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Finding-Aid for the Jennifer Atkinson Papers (WTU00007)

Finding aid prepared by:
Special Collections Staff

Summary Information
Title: Jennifer Atkinson Papers
Creator: Atkinson, Jennifer, 1955-
Extent: ca. 150 items
Call number: WTU00007
Language: English
Repository: Washington University in St. Louis
St. Louis, MO 63130


Access and Use:
Access Restrictions:

Open.

Use Restrictions:

Users of the collections must read and abide by the Rules for the use of manuscript collection materials.

Users of the collections who wish to use items from this collection, in whole or in part, in any form of publication (as defined in the form) must sign and submit to the Washington University Department of Special Collections a hard copy of the Notification of intent publish manuscript collection materials form.

All publication restricted to those who have permission of the copyright holder.

Copyright to large portions of the collection held by Jennifer Atkinson
4213 Lenox Drive
Fairfax, VA 22032

Processing Information:

Processed by Washington University Department Special Collections Staff ca. 1990. EAD encoded finding-aid complete December, 2001

Preferred Citation:

Preferred CitationJennifer Atkinson Papers, Washington University in St. Louis


Biography

Jennifer Atkinson (M.F.A., University of Iowa, 1984) is the author of two collections of poetry: The Dogwood Tree, and The Drowned City. She is the winner of the University of Alabama Poetry Prize for her first book and of the Samuel French Morse Prize for her second book, Atkinson has taught in the M.F.A. programs at Washington University in St. Louis and at George Mason University.


Collection Scope and Content Note

Scope and Contents Note

Collection consists of correspondence ca.1985-1995, drafts towards published works including The Dogwood Tree, Dares, andJepthaw's Vows. Also included are numerous drafts of indiviual works of poetry and prose.

Subject Terms

  • Pankey, Eric, 1959-
Contents List
      Title
box-folder   1/-  
I. Correspondence. [series]:
box-folder   1/-  
I.1. General Correspondence.   
Scope: Consists of personal correspondence to Atkinson from 1985-95.


 
Drury, John. (TLS 2p incl. poem 1p)
 
Sinclair, Mike (ALS 1p incl. 6 poems 13p)
 
Funk, Allison (TLS 1p)
 
Hamilton, Jeff (ALS 2p incl. poem 1p)
 
Funk, Allison (TLS 1p with ALS and poem 17p)
 
Wright, Jay (ALS 1p)
 
Leslee (ACS 1p)
 
Funk, Allison (ACS 2p)
 
Williams, Marilyn (ACS 1p)
 
Tuxbury, Ann (TLS 1p)
 
John (TLS 1p)
box-folder   1/-  
I. 2. Business Correspondence. 1985-1995   
Scope: Consists of correspondence with editors, publishers, etc. Includes royalty statements and receipts.


 
Academy of American Poets (TL 1p incl. notes in pencil by Atkinson.)
 
Hopkins, Jeannette (TLS 1p)
 
Kistner, Diane (TLS 1p)
 
Sontag, Kate (TLS 1p with ALS in red ink includes notes by Atkinson in pencil.)
 
Klaviter, Helen (TLS 1p)
 
Henderson, Bill (TL(x) 1p with not by Henderson in blue ink.)
 
Univ. of Alabama Press (TLS 1p royalty statement)
 
Univ. of Alabama Press (TLS 1p royalty statement)
 
Comfort, Connie (TLS 1p)
 
Haubrich, Ann (TLS 3p reading agreement)
 
Univ. of Alabama Press (TL 1p royalty statement)
 
Cameron, Louise (TLS 1p)
 
Cameron, Louise (TLS 1p)
 
Henderson, Bill (TLS 3p)
 
Hamilton, Jeff (ALS 1p)
 
Albergo Bolzano (ALS 1p facsimile)
 
Henderson, Bill (TLS 1p)
 
Poetry (TL 1p acceptance notice)
 
Parisi, Joseph (TLS 1p)
 
Swinger, Drew (TLS 1p includes note by Atkinson in pencil.)
 
Bradford, Gigi (TLS 1p encl. 1p)
 
Cameron, Louise (TLS 1p)
 
Ballard, Linda (TLS 1p)
 
Ballard, Linda (TLS 1p)
 
Bond, Christopher S. (TLS 1p)
 
Parisi, Joseph (TL 1p with note in pencil)
 
Deavel, Christine (TLS 1p includes AL)
 
Lojek, Helen (TLS 1p)
 
Ballard, Linda (TLS 1p)
 
Ballard, Linda (TLS 1p)
box-folder   1/-  
I. 3. Unidentified or Undated Correspondence.
 
