The Graziano mss., 1977-1993, consist of the correspondence, papers, and publication files, ca. 1978-1993, of poet, editor, and small press publisher Frank Graziano, 1955- . As an undergraduate at the University of Arizona in 1976, Frank Graziano founded a non-commercial poetry journal that later evolved into Grilled Flowers Press, publishing at first in Iowa City but moving a short time later to Tucson, Arizona. With the assistance of various grants and the state arts councils of Iowa and Arizona the Press was able to publish writers of international prominence as well as their American peers. In 1980 Graziano and his wife, Laura Hobson, decided to turn what had been essentially a hobby into an organized and serious not-for-profit publishing house. Thus Logbridge-Rhodes was formed at that time in Durango, Colorado; it moved to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, about 1988. One of the last titles published was Silvio in the Rose Garden by Julio Ramon Ribeyro in 1989.
The collection is organized into the following series: I. General correspondence; II. Author files; and, III. Miscellaneous. Included among the correspondents are Marjorie Agosín, Laureano Albán, Homero Aridjis, Willis Barnstone, Marvin Bell, Galway Kinnell, Hilton Kramer, Philip Levine, W.S. Merwin, Christopher Middleton, Herberto Padilla, Alastair Reid, Gonzalo Rojas, Ernesto Sábato, Reg Saner, Richard Shelton, Eliot Weinberger, and Raúl Zurita.
The author files, which include correspondence with a particular author, heir, or editor of a publication as well as the book production materials, are Octavio Armand, Michael Benedikt, Allen H. Chappel, Michael Cole, Jean Follain, Frank Graziano, Michael Hamburger, Charles Simic, Mark Strand, Georg Trakl, Charles Wright and James Wright.
The miscellaneous files include photographs and negatