This collection contains the papers of Peter Shneidre, who ran the small poetry press Illuminati Press and who published a
number of small poetry periodicals. Shneidre was also a nationally published poet and he corresponded with a number of poets
about both business and personal matters between 1980 and his death in 2007. This collection also includes the financial records
of Illuminati Press and the Press's publication files.
Peter Shneidre, born in 1950, grew up in Claremont, California, and moved to Los Angeles to attend UCLA in the 1970s. In 1974,
Shneidre began publishing small books of poetry and a year later he started
Marilyn: The Magazine of Poems with his longtime friend Jeff Powers. After closing down
Marilyn in 1978, Shneidre began to collect poetry for his first solo venture, the magazine
Orpheus (1980-1983). In 1981, Shneidre began the influential small press, Illuminati Press, which published approximately 100 items
over twelve years. Authors published by Illuminati Press include Viggo Mortensen, Charles Bukowski, Kate Braverman, Richard
Meltzer and Lyn Lifshin, among others. Between 1985 and 1987, Shneidre also published three issues of his journal
Nude Erections, which presented mild eroticism and disquisitions on love.
The collection contains published materials; researchers are reminded of the copyright restrictions imposed by publishers
on reusing their articles and parts of books. It is the responsibility of researchers to acquire permission from publishers
when reusing such materials. The copyright to unpublished materials belongs to the heirs of the writers. Permission to publish,
quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.