Papers of Martha Ronk, fiction writer, editor, and American poet. The papers primarily document Ronk's literary correspondence,
poetry manuscripts, and editorial projects from the mid-1980s to 2008. The bulk of the collection is made up of Ronk's poetry
manuscripts and typescript drafts from her published poetry collections, including
State of Mind (1995),
Displeasures of the Table: Memoir as Caricature (2001), and
Why/Why Not (2003). Also included are numerous typescript drafts of individual poems by Ronk, correspondence with other writers and poets,
and editorial work for Littoral Books and
The New Review of Literature.
Martha Clare Ronk was born on February 19, 1940, in Cleveland, Ohio. She received her B.A. in English from Wellesley College
in 1962, and her PhD from Yale University in 1968. Her dissertation was entitled "The Theme of Creation in "Paradise Lost,"
under the direction of Louis L. Martz. From 1967 through 1971 Ronk taught at Tufts University as an assistant professor. In
1971 she moved to Los Angeles, where she did her post-doctoral studies at the School of Criticism and Theory at the University
of California, Irvine, in the summer of 1976. In 1980 Ronk took a position at Occidental College as a professor of English
and Comparative Studies; she received the Graham L. Sterling Faculty Award for Excellence from Occidental College in 1990.
4.6 lin. ft.
(9 archives boxes and 11 oversize folders)