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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
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  • Scope and Contents of Collection
  • Biography

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Rae Armantrout Papers
    Identifier/Call Number: MSS 699
    Contributing Institution: Mandeville Special Collections Library
    La Jolla, California 92093-0175
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 10.2 Linear feet 23 archives boxes and 2 oversize folders
    Date (inclusive): 1954-2009
    Abstract: Papers of Rae Armantrout, American poet and teacher. The papers primarily document Armantrout's writing, including typescripts of individual poems and published manuscripts, her personal journals, as well as an extensive amount of correspondence with other American poets. The collection also includes teaching materials and notebooks from literature courses Armantrout taught at UCSD between 2000 and 2008. In addition, the papers contain promotional materials from poetry readings and conferences, as well as a small amount of biographical material.
    creator: Armantrout, Rae, 1947-

    Preferred Citation

    Rae Armantrout Papers, MSS 699. Mandeville Special Collections Library, UCSD.

    Acquisition Information

    Not Available

    Publication Rights

    Publication rights are held by the creator of the collection.

    Scope and Contents of Collection

    The Rae Armantrout Papers include materials documenting her work as a poet and teacher. The collection includes personal and professional correspondence, personal journals, and typescript drafts of poems and manuscripts. The collection also contains notebooks and lecture notes from literature courses taught by Armantrout from 2000 through 2008. Although the materials date from 1954 through 2009, the bulk of the collection dates from 2001 through 2008. The papers are arranged in five series: 1) CORRESPONDENCE, 2) WRITINGS BY ARMANTROUT, 3) JOURNALS, 4)TEACHING MATERIALS, and 5) MISCELLANEOUS MATERIALS.
    The CORRESPONDENCE series, arranged alphabetically, contains letters and emails from Fanny Howe, Ron Silliman, Bob Perelman, and other poets and literary editors regarding Armantrout's poetry. Materials in this series also include a small amount of correspondence between Armantrout and various publishers regarding her books of collected poetry, as well as individual published poems.
    The WRITINGS BY ARMANTROUT series is arranged in three subseries: A) Individual Poems, B) Collected Poems, and C) Prose.
    A) The Individual Poems subseries includes individual poems written by Armantrout, as well as uncollected published poetry that appeared in The New Yorker and The Philadelphia Inquirer.
    B) The Collected Poems subseries contains typescript drafts of individual poems written by Armantrout for her publications Pretext (2001), Veil (2001), Up to Speed (2004), Next Life (2007) and Versed (2009). This subseries also contains published criticisms and reviews of some of Armantrout's later writings. Items in this subseries are arranged in chronological order.
    C) The third subseries, Prose, includes typescript drafts of essays written by Armantrout, including an essay about fellow Language Poet Lyn Hejinian. This series is arranged in alphabetical order.
    The JOURNALS series includes 145 personal journals kept by Armantrout from 1971 through 2009. The journals include drafts of poems and personal entries. This series is arranged in chronological order.
    The TEACHING MATERIALS series is arranged in two subseries: A) Syllabi and Lecture Notes, and B) Notebooks.
    A) The Syllabi and Lecture Notes subseries includes Armantrout's course notes, outlines, and final exam keys from literature courses she taught at UCSD from 2000 to 2008. This subseries is arranged in alphabetical order.
    B) The Notebooks subseries contains spiral bound notebooks with course and lecture notes from 2000 through 2008, and are arranged in chronological order.
    The final series in the collection, MISCELLANEOUS MATERIALS, contains Armantrout's early poems and artwork from the mid-1950s. This series also contains a transcript from Stephen Burt and Linnea Odgen's interview with Armantrout about her writing process, and flyers and typescripts drafts of introductions from poetry readings and performances by Armantrout in the 1990s through 2009.


    Rae Armantrout was born on April 12, 1947, in Vallejo, California, and grew up in San Diego. Armantrout studied literature at UC Berkeley, where she received her bachelor's degree in 1970. She later received her master's degree in creative writing from San Francisco State University in 1975. Armantrout is one of the founding members of the West Coast "Language Poetry" movements and worked with other Language poets including Bob Perelman, Ron Silliman, and Lyn Hejinian. Armantrout and her husband Chuck Korkegien returned to San Diego in the early 1980s.
    Armantrout's first publication was in 1978, entitled Extremities, followed by nine other books of poetry, including Made to Seem (1995), Veil (2001), Up to Speed (2004), Next Life (2007), and Versed (2009). Her poems have appeared in numerous anthologies including American Hybrid: A Norton Anthology of Contemporary Poetry, Language Poetries, The Oxford Book of American Poetry, and The Best American Poetry of 1988, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2007, and 2008.
    Armantrout has been a finalist for the PEN USA Award in 2001 and 2004, a 2008 Guggenheim Fellow in Poetry, as well as the 2008 winner of the Frederick Bock Poetry Prize. She is one of ten poets currently working on the project The Grand Piano: An Experiment In Collective Autobiography, which is a collaboration by ten writers identified with the rise of Language Poetry in San Francisco. Writing on the volumes began in 1998, with the first volume (of a proposed ten) being published in November 2006. For the past twenty years, Armantrout has taught in the Department of Literature at the University of California, San Diego.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Armantrout, Rae, 1947- -- Archives
    Bernstein, Charles, 1950-
    Hejinian, Lyn
    Howe, Fanny
    Howe, Susan, 1937-
    Myles, Eileen
    Rothenberg, Jerome, 1931-
    Silliman, Ronald, 1946-
    American poetry--20th century
    Women poets--United States