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Armantrout (Rae) Papers
MSS 0699  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Publication Rights
  • Scope and Contents of Collection
  • Biography
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Languages: English
    Contributing Institution: Special Collections & Archives, UC San Diego
    9500 Gilman Drive
    La Jolla 92093-0175
    Title: Rae Armantrout Papers
    Identifier/Call Number: MSS 0699
    Physical Description: 15.3 Linear feet (34 archives boxes and 2 oversize folders)
    Date (inclusive): 1954-2015 (bulk 2001-2014)
    Abstract: Papers of American poet and teacher Rae Armantrout, including personal and professional correspondence, notebooks, 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.

    Preferred Citation

    Rae Armantrout Papers, MSS 699. Special Collections & Archives, UC San Diego.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired 2008, 2010, 2014.

    Publication Rights

    Publication rights are held by the creator of the collection.

    Scope and Contents of Collection

    Papers of Rae Armantrout, American poet and teacher. The collection primarily documents Armantrout's writing and includes typescripts of individual poems and published manuscripts, her working notebooks, and an extensive amount of correspondence with other American poets. The collection also includes teaching materials and notebooks from literature courses Armantrout taught at UC San Diego 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.
    Accession Processed in 2009
    Accessions Processed in 2015
    Arranged in two series: 6) WRITINGS BY ARMANTROUT and 7) NOTEBOOKS.


    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" movement and worked with other Language poets including Bob Perelman, Ron Silliman, and Lyn Hejinian. Armantrout and her husband Chuck Korkegian returned to San Diego in the early 1980s.
    Armantrout's publications include Extremities (1978), 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, and 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.


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    Subjects and Indexing Terms

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