Ball, Sally (ACS 2p)
 
Buege, Bill (TLS 1p incl. poem 1p)
 
Henderson, Bill (TLS 2p)
 
Latta, John (TLS 1p incl. AL same page.)
 
Iowa Review (TLS 1p incl. AL in blue ink.)
 
Lesser, Wendy (TC 1p)
 
Lewis, Lisa (TLS 1p incl. AL in black ink.)
 
Williams, Marilyn (ALS 1p)
 
Richard, Brad (ALS 1p fax with note in pencil)
box-folder   1/-  
II. Poems. [series]:
box-folder   1/-  
II. 1. a. Poems by Atkinson.   
Scope: Individually foldered and listed alphabetically by title.


 
After the Annunciation. (1 draft, Ts. 2p. rev. in blue & red ink.)
 
Afterward. (1 draft, Ts. 1p. editorial marks in blue marker.)
 
All But One. (1 draft, Ts. 1p. revision in red ink.)
 
Ancient of Days. (5 drafts, Ts. 5p. heavy rev. pencil & blue ink.)
 
The Annunciation. (1 draft, Ts. 2p. dated 7/6/94 rev. blue ink.)
 
August Elegy. (1 draft, Ts. 2p. dated 1/18/95 rev. in red ink.)
 
Backrub. (1 draft, Ts. 2p.)
 
Beaver Meadow Road. (1 draft, Ts. 2p. rev. in pencil & red ink.)
 
The Birds of the Air. (2 drafts, Ts. & Ms. 2p. rev. in black ink.)
 
Bitter Love Song. (1 draft, Ts. 1p.)
 
Christian Island. (1 draft, Ts. 2p.)
 
Dares. (1 draft, Ts. 2p.)
 
Daughters of Jerusalem. (1 draft, Ts. 1p. rev. blue & green ink.)
 
The Disfigurement of Shame. (1 draft, Ts. 1p.)
 
The End of Advent. (3 drafts, Ts. 5p. heavy revision in pencil. 1 draft dated 1/95, 2 drafts dated 3/95.)
 
Expecting Fear. (1 draft, Ts. 2p.)
 
Extradition. (3 drafts, Ts. 3p. pencil rev. 1 draft(x) from Poetry)
 
Failed Attempt. (1 draft, Ts. 1p.)
 
Flying Kites in Late Winter Twilight. (2 drafts, Ts. 2p.)
 
For a Boy, 15, Shot, Who left the VCR Programmed. (1 draft. Ts. 1p.)
 
Haddam Meadows. (2 drafts, Ts. 2p. pencil rev. dated 9/18/94.)
 
Happiness Is Easy. (1 draft, Ts. 1p.)
 
How Undignified a Man. (1 draft, Ts. 1p.)
 
Honeymoon. (1 draft, Ts. 3p.)
 
Hypnotist. (2 drafts, Ts. 2p. notes in pencil.)
 
Imposing Presence. (1 draft, Ts. 2p.)
 
In the Future After My Mother's Death. (1 draft, Ts.1p. pencil rev.)
 
In the Interim. (1 draft, Ts. 1p. revision in red ink.)
 
Inheritance. (1 draft, Ts. 1p. revision in black ink.)
 
Jacob's Dream. (1 draft, Ts. 1p. revision in pencil.)
 
On Wanting a Child. (1 draft, Ts. 1p. revision in pencil.)
 
Outside Ronda. (1 draft, Ts. 1p.)
 
Madonna and the Bee. (1 draft, Ts. 1p. revision in blue ink.)
 
My Woodstock. (1 draft, Ts. 1p. light revision in black ink.)
 
Resolution. (1 draft, Ts. 2p. heavy revision in pencil.)
 
The Rose. (3 drafts, Ts. & Ms. 3p. rev. in pencil and blue ink.)
 
Seven Words. (1 draft, Ts. 2p.)
 
Stillness. (1 draft, Ts. 1p. revision in black ink.)
 
Still Life With Angel. (1 draft, Ts. 1p.)
 
Teaching School in Kathmandu Valley: Dry Season. (1 draft, Ts. 2p.)
 
This Dawn A Spectral Whiteness. (1 draft, Ts. 1p.)
 
To Save the Blooming Peonies from the Storm, I Pick Them. (1 draft, Ts. 1p. revision and sketches in red ink.)
 
Untitled. (1 draft, Ts. 1p.)
 
A Wedding Gift of Parrot Tulips. (1 draft, Ts. 3p.)
 
What There Is. (1 draft, Ts. 1p. revision in blue & black ink previously titled: The Four Blue Panes of an Evening Window.)
 
The World Is A Thing I Could Pity. (1 draft, Ts. 1p. blue ink rev.)
 
