Finding Aid to the Louis Cuneo Papers, 1973-2003

Finding Aid written by Guadalupe Lugo; revised by Linda Jordan and Holly Fox
The Bancroft Library
University of California, Berkeley
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The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Finding Aid to the Louis Cuneo Papers, 1973-2003

Collection Number: BANC MSS 88/183 c

The Bancroft Library



University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley, California
Finding Aid Written By:
Guadalupe Lugo; revised by Linda Jordan and Holly Fox
Date Completed:
January 2007
© 2007 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Collection Summary

Collection Title: Louis Cuneo papers,
Date (inclusive): 1973-2003
Collection Number: BANC MSS 88/183 c
Creator : Cuneo, Louis
Extent: Number of containers: 3 cartons, 4 oversize folders Linear feet: 3.75
Repository: The Bancroft Library
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, California, 94720-6000
Phone: (510) 642-6481
Fax: (510) 642-7589
Email: bancref@library.berkeley.edu
URL: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/
Abstract: The Louis Cuneo Papers examine the life and interests of a San Francisco Bay Area poet. Cuneo's writings include poetry and prose collections, short stories, a novel, and two plays. The collection includes materials from the first four Berkeley Poetry Festivals as well as items documenting Cuneo's experience as an honorary member of the Creative Writer's Workshop of Folsom Prison.
Languages Represented: Collection materials are in English
Physical Location: Many of the Bancroft Library collections are stored offsite and advance notice may be required for use. For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Information for Researchers

Access

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 94270-6000. Consent is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission from the copyright owner. Such permission must be obtained from the copyright owner. See: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/reference/permissions.html .
Restrictions also apply to digital representations of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Louis Cuneo Papers, BANC MSS 88/183 c, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

Alternate Forms Available

There are no alternate forms of this collection.

Separated Material

Printed materials have been transferred to the book collection of The Bancroft Library.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Cuneo, Louis
Folsom Prison. Creative Writer's Workshop
Poets, American--20th century
Haiku, American
American poetry--20th century
Poems.
Posters.
Manuscripts for publication.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

The Louis Cuneo Papers were purchased by The Bancroft Library from Louis Cuneo on May 18, 1988. Additions were made in 1990, 1991, 1999, and 2001.

Accruals

Future additions are expected.

Processing Information

Processed by Linda Jordan and Holly Fox in 2000 and 2005.

Biographical Information

After growing up in New York City, Louis Cuneo moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in his early twenties to work as poet, teacher, and playwright. In 1971, he founded Mother's Hen to promote spoken word poetry in the Bay Area. With Mother's Hen he has coordinated several reading series including the Berkeley Poetry Festival, the Muchos Somos series, and the Touch of a Poet series. He has also published ten of his own books including Haiku Revisited, Godzilla Attacks a Truck, Passing Moments, and Splash! He is a Haiku expert and has recently turned his attention toward haiga, the visual aspect of haiku. He now spends much of his time working as a photographer.

System of Arrangement

Arranged to the folder level.

Scope and Content of Collection

The Louis Cuneo Papers is a detailed examination of the life and interests of a San Francisco Bay Area poet. Cuneo's writings include poetry and prose collections, short stories, a novel, and two plays. The collection includes materials from the first four Berkeley Poetry Festivals as well as items documenting Cuneo's experience as an honorary member of the Creative Writer's Workshop of Folsom.

Container List

 

Series 1 Writings and Photography 1973-2002

Physical Description: Carton 1; Carton 2, folders 1-10; Oversize folder 1

Arrangement

Arranged hierarchically. Divided into six sub-series: Books, Short Stories, Poems, Plays, Miscellaneous Writings, and Photography

Scope and Content Note

The series may include any of all of the following: revised typescripts with corrections, drafts, proofs, mock-ups, correspondence, publicity, and printed copies of specific works. Cuneo's writings include prose and poetry collections, short stories, a novel, and two plays. Though he writes in a variety of mediums, his work is stylistically linked in that it displays a simplicity reflective of his passion for the Haiku.
 

Subseries 1.1 Books 1973-2002, undated

Physical Description: Carton 1, folders 1-30; Oversize folder 1

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.

