Scope and Content of Collection
Title: Morton Marcus Poetry archive
Collection number: MS 198
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University of California, Santa Cruz. University Library.
Special Collections and Archives
Santa Cruz, California 95064
Abstract: This collection includes biographical material, correspondence, manuscripts, notebooks, teaching materials, poetry and film
Physical location: Stored in Special Collections & Archives: Advance notice is required for access to the papers.
Languages represented in the collection:
Collection is available for research.
Property rights reside with the University of California. Literary rights are retained by the creators of the records and
their heirs. For permission to publish or to reproduce the material, please contact the Head of Special Collections and Archives.
Morton Marcus Poetry archive. MS 198. Special Collections and Archives, University Library, University of
California, Santa Cruz.
Gift of Donna Mekis and Morton Marcus, 2009-2010
Morton Marcus (September 10, 1936-October 28, 2009), poet, fillm critic, lecturer.
Morton Marcus was the l999 Santa Cruz County Artist of The Year and received the Gail Rich
Award in 2007 for his cultural contributions to Santa Cruz County. He published ten volumes of poetry and one novel, including
The Santa Cruz Mountain Poems,
Pages From A Scrapbook of Immigrants, and
When People Could Fly.
Morton had more than 450 poems published in literary journals, and his work has been selected to appear in over 85 anthologies
in the United States, Europe and Australia. In 2002 he published his eighth and ninth books of poetry:
Moments Without Names: New & Selected Prose Poems (White Pine Press) and
Shouting Down The Silence: Verse Poems 1988-2001 (Creative Arts Books). In 2007, he published a new volume of prose poems,
Pursuing The Dream Bone.
His last book,
Striking Through The Masks: A Literary Memoir (Capitola Book Company) tells the story of Marcus' growth from embattled youth to uneasy adulthood, conjuring up the last
half of the
twentieth century and the opening decade of the new millennium, while recounting his own struggle to find self-awareness and
Morton's trilogy of interviews on the craft of poetry appeared in the March/April 2001 issue of
The Bloomsbury Review, the 2002 issue of
Red Wheelbarrow and in the 25th anniversary issue of
Morton read his poetry and conducted poetry workshops in dozens of universities throughout the country, among them Columbia
University, Notre Dame, The University of Oregon, and several University of California campuses. He was also poet-in-residence
at several State University of New York campuses, The University of Arkansas' Graduate Writing Program, and Providence College.
Morton taught English and Film at Cabrillo College for thirty years, until his retirement in l998. His sixteen-part television
history of film,
Movie Milestones, has been shown on many cable television stations, and was for years the main visual source of film history at the AFTRS,
the Australian national film school. He was a longtime co-host of KUSP radio's The Poetry Show and co-host of the film review
television show Cinema Scene shown in the San Francisco Bay Area. He also lead a film
discussion group at Santa Cruz's Nickelodeon theater on the first and third Saturday of every month. He curated film series
at various museums and took part in several panels on literature and film at the John Steinbeck Center.
Scope and Content of Collection
This collection includes biographical materials, correspondence, manuscripts, notebooks, teaching materials, poetry and film
Arranged in seven series
Series 1: Biographical material
Series 2: Correspondence
Series 3: Writings
Series 4: Printed appearences
Series 5: Teaching materials
Series 6: Publicity, marketing
Series 7: Artwork & Realia
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in
the library's online public access catalog.
American poetry--20th century
American poetry--21st century
Authors, American--Californa--Santa Cruz County
Audio recordings have been converted to CD and cataloged separately.
Poetry books and journals have been cataloged separately.
Poetry Broadsides have been cataloged separately.