Guide to Story Line Press records M2553

Emma Frothingham
Department of Special Collections and University Archives
April 2022
Green Library
557 Escondido Mall
Stanford 94305-6064

Language of Material: English
Contributing Institution: Department of Special Collections and University Archives
Title: Story Line Press records
Creator: Story Line Press
source: Gioia, Dana
Identifier/Call Number: M2553
Physical Description: 28 Linear Feet 65 manuscript boxes
Date (inclusive): 1984-2006
Abstract: Correspondence, production files, and business records of Story Line Press, an outgrowth of the New Formalism movement in twentieth century American poetry.
Physical Location: Special Collections and University Archives materials are stored offsite and must be paged 36 hours in advance.

Conditions Governing Access

Open for research. Note that material must be requested at least 36 hours in advance of intended use. Note that Box 59 is embargoed until 2075.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection was given by Dana Gioia to Stanford University in November 2019.


The collection is arranged into four series: 1. Correspondence and Proofs 2. Anthologies 3. Business Records 4. THE REAPER and Robert McDowell materials

Biographical / Historical

Story Line Press was founded in 1984 with funding from the Nicholas Roerich Museum. The Press grew out of The Reaper, a literary magazine founded in 1980 by Robert McDowell and Mark Jarman. Both The Reaper and Story Line Press were part of the New Narrative and New Formalism movements in American poetry. These movements went against the free verse poetics of the 1950s Beats poets and advocated for a return to meter and rhyme, as well as a recognition of the importance of narrative. Story Line Press' original editorial and creative team consisted of poets Robert McDowell and Mark Jarman, and visual artist Lysa McDowell. The Press was originally located in Santa Cruz, California, and followed the McDowells when they moved to Brownsville, Oregon, in 1989 and Ashland, Oregon, in 1998. In addition to publishing poetry, the Press published a number of translated works, short fiction pieces, and essays on literary criticism. Authors and frequent collaborators of the Press included Dana Gioia, Paul Lake, Annie Finch, Frederick Feirstein, and David Mason. As part of the New Narrative and New Formalism movements, Story Line Press released essays in anthologies highlighting work done in the movements, including Expansive Poetry: Essays on the New Narrative and the New Formalism (1989), Poetry After Modernism (1991), Rebel Angels: 25 Poets of the New Formalism (1996), and After New Formalism: Poets on Form, Narrative, and Tradition (1999). The Press also focused on writing about the rural experience, featuring writers living in rural parts of the United States and publishing anthologies like Cowboy Poetry Matters: From Abilene to the Mainstream (2000). Following years of struggles to find sufficient funding and failed efforts to have Story Line Press acquired by Willamette University or Southern Oregon University, Story Line ceased operation in the early 2000s.

Preferred Citation

[identification of item], Story Line Press records (M2553). Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of correspondence, production files, and business records of Story Line Press, a literary and poetry press that was part of the New Formalism and New Narrative movements during the late 1980s and throughout the 1990s. The bulk of the collection is made up of author files containing correspondence between Robert McDowell, the press editor, and various authors; production files; and manuscript proofs of forthcoming publications. Files for poetry anthologies released by Story Line Press have similar contents, but for multiple contributing authors. The collection also includes the business records for Story Line Press, including Board minutes, correspondence, publishing agreements, and financial statements. Some materials from McDowell's involvement with The Reaper magazine are also included.

Conditions Governing Use

While Special Collections is the owner of the physical and digital items, permission to examine collection materials is not an authorization to publish. These materials are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. Any transmission or reproduction beyond that allowed by fair use requires permission from the owners of rights, heir(s) or assigns.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

American poetry -- 20th century.
American poetry- -20th century- -History and criticism
Narrative poetry, American
New Formalism (American poetry)
American poetry -- West (U.S.)
Gioia, Dana
McDowell, Robert
McDowell, Lysa


Series 1. Correspondence and Proofs


Arranged alphabetically by author's last name

Scope and Contents

Series 1 contains materials relating to single-author books published by Story Line Press. The majority of the series is correspondence between SLP and various authors regarding their work. Also included are production files, publicity materials, edits and revisions, and manuscript proofs. Although largely focused on poetry, some files include short fiction, translations, and literary criticism pieces.
Box 1, Folder 1

