Papers of Paul Vangelisti, poet, editor, translator, publisher, and radio producer. The collection includes correspondence
with colleagues; drafts of single poems, as well as published collected works including
Villa (1991), and
Days Shadows Pass (2007); book and art reviews; and notebooks. Also included are materials related to Vangelisti's editorial work for the literary
Ribot and the anthology
L.A. Exiles: A Guide to Los Angeles Writing, 1932-1998. The materials also include Vangelisti's editorial projects including
Place as Purpose: Poetry from the Western States (2002), and
Nuova Poesia Americana: San Francisco (2006). The papers contain audiorecordings of
Los Angeles Theatre of the Ear (L.A.T.E.) radio broadcasts produced by Vangelisti and writings of others. Also included are materials relating to Vangelisti's
poetry readings and literary conferences, as well as typescript drafts of poetry and essay translations.
Paul Vangelisti was born in San Francisco in 1945 and graduated from the University of San Francisco in 1967 with a B.A. in
English and philosophy. He attended Trinity College (Dublin, Ireland) for a year as a research fellow and moved to Los Angeles
in 1968 to attend the University of Southern California, from which he was awarded a Master of Arts in literature in 1970.
Vangelisti started a poetry magazine,
Invisible City, in 1971 with John McBride, a friend in San Francisco. They also initiated the book publishing company Red Hill Press. After
Invisible City ceased publication with its 26th issue in 1982, Vangelisti sucessively worked on the periodicals
Boxcar, which he co-founded with Leland Hickman;
Forehead, co-published by Beyond Baroque Foundation;
Lowghost; and currently
Ribot. He also co-founded Littoral Books as a co-operative publishing outfit with fellow Los Angeles poets Dennis Phillips, Martha
Ronk, and Jed Rasula. Vangelisti has edited a half-dozen anthologies of poetry, including one each in Italian and Polish.
His anthologies of Los Angeles area poets, such as
Specimin '73, were among the first such collections to begin defining the historical trajectory of post-World War II poetry in Southern
California. His first such volume,
Anthology of L.A. Poets, was co-edited with Charles Bukowski and Neeli Cherkovski. Most recently he edited
L.A. Exiles, an anthology of displaced Los Angeles writers.
21.2 Linear feet
42 archive boxes, 3 record cartons and 10 oversize folders
Publication rights are held by the creator of the collection.
Original audiorecordings located in Series 7, from both the 1999 and 2009 accessions, are not available for use. Audiocassette
listening versions must be used instead. In some cases, these copies will need to be produced upon the researcher's request.