The collection contains drafts, background research, and publicity materials for the books, poems and stories written by Jean
Swallow. She also amassed material on Alcoholics Anonymous and other groups that assist people in recovery from substance
Jean Swallow was born on September 8, 1953. She was a lesbian writer and editor. Her work included newspaper editing for the
Charlotte (North Carolina)
Observer, poetry, novels, essays, and grant-writing. Her anthology
Out From Under was published in 1983 and was the first book by and about lesbians in recovery from substance abuse. In 1986 her novel
Leave a Light on for Me was published; it was reissued in 1991. She continued to write shorter pieces, poems and stories, which she collected in
How (Some of) It Works.
5 cartons, 1 oversized box
(5.0 cubic feet)
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Public Library owns copyright.
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