Papers of Maureen Owen, poet, editor, publisher and coordinator/director of the St. Mark's Poetry Project (1976-1980). The
papers contain correspondence with colleagues, including Rebecca Brown, Bernadette Mayer, Susan Howe, and Ron Padgett; poetry
manuscripts and drafts; production materials for published collected works; typescript drafts for collaborative works; and
personal notebooks and journals. Also contains files documenting the activities of the St. Mark's Poetry Project, especially
reports and minutes of the board of directors (1984-1986) and the advisory board (1980-1984); grants; and special events and
readings. Less well represented are materials for her publications Telephone Books and Telephone magazine. Also included
are materials for workshops and classes taught by Owen, biographical materials and recordings of Owen's readings. The papers
are arranged in seven series: 1) CORRESPONDENCE, 2) EDITORIAL PROJECTS, 3) TEACHING MATERIALS, 4) WRITINGS, 5) MISCELLANEOUS
MATERIALS, 6) NOTEBOOKS AND JOURNALS, and 7) RECORDINGS.
Maureen Owen was born in 1943 in Graceville, Minnesota. She has travelled to and lived in Japan where she was influenced by
Japanese haiku, renku, and Zen Buddhism. In 1969, Owen began publishing and editing Telephone Books and Telephone magazine,
a press and magazine that began in mimeograph format.