Patricia Aakhus

Creator: McDowell, Patricia (Patricia Aakhus)
Box 1, Folder 2

Dr. Peter Abbs

Creator: Abbs, Peter, 1942-
Box 1, Folder 3

Kim Addonizio

Creator: Addonizio, Kim, 1954-
Box 1, Folder 4

Dick Allen

Creator: Allen, Dick, 1939-2017
Box 1, Folder 5-6

David Alpaugh

Creator: Alpaugh, David, 1941-
Box 1, Folder 7-8

Daniel Anderson

Creator: Anderson, Daniel, 1964-
Box 1, Folder 9-11

Ginger Andrews

Creator: Andrews, Ginger, 1956-
Box 1, Folder 12

William Baer

Creator: Baer, William, 1948-
Box 1, Folder 13, Box 2, Folder 1-2

John Barr

Creator: Barr, John, 1943-
Box 2, Folder 3

Judith Barrington

Creator: Barrington, Judith
Box 2, Folder 4-7

Bruce Bawer

Creator: Bawer, Bruce, 1956-
Box 45

Prophets & Professors: Essays on the Lives and Works of Modern Poets 1995

Box 2, Folder 8

Joseph Bednarik

Creator: Bednarik, Joseph, 1964-
Box 3, Folder 1-2

Maudy Benz

Creator: Benz, Maudy, 1951-
Box 3, Folder 3

Sven Birkerts

Creator: Birkerts, Sven
Box 3, Folder 4-5

Elizabeth Black

Creator: Black, Elizabeth, 1946-
Box 3, Folder 6-7

Diann Blakely

Creator: Blakely, Diann, 1957-2014
Box 3, Folder 8

Carol Bly

Creator: Bly, Carol
Box 3, Folder 9

Pat Boran

Creator: Boran, Pat, 1963-
Box 3, Folder 10-11

James Brown

Creator: Brown, James, 1957-
Box 4, Folder 1

Christopher Buckley

Creator: Buckley, Christopher, 1948-
Box 4, Folder 2-5

Andrea Hollander Budy

Creator: Hollander, Andrea, 1947-
Box 4, Folder 6-7

Michael Bugeja

Creator: Bugeja, Michael J.
Box 4, Folder 8

Jack Butler

Creator: Butler, Jack, 1944-
Box 4, Folder 9

Robert Olen Butler

Creator: Butler, Robert Olen
Box 4, Folder 10

Laurie Buyer

Creator: Buyer, Laurie Wagner, 1954-
Box 5, Folder 1-2

Rosemary Canavan

Creator: Canavan, Rosemary, 1949-
Box 5, Folder 3

Hayden Carruth

Creator: Carruth, Hayden, 1921-2008
Box 5, Folder 4

Jared Carter

Creator: Carter, Jared
Box 5, Folder 5

Harry Chamber (Peterloo Poets)

Box 5, Folder 6

Bannie Chow & Thomas Cleary

Creator: Chow, Bannie, 1948-
Creator: Cleary, Thomas F., 1949-2021
Box 5, Folder 7

George Core (Sewanee Review)

Creator: Core, George
Box 5, Folder 8-10

Alfred Corn

Creator: Corn, Alfred, 1943-
Box 5, Folder 11

David Craig

Creator: Craig, David, 1951-
Box 6, Folder 1

Tony Curtis

Creator: Curtis, Tony, 1946-
Box 6, Folder 2

Dick Davis

Creator: Davis, Dick, 1945-
Box 6, Folder 3-5

Peter Davison

Creator: Davison, Peter, 1928-2004
Box 6, Folder 6

Paula Deitz

Creator: Deitz, Paula
Box 6, Folder 7-8

Tom Disch

Creator: Disch, Thomas M.
Box 6, Folder 9

Carl Djerassi

Creator: Djerassi, Carl
Box 6, Folder 10

Michael Donaghy

Creator: Donaghy, Michael, 1954-2004
Box 6, Folder 11-12

David Dooley

Creator: Dooley, David, 1947-
Box 6, Folder 13

Theo Dorgan

Creator: Dorgan, Theo
Box 6, Folder 14

Alfred Dorn

Creator: Dorn, Alfred, 1929-2014

Rita Dove

Creator: Dove, Rita
Box 45

The Darker Face of the Earth: A Verse Play 1994

Box 7, Folder 1-2

Father Jeremy Driscoll

Creator: Driscoll, Jeremy, 1951-
Box 7, Folder 3

Denise Duhamel

Box 7, Folder 4

Joseph Epstein

Creator: Epstein, Joseph, 1937-
Box 7, Folder 5

Lynn Emanuel

Creator: Emanuel, Lynn, 1949-
Box 7, Folder 6

Rhina Espaillat

Creator: Espaillat, Rhina P. (Rhina Polonia), 1932-
Box 7, Folder 7

Jenny Factor

Creator: Factor, Jenny, 1969-
Box 7, Folder 8

B.H. Fairchild

Creator: Fairchild, B. H.
Box 7, Folder 9

U.A. Fanthorpe (Peterloo Poets)

Creator: Fanthorpe, U. A., 1929-2009
Box 7, Folder 10-12

Frederick Feirstein

Creator: Feirstein, Frederick
Box 7, Folder 13

Saito Felton

Creator: Felton, Saito (Jeanne Saito)
Box 7, Folder 14

Meg Files

Creator: Files, Meg, 1946-
Box 8, Folder 1-5

Annie Finch

Creator: Finch, Annie, 1956-
Box 8, Folder 6-7, Box 9, Folder 1

Gabriel Fitzmaurice

Creator: Fitzmaurice, Gabriel, 1952-
Box 9, Folder 2

Jack Foley

Creator: Foley, Jack
Box 9, Folder 3-7

Lynn Freed

Creator: Freed, Lynn
Box 45

The Bungalow 1999

Box 45

Home Ground 1986

Box 9, Folder 8-9

John Gery

Creator: Gery, John
Box 10, Folder 1-8, Box 11, Folder 1-3

Dana Gioia

Creator: Gioia, Dana


Includes Dana Gioia's correspondence with Robert McDowell at the time Gioia was acting as the head of Story Line Press' Board of Directors; articles about Gioia's nomination to lead the National Endowment for the Arts in the early 2000s; and manuscripts of Gioia's poetry.
Box 11, Folder 4

