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Lyn Hejinian Papers
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Biography
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Access

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Lyn Hejinian Papers
    Identifier/Call Number: MSS 0074
    Contributing Institution: Special Collections & Archives, UC San Diego
    9500 Gilman Drive
    La Jolla, California, 92093-0175
    Languages: English
    Physical Description: 48.0 Linear feet (119 archives boxes, 2 card file boxes, and 1 oversize folder)
    Date (inclusive): 1966-2004
    Abstract: Papers of Lyn Hejinian, American poet, publisher and editor of Tuumba Press, co-editor of POETICS JOURNAL, and co-director of the literary project Atelos. She has been a member of the Poetics Faculty at the New College of California and is a professor in the English department at the University of California, Berkeley. Hejinian has spent most of her life in the San Francisco Bay Area and is associated with the Language School of contemporary poetry. Prominent correspondents in the collection include Charles Bernstein, Jack Collom, Arkadii Dragomoshchenko, Ted Greenwald, Susan Howe, Hank Lazer, Katy Lederer, Alice Notley, Bob Perelman, Tom Raworth, Kit Robinson, Leslie Scalapino, Ron Silliman and Michael Palmer, as well as many younger experimental writers and students. The papers contain manuscripts and annotated typescripts of Hejinian's published and unpublished poetry; drafts for MY LIFE (1987), THE HUNT (1991), OXOTA: A SHORT RUSSIAN NOVEL (1991), THE CELL (1992), THE COLD OF POETRY (1994), HAPPILY (2000), THE LANGUAGE OF INQUIRY (2000), BORDER COMEDY (2001), and THE BEGINNER (2002); notebooks; and critical writings. Other notable material includes translations of Russian poet Arkadii Dragomoshchenko's DESCRIPTION and XENIA; collaborations; editorial projects, especially for Atelos and Tuumba Press; lecture and teaching materials; and audiorecordings of Hejinian's poetry readings and talks.
    Creator: Hejinian, Lyn, Cell
    Creator: Hejinian, Lyn, Grreat adventure
    Creator: Hejinian, Lyn, My life
    Creator: Hejinian, Lyn, Writing is an aid to memory
    Creator: Hejinian, Lyn

    Scope and Content of Collection

    Papers of Lyn Hejinian, American poet, publisher and editor of Tuumba Press, co-editor of POETICS JOURNAL, and co-director of the literary project Atelos. She has been a member of the Poetics Faculty at the New College of California and is a professor in the English department at the University of California, Berkeley. Hejinian has spent most of her life in the San Francisco Bay Area and is associated with the Language School of contemporary poetry. Prominent correspondents in the collection include Charles Bernstein, Jack Collom, Arkadii Dragomoshchenko, Ted Greenwald, Susan Howe, Hank Lazer, Katy Lederer, Alice Notley, Bob Perelman, Tom Raworth, Kit Robinson, Leslie Scalapino, Ron Silliman and Michael Palmer, as well as many younger experimental writers and students. The papers contain manuscripts and annotated typescripts of Hejinian's published and unpublished poetry, translations, collaborations, editorial projects (especially for Atelos and Tuumba Press), lecture and teaching materials, and audiorecordings of Hejinian's poetry readings and talks.
    Accession Processed in 1989
    Includes correspondence dated 1973-1984 involving many important young writers. At Tuumba Press, Hejinian published a significant body of avant-garde writing, and the papers include a wealth of material on recent work in the alternative tradition. Among prominent correspondents in the collection are Charles Bernstein, Susan Howe, Ron Silliman and Michael Palmer. Occasional copies of Hejinian's own letters enrich the collection. The largest group of letters are those from and to Hejinian's mother, Mrs. Kenneth Andrews. The correspondence is arranged alphabetically by name of correspondent, and then chronologically. Many letters are undated or partially dated, so chronology could only be surmised in some cases. Of special interest is a letter from Hejinian to Stephen Rodefer, dated January 25 1983, in which Hejinian provides a detailed discussion of her intellectual background. The papers also include annotated typescripts and manuscripts of Hejinian's published work, arranged alphabetically by title. Materials within each folder remain in their original order.
    Arranged in two series: 1) CORRESPONDENCE and 2) WRITINGS.
    Accession Processed in 1998
    The accession processed in 1998 includes manuscripts and annotated typescripts of Hejinian's writings (both published and unpublished); manuscripts and annotated typescripts of Hejinian's translations of Russian poetry; manuscripts and annotated typescripts of collaborations between Hejinian and others; notebooks (1969-1993); audio and visual materials pertaining to Hejinian and other Language poets; Tuumba Press materials; miscellaneous photographs; and miscellaneous material documenting Hejinian's poetry readings and conference activities.
    Arranged in seven series: 1) CORRESPONDENCE, 2) WRITINGS, 3) COLLABORATIONS, 4) TRANSLATIONS, 5) TUUMBA PRESS, 6) MISCELLANEOUS MATERIAL, and 7) AUDIOVISUAL MATERIAL.
    Accession Processed in 2005
    The accession processed in 2005 contains manuscripts and annotated typescripts of Hejinian's published collected writings; manuscripts and annotated typescripts of collaborations between Hejinian and other poets and artists; manuscripts and annotated typescripts for Hejinian's editorial projects; notebooks and journals (1974-2002); and miscellaneous material documenting Hejinian's courses, poetry readings and publication activities.
    Arranged in seven series: 1) CORRESPONDENCE, 2) WRITINGS, 3) COLLABORATIONS, 4) EDITORIAL PROJECTS, 5) TEACHING MATERIALS, 6) MISCELLANEOUS MATERIAL, and 7) AUDIOVISUAL MATERIAL.

