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  • Contributing Institution: University of California, Santa Cruz
    Title: Morton Marcus Poetry archive
    Creator: Marcus, Morton
    source: Marcus, Morton
    Identifier/Call Number: MS.198
    Physical Description: 45 Linear Feet 39 document boxes; 1 oversize flat; 1 oversize folder
    Date (inclusive): 1936-2009
    Abstract: This collection includes biographical material, correspondence, manuscripts, notebooks, teaching materials, poetry and film criticism.
    Physical Location: Stored in Special Collections & Archives: Advance notice is required for access to the papers.
    General Physical Description note:

    Language of Material: English .


    Collection is available for research.

    Publication Rights

    Property rights reside with the University of California. Literary rights are retained by the creators of the records and their heirs. For permission to publish or to reproduce the material, please contact the Head of Special Collections and Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    Morton Marcus Poetry archive. MS 198. Special Collections and Archives, University Library, University of California, Santa Cruz.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Donna Mekis and Morton Marcus, 2009-2010


    Morton Marcus (September 10, 1936-October 28, 2009), poet, fillm critic, lecturer.
    Morton Marcus was the l999 Santa Cruz County Artist of The Year and received the Gail Rich Award in 2007 for his cultural contributions to Santa Cruz County. He published ten volumes of poetry and one novel, including The Santa Cruz Mountain Poems, Pages From A Scrapbook of Immigrants, and When People Could Fly .
    Morton had more than 450 poems published in literary journals, and his work has been selected to appear in over 85 anthologies in the United States, Europe and Australia. In 2002 he published his eighth and ninth books of poetry: Moments Without Names: New & Selected Prose Poems (White Pine Press) and Shouting Down The Silence: Verse Poems 1988-2001 (Creative Arts Books). In 2007, he published a new volume of prose poems, Pursuing The Dream Bone.
    His last book, Striking Through The Masks: A Literary Memoir (Capitola Book Company) tells the story of Marcus' growth from embattled youth to uneasy adulthood, conjuring up the last half of the twentieth century and the opening decade of the new millennium, while recounting his own struggle to find self-awareness and wisdom.
    Morton's trilogy of interviews on the craft of poetry appeared in the March/April 2001 issue of The Bloomsbury Review, the 2002 issue of Red Wheelbarrow and in the 25th anniversary issue of Caesura (2004).
    Morton read his poetry and conducted poetry workshops in dozens of universities throughout the country, among them Columbia University, Notre Dame, The University of Oregon, and several University of California campuses. He was also poet-in-residence at several State University of New York campuses, The University of Arkansas' Graduate Writing Program, and Providence College.
    Morton taught English and Film at Cabrillo College for thirty years, until his retirement in l998. His sixteen-part television history of film, Movie Milestones, has been shown on many cable television stations, and was for years the main visual source of film history at the AFTRS, the Australian national film school. He was a longtime co-host of KUSP radio's The Poetry Show and co-host of the film review television show Cinema Scene shown in the San Francisco Bay Area. He also lead a film discussion group at Santa Cruz's Nickelodeon theater on the first and third Saturday of every month. He curated film series at various museums and took part in several panels on literature and film at the John Steinbeck Center.
    From www.mortonmarcus.com/bio.html

    Scope and Content of Collection

    This collection includes biographical materials, correspondence, manuscripts, notebooks, teaching materials, poetry and film criticism


    Arranged in seven series
    Series 1: Biographical material
    Series 2: Correspondence
    Series 3: Writings
    Series 4: Printed appearences
    Series 5: Teaching materials
    Series 6: Publicity, marketing
    Series 7: Artwork & Realia

    Separated Material

    Audio recordings have been converted to CD and cataloged separately. Poetry books and journals have been cataloged separately. Poetry Broadsides have been cataloged separately.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    American poetry -- 21st century
    Film criticism
    Authors, American -- California -- Santa Cruz County
    American poetry -- 20th century
    Marcus, Morton