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Matlin (David) Papers
MSS 0820  
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Papers of David Matlin, an American poet, writer, publisher and professor of English literature. Matlin taught poetry, creative writing, and English literature at universities, workshops, and prison education programs. The collection includes correspondence; drafts of Matlin's published and unpublished poetry and prose; collaborative projects with artist Gail Schneider; sound recordings; and publication materials for Diamond T Press.
David Matlin was born October 5, 1944 in Upland, California, and graduated high school in Scottsdale, Arizona in 1962. He began writing poetry in the early 1960s, attending colleges, working various jobs, and becoming an activist in the anti-war and civil rights movements. In 1968, he began teaching poetry for the Watts Writer's Workshop, and continued as a lecturer in English literature and poetry at schools and colleges in California and New York. Matlin received a graduate fellowship in poetry at the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1972, where he studied with Robert Creeley, John Clarke, Angus Fletcher, and Diane Christian. He was awarded a master of arts in 1974, and a Ph.D. with distinction in English literature in 1981.
9 Linear feet (15 archives boxes, 1 records carton, 1 card file box, 1 flat box)
Publication rights are held by the creator of the collection.
Original sound recordings are restricted. Listening copies may be available for researchers.