C. D. Wright Papers

MC 2303

Special Collections
University of Arkansas Libraries

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Machine-readable finding aid encoded in EAD by Katrina Windon, 2018.

Finding aid is written in English.

Table of Contents

Descriptive Summary

Creator
Wright, C. D., 1949-2016
Title
C. D. Wright Papers
Inclusive Dates
1982-2016
Identification
MC 2303
Extent
7 linear feet (4 boxes)
Language
Materials are in English.
Repository
Special Collections Department, University of Arkansas Libraries

Access Information

Please call (479) 575-8444 or email specoll@uark.edu at least two weeks in advance of your arrival to ensure availability of the materials.

Use Information

No Use Restrictions Apply.

No Interlibrary Loan.

Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17).

Acquisition Information

The C. D. Wright Papers were purchased by the Special Collections Department from Derringer Books (Woodbridge, CT) on April 12, 2018, as part of a larger collection of C. D. Wright's personal library materials. These papers were processed as a manuscript collection, while the other publications acquired as part of this purchase have been cataloged as part of the C. D. Wright Collection.

Processing Information

Processed by Katrina Windon; completed in September 2018.

Preferred Form of Citation

C. D. Wright Papers (MC 2303), Special Collections, University of Arkansas Libraries, Fayetteville.

See Special Collections Citation Guide for more detailed information on how to cite specific documents from the collection.

Biographical Note

C. D. Wright was an award-winning contemporary American poet and academic.

Carolyn Doris Wright was born January 6, 1949, in Mountain Home, Arkansas, to Judge Ernie E. Wright and Alyce (Aline) E. Collins Wright. Wright graduated from Harrison High School in 1967. She earned a bachelor’s degree in French from Memphis State University in 1971 and a master of fine arts in creative writing from the University of Arkansas in 1976. After graduating, she lived in both New York and San Francisco, where she taught poetry at San Francisco State University from 1979-1981 before moving to Rhode Island and joining the faculty of Brown University, where she taught from 1983 until her death. In 1983, she married Forrest Gander; the couple had one son, Brecht Wright Gander.

Her first collection of poetry, Room Rented by a Single Woman, was published by Frank Stanford’s Lost Roads Publishers in 1977. After Stanford’s death, Wright and her husband took on responsibility for the press, which they served as co-editors for until 2005. Wright’s other published books of poetry include Translation of the Gospel Back into Tongues (1982), Tremble (1996), Deepstep Come Shining (1998), Rising, Falling, Hovering (2008), One with Others (2010; National Book Critic’s Circle Award winner), and ShallCross (2016). She collaborated with Arkansas photographer Deborah Luster on One Big Self: Prisoners of Louisiana (2003) and The Lost Road Project (1994).

In 1987, Harrison, Arkansas, declared “Carolyn Wright Day,” and she was named Boone County Poet Laureate; that same year, she was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship. Wright served as Poet Laureate of Rhode Island from 1994-1999. She won the Witter Brynner Prize for poetry, a Lannan Literary Award, a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship (2004) and a Robert Creeley Award (2005). The Academy of American Poets welcomed her as a chancellor in 2013.

Wright passed away January 12, 2016, in Barrington, Rhode Island.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of poetry broadsides, posters, publications, and other representations of poet C. D. Wright's literary career, as well as some personal materials, such as a birth announcement for her son.

Arrangement of the Papers

Materials are arranged by format.

Subject Terms

The following persons, organizations, or topics are among those represented within the collection materials:

Broadsides

American poetry

Gander, Forrest, 1956-

    Separated Materials

    The C.D. Wright Papers were purchased along with C.D. Wright’s library of her own works, which have been cataloged as part of the Arkansas Collection.

    Related Materials

    Records relating to the C. D. Wright Papers include:

    The Lost Roads Project, MC 1391, 1994-1996

    C. D. Wright Papers, YCAL MSS 820, 1923-2012, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library

    Lost Roads Publishers Records, YCAL MSS 726, circa 1980-2006, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library

    Detailed Description of the Collection

    The following contains a detailed list of the materials in the collection

    Box 1

    Box 1 Folder 2

    Broadsides, 1984-2014, undated

    Box 1 Folder 2 Item 1

    "A Renga by the Chancellors of the Academy of American Poets", 2014 Signed by Toi Derricotte, Mark Doty, Marilyn Hacker, Juan Felipe Herrera, Edward Hirsch, Jane Hirshfield, Khaled Mattawa, Marilyn Nelson, Naomi Shihab Nye, Claudia Rankine, Alberto Rios, Arthur Sze, Anne Waldman, and C. D. Wright.

    Box 1 Folder 2 Item 2

    "Lake Echo, Dear" by C. D. Wright, 2009 Unnumbered print in edition of 500 designed and printed by Clifton Meador and April Sheridan for the Poetry Foundation's 2009 celebration of Poetry Day

    Box 1 Folder 2 Item 3

    "The Way We Feel [Once]" by C. D. Wright, undated

    Box 1 Folder 2 Item 4

    "The Way We Feel (Once)" by C. D. Wright, 2014 Designed by Michael Rogers and printed by Tim Vermeulen for Arcadian Press. Artist's Proof #2. Signed by Rogers, Vermeulen, and C. D. Wright.

    Box 1 Folder 2 Item 5

    "in the blue or blue grey energy of orgone penetrating the darkness" by C. D. Wright, 2002 Printed by Philip Gallo for Speakeasy, and published by the Loft Literary Center as the first broadside in a series sponsored by the Minnesota Center for Book Arts. #12 of edition of 100.

    Box 1 Folder 2 Item 6

    "Like Something in Her Handwriting" by C. D. Wright, 2009 Designed by Robert Pinkel and printed by Patrick Masterson as part of the UAB Writers' Series. #63 of edition of 120. Signed by C. D. Wright.

    Box 1 Folder 2 Item 7

    "Dear Prisoner" by C. D. Wright, 2000 Printed by New Michigan Press. #38 of edition of 101. Unsigned.

    Box 1 Folder 2 Item 8

    "Re: Happiness, In Pursuit Thereof" by C. D. Wright, 2006 Printed by Tall Tree Press. Unnumbered print in edition of 50. Unsigned.

    Box 1 Folder 2 Item 9

    "Falling Beasts" by C. D. Wright, 1984 Printed by Binney & Ronaldson Press. Unnumbered print in edition of 40. Signed by C. D. Wright.

    Box 1 Folder 2 Item 10

    "Ponds, in Love" by C. D. Wright, undated Designed and printed by Lisa Rappoport at Littoral Press. #22 of edition of 70. Signed by C. D. Wright.

    Box 1 Folder 3

    Broadsides- "Ringling Suite", 2012

    Described in colophon as "Suite of 4 relief prints and poems" that "are a collaboration between artist Ke Francis, and poets C. D. Wright and Forrest Gander published by the Ringling College of Art and Design Letterpress and Book Art Center." Only two of the four prints are included in this collection.

    Box 1 Folder 3 Item 1

    Colophon, 2012 Signed by Ke Francis, C. D. Wright, and Forrest Gander. Number 17 of 75.

    Box 1 Folder 3 Item 2

    "Like Something in His Handwriting" by C. D. Wright, 2012 Signed by Ke Francis. Number 16 of 75

    Box 1 Folder 3 Item 3

    "Unconditional Love Song" by C. D. Wright, 2012 Signed by Ke Francis and C. D. Wright. Number 15 of 75

    Box 1 Folder 4

    Broadsides, 1990-2011, undated

    Box 1 Folder 4 Item 1

    "Going Back Home" by Son Seals, transcribed by C. D. Wright from Midnight Sun, 1976, undated Printed by Walter Feldman for The Lost Roads Project. Unnumbered print, signed by Son Seals.

    Box 1 Folder 4 Item 2

    Promotional broadside for Breathtaken by C. D. Wright and Walter Feldman, Brown Ziggurat Press, 2011

    Box 1 Folder 4 Item 3

    "So Far Off and Yet Here" by C. D. Wright, 1991 Designed, typeset, and published by Brian Schurn of Uroboros Broadsides, Providence. #25 of edition of 52; signed by C. D. Wright.

    Box 1 Folder 4 Item 4

    Promotional broadside for poetry reading of Frank Stanford's The Battlefield Where the Moon Says I Love You, Brown University, featuring C. D. Wright and Forrest Gander among participants, 1990

    Box 2 Folder 1

    Poetry reading program and enclosed broadsides, 1996

    Box 2 Folder 1 Item 1

    Program- Dia Center for the Arts Readings in Contemporary Poetry featuring Marilyn Hacker and C. D. Wright, 1996

    Box 2 Folder 1 Item 2

    Broadside- "Oneness" by C. D. Wright (enclosed with program), 1996

    Box 2 Folder 1 Item 3

    Broadside- "Invocation" by Marilyn Hacker (enclosed with program), 1996

    Box 2 Folder 2

    Poetry broadsides and related correspondence, 2010, 2016

    Box 2 Folder 2 Item 1

    Correspondence from Richie Hoffman to C. D. Wright, 2010

    Box 2 Folder 2 Item 2

    Broadside- Festival of Southern Poets at Emory University (enclosed with Hoffman correspondence), 2010 Signed by Sean Hill, Jake Adam York, Claudia Emerson, Natasha Trethewey, Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon, Kevin Young, Forrest Gander, Beth Bachmann, Thomas Lux, and C. D. Wright. Includes an excerpt from Wright's "Personals." #46 of edition of 150. Printed by Bow & Arrow Press, Harvard University.

    Box 2 Folder 2 Item 3

    Correspondence from Larry Rafferty to Alan, 2016

    Box 2 Folder 2 Item 4

    Broadside- "The Not Knowing Whether What You've Set Down Is Any Good" by C. D. Wright (enclosed with Rafferty correspondence), 2016 Printed by Lisa Rappoport of hit & run press and distributed at June 2016 Squaw Valley Community of Writers reading in memory of C. D. Wright

    Box 2 Folder 3

    Publications

    Box 2 Folder 3 Item 1

    Signature Series 7, Hartwick College, 2001

    Includes autographed printing of C. D. Wright's "Only the Crossing Counts." Other poets with signed works in the volume include: Baron Wormser, Carol Frost, David St. John, Dave Smith, Michael Waters, Shara McCallum, Maurya Simon, Richard Frost, and Forrest Gander.

    Box 2 Folder 3 Item 2

    Faculty Bulletin Vol. 7, No. 2, Brown University, April 1995

    Includes "A Note on the Lost Roads Project: A Walk-In Book of Arkansas" article by C. D. Wright

    Box 2 Folder 4

    Publications- Translations of the Gospel Back into Tongues: Poems by C. D. Wright (Albany: State University of New York Press, 1982), 1982-1987

    Handwritten note on title page: "Carolyn with love / For Mamo / Providence 1984." Includes two interleaved press clippings regarding C. D. Wright. Additional enclosed materials from the front of the book have been separated to Folder 5.

    Box 2 Folder 5

    Publications- Translations of the Gospel Back into Tongues: Poems by C. D. Wright- Note and press clippings from inner cover, 1986-1987

    Note to Elsie Pearl Collins (Wright's grandmother) from Regina Deatherage; press clippings regarding C. D. Wright

    Box 2 Folder 6

    Award and participation certificates, 2010-2011

    Box 2 Folder 6 Item 1

    National Book Critics Circle Poetry Finalist certificate, 2010

    Box 2 Folder 6 Item 2

    VII Festival Internacional de Poesia de Granada en homenaje a la Poeta Claribel Alegria participation certificate, 2011

    Box 2 Folder 6 Item 3

    VII Festival Internacional de Poesia en Leon en homenaje a la Poeta Claribel Alegria participation certificate, 2011

    Box 2 Folder 7

    Birth announcement, 1986

    Birth announcement for C. D. Wright and Forrest Gander's son, Brecht Wright Gander, with handwritten note from Wright to her grandmother

    Box 2 Folder 8

    Vic Chesnutt memorial program, 2009

    Includes C. D. Wright poem "Only the Crossing Counts" on back page

    Box 1 Folder 1

    Items mounted on foam board, undated

    Box 1 Folder 1 Item 1

    "Storm and Stress" by C. D. Wright, undated

    Box 1 Folder 1 Item 2

    "The Shearline of Obscurity" by C. D. Wright, undated

    Box 1 Folder 1 Item 3

    Oversize copy of Brick: A Journal of Reviews cover, featuring "C. D. Wright on the Practice of Poetry", undated

    Box 3 Item 1

    Poster- List of names of contemporary poets, including Forrest Gander, undated

    Box 3 Item 2

    Poster- "The Reader's Map of Arkansas," produced with Lost Roads Project, 1994

    Box 3 Item 3

    Poster- Moses Brown School lecture by C. D. Wright and Forrest Gander, 2009 Poster signed by designer Zoe Haffner

    Box 4 Item 1

    Poster- "Reader's Map of Rhode Island," created by C. D. Wright, 1999

    Box 4 Item 2

    Poster- Spillforth Exhibition at Cohen Gallery at Granoff Center (Brown University), featuring C. D. Wright , 2012

    END OF COLLECTION

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