David R. Godine

Creator: Godine, David R.
Box 11, Folder 5

Herbert Gold

Creator: Gold, Herbert, 1924-
Box 11, Folder 6

Veronica Golos

Creator: Golos, Veronica, 1946-
Box 11, Folder 7

William Greene

Creator: Greene, William, 1897-1991
Box 11, Folder 8

Eamon Grennan

Creator: Grennan, Eamon, 1941-
Box 11, Folder 9

Emily Grosholz

Creator: Grosholz, Emily, 1950-
Box 11, Folder 10-12

R. S. Gwynn

Creator: Gwynn, R. S.
Box 11, Folder 13-14

Tami Haaland

Creator: Haaland, Tami, 1960-
Box 12, Folder 1

Barbara Haas

Creator: Haas, Barbara
Box 12, Folder 2

Rachel Hadas

Creator: Hadas, Rachel
Box 12, Folder 3-6

John Haines

Creator: Haines, John, 1924-2011
Box 12, Folder 7

Donald Hall

Creator: Hall, Donald, 1928-2018
Box 13, Folder 1

James B. Hall

Creator: Hall, James B. (James Byron), 1918-2008
Box 13, Folder 2

Sam Hamill

Creator: Hamill, Sam
Box 13, Folder 3

Jeff Hardin

Creator: Hardin, Jeff, 1968-
Box 13, Folder 4

Gail Harper

Creator: Harper, Gail
Box 13, Folder 5

MacDonald Harris

Creator: Harris, MacDonald, 1921-1993
Box 13, Folder 6

David Harrop

Creator: Harrop, David
Box 13, Folder 7

Sharon Hashimoto

Creator: Hashimoto, Sharon
Box 13, Folder 8-9

Lola Haskins

Creator: Haskins, Lola
Box 13, Folder 10, Box 14, Folder 1-3

Brooks Haxton

Creator: Haxton, Brooks, 1950-
Box 14, Folder 4

Samuel Hazo

Creator: Hazo, Samuel, 1928-
Box 14, Folder 5

Paul Hedeen

Creator: Hedeen, Paul M., 1953-
Box 45

Unrelenting Readers: The New Poet-Critics (with D.G. Myers) 2004

Box 14, Folder 6

John Hicks (Robinson Jeffers Tor House Foundation)

Creator: Hicks, John H. (John Harland), 1919-2010
Box 14, Folder 7

Bonnie Hearn Hill

Creator: Hill, Bonnie Hearn, 1945-
Box 14, Folder 8, Box 15, Folder 1-6

George Hitchcock

Creator: Hitchcock, George


Includes Hitchcock's correspondence with Story Line Press and letters gathered to nominate Hitchcock for a fellowship with the National Endowment for the Arts during the mid-1980s. Manuscripts and drafts for Hitchcock's One Man Boat and The Racquet are also included.
Box 16, Folder 1

Daniel Hoffman

Creator: Hoffman, Daniel, 1923-2013
Box 16, Folder 2

Garrett Hongo

Creator: Hongo, Garrett Kaoru, 1951-
Box 16, Folder 3-4

Ben Howard

Creator: Howard, Ben
Box 16, Folder 5

Andrew Hudgins

Creator: Hudgins, Andrew
Box 16, Folder 6-11, Box 17, Folder 1-3

Colette Inez

Creator: Inez, Colette


Includes correspondence between Inez and Story Line Press, as well as production materials and proofs for Inez's Family Life and Getting Under Way: New and Selected Poems.
Box 17, Folder 4-7, Box 18, Folder 1-8, Box 19, Folder 1

Mark Jarman

Creator: Jarman, Mark.


Includes correspondence between Jarman and Story Line Press, as well as reviews and prize letters for Jarman's poetry. Also included are production files and proofs for Jarman's Demonology, Iris, Questions for Ecclesiastes, Unholy Sonnets, and The Secret of Poetry.
Box 19, Folder 2-5

Beth Joselow

Creator: Joselow, Beth
Box 45

Writing Without the Muse: 60 Beginning Exercises for the Creative Writer (New and Revised Edition) 1999

Box 19, Folder 6

A. M. Juster

Creator: Juster, A. M., 1956-
Box 19, Folder 7-8

Donald Justice

Creator: Justice, Donald, 1925-2004
Box 45

Oblivion 1998

Box 19, Folder 9

Julie Kane

Creator: Kane, Julie, 1952-
Box 19, Folder 10-12

James Karman

Creator: Karman, James
Box 20, Folder 1-2

George Keithley

Creator: Keithley, George, 1935-
Box 20, Folder 3

J.B. Keller

Creator: Keller, Johanna
Box 20, Folder 4

X.J. Kennedy

Creator: Kennedy, X. J.
Box 20, Folder 5

Roger Kimball

Creator: Kimball, Roger, 1953-
Box 20, Folder 6

Margaret B. King

Creator: King, Margaret B., 1947-
Box 20, Folder 7

Ted Kooser

Creator: Kooser, Ted
Box 20, Folder 8

Richard Kostelanetz

Creator: Kostelanetz, Richard
Box 20, Folder 9-12, Box 21, Folder 1-2, Box 65

Maxine Kumin

Creator: Kumin, Maxine, 1925-2014


Includes correspondence, publicity materials, and manuscript proofs of Quit Monks or Die!
Box 21, Folder 3-8

