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|Size||1500 items (3.5 linear feet)|
|Abstract||Michael Rigsby Revere is a poet and native of North Carolina. The collection contains chiefly correspondence and writings of Revere. Correspondence in the original deposit is slight and mostly with his mother. The additions contain more correspondence with publishers and friends. His published and unpublished works are represented. Other materials include an audio tape interview with Revere for WUNC radio, newspaper articles about Revere, items related to other activities, and photographs.|
|Creator||Revere, Michael Rigsby, 1951- .|
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Michael Rigsby Revere, formerly Michael Darrell Rigsby, was born in 1951. Growing up in a military family, he lived in six states and Europe during the first twelve years of his life. He dropped out of high school and joined the army at seventeen to avoid being sent to jail. Six months later he was discharged for "unsuppressible nomadic tendencies." Between 1969 and 1976 Revere hitch-hiked across the U.S. 24 times.
As of 1982, Revere had been married three times. His alcoholism ended his first marriage. With his second wife, Theresa, he lived in Chapel Hill, N.C., and worked as a cook. During this time he was publishing a fair number of poems in local journals. His book, Hospital Poems, was written during a stay in the mental health ward of the University of North Carolina hospital, where he was being treated for trauma experienced after almost losing his life in a fire in 1975. It was in Chapel Hill in the mid-1970s that he developed a reputation as a "street poet."
While living in North Carolina, Revere conducted writing workshops at the North Carolina Prison for Women, the Federal Correctional Institute, the Carrboro Arts School, and the Wildflower Kitchen. The Winston-Salem, Raleigh, Durham, and Roxboro newspapers have all featured or reviewed his work.
Divorced from Theresa, Revere left North Carolina and travelled west, to Washington and Oregon. There he married for the third time to Judy Clouse. The couple moved to Montana in 1980. They had two children, Sadie (b. 1980) and Andrew (b. 1982). Revere developed an interest in Christianity that is reflected in his poetry. One of his published works represented in the collection is a republication of "Hospital Roommates" in the Christian publication, Alive Now.
In 1984, Revere and his family moved to Eugene, Ore., where they lived until 1992. In 1992, they moved to Columbia, S.C. After ten months there, they moved to Cullowhee, N.C. There Revere attended Southwestern Community College.Back to Top
The Michael Rigsby Revere collection is divided into four series. Series 1 contains correspondence. In the original deposit, most of the letters are from Revere's mother, Margaret Pope. The additions contain correspondence with many other people. Series 2 contains Revere's writings, published and unpublished. Series 3 contains reviews of Revere's work. Series 4 contains other papers, including an audio tape of an interview with Revere, newspaper articles about him, publicity for his poetry readings and musical performances, financial and legal papers, and items documenting other activities.Back to Top
Revere's correspondence included here is scattered. There are usually only a few letters from any one person with the exception of his mother, Margaret Pope. The letters chiefly document Revere's efforts to maintain his contact with North Carolina literary publications while he was out of the state.
Arrangement: by type.
Works written by Revere over a ten year period. In some cases entire journal issues that include Revere poems are present. Many poems are loose, however, and have been arranged alphabetically by title or first line. A few pages of Revere's autobiography and some of his reviews of other poets' work are in subseries 2.3.
Issues of art and poetry journals in which Revere's work was published and copies of the three books of Revere's poetry published on small presses: Hospital Poems, Milky Way Poems, and Shotgun Vision.
Unpublished collections and loose poems by Revere. Poems are arranged in groupings as received.
Two publications containing poems by Revere, drafts of three unpublished stories, a few letters about possible publication of Revere's writings, and a clipping. Letters pertaining to publication of a specific story are filed with the drafts of that story.
Arrangement: As additions to original series with the additions of Series 5.
Correspondence, 1979-2002, writings, photographs, and other papers of Michael Rigsby Revere.
Arrangement: by type.
Newspaper articles about Revere, flyers and publicity for musical performances and poetry readings by Revere, financial and legal papers, videotapes, and items related to other activities.
Photographs of Michael Revere, alone and with others, and photographs of relatives of Michael Revere.
Items separated include photographs (P-4166), videotapes (VT-4166), and a audiocassette tape (C-4166/1).Back to Top
This collection was rehoused under the sponsorship of a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Office of Preservation, Washington, D.C., 1990-1992.Back to Top