Walt Phillips small press collection

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Sonoma State University Library
North Bay Regional & Special Collections
1801 E. Cotati Avenue
Rohnert Park, California 94928
(707) 664-4152

Descriptive Summary

Title: Walt Phillips small press collection
Dates: 1959-1999
Collection Number: Consult repository
Creator/Collector: Phillips, Walt
Extent: 21 linear feet
Repository: Sonoma State University Library
Rohnert Park, California 94928
Abstract: Walt Phillips, considered a legend by many involved in the small press world, created compelling poems and drawings that appeared in numerous small press publications, including The Massachusetts Review; Prairie Schooner; Yellow Brick Road; Pearl; Wormwood Review; and Chiron Review. Other notable contributors to some of these journals included writer Charles Bukowski and poet Lyn Lifshin. Issues of these and many other journals in which Phillips’ work was published comprise this collection of over 250 titles.
Language of Material: English


Collection is open for research by appointment.

Publication Rights

The library can only claim physical ownership of the collection. Users are responsible for satisfying any claimants of literary property.

Preferred Citation

Walt Phillips small press collection . Sonoma State University Library

Biography/Administrative History

Walt Phillips was born in Greenfield, Massachusetts in 1937 and eventually moved to California, where he died in 2013. While working as a newspaper journalist, photographer, and columnist, Phillips created hundreds of poems and drawings going back to 1959.

Scope and Content of Collection

This collection contains 268 small press poetry journal issues in which Walt Phillips had his poems and drawings published between 1959 and 1999. These issues are shelved in 21 linear feet in the University Library’s Special Collections department.

Indexing Terms

Small press books.
American poetry -- 20th century.
Poets -- California, Northern.
Phillips, Walt.
Northern California.
Newspaper journalist.
Newspaper columnist.

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