Paul Lake

Creator: Lake, Paul, 1951-2022


Includes correspondence and materials for Lake's Among the Immortals and Walking Backwards.
Box 22, Folder 1

Edgar Lansbury

Creator: Lansbury, Edgar
Box 22, Folder 2

Lewis Lapham (Harper's Magazine)

Creator: Lapham, Lewis H.
Box 22, Folder 3-6

Sydney Lea

Creator: Lea, Sydney, 1942-
Box 22, Folder 7

Caroline Le Guin

Creator: Le Guin, Caroline
Box 22, Folder 8

David Lehman

Creator: Lehman, David, 1948-
Box 22, Folder 9

Brad Leithauser

Creator: Leithauser, Brad
Box 22, Folder 10

Lester Graves Lennon

Creator: Lennon, Lester Graves, 1947-
Box 22, Folder 11

Phillis Levin

Creator: Levin, Phillis, 1954-
Box 22, Folder 12

Philip Levine

Creator: Levine, Philip, 1928-2015
Box 22, Folder 13

Laurence Lieberman

Creator: Lieberman, Laurence
Box 23, Folder 1-2

Kate Light

Creator: Light, Kate, 1960-2016
Box 23, Folder 3-4

Michael Lind

Creator: Lind, Michael, 1962-
Box 23, Folder 5

Franz Link

Creator: Link, Franz H.
Box 23, Folder 6

David Livewell

Creator: Livewell, David
Box 23, Folder 7

William Logan

Creator: Logan, William, 1950 November 16-
Box 23, Folder 8

Herbert Lomas

Creator: Lomas, Herbert
Box 23, Folder 9

Thomas Lynch

Creator: Lynch, Thomas, 1948-
Box 23, Folder 10-11, Box 24, Folder 1

Robin Magowan

Creator: Magowan, Robin
Box 24, Folder 2-7, Box 25, Folder 1-5, Box 65

David Mason

Creator: Mason, David, 1954-


Includes correspondence between Mason and Story Line Press, as well as materials for Buried Houses, The Country I Remember, The Poetry of Life and the Life of Poetry, and various unpublished manuscripts.
Box 25, Folder 6

Murad Mathossentz

Creator: Mathossentz, Murad, 1897-
Box 25, Folder 7, Box 26, Folder 1-2

Joan McBreen

Creator: McBreen, Joan, 1947-
Box 26, Folder 3

Sharon L. McCamy

Creator: McCamy, Sharon L.
Box 26, Folder 4

Janet McCann

Creator: McCann, Janet
Box 26, Folder 5-8, Box 27, Folder 1-3

Lee McCarthy

Creator: McCarthy, Lee, 1938-


Includes correspondence between McCarthy and Story Line Press, as well as materials for Desire's Door, Good Girl, Welcome to Bakersfield City Limits, and unpublished manuscripts.
Box 27, Folder 4-5

Colleen McElroy

Creator: McElroy, Colleen J.
Box 27, Folder 6

Chip McGrath

Creator: McGrath, Charles
Box 27, Folder 7, Box 65

Erin McGraw

Creator: McGraw, Erin, 1957-
Box 27, Folder 8

Robert McPhillips

Creator: McPhillips, Robert
Box 27, Folder 9

W. S. Merwin

Creator: Merwin, W. S. (William Stanley), 1927-2019
Box 27, Folder 10

James Merrill

Creator: Merrill, James, 1926-1995
Box 27, Folder 11

Bruce Meyer

Creator: Meyer, Bruce, 1957-
Box 28, Folder 1

Wilmer Mills

Creator: Mills, Wilmer, 1969-2011
Box 28, Folder 2

Leslie Monsour

Creator: Monsour, Leslie
Box 28, Folder 3-5

Richard Moore

Creator: Moore, Richard, 1927-2009
Box 28, Folder 6-8

Frederick Morgan (The Hudson Review)

Creator: Morgan, Frederick, 1922-2004
Box 28, Folder 9

David Mura

Creator: Mura, David
Box 29, Folder 1-3

Timothy Murphy

Creator: Murphy, Timothy, 1951-
Box 45

The Deed of Gift 1998

Box 29, Folder 4

David "D.G." Myers

Creator: Myers, D. G. (David Gershom)
Box 45

Unrelenting Readers: The New Poet-Critics (with Paul Hedeen) 2004

Box 29, Folder 5

Marilyn Nelson

Creator: Nelson, Marilyn, 1946-
Box 29, Folder 6

Wade Newman

Creator: Newman, Wade
Box 29, Folder 7

John F. Nims

Creator: Nims, John Frederick, 1913-1999
Box 29, Folder 8

Ed Ochester

Creator: Ochester, Ed
Box 29, Folder 9-10

Brenda Marie Osbey

Creator: Osbey, Brenda Marie
Box 29, Folder 11

Micheal O'Siadhail

Creator: O'Siadhail, Micheal, 1947-
Box 29, Folder 12

Michael Palma

Creator: Palma, Michael, 1945-
Box 29, Folder 13

Jay Parini

Creator: Parini, Jay
Box 29, Folder 14, Box 30, Folder 1

Elise Paschen

Creator: Paschen, Elise
Box 30, Folder 2

John Patrick

Creator: Patrick, John, 1905-1995
Box 30, Folder 3

Ota Pavel

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Pavel, Ota, 1930-1973
Box 30, Folder 4