World Without End. (1 draft, Ts. 2p. light revision in pencil.)
box-folder   1/-  
II. 1. b. Unidentified or Untitled.   
Scope: Consists of 21p. Ts. & Ms. revised in blue, black, red ink and pencil.


box-folder   1/-  
II. 1. c. Poems in Manuscript Form.   
Scope: Consists of handwritten drafts of unidentified or untitled poems. Blue, black, red ink & pencil.


box-folder   1/-  
II. 2. a. Poems by Others.   
Scope: Consists of Poems arranged alphabetically by author's name.


 
Buege, Bill.
 
A Roll of Film . [long poem] (1 draft, Ts. 33p)
 
The Demise of the Wheel . [poem] (1 draft, Ts. 3p.)
 
Forget #17 . [poem] (1 draft, Ts. 2p. with ALS on 1st page in blue ink.)
 
Funk, Allison.
 
Redbud . [long poem] (1 draft, Ts. 5p. includes ALS 1p in blue ink.)
 
Pankey, Eric.
 
Nocturne with Two Figures . [poem] (2 drafts. Ts. 2p.)
 
Approaching Accademia. (single draft. rev. in pencil.)
 
To Anna Catherine del Valle . [poem] (1 draft. Ts. 1p. notes in pencil and dated 10/94.)
 
Prayer . [table of contents] (1 draft. Ts. 1p. with ALS by Pankey in black ink & note by Atkinson in pencil.)
 
Schreiner, Steven.
 
Honeymoon . [poem] (1 draft, Ts. 3p. pencil rev.)
 
Sommer, Jason.
 
For X. Who Reads My Books in Solitude . [poem] (2 drafts, Ts. 2p. notes in black ink and pencil.)
 
Love Cars . [poem] (1 draft, Ts. 1p. revision in pencil.)
 
Tonight It Is the Shoes . [poem] (1 draft, Ts. 3p. revision in pencil. dated 1/95 in red ink.)
box-folder   1/-  
II. 2. b. Unidentified Poems.   
Scope: Folder consists of 1 poem, single draft, Ts. 1p.


box-folder   2/-  
III. Material towards Books and Manuscripts. [series]:
box-folder   2/-  
III. 1. Material towards: The Dogwood Tree . (Ts. draft, 60p. includes table of contents.)
box-folder   2/-  
III. 2. Material towards: Jephthaw's Vow . (2 Ts. drafts, 26p. 1 draft with heavy rev. & notes in black ink signed M incl. TLS 1p.)
box-folder   2/-  
III. 3. Material towards the Manuscript: Dares . (2 Ts. drafts, 69p. light editorial marks in pencil.)
box-folder   2/-  
IV. Prose. [series]:
box-folder   2/-  
IV. 1. Prose by Atkinson.   
Scope:


 
a. Explaining the ocean from the Kathmandu Valley (1 draft, Ts. 8p. light revision in black ink.)
 
b. The Grammar of Generosity (1 draft, Ts. 2p. light revision in blue ink.)
box-folder   2/-  
V. Notebooks and Folders [series]:
box-folder   2/-  
V. 1. Ringbound Iowa Hawkeyes Folder.   
Scope: Folder includes class notes and drafts of poems.


box-folder   2/-  
V. 2. Class Papers.   
Scope: Folder includes notes, photocopies, articles, syllabus, prose, and other class papers.


box-folder   2/-  
VI. Printed Matter. [series]:   
Scope: Consists of various journals or periodicals of poetry, some including work by Atkinson.


box-folder   2/-  
Hudson Review. Vol. XXXIX. No.2 Summer 1986.   
Scope:


 
Milosz and the Moral Authority of Poetry by Emily Grosholz.
box-folder   2/-  
Poetry. Vol. CLXV. No.1 April 1994
 
Extradition a poem by Atkinson p24.
box-folder   2/-  
Poetry. Vol. CLXV. No.6 March 1995
 
The Miraculous a poem by Atkinson p311. includes 2 copies.
box-folder   2/-  
Princeton University Library Chronicle. Vol. LV No.3 Spring 94.
 
Poetry & Science in America by Emily Grosholz.
box-folder   2/-  
Umbra. New Orleans Center for Creative Arts journal. 1995
box-folder   3/-  
VII. Miscellany. [series]:   
Scope:


 
1. Readings and Other Announcements.   
Scope:


 
2. Clippings. Consists of newspaper and magazine articles.   
Scope:


 
3. CV. Consists of Atkinson's CV circa 1985.   
Scope:


 
4. Travel materials.   
Scope: Consists of brochures, maps, tickets.


 
5. Diploma. Atkinson's MFA diploma from Univ. of Iowa 1984.
 
6. Campaign Button. Clinton-Gore 1992.