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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Lindsay Hill Papers
    Identifier/Call Number: MSS 696
    Contributing Institution: Mandeville Special Collections Library
    9500 Gilman Drive
    La Jolla, California, 92093-0175
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 4.8 Linear feet (12 archives boxes, 2 oversize folders)
    Date (inclusive): ca. 1963 - 2008
    Abstract: Papers of Lindsay Hill, American poet and editor. The bulk of the materials date from 1968 to 2001. Included is correspondence with friends and colleagues; original typescripts and manuscripts of Hill’s poetry and prose; business material related to Hill’s production company, Spoken Engine Co.; original submissions, correspondence, and business materials related to the publication of Facture; and photographs of Lindsay Hill. The collection is arranged in seven series: 1) CORRESPONDENCE, 2) WRITINGS, 3) EDITORIAL WORK, 4) SPOKEN ENGINE CO., 5) FACTURE, 6) CONFERENCES, and 7) IMAGES AND RECORDINGS.
    Creator: Hill, Lindsay, 1952-


    Lindsay Hill was born in 1952 in San Francisco, California. While attending Bard College his first book of poetry, Avelaval, was published. After graduating from Bard in 1975, Hill continued writing and publishing while working as an investment banker. In 1995 he retired from finance to pursue poetry full-time.
    Along with writing, Hill used his knowledge of business to start several new ventures. In 1993 he founded the production company Spoken Engine Co. with the goal of combining poetry and music. From 1995 to 1996, he produced CDs with poets Nathaniel Mackey, Nathaniel Tarn, and Maxine Hong Kingston. Hill was also a founder and co-editor of the poetry journal Facture with fellow poet Paul Naylor, publishing three issues between 1999 and 2002.

    Scope and Contents of Collection

    The Lindsay Hill Papers document Hill’s career as a poet, editor and businessman. The papers include correspondence, manuscript and typescript drafts of Hill’s poetry and prose, business records for the production company Spoken Engine Co., correspondence and submissions to Facture, and photographs of Hill. The papers date from circa 1963 through 2008 and are arranged in seven series: 1) CORRESPONDENCE, 2) WRITINGS, 3) EDITORIAL WORK, 4) SPOKEN ENGINE CO., 5) FACTURE, 6) CONFERENCES, and 7) IMAGES AND RECORDINGS.
    The CORRESPONDENCE series is organized alphabetically and includes letters from Hans ten Berge, Jack Collom, Clayton Eshleman, Gary Snyder, and Nathaniel Tarn. Also included are materials by unidentified correspondents, located at the end of the series.
    The WRITINGS series comprises the bulk of the collection and is arranged in six subseries: A) School Papers, B) Poetry, C) Poetry Collections, D) Prose, E) Plays, and F) Notebooks.
    A) The School Papers subseries includes a report Hill wrote in the 6th grade, as well as a number of papers written in college.
    B) The Poetry subseries is arranged alphabetically by title and includes typescripts, manuscripts, notes, and jottings. Folders labeled "A-M - Miscellaneous" and "N-T - Miscellaneous" contain titled poems with fewer than three copies.
    C) The Poetry Collections subseries is organized alphabetically by collection title and contains work for published books, as well as collected works never published.
    D) Prose includes drafts of several short stories, a typescript draft of an unpublished novel, and a number of unfinished stories.
    E) The Plays subseries contains one typescript play entitled “The Tragedy of McGee.”
    F) The Notebooks subseries consists of fourteen bound volumes containing handwritten drafts of poems, and are arranged chronologically when dates are known.
    The EDITORIAL WORK series consists of a manuscript containing the poems of Frank Stanford, edited by David Spicer and Lindsay Hill in 1985. The majority of these papers are photocopies.
    The SPOKEN ENGINE CO. series contains legal papers regarding the formation of Hill’s production company, Spoken Engine Co.
    The FACTURE series contains correspondence, subscription information, submissions and material related to the founding and publication of the poetry journal Facture. The series is arranged in four subseries: A) Correspondence and Submissions, B) General Correspondence, C) Unpublished Submissions, and D) Business Materials.
    A) The Correspondence and Submissions subseries contains material related to the publication of each Facture issue, including an unrealized fourth issue. These materials were grouped by Hill and remain in their original order.
    B) General Correspondence consists of letters and postcards of thanks and several letters from poet Takuroh Ikeda.
    C) The Unpublished Submissions subseries is arranged alphabetically by author and contains unpublished submissions to Facture.
    D) Business Materials are organized by subject and include financial records, contracts, mailing lists, and subscription information.
    The CONFERENCES series contains material related to the 1997 forum “An Explosion of Violence,” which met to discuss the causes and solutions to violence in society.
    The IMAGES AND RECORDINGS series contains artwork by Lindsay Hill, photographs and two VHS tapes of a reading that included Hill. The series is arranged in three subseries: A) Artwork, B) Photographs, and C) Videorecordings.
    A) Artwork includes drawings, paintings, and collages by Lindsay Hill.
    B) The Photographs subseries contains a number of photographs of Lindsay Hill, often with wife Nita Hill. Also included are slides and prints used for the cover and liner notes of the Nathaniel Tarn CD, I Think This May Be Eden, produced by Spoken Engine Co.
    C) Videorecordings contain two VHS tapes of a 1996 poetry reading at the New College Theater in San Francisco, California. Along with Lindsay Hill, poets include Stephen-Paul Martin, Andrew Joron, Adam Cornford, and John Noto.

    Preferred Citation

    Lindsay Hill Papers, MSS 0696. Mandeville Special Collections Library, UCSD.




    Master videocassette recordings in Series 7: Images and Recordings are restricted. Researchers must request user copies be produced.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Eshleman, Clayton
    Spoken Engine Co.
    Tarn, Nathaniel
    American poetry--20th century