Molly Peacock

Creator: Peacock, Molly, 1947-
Box 30, Folder 5

Laura Pedersen

Creator: Pedersen, Laura
Box 30, Folder 6

Jon Peede

Creator: Peede, Jon Parrish
Box 30, Folder 7

Michael Peich

Creator: Peich, Michael
Box 30, Folder 8

Robert Peters

Creator: Peters, Robert, 1924-2014
Box 30, Folder 9-10

Robert Phillips

Creator: Phillips, Robert, 1938-2022
Box 30, Folder 11

Frederick Pollack

Creator: Pollack, Frederick, 1946-
Box 45

happiness: a novel in verse 1998

Box 31, Folder 1

William Pratt

Creator: Pratt, William, 1927-
Box 31, Folder 2

W. H. Pritchard

Creator: Pritchard, William H.
Box 31, Folder 3

Wyatt Prunty

Creator: Prunty, Wyatt
Box 31, Folder 4

Alice Quinn

Creator: Quinn, Alice
Box 31, Folder 5-7

Jane Ransom

Creator: Ransom, Jane Reavill, 1958-
Box 31, Folder 8

Patricia Rarewell

Creator: Rarewell, Patricia
Box 31, Folder 9-12, Box 32, Folder 1

Liam Rector

Creator: Rector, Liam, 1949-2007


Includes correspondence between Rector and Story Line Press, as well as materials for Rector's American Prodigals and The Day I Was Older: The Poetry of Donald Hall.
Box 32, Folder 2

Jeremy Reed

Creator: Reed, Jeremy
Box 32, Folder 3

F. D. Reeve

Creator: Reeve, F. D. (Franklin D.), 1928-2013
Box 32, Folder 4

Robert Richman (The New Criterion)

Creator: Richman, Robert, 1957-
Box 32, Folder 5

John Ridland

Creator: Ridland, John
Box 32, Folder 6-10

Ronald Roat

Creator: Roat, Ronald Clair
Box 45

Close Softly the Doors 1991

Box 32, Folder 11-12

Alane Rollings

Creator: Rollings, Alane, 1950-
Box 33, Folder 1

Clare Rossini

Creator: Rossini, Clare
Box 33, Folder 2

David Rothman

Creator: Rothman, David J., 1959-
Box 33, Folder 3-4

Mark Rudman

Creator: Rudman, Mark
Box 33, Folder 5

Peter Russell

Creator: Russell, Peter, 1921-2003
Box 33, Folder 6

Vern Rutsala

Creator: Rutsala, Vern
Box 33, Folder 7-8

Dennis Sampson

Creator: Sampson, Dennis
Box 33, Folder 9

Michael Schmidt (Carcanet Press)

Creator: Schmidt, Michael, 1947-
Box 33, Folder 10

Meg Schoerke

Creator: Schoerke, Meg
Box 33, Folder 11

Chris Semansky

Creator: Semansky, Chris
Box 45

Death, but at a Good Price 1990

Box 33, Folder 12

Robert B. Shaw

Creator: Shaw, Robert B. (Robert Burns), 1947-
Box 33, Folder 13

David Shields

Creator: Shields, David, 1956-
Box 33, Folder 14-16

Diane Simmons

Creator: Simmons, Diane, 1948-
Box 34, Box 35, Box 36, Folder 1-2, Box 65

Louis Simpson

Creator: Simpson, Louis, 1923-2012


Includes correspondence between Story Line Press and Simpson, as well as Simpson's ex-wife Miriam; production and proof files for Simpson's There You Are, Modern Poets of France: A Bilingual Anthology, and Francois Villon's The Legacy and The Testament; and multiple manuscripts from Simpson that Story Line Press rejected.
Box 36, Folder 3-5

Leif Sjöberg & Stephen Klass

Creator: Sjöberg, Leif
Creator: Klass, Stephen


Correspondence, production files, and proofs of Sjöberg and Klass' translation of Harry Martinson's Aniara, published by Story Line Press.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Martinson, Harry, 1904-1978
Box 45

Aniara: An Epic Science Fiction Poem by Harry Martinson (English translation) 1999

Box 36, Folder 6-8, Box 37, Folder 1-2

Floyd Skloot

Creator: Skloot, Floyd


Includes correspondence between Skloot and Story Line Press, as well as materials for Skloot's Pilgrim's Harbor, Summer Blue, and The Open Door.
Box 37, Folder 3-4