Scope and Content Note

Contains books authored by Cuneo.
Carton 1, Folder 1-2

Haiku Revisited 1973-1978

Carton 1, Folder 3

Traditional Chinese Poetry 1979, undated

Carton 1, Folder 4-5

Godzilla Attacks a Truck: Selected Haiku, 1972-1980 1980-1981

Oversize Drawer A, Folder 1

Cover mock-up undated

Carton 1, Folder 6-7

The Long Weekend: A Novella 1986-1988

Carton 1, Folder 8-11

Voices and People Forgotten 1988-1991, undated

Carton 1, Folder 12-19

Passing Moments 1989-1992

Carton 1, Folder 20-23

Splash! 1990-2000

Carton 1, Folder 24-27

Hippie Hill: A Zen Novel 1991-1995, undated

Carton 1, Folder 28-30

Open Mike 1999, undated

 

Subseries 1.2 Short Stories 1987, undated

Physical Description: Carton 1, folders 31-34

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.

Scope and Content Note

Contains two short stories authored by Cuneo.
Carton 1, Folder 31

The Sensation Shop: The Store Clerk's Views and Insights 1987

Carton 1, Folder 32-34

Saga of Gloria Grace undated

 

Subseries 1.3 Poems 1987-1998, undated

Physical Description: Carton 1, folders 35-45

Arrangement

Arranged hierarchically and chronologically.

Scope and Content Note

Includes published and untitled works, as well as Cuneo's poetry notebooks.
Carton 1, Folder 35

Down the Block, Love Story 1987

Carton 1, Folder 36

Journey into Self undated

Carton 1, Folder 37

On Cutting Edge undated

Carton 1, Folder 38-39

Poems (A-Z) 1998, undated

Carton 1, Folder 40

Untitled Poems 1996-1997, undated

Carton 1, Folder 41-45

Poetry notebooks 1994-1998, undated

 

Subseries 1.4 Plays 1997, undated

Physical Description: Carton 1, folders 46-49; Carton 2, folders 1-3

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.

Scope and Content Note

Contains three plays authored by Cuneo.
Carton 1, Folder 46-49

Eureka! A Play 1997

Carton 2, Folder 1

Passing Moments undated

Carton 2, Folder 2-3

Untitled play undated

 

Subseries 1.5 Miscellaneous Writings 1973-1998, undated

Physical Description: Carton 2, folders 4-7

Arrangement

Arranged hierarchically.

Scope and Content Note

Includes bibliographies, readings, reviews, and clippings.
Carton 2, Folder 4

Miscellaneous: Bibliographies 1981, undated

Carton 2, Folder 5

Miscellaneous: Poetry readings 1973-1998, undated

Carton 2, Folder 6

Miscellaneous: Reviews of poetry 1973-1988, undated

Carton 2, Folder 7

Miscellaneous: Clippings 1981

 

Subseries 1.6 Photography 2001-2002, undated

Physical Description: Carton 2, folders 8-10

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.

Scope and Content Note

Includes photographs as well as exhibition materials.
Carton 2, Folder 8

Exhibition materials 2001-2002, undated

Carton 2, Folder 9-10

Photographs undated

 

Series 2 Poetry Festivals and Seminars 1973-1999

Physical Description: Carton 2, folders 11-40; Carton 3, folders 1-20; Oversize folder 2

Arrangement

Arranged hierarchically. Divided into four sub-series: Berkeley Poetry Festival, Touch of a Poet, Rhyme and Reason, and Folsom Prison Seminar.

Scope and Content Note

This series focuses on Cuneo's role in the Bay Area poetry scene as a festival coordinator and creative writing instructor. Each file may consist of some or all of the following: correspondence, poetry, programs of readings, poet contact information, publicity, and reviews.
 

Subseries 2.1 Berkeley Poetry Festival 1981-2002, undated

Physical Description: Carton 2, folders 11-34; Oversize folder 2

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically by each festival.

Scope and Content Note

Includes correspondence, programs, publicity and photographs for each of the first four Berkeley Poetry Festivals.
 

