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Walt Phillips small press collection
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biography/Administrative History
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Walt Phillips small press collection
    Dates: 1959-1999
    Collection Number: Consult repository
    Creator/Collector: Phillips, Walt
    Extent: 21 linear feet
    Repository: Sonoma State University Library
    Rohnert Park, California 94928
    Abstract: Walt Phillips, considered a legend by many involved in the small press world, created compelling poems and drawings that appeared in numerous small press publications, including The Massachusetts Review; Prairie Schooner; Yellow Brick Road; Pearl; Wormwood Review; and Chiron Review. Other notable contributors to some of these journals included writer Charles Bukowski and poet Lyn Lifshin. Issues of these and many other journals in which Phillips’ work was published comprise this collection of over 250 titles.
    Language of Material: English


    Collection is open for research by appointment.

    Publication Rights

    The library can only claim physical ownership of the collection. Users are responsible for satisfying any claimants of literary property.

    Preferred Citation

    Walt Phillips small press collection . Sonoma State University Library

    Biography/Administrative History

    Walt Phillips was born in Greenfield, Massachusetts in 1937 and eventually moved to California, where he died in 2013. While working as a newspaper journalist, photographer, and columnist, Phillips created hundreds of poems and drawings going back to 1959.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    This collection contains 268 small press poetry journal issues in which Walt Phillips had his poems and drawings published between 1959 and 1999. These issues are shelved in 21 linear feet in the University Library’s Special Collections department.

    Indexing Terms

    Small press books.
    American poetry -- 20th century.
    Poets -- California, Northern.
    Phillips, Walt.
    Northern California.
    Newspaper journalist.
    Newspaper columnist.

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