Ron Padgett (1942- ) was a poetry workshop instructor at St. Mark's-in-the-Bowery, New York City (1968-69), poet in various
New York City Poets in the Schools programs (1969-76), writer in the community, South Carolina Arts Commission (1976-78),
director of St. Mark's Poetry Project, New York City (1978-81), and the director of publications for the Teachers and Writers
Collaborative (1982- ). The collection consists of correspondence from poets to Padgett, and some manuscripts.
Padgett was born on June 17, 1942, in Tulsa, Oklahoma; A.B., Columbia University, 1964; poetry workshop instructor, St. Mark's-in-the-Bowery,
New York City, 1968-69; poet in various New York City Poets in the Schools programs, 1969-76; co-founded Full Court Press
publishers in 1973; writer in the community, South Carolina Arts Commission, 1976-78; director, St. Mark's Poetry Project,
New York City, 1978-81; director of publications, Teachers and Writers Collaborative, beginning in 1982; published works include:
Seventeen: collected plays (with Ted Berrigan, 1965), Sky (1966), Arrive by Pullman (1978), Tulsa kid (1979), Blood work: selected prose (1993), Ted: a personal memoir of Ted Berrigan (1993), and New & selected poems (1995).
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