2.1.1 1st Berkeley Poetry Festival

Carton 2, Folder 11

Correspondence re: proposal 1998

Carton 2, Folder 12

Program drafts and mock-up 1998

Carton 2, Folder 13

Publicity 1981-1998, undated

Oversize Drawer A, Folder 2

Poster 1998

Carton 2, Folder 14

Poems inspired by Festival 1998

 

2.1.2 2nd Berkeley Poetry Festival

Carton 2, Folder 15-16

Correspondence 1999

Carton 2, Folder 17

Publicity 1999

Oversize Drawer A, Folder 2

Poster 1999

Carton 2, Folder 18

Photographs 1999

 

2.1.3 3rd Berkeley Poetry Festival

Carton 2, Folder 19-20

Correspondence 1991-2001

Carton 2, Folder 21

Program 2000

Carton 2, Folder 22

Publicity 2000

Oversize Drawer A, Folder 2

Poster 2000

Carton 2, Folder 23

Budget 2000

Carton 2, Folder 24

Open mic sign-up sheets 2000

Carton 2, Folder 25-26

Signed release forms 2000

Carton 2, Folder 27

Photos 2000

 

2.1.4 4th Berkeley Poetry Festival

Carton 2, Folder 28

Correspondence 2001-2002, undated

Carton 2, Folder 29

Publicity 2002

Carton 2, Folder 30

Budget and funding agreements 2001-2002, undated

Carton 2, Folder 31

Open mic sign-up sheets 2002

Carton 2, Folder 32

Signed release forms 2002

Carton 2, Folder 33

Photographs 2002

Carton 2, Folder 34

Open Mike Directory 2002

 

Subseries 2.2 Touch of a Poet [1980s]-1998

Physical Description: Carton 2, folders 35-40; Carton 3, folders 1-9

Arrangement

Arranged hierarchically.

Scope and Content Note

Includes correspondence, programs, and publicity materials.
Carton 2, Folder 35

Correspondence 1993-1998

Carton 2, Folder 36-37

Reading Programs 1991-1998

Carton 2, Folder 38

Publicity 1991-1998

Carton 2, Folder 39

Open mic sign-up sheets and reading schedules 1997-1998, undated

Carton 2, Folder 40

Poet biographies 1993-1994, undated

Carton 3, Folder 1-5

Poets' contact info 1992-1998, undated

Carton 3, Folder 6

Photographs at Spasso's [1980s]

Carton 3, Folder 7

Photographs 1990-1996

Carton 3, Folder 8

Endorsements 1996-1998

Carton 3, Folder 9

Notes on Bay Area open mics 1998

 

Subseries 2.3 Rhyme and Reason Poetry Festival 1999-2000

Physical Description: Carton 3, folders 10-11

Arrangement

Arranged hierarchically.

Scope and Content Note

Includes correspondence and announcements regarding the Festival.
Carton 3, Folder 10

Correspondence 2000

Carton 3, Folder 11

Announcements 1999

 

Subseries 2.4 Folsom Prison Seminar 1973-1975

Physical Description: Carton 3, folders 12-20

Arrangement

Arranged hierarchically.

Scope and Content Note

Includes correspondence, programs, publicity, and reviews.
Carton 3, Folder 12-14

Correspondence 1973-1975

Carton 3, Folder 15

Programs for readings 1974

Carton 3, Folder 16

Poems by Folsom prisoners 1975, undated

Carton 3, Folder 17

"Folsom Journal" by Louis Cuneo 1974

Carton 3, Folder 18

Certificate of honorary membership, Creative Writer's Workshop of Folsom 1974

Carton 3, Folder 19

Publicity for Poets and Writers from Folsom 1975

Carton 3, Folder 20

Reviews of Poets and Writers from Folsom 1974, undated

 

Series 3 Small Press Management 1973-1998

Physical Description: Carton 3, folders 21-34

Arrangement

Arranged hierarchically. Divided into three sub-series: Mother's Hen, Lean Frog, and Miscellaneous

Scope and Content Note

Each file may include some or all of the following: broadsheets, Haiku workshops, publication announcements, poetry newsletters, publicity, and reviews. Though known primarily for being a writer, Cuneo is deeply involved in the world of small press publishing in the Bay Area, having worked with two small presses: Mother's Hen and Lean Frog.
 

Subseries 3.1 Mother's Hen 1973-2000, undated

Physical Description: Carton 3, folders 21-27

Arrangement

Arranged hierarchically.