Adèle Slaughter

Creator: Slaughter, Adèle
Box 37, Folder 5

David Slavitt

Creator: Slavitt, David R., 1935-
Box 37, Folder 6-8

John Smelcer

Creator: Smelcer, John E., 1963-


Includes Smelcer's manuscript for Tracks; documents pertaining to the University of Alaska's investigations into Smelcer's claims of Native American ancestry; and correspondence between Smelcer and Story Line Press regarding his manuscript and the University of Alaska investigation.
Box 37, Folder 9-10, Box 38, Folder 1-2

William Jay Smith

Creator: Smith, William Jay, 1918-2015
Box 38, Folder 3

W. D. Snodgrass

Creator: Snodgrass, W. D. (William De Witt), 1926-2009
Box 38, Folder 4

Monroe Spears

Creator: Spears, Monroe K., 1916-1998
Box 38, Folder 5

Radcliffe Squires

Creator: Squires, Radcliffe, 1917-1993
Box 38, Folder 6

William Stafford

Creator: Stafford, William, 1914-1993
Box 38, Folder 7

A. E. Stallings

Creator: Stallings, A. E. (Alicia Elsbeth), 1968-
Box 38, Folder 8-11, Box 39, Folder 1

Clemens Starck

Creator: Starck, Clemens, 1937-
Box 39, Folder 2-4

Felix Stefanile

Creator: Stefanile, Felix, 1920-
Box 39, Folder 5-6

Anne Stevenson

Creator: Stevenson, Anne, 1933 January 3 - 2020 September 14
Box 39, Folder 7

Leon Stokesbury

Creator: Stokesbury, Leon, 1945-
Box 39, Folder 8

Alan Sullivan

Creator: Sullivan, Alan, 1948-2010
Box 39, Folder 9

David Swanger

Creator: Swanger, David
Box 39, Folder 10

Ross Talarico

Creator: Talarico, Ross, 1945-
Box 39, Folder 11, Box 40, Folder 1-4

John Taylor

Creator: Taylor, John, 1952 September 30-


Includes correspondence between Taylor and Story Line Press, as well as production files and proofs for Taylor's Mysteries of the Body and the Mind and The Presence of Things Past.
Box 40, Folder 5-9, Box 41, Folder 1-2

Diane Thiel

Creator: Thiel, Diane, 1967-


Includes correspondence between Thiel and Story Line Press, as well as files for Thiel's The River Blued, Echolocations, Resistance Fantasies, and multiple editions of Writing Your Rhythm: Using Nature, Culture, Form, and Myth.
Box 41, Folder 3

Hunter S. Thompson

Creator: Thompson, Hunter S.
Box 41, Folder 4

N. S. Thompson

Creator: Thompson, N. S.
Box 41, Folder 5-6

Richard Tillinghast

Creator: Tillinghast, Richard
Box 41, Folder 7

Rodney Torreson

Creator: Torreson, Rodney, 1951-
Box 41, Folder 8

Lewis Turco

Creator: Turco, Lewis
Box 41, Folder 9-11

Frederick Turner

Creator: Turner, Frederick, 1943-
Box 45

Hadean Eclogues 1999

Box 41, Folder 12

Chase Twichell

Creator: Twichell, Chase, 1950-
Box 42, Folder 1-3

Amy Uyematsu

Creator: Uyematsu, Amy
Box 42, Folder 4-6

Peter van de Kamp

Creator: Van de Kamp, Peter, 1956-
Box 42, Folder 7

Frank van Meurs

Creator: Van Meurs, Frank
Box 42, Folder 8-10

Noelle Vial

Creator: Vial, Noelle, 1959-
Box 43, Folder 1

Peter Viereck

Creator: Viereck, Peter, 1916-2006
Box 43, Folder 2-5

Kevin Walzer

Creator: Walzer, Kevin, 1968-
Box 43, Folder 6

Kevin Walzer & Kevin Bezner

Creator: Walzer, Kevin, 1968-
Creator: Bezner, Kevin
Box 43, Folder 7

Yun Wang

Creator: Wang, Yun, 1964-
Box 43, Folder 8

Bruce Weigl

Creator: Weigl, Bruce, 1949-
Box 43, Folder 9

Roger Weingarten

Creator: Weingarten, Roger
Box 43, Folder 10

Gail White

Creator: White, Gail, 1945-
Box 43, Folder 11-12

Richard Wilbur

Creator: Wilbur, Richard, 1921-2017
Box 44, Folder 1

Tom Wilhelmus

Creator: Wilhelmus, Tom
Box 44, Folder 2-3

Greg Williamson

Creator: Williamson, Greg, 1964-
Box 44, Folder 4-7

Christian Wiman

Creator: Wiman, Christian, 1966-
Box 45

The Long Home 1998

Box 44, Folder 8-9

Terrence Winch

Creator: Winch, Terence
Box 44, Folder 10

Terri Witek

Creator: Witek, Terri, 1952-
Box 44, Folder 11

Harold Witt

Creator: Witt, Harold
Box 44, Folder 12

David Wojahn

Creator: Wojahn, David, 1953-
Box 44, Folder 13

David Yezzi

Creator: Yezzi, David
Box 44, Folder 14

Paul Zarzyski

Creator: Zarzyski, Paul
Box 44, Folder 15

Miscellaneous Significant Letters (mostly rejections)


