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|Size||6.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 6,800 items)|
|Abstract||Southern Poetry Review is a journal dedicated to the publication and promotion of poetry in and of the American South. The collection includes correspondence, financial materials, circulation and advertising files, and other business records, typed originals of poems, and related records of Southern Poetry Review (and its forerunner Impetus) for the years 1962-1978, during which the journal was edited by Guy Owen, poet, novelist, and teacher at North Carolina State University. Letters from writers and editors discuss writing and publishing poetry; among correspondents are poets A. R. Ammons, Charles Edward Eaton, and Robert Morgan.|
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Southern Poetry Review is a journal dedicated to the publication and promotion of poetry in and of the American South. The first issue of Impetus, forerunner of Southern Poetry Review, was published by Guy Owen (1925- ) in Deland, Fla. Owen created the magazine out of frustration at the lack of a local outlet for the creative work of his students at Stetson University. Soon Impetus began publishing faculty work as well as that of students, and the work of poets with whom Owen was familiar. Owen moved to North Carolina State University in 1963, and continued to publish the journal there. In 1964, with its ninth issues, Impetus became Southern Poetry Review. Southern Poetry Review continued under Owen's editorship until 1978. As of 2009, the journal was still in publication, edited by Robert Parham of Augusta State University and hosted by Amstrong Atlatic State University, both in Georgia.
Among poets featured in Southern Poetry Review during Owen's tenure were A. R. Ammons, James Dickey, Fred Chappell, William Harmon, Wendell Berry, Van K. Brock, and Heather Ross Miller.Back to Top
The collection includesorrespondence, financial materials, circulation and advertising files, and other business records, typed originals of poems, and related records of Southern Poetry Review (and its forerunner Impetus) for the years 1962-1978, during which the journal was edited by Guy Owen, poet, novelist, and teacher at North Carolina State University. Letters from writers and editors discuss writing and publishing poetry; among correspondents are poets A. R. Ammons, Charles Edward Eaton, and Robert Morgan. Finanical material, circulation files, and communications about advertising and reprinting largely constitute the business records included in these papers. There is also a group of printed material, which includes items illustrating the printing stages of Southern Poetry Review and information about other literary magazines, manuscript versions of much of the material which appeared in Impetus and Southern Poetry Review, and an incomplete run of issues of Impetus and Southern Poetry Review.Back to Top
Arrangement: alphabetical by last name of letter writer.
Correspondence of Guy Owen with scholars, teachers, poets, and writers chiefly related to the publication of Southern Poetry Review. Some letters from personal and professional correspondence discuss their careers and the experience of writing poetry. Notable correspondents include Alice Moser Claudel, Julia Fields, Heather Ross Miller, Paul Ramsey, Leslie Phillabaum, David Howell Jones, Gordon Weaver, Norman McLeod, David Madden, Miller Williams, John Foster West, A. R. Ammons, Charles Edward Eaton, Doris Betts, Fred Chappell, William Harmon, Wendell Berry, and Jesse Stuart.
Folder 2 contains letters from A. R. Ammons.
Folder 6 contains lettes from Ron Bayles.
Folders 12-16 contain letters from Alice Moser Claudel.
Folders 20-21 contain letters from Victor Dalmas.
Folder 26 contains letters from Charles Edward Eaton.
Folder 29 contains letters from Warren French.
Folder 39 contains letters from Ralph W. Hyde.
Folder 42 contains letters from David Howell Jones.
Folder 50 contains letters from Norman McLeod; Folder 55 contains letters from Heather Ross Miller; Folder 57 contains letters from Robert Morgan.
Folder 59 contains letters from Paul B. Newman.
Folder 64 contains letters from Leslie E. Phillabaum.
Folder 66 contains letters from Paul Ramsey.
Folders 78-79 containing letters, from William E. Taylor, are located in Box 13.
Folder 84 contains letters from Gordon Weaver; Folder 89 contains letters from Miller Williams. Folders 85-86, containing letters from John Foster West, are located in Box 13.
Folder 91 contains letters from Jack Zucker.
Includes circulation files, business communications, records of day-to-day financial transactions, information about grants, and other items. The bulk of this material consists of files, established by the Southern Poetry Review office, which pertain to the distribution of Southern Poetry Review. For each letter of the alphabet there are two folders, one marked "Subscription," containing material pertaining to institutional subscribers, and one marked "Membership," containing material pertaining to individual subscribers. The latter category also includes letters from subscribers with personal discussions and comments about poetry and publishing.
Business correspondence is principally concerned with finances, printing, reprinting, and advertising; only a small number of copies of communications from the Southern Poetry Review office are included. Some office and inter-departmental memoranda discuss financial difficulties.
Other business material includes bills and receipts, records of deposits and withdrawals, information about grants pursued and received by Southern Poetry Review and copyright certifications.
Includes original typescripts of many of the poems published in Southern Poetry Review and of some of those published in Impetus. In some cases editorial emendations and comments have been added. A copy of the typescript version of Paul Ramsey's In an Ordinary Place is also included.
Includes printed material about the Southern Poetry Reivew, received as correspondence, a sample of material illustrating stages of printing Southern Poetry Review, and miscellaneous printed material. Printed material about Southern Poetry Review includes clippings and articles, an announcement, and an advertisement.
The printed material received as correspondence by the Southern Poetry Review office includes circulars, form letters, newsletters, and press releases, many about other magazines. Some, especially those from Committee of Small Magazine Editors and Publishers (COSMEP) are annotated. The miscellaneous material consists of articles and clippings making no direct reference to Southern Poetry Review.
|Extra Oversize Paper Folder X-OPF-4023/1||
Includes items illustrating printing stages of Southern Poetry Review.
Includes copies of about three-fourths of the issues of Impetus and Southern Poetry Review published before 1978. Also includes a copy each of Southern Poetry Today (1962); In An Ordinary Place, by Paul Ramsey (1965); and Southern Poetry Review: A Decade of Poems (1969).
Oversize papers (X-OPF-4023/1).Back to Top
Processed by: SHC Staff
Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007
Updated by: Kate Stratton and Jodi Berkowitz, November 2009
This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
This finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.Back to Top