    Biography

    Lyn Hejinian was born in 1941 in San Francisco. After spending high school and college years in New England, Hejinian returned to California in 1968. In the late 1970s Hejinian began publishing Tuumba chapbooks, which was to become one of the most important series of chapbooks of contemporary poetry in the United States. Her own published work began with The GREAT ADVENTURE (197_?), following which appeared A THOUGHT IS THE BRIDE OF WHAT THINKING (Tuumba, 1976), WRITING IS AN AID TO MEMORY (The Figures, 1978), GESUALDO (Tuumba, 1978), A MASK OF MOTION (Burning Deck, 1980), MY LIFE (Burning Deck, 1980; and Sun and Moon, 1987), THE GUARD (Tuumba, 1984) and REDO (Salt-Works Press, 1984). From 1981 to 1999, Hejinian was the co-editor, with Barrett Wratten, of POETICS JOURNAL and is co-director, with Travis Ortiz, of the literary project Atelos. She has been a member of the Poetics Faculty at the New College of California and is a professor in the department of English at the University of California, Berkeley. Hejinian lives in Berkeley with her husband, composer-musician Larry Ochs.

    Publication Rights

    Publication rights are held by the creator of the collection.

    Preferred Citation

    Lyn Hejinian Papers, MSS 0074. Special Collections & Archives, UC San Diego.

    Acquisition Information

    Not available.

    Access

    Letters of recommendation located in Box 84, Folder 9 are restricted until 2050. Originals of audiovisual items are restricted. Duplicate copies have been made for use by researchers.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Benson, Steve, 1949- -- Correspondence
    Bernstein, Charles, 1950- -- Correspondence
    Bromige, David -- Correspondence
    Coolidge, Clark, 1939- -- Correspondence
    Eshleman, Clayton -- Correspondence
    Grenier, Robert -- Correspondence
    Hejinian, Carolyn -- Correspondence
    Hejinian, Lyn -- Archives
    Howe, Fanny -- Correspondence
    Howe, Susan, 1937- -- Correspondence
    Lacy, Steve -- Correspondence
    Mac Low, Jackson -- Correspondence
    McCaffery, Steve -- Correspondence
    Notley, Alice, 1945- -- Correspondence
    Palmer, Michael, 1943- -- Correspondence
    Perelman, Bob -- Correspondence
    Raworth, Tom -- Correspondence
    Retallack, Joan -- Correspondence
    Rodefer, Stephen -- Correspondence
    Silliman, Ronald, 1946- -- Correspondence
    Taggart, John, 1942- -- Correspondence
    Tuumba Press. -- Archives
    American poetry--20th century
    Publishers and publishing--United States--Archives
    Women poets--United States