Series 2. Anthologies


Chronological by anthology publication date

Scope and Contents

Series 2 contains materials relating to anthologies published by Story Line Press. Between 1989 and 2004, SLP published a number of anthologies, mostly about poetry. Contents include correspondence with contributing authors; drafts of essays and poems; anthology proofs; publicity materials; and reviews and responses.
Box 46, Folder 1-7, Box 47, Folder 1-2

Expansive Poetry: Essays on the New Narrative and the New Formalism, edited by Frederick Feirstein 1989

Box 47, Folder 3-4

New Italian Poets, edited by Dana Gioia & Michael Palma 1991

Box 47, Folder 5-13, Box 48, Folder 1-7

Poetry After Modernism, edited by Robert McDowell 1991


Includes correspondence and essay drafts written and edited by Dick Allen, Bruce Bawer, Frederick Pollack, Dana Gioia, Mark Jarman, Carol Oles, Hilda Raz, Frederick Feirstein, Rita Dove, Marilyn Nelson Waniek, Lynn Emanuel, Robert McPhillips, and Frederick Turner.
Box 48, Folder 8-10, Box 49, Folder 1-3

A Formal Feeling Comes: Poems in Form by Contemporary Women, edited by Annie Finch 1994

Box 49, Folder 4-8

Rebel Angels: 25 Poets of the New Formalism, edited by Mark Jarman & David Mason 1996

Box 49, Folder 9-10, Box 50, Folder 1-3

The Muse Strikes Back: A Poetic Response by Women to Men, edited by Katherine McAlpine & Gail White 1997

Box 50, Folder 4-15

Poetry After Modernism (revised edition), edited by Robert McDowell 1998


Includes correspondence, revisions and essay drafts by Robert McDowell, Carol Oles, Hilda Raz, Meg Schoerke, Lynn Emanuel, Dana Gioia, Frederick Feirstein, Jonathan Holden, Paul Lake, Kelly Cherry and Frederick Turner.
Box 50, Folder 16, Box 51, Folder 1-3

After New Formalism: Poets on Form, Narrative, and Tradition, edited by Annie Finch 1999

Box 51, Folder 4-20, Box 52, Folder 1-5

New Expansive Poetry, edited by R.S. Gwynn 1999


Written as a follow-up to Expansive Poetry: Essays on the New Narrative and the New Formalism, edited by Frederick Feirstein (1989), the anthology includes contributions from Dana Gioia, Timothy Steele, Keith Maillard, Meg Schoerke, Frederick Turner, Ernst Pöppel, Wyatt Prunty, Paul Lake, Robert McPhillips, Mark Jarman, Dick Allen, Frederick Feirstein, David Mason, Christopher Clausen, and Thomas M. Disch, as well as selections from A Formal Feeling Comes: Poems in Form by Contemporary Women, edited by Annie Finch (1994).
Box 52, Folder 6-9

Place of Passage: Contemporary Catholic Poetry, edited by David Craig and Janet McCann 2000

Box 52, Folder 10-11, Box 53, Folder 1-19

Cowboy Poetry Matters: From Abilene to the Mainstream, edited by Robert McDowell 2000


Includes correspondence and drafts of poetry by Cowboy Poetry Matters authors: Virginia Bennett, Jon Bowerman, Laurie Wagner Buyer, John Dofflemyer, Linda M. Hasselstrom, Linda Hussa, Tony Johnston, Linda McCarriston, Wallace D. McRae, Thelma Poirier, Buck Ramsey, Andy Wilkinson, Paul Zarzyski, Nancy McLelland, Dana Gioia, and Kathy J. Ogren.
Box 53, Folder 20

From Daughters & Sons to Fathers: What I've Never Said, edited by Constance Warloe 2001

Box 53, Folder 21-22

The Poets' Grimm: 20th Century Poets from Grimm Fairy Tales, edited by Jeanne Marie Beaumont and Claudia Carlson 2003

Box 54, Folder 1-3

A Group of One's Own: Nurturing the Woman Writer, by Karen Desrosiers, Laurel Lloyd Earnshaw, Charlene Pollano, Deborah Regan, and Susan Wereska 2003

Box 54, Folder 4-7

Story Hour: Contemporary Narratives by American Poets, edited by Sonny Williams 2004


Series 3. Business Records

Conditions Governing Access

Box 59 is closed until 2075

Scope and Contents

Series 3 includes the business records of Story Line Press. Although SLP was active from the 1980s to the early 2000s, the bulk of the business records are from the mid-1990s. Included are minutes from meetings of the SLP Board; correspondence between SLP staff and Board members; financial statements and audits; and materials surrounding grants and funding the Press received, including a multi-year grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Files from the SLP office include reviews of the Press' publications and agreements with authors for publication. Also included are correspondence and materials related to efforts to sell the press in the early 2000s.
Box 55, Folder 1

