box: 6, Folder: 26]
Moore, Janice Townley, undated
[Box: 6, Folder: 27]
Morgan, Allan, undated
[Box: 6, Folder: 28]
Morgan, Robert, undated
[Box: 6, Folder: 29]
Narkevic, Donald, undated
[Box: 6, Folder: 30]
Pennington, Lee, undated
[Box: 7, Folder: 1]
Powell, Lynn, undated
[Box: 7, Folder: 2]
Quillen, Rita, undated
[Box: 7, Folder: 3]
Rasnic, Ben, undated
[Box: 7, Folder: 4]
Richman, Larry, undated
[Box: 7, Folder: 5]
Roberts, E. M, undated
[Box: 7, Folder: 6]
Roney, Anne, undated
[Box: 7, Folder: 7]
Ryan, Cheryl, undated
[Box: 7, Folder: 8]
Sellers, Bettie, undated
[Box: 7, Folder: 9]
Schnoll, Betsy, undated
[Box: 7, Folder: 10]
Simpson, L, undated
[Box: 7, Folder: 11]
Simpson, Nancy (Brantley), undated
[Box: 7, Folder: 12]
Sinclair, Bennie Lee, undated
[Box: 7, Folder: 13]
Smith, Barbara, undated
[Box: 7, Folder: 14]
Smith, Castle Rock, undated
[Box: 7, Folder: 15]
Smith, Dave, undated
[Box: 7, Folder: 16]
Snyder, Bob, undated
[Box: 7, Folder: 17]
Sommerville, Jane, undated
[Box: 7, Folder: 18]
St. John, Charlotte, undated
[Box: 7, Folder: 19]
Stokely, Jim, undated
[Box: 7, Folder: 20]
Stripling, Kathryn (see also Byer, Kathryn Stripling), undated
[Box: 7, Folder: 21]
Stuart, Jane, undated
[Box: 7, Folder: 22]
Taus, Roger, undated
[Box: 7, Folder: 23]
Ten, Steve Rasnic, undated
[Box: 7, Folder: 24]
Thomas, Julia M, undated
[Box: 7, Folder: 25]
Timmerman, W.D, undated
[Box: 7, Folder: 26]
Venable, Norma, undated
[Box: 7, Folder: 27]
Weaver, John, undated
[Box: 7, Folder: 28]
Weber, Betti-Ruth, undated
[Box: 7, Folder: 29]
Weber, Robert C, undated
[Box: 7, Folder: 30]
Wrenn, Tom, undated
[Box: 7, Folder: 31]
Zuber, Isabel, undated
[Box: 7, Folder: 32]
Series VI. Drafts, circa 1980
Subseries A. Early draft of Contemporary Appalachian Poetry, circa 1980
Poets A-C, circa 1980
[Box: 8, Folder: 1]
Poets D-G, circa 1980
[Box: 8, Folder: 2]
Poets H, circa 1980
[Box: 8, Folder: 3]
Poets J-L, circa 1980
[Box: 8, Folder: 4]
Poets Mc, circa 1980
[Box: 8, Folder: 5]
Poets M, circa 1980
[Box: 8, Folder: 6]
Poets N-R, circa 1980
[Box: 9, Folder: 1]
Poets S, circa 1980
[Box: 9, Folder: 2]
Poets T-Z, circa 1980
[Box: 9, Folder: 3]
Subseries B. Later draft of Contemporary Appalachian Poetry, circa 1980
Contents list and poets A-B, circa 1980
[Box: 10, Folder: 1]
Poets C-G, circa 1980
[Box: 10, Folder: 2]
Poets H, circa 1980
[Box: 10, Folder: 3]
Poets J-L, circa 1980
[Box: 10, Folder: 4]
Poets Mc-N, circa 1980
[Box: 10, Folder: 5]
Poets O-S, circa 1980
[Box: 10, Folder: 6]
Poets T-Z, circa 1980
[Box: 10, Folder: 7]

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