Scope and Content Note

Includes correspondence, contracts, and publicity as well as broadsheets of Cuneo poetry.
Carton 3, Folder 21

Correspondence 1977-1999, undated

Carton 3, Folder 22

Contracts 1974-2000

Carton 3, Folder 23-24

Publicity 1973-2000, undated

Carton 3, Folder 25

Broadsheets with Cuneo's poems 1973

Carton 3, Folder 26

"I See America Daily" by Harold Norse 1974

Carton 3, Folder 27

Reviews of work published by Mother's Hen 1973-1975

 

Subseries 3.2 Lean Frog 1975-1981

Physical Description: Carton 3, folders 28-31

Arrangement

Arranged hierarchically.

Scope and Content Note

Includes information on haiku writing workshops, publicity, and poetry broadsides.
Carton 3, Folder 28

Broadsheets with miscellaneous poems Undated

Carton 3, Folder 29

Haiku writing workshops 1978, undated

Carton 3, Folder 30

Publication announcements 1980

Carton 3, Folder 31

Publicity for readings 1975-1981

 

Subseries 3.3 Miscellaneous 1973-1998

Physical Description: Carton 3, folders 32-34

Arrangement

Arranged hierarchically.

Scope and Content Note

Includes poetry newsletters and information on the 1975 San Francisco Book Fair.
Carton 3, Folder 32

"Poetalk:" Poetry Newsletter 1980-1982

Carton 3, Folder 33

Miscellaneous poetry newsletters 1980-1998

Carton 3, Folder 34

San Francisco Book Fair: Bookswest '75 1973-1975

 

Series 4 Personal Papers 1978-1986

Physical Description: Carton 3, folders 35-59; Oversize folders 3 and 4

Arrangement

Arranged hierarchically. Divided into four sub-series: Correspondence; Personal Records; Pablo Cuneo; and Marcia Pool.

Scope and Content Note

This series consists of personal papers of Cuneo and his family.
 

Subseries 4.1 Correspondence 1958-2003, undated

Physical Description: Carton 3, folders 35-48

Arrangement

Arranged hierarchically.

Scope and Content Note

Includes general correspondence arranged by correspondent and requests/recommendations for grants.
Carton 3, Folder 35

Chaiet, Bruce 1995-2000

Carton 3, Folder 36

Cuneo, Grace and L. 1958

Carton 3, Folder 37

Cuneo, Maria Hoyos undated

Carton 3, Folder 38

Cuneo, Pablo 1983-2000

Carton 3, Folder 39

Durang, Poppy 1994-2000

Carton 3, Folder 40

Fay, John 2000

Carton 3, Folder 41

Mackey, Mary 1999-2000

Carton 3, Folder 42

Poole, Luther and Miriam 1999-2000

Carton 3, Folder 43

Poole, Marcia 1993-2003, undated

Carton 3, Folder 44

Smith, Grace 1991-1998

Carton 3, Folder 45

States, Mark 1999-2000

Carton 3, Folder 46

A-Z 1980-2000

Carton 3, Folder 47

Requests and recommendations for grants 1978

Carton 3, Folder 48

Poetry submitted to Cuneo by L. Celeste Conner 1986

 

Subseries 4.2 Personal Records 1964-2000, undated

Physical Description: Carton 3, folders 49-53; Oversize folders 3 and 4

Arrangement

Arranged hierarchically.

Scope and Content Note

Includes miscellaneous photographs and other memorabilia.
Carton 3, Folder 49-53

Identification cards, photographs, miscellaneous 1964-2000, undated

Oversize Drawer A, Folder 3

Caricature of Cuneo 1993

Oversize Drawer A, Folder 4

Peace News special edition 2001

 

Subseries 4.3 Pablo Cuneo 2001-2002, undated

Physical Description: Carton 3, folders 54 and 55

Arrangement

Arranged hierarchically.

Scope and Content Note

Includes materials relating to Cuneo's son, Pablo Cuneo.
Carton 3, Folder 54

Pablo Cuneo: Publicity for Neurotic Delusion 2001-2002, undated

Carton 3, Folder 55

Drawing and clipping undated

 

Subseries 4.4 Marcia Poole 1998-2001, undated

Physical Description: Carton 3, folders 56-59

Arrangement

Arranged hierarchically.

Scope and Content Note

Contains materials documenting the community work of Cuneo's partner, Marcia Pool.
Carton 3, Folder 56

Coalition for Pedestrian Rights 1998, undated

Carton 3, Folder 57

Reddy incident 2000-2001, undated

Carton 3, Folder 58-59

Miscellaneous 2001, undated