Scope and Contents of Collection
Title: Lindsay Hill Papers
Identifier/Call Number: MSS 696
Mandeville Special Collections Library
Language of Material:
4.8 Linear feet
12 archives boxes, 2 oversize folders
Date (inclusive): circa 1963 - 2008
Papers of Lindsay Hill, American poet and editor. The bulk of the materials date from 1968 to 2001. Included is correspondence
with friends and colleagues; original typescripts and manuscripts of Hill’s poetry and prose; business material related to
Hill’s production company, Spoken Engine Co.; original submissions, correspondence, and business materials related to the
; and photographs of Lindsay Hill. The collection is arranged in seven series: 1) CORRESPONDENCE, 2) WRITINGS, 3) EDITORIAL
WORK, 4) SPOKEN ENGINE CO., 5)
, 6) CONFERENCES, and 7) IMAGES AND RECORDINGS.
Hill, Lindsay, 1952-
Lindsay Hill was born in 1952 in San Francisco, California. While attending Bard College his first book of poetry,
Avelaval, was published. After graduating from Bard in 1975, Hill continued writing and publishing while working as an investment
banker. In 1995 he retired from finance to pursue poetry full-time.
Along with writing, Hill used his knowledge of business to start several new ventures. In 1993 he founded the production company
Spoken Engine Co. with the goal of combining poetry and music. From 1995 to 1996, he produced CDs with poets Nathaniel Mackey,
Nathaniel Tarn, and Maxine Hong Kingston. Hill was also a founder and co-editor of the poetry journal
Facture with fellow poet Paul Naylor, publishing three issues between 1999 and 2002.
Scope and Contents of Collection
The Lindsay Hill Papers document Hill’s career as a poet, editor and businessman. The papers include correspondence, manuscript
and typescript drafts of Hill’s poetry and prose, business records for the production company Spoken Engine Co., correspondence
and submissions to
Facture, and photographs of Hill. The papers date from circa 1963 through 2008 and are arranged in seven series: 1) CORRESPONDENCE,
2) WRITINGS, 3) EDITORIAL WORK, 4) SPOKEN ENGINE CO., 5)
FACTURE, 6) CONFERENCES, and 7) IMAGES AND RECORDINGS.
SERIES 1: CORRESPONDENCE
The CORRESPONDENCE series is organized alphabetically and includes letters from Hans ten Berge, Jack Collom, Clayton Eshleman,
Gary Snyder, and Nathaniel Tarn. Also included are materials by unidentified correspondents, located at the end of the series.
SERIES 2: WRITINGS
The WRITINGS series comprises the bulk of the collection and is arranged in six subseries: A) School Papers, B) Poetry, C)
Poetry Collections, D) Prose, E) Plays, and F) Notebooks.
A) The School Papers subseries includes a report Hill wrote in the 6th grade, as well as a number of papers written in college.
B) The Poetry subseries is arranged alphabetically by title and includes typescripts, manuscripts, notes, and jottings. Folders
labeled "A-M - Miscellaneous" and "N-T - Miscellaneous" contain titled poems with fewer than three copies.
C) The Poetry Collections subseries is organized alphabetically by collection title and contains work for published books,
as well as collected works never published.
D) Prose includes drafts of several short stories, a typescript draft of an unpublished novel, and a number of unfinished
E) The Plays subseries contains one typescript play entitled “The Tragedy of McGee.”
F) The Notebooks subseries consists of fourteen bound volumes containing handwritten drafts of poems, and are arranged chronologically
when dates are known.
SERIES 3: EDITORIAL WORK
The EDITORIAL WORK series consists of a manuscript containing the poems of Frank Stanford, edited by David Spicer and Lindsay
Hill in 1985. The majority of these papers are photocopies.
SERIES 4: SPOKEN ENGINE CO.
The SPOKEN ENGINE CO. series contains legal papers regarding the formation of Hill’s production company, Spoken Engine Co.
FACTURE series contains correspondence, subscription information, submissions and material related to the founding and publication
of the poetry journal
Facture. The series is arranged in four subseries: A) Correspondence and Submissions, B) General Correspondence, C) Unpublished Submissions,
and D) Business Materials.
A) The Correspondence and Submissions subseries contains material related to the publication of each
Facture issue, including an unrealized fourth issue. These materials were grouped by Hill and remain in their original order.
B) General Correspondence consists of letters and postcards of thanks and several letters from poet Takuroh Ikeda.
C) The Unpublished Submissions subseries is arranged alphabetically by author and contains unpublished submissions to
D) Business Materials are organized by subject and include financial records, contracts, mailing lists, and subscription information.
SERIES 6: CONFERENCES
The CONFERENCES series contains material related to the 1997 forum “An Explosion of Violence,” which met to discuss the causes
and solutions to violence in society.
SERIES 7: IMAGES AND RECORDINGS
The IMAGES AND RECORDINGS series contains artwork by Lindsay Hill, photographs and two VHS tapes of a reading that included
Hill. The series is arranged in three subseries: A) Artwork, B) Photographs, and C) Videorecordings.
A) Artwork includes drawings, paintings, and collages by Lindsay Hill.
B) The Photographs subseries contains a number of photographs of Lindsay Hill, often with wife Nita Hill. Also included are
slides and prints used for the cover and liner notes of the Nathaniel Tarn CD,
I Think This May Be Eden, produced by Spoken Engine Co.
C) Videorecordings contain two VHS tapes of a 1996 poetry reading at the New College Theater in San Francisco, California.
Along with Lindsay Hill, poets include Stephen-Paul Martin, Andrew Joron, Adam Cornford, and John Noto.
Lindsay Hill Papers, MSS 0696. Mandeville Special Collections Library, UCSD.
Publication rights are held by the creator of the collection.
Master videocassette recordings in Series 7: Images and Recordings are restricted. Researchers must request user copies be
Subjects and Indexing Terms
Spoken Engine Co.
American poetry -- 20th century