Articles of Incorporation


Board of Directors

Box 55, Folder 2

General Correspondence & Roster

Box 55, Folder 3-7

Board Meetings: minutes, financials, correspondence 1992-2000

Box 55, Folder 8

Correspondence with Michael Peich (Board president) 2000-2001

Box 55, Folder 9

Story Line Press Staff Handbook 2001

Box 55, Folder 10-14

Strategic & Long-Range Plans 1995-2005


Financial Info. & Files

Box 56, Folder 1

Nicholas Roerich Museum Funds / Early SLP Financials 1980s

Box 56, Folder 2-3

Budgets 1996-2002

Box 56, Folder 4-9

Profit & Loss Reports 2000-2004

Box 56, Folder 10-11

Sales & Royalties 1999-2001

Box 56, Folder 12-14

Consortium Sales 2000-2005

Box 56, Folder 15

Story Line Press, Inc.: Report of the Single Audit as Required by Office of Management and Budget Circular A-133, prepared by Gregor Professional Corporation 1994-12-31

Box 56, Folder 16, Box 57, Folder 1-6

Financial Statements 1995-2001

Box 57, Folder 7-11

Tax Filings 1997-2002



Box 57, Folder 12

10th Anniversary Fundraiser 1994

Box 57, Folder 13

Fundraising Plan 1995

Box 57, Folder 14


Box 57, Folder 15

Mellon Foundation grant 1990

Box 57, Folder 16-20

Mellon Foundation multi-year grant 1992-1996


Includes correspondence, reports, and guidebook
Box 58, Folder 1

National Endowment for the Arts Advancement Grant 1995

Box 58, Folder 2

NEA grant application (rejected) 1998



Box 58, Folder 3

Suzanne Blair (Board member)

Box 58, Folder 4

Poets House

Box 58, Folder 5

Harold M. Isbell

Box 58, Folder 6

Huntington Library

Box 58, Folder 7


Box 58, Folder 8


Box 59

Author Agreements & Contracts



Box 60, Folder 1

Website Development

Box 60, Folder 2

Marketing Brainstorming

Box 60, Folder 3

Sales Kits 2001

Box 60, Folder 4

Read. Period. program

Box 60, Folder 5

Articles & Profiles on Story Line Press

Box 60, Folder 6

Misc. Press Releases

Box 60, Folder 7

"The Critical Reader" (3 volumes)


Catalogs & Booklists

Box 60, Folder 8

Published Titles List 1985-2002

Box 60, Folder 9

Color Covers for Galleys

Box 60, Folder 10-14, Box 61, Folder 1-2

Catalogs 1989-2004

Box 61, Folder 3-44, Box 62, Folder 1-30

Reviews Binder (reviews of SLP publications sorted by year and author) 1986-1997

Box 62, Folder 31

Story Line Press 20th Anniversary Year 2004

Box 62, Folder 32

Plans/Attempts to Sell Story Line Press 2003-2004

Box 62, Folder 33

Proposed Acquisition of Story Line Press by Southern Oregon University

Box 62, Folder 34

SLP Archives - Donor Letters 2002-2003

Box 62, Folder 35

SLP Archives - Book by Year List & Inventory


Series 4. THE REAPER and Robert McDowell Materials

Biographical / Historical

The Reaper was a small poetry and fiction magazine founded by Robert McDowell and Mark Jarman. It was part of the movement in American poetry in the late 1970s known as the New Narrative or the New Formalism. New Formalists attacked the free verse poetics of autobiographical experiences that the Beats had espoused in the 1950s and argued for a return to meter and rhyme, recognition of the importance of narrative, and the inclusion of public as well as private experience. In addition to poetry, The Reaper published Jarman and McDowell's reviews and critical essays on modern poetry. Following The Reaper, McDowell and Jarman established Story Line Press.

Related Materials

The Reaper records are housed at Stanford University (M0512):

Scope and Contents

Series 4 contains materials related to McDowell's life and his involvement with The Reaper magazine during the 1980s. Materials include submissions; production materials for issues 13-17; and correspondence about the acquisition of the magazine's archive by Stanford University's Special Collections. Also included in the series are production materials for an anthology put together by McDowell and Mark Jarman called " The Reaper Essays" (Story Line Press, 1995) and some miscellaneous papers about McDowell. Note that the files about The Reaper fit into the records housed in The Reaper records (M0512), housed at Stanford University.
Box 63, Folder 1

THE REAPER : Correspondence 1985

Box 63, Folder 2

THE REAPER : Issue 13 1985

Box 63, Folder 3-4

THE REAPER : Issue 14 1986

Box 63, Folder 5-6

THE REAPER : Issue 15 1986

Box 63, Folder 7-8

THE REAPER : Issue 16 1987

Box 63, Folder 9

THE REAPER : Issue 17 (correspondence) 1987

Box 63, Folder 10

THE REAPER : miscellaneous submissions

Box 63, Folder 11

THE REAPER : correspondence with the Internal Revenue Service 1981

Box 63, Folder 12

THE REAPER : Archives Acquisition by Stanford University

Box 63, Folder 13, Box 64, Folder 1-3

THE REAPER Essays : Anthology edited by Mark Jarman and Robert McDowell (Story Line Press) 1995

Box 64, Folder 4-7

Robert McDowell: miscellaneous files