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Guide to the Karen J. Maj collection of Will Inman papers, 1989-2003

Summary

Collection comprises correspondence and poetry shared between Will Inman and Karen J. Maj, a student and collaborator of Inman while they were both living in Tucson, Arizona. The collection includes signed chapbooks by Inman, three issues of the poetry journal Laughing Dog Press, and information about the literary community in Tucson.

Collection Details

Collection Number
RL.11435
Title
Karen J. Maj collection of Will Inman papers
Date
1989-2003
Creator
Maj, Karen J.
Extent
0.5 Linear Feet
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Language
Materials in English

Collection Overview

Collection comprises correspondence and poetry shared between Will Inman and Karen J. Maj, a student and collaborator of Inman while they were both living in Tucson, Arizona. The collection includes signed chapbooks by Inman, three issues of the poetry journal Laughing Dog Press, and information about the literary community in Tucson.

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[Identification of item], Karen J. Maj collection of Will Inman papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Contents of the Collection

Correspondence plus poems, 1998-2003
Box 1
Photograph of Will, 2000
Box 1
Poem to Karen and Lyn/ Karen to Will, 2001-2002
Box 1
Program booklet, poetry readings by members of the poetry workshop Tuscon UU, 2001
Box 1
Earth's Daughters, 2001
Box 1
Poets Against the War/ Poem: "A War-Start to Lose", 2003 March 3
Box 1
The Laughing Dog, literary journal, 2000-2001
(3 folders)
Box 1
Arizona Daily Star, Article from Karen regarding Tucson literary scene, 1999
Box 1
Chapbook signed, "Surfing the Dark Sound, Sacred Chaff, Center Waking", 1998
Box 1
Chapbook signed, "End of the Ceaseless Road", 1999 September 3
Box 1
Chapbook signed, "An Other Eye, Other Ear", 2000
Box 1
Chapbook signed, "A Resonance of Begetting", 2001
Box 1
Chapbook signed, "Seth, a Way Through", 2001
Box 1
Arizona poems, 1986-2001
(10 folders)
Box 1
Small Press review of "End of the Ceaseless Road", 2000
Box 1
Poems noted as accepted for publication: Minotaur, House Organ, Earth's Daughters, The Lucid Stone, 1989-2003
Box 1
 

Historical Note

Will Inman was a poet, essayist, editor, and publisher. He was born William Archibald McGirt, Jr. in Wilmington, North Carolina where his father, William A. McGirt, was in the insurance and real estate business and his mother, Delia E. McGirt (maiden name Inman), was a registered nurse. He attended Duke University, graduating with an A.B in 1943. After college, Inman worked as a union organizer for tobacco workers in North Carolina before moving to New York City in the late 1950s. He served as the Vice-president of Free University of New York in the mid 1960s. He has worked as an editor and publisher of various literary journals and has had his work published in numerous anthologies and literary journals as well as in individual volumes. His weekly column, Conchsound in the Hills, was published in the Franklin, PA News-Heraldin the 1960s. In addition to writing poetry, fiction, plays, and essays, Inman was also a prolific correspondent and diarist. He was active in numerous causes, including the War in Vietnam, the Civil Rights movement, gay rights, and various environmental issues. In 1956, he was questioned by the House Un-American Activities Committee as to his relationship with the Communist Party. His activism continued into the 1990s; he led writing workshops in an Arizona State Prison, as well as teaching writing to the homeless in transition. Inman died October 3, 2009.

Related Material

The Rubenstein Library also holds the Will Inman papers and the Will Inman Correspondence with Steven Finch collection.


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Provenance

The Karen J. Maj collection of Will Inman papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift from Karen J. Maj in 2017.

Processing Information

Processed by Laurin Penland, April 2017.

Accessions described in this collection guide: 2017-0057.