Correspondence, manuscripts, illustrations,
photographs, press releases, newspaper clippings, event posters, and financial
records documenting the activities of the James White Review Association,
(JWRA) from 1983 to 1999.
In March 1983, a group of gay male writers began meeting weekly at the
Minneapolis writing center, the Loft, for the purpose of improving their skills
and publishing their work. In October 1983, the first issue of
The James White Review (TJWR) was published by the James White Review
Association (JWRA), under the editorship of Phil Willkie, Greg Baysans, and
Paul Edmond. Willkie was instrumental in the choice of name for the
publication, which commemorated his friend, the local poet James L. White, and
was also intended to obtain regional name recognition for the publication. The
name had the desired effect and gained TJWR
recognition from the local literary establishment. Six thousand copies
of the first issue were distributed nationally, free of charge, to gay
bookstores, newspapers, and writers. Although the first issue contained only
regional materials, TJWR's wide distribution
attracted over 170 submissions from throughout the U.S. and Canada.
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