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The San Francisco Bay Poetry Collection


Running from April through August 2014, the Bay Poets Collection Exhibit focuses on one of the University Libraries’ many Special Collections, giving students, faculty, and staff a glimpse into the fascinating publications, broadsides and manuscripts that make up this unique resource.

The San Francisco Bay Poetry Collection contains books, journals, broadsides, recordings, and ephemeral materials that reflect the writing and publishing of poetry in the Bay Area from the late 1920s to the present.

The collection contains extensive holdings of key figures who influenced the San Francisco Renaissance, Beat, and counterculture movements during the 1950s, ’60s, and ’70s. Among those represented are Kay Boyle, DIane Di Prima, Gregory Corso, Gary Snyder, Allen Ginsberg, Madeline Gleason, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Jack Kerouac, Michael McClure, and many more.

There is a particularly outstanding collection of materials by William Everson (aka Brother Antonius), most of which have been signed by the poet. Also strongly represented are publications by poets Robert Creeley and Robert Duncan.

There is also a representative collection of other writers native to the area, as well as those whose work contributed to the overall Zeitgeist in which the Bay poets flourished. Represented, too, are many local presses which specialize in the publication of poetry, as well as several hundred poetry journals, and many anthologies.

The total number of items in the Bay Poets Collection exceeds 7,000, includes over 300 broadsides (many signed), and over 500 poetry periodicals.

Posted on 03.23.14

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