Scope and Contents of Collection
Title: Rae Armantrout Papers
Identifier/Call Number: MSS 0699
Special Collections & Archives, UC San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, California, 92093-0175
15.3 Linear feet
(34 archives boxes and 2 oversize folders)
Date (inclusive): 1954-2015 (bulk 2001-2014)
Papers of American poet and teacher Rae Armantrout, including personal and professional correspondence, notebooks, and typescript
drafts of poems and manuscripts. The collection also contains notebooks and lecture notes from literature courses taught by
Armantrout from 2000 through 2008. Although the materials date from 1954 through 2015, the bulk of the collection dates from
2001 through 2014.
Armantrout, Rae, 1947-
Rae Armantrout Papers, MSS 0699. Special Collections & Archives, UC San Diego.
Acquired 2008, 2010, 2014.
Publication rights are held by the creator of the collection.
Scope and Contents of Collection
Papers of Rae Armantrout, American poet and teacher. The collection primarily documents Armantrout's writing and includes
typescripts of individual poems and published manuscripts, her working notebooks, and an extensive amount of correspondence
with other American poets. The collection also includes teaching materials and notebooks from literature courses Armantrout
taught at UC San Diego between 2000 and 2008. In addition, the papers contain promotional materials from poetry readings and
conferences, as well as a small amount of biographical material.
Accession Processed in 2009
Arranged in five series: 1) CORRESPONDENCE, 2) WRITINGS BY ARMANTROUT, 3) NOTEBOOKS, 4) TEACHING MATERIALS and 5) MISCELLANEOUS
Accessions Processed in 2015
Arranged in two series: 6) WRITINGS BY ARMANTROUT and 7) NOTEBOOKS.
Rae Armantrout was born on April 12, 1947, in Vallejo, California, and grew up in San Diego. Armantrout studied literature
at UC Berkeley, where she received her bachelor's degree in 1970. She later received her master's degree in creative writing
from San Francisco State University in 1975. Armantrout is one of the founding members of the West Coast "Language Poetry"
movement and worked with other Language poets including Bob Perelman, Ron Silliman, and Lyn Hejinian. Armantrout and her husband
Chuck Korkegian returned to San Diego in the early 1980s.
Armantrout's publications include
Made to Seem (1995),
Up to Speed (2004),
Next Life (2007), and
Versed (2009). Her poems have appeared in numerous anthologies including
American Hybrid: A Norton Anthology of Contemporary Poetry,
The Oxford Book of American Poetry, and
The Best American Poetry of 1988, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2007, and 2008.
Armantrout has been a finalist for the PEN USA Award in 2001 and 2004, a 2008 Guggenheim Fellow in Poetry, and the 2008 winner
of the Frederick Bock Poetry Prize. She is one of ten poets currently working on the project
The Grand Piano: An Experiment In Collective Autobiography, which is a collaboration by ten writers identified with the rise of Language Poetry in San Francisco. Writing on the volumes
began in 1998, with the first volume (of a proposed ten) being published in November 2006. For the past twenty years, Armantrout
has taught in the Department of Literature at the University of California, San Diego.
Media is restricted; researchers may request user copies be produced.
Subjects and Indexing Terms
Armantrout, Rae, 1947- -- Archives
Bernstein, Charles, 1950- -- Correspondence
Hejinian, Lyn -- Correspondence
Howe, Fanny -- Correspondence
Howe, Susan, 1937- -- Correspondence
Myles, Eileen -- Correspondence
Rothenberg, Jerome, 1931- -- Correspondence
Silliman, Ronald, 1946- -- Correspondence
American poetry -- 20th century
Women poets -- United States