Maureen Owen Papers
Maureen Owen is a poet, editor, and publisher, and has served as the coordinator/director of the St. Marks Poetry Project (1976-1980). Owen is the author of numerous collections of poetry, and is the founder of the literary magazine Telephone and the press Telephone Books. The collection consists of correspondence with colleagues, editorial work on publications, teaching materials, manuscripts and drafts, notebooks, and other various items related to her work and life.
- 1970 - 2016
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Biographical / Historical
Born in Graceville, Minnesota, poet and editor Maureen Owen was educated at Seattle University and San Francisco State University, where she earned a BA. In 1965, she moved to Japan, where she studied the practices of haiku and renku as well as Zen Buddhism. She moved to New York City in 1968, where she worked as program coordinator for the Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church. In 1969, she founded the literary magazine Telephone and the press Telephone Books, where she published many New York School poets, including Ted Berrigan.
Owen is the author of numerous collections of poetry, including Edges of Water (2013), Erosion’s Pull (2006), American Rush: Selected Poems (1998), American Book Award–winner AE (Amelia Earhart) (1984), and The No-Travels Journal (1975). For nearly 30 years, she collaborated with a group of poets, including Pat Nolan and Sandy Berrigan, on the haikai no renga collection Poetry For Sale (2015). Her work is also featured in the anthology Moving Borders: Three Decades of Innovative Writing by Women (1998).
A recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, and the Fund for Poetry, Owen has taught in the Naropa University low-residency MFA program and at Edinboro University and has served on the boards of the Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church and the Coordinating Council of Literary Magazines. Owen now lives in Denver, Colorado. A selection of her papers is also held at the University of California San Diego. (Source: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/maureen-owen)
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Scope and Contents
The Maureen Owen Papers document her career as a poet, editor, and teacher. Materials include correspondence with other writers, editorial work on publications, teaching materials, manuscripts and working papers, notebooks, and other various items related to her work and life.
The papers are arranged in six (6) series: 1) Correspondence, 2) Editorial Projects, 3) Teaching Materials, 4) Writings, 5) Miscellaneous Materials, and 6) Notebooks and Journals.
Publications containing Owen's work removed from collection and cataloged for Special Collections.
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