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Hejinian (Lyn) Papers
MSS 0074  
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Papers of Lyn Hejinian, American poet, publisher and editor of Tuumba Press, co-editor of POETICS JOURNAL, and co-director of the literary project Atelos. She has been a member of the Poetics Faculty at the New College of California and is a professor in the English department at the University of California, Berkeley. Hejinian has spent most of her life in the San Francisco Bay Area and is associated with the Language School of contemporary poetry. Prominent correspondents in the collection include Charles Bernstein, Jack Collom, Arkadii Dragomoshchenko, Ted Greenwald, Susan Howe, Hank Lazer, Katy Lederer, Alice Notley, Bob Perelman, Tom Raworth, Kit Robinson, Leslie Scalapino, Ron Silliman and Michael Palmer, as well as many younger experimental writers and students. The papers contain manuscripts and annotated typescripts of Hejinian's published and unpublished poetry; drafts for MY LIFE (1987), THE HUNT (1991), OXOTA: A SHORT RUSSIAN NOVEL (1991), THE CELL (1992), THE COLD OF POETRY (1994), HAPPILY (2000), THE LANGUAGE OF INQUIRY (2000), BORDER COMEDY (2001), and THE BEGINNER (2002); notebooks; and critical writings. Other notable material includes translations of Russian poet Arkadii Dragomoshchenko's DESCRIPTION and XENIA; collaborations; editorial projects, especially for Atelos and Tuumba Press; lecture and teaching materials; and audiorecordings of Hejinian's poetry readings and talks.
Lyn Hejinian was born in 1941 in San Francisco. After spending high school and college years in New England, Hejinian returned to California in 1968. In the late 1970s Hejinian began publishing Tuumba chapbooks, which was to become one of the most important series of chapbooks of contemporary poetry in the United States. Her own published work began with The GREAT ADVENTURE (197_?), following which appeared A THOUGHT IS THE BRIDE OF WHAT THINKING (Tuumba, 1976), WRITING IS AN AID TO MEMORY (The Figures, 1978), GESUALDO (Tuumba, 1978), A MASK OF MOTION (Burning Deck, 1980), MY LIFE (Burning Deck, 1980; and Sun and Moon, 1987), THE GUARD (Tuumba, 1984) and REDO (Salt-Works Press, 1984). From 1981 to 1999, Hejinian was the co-editor, with Barrett Wratten, of POETICS JOURNAL and is co-director, with Travis Ortiz, of the literary project Atelos. She has been a member of the Poetics Faculty at the New College of California and is a professor in the department of English at the University of California, Berkeley. Hejinian lives in Berkeley with her husband, composer-musician Larry Ochs.
74.8 Linear feet (186 archives boxes, 2 card file boxes, 1 oversize folder and digital files)
Publication rights are held by the creator of the collection.
Letters of recommendation located in Box 84, Folder 9 are restricted until 2050. Originals of audiovisual items are restricted; listening copies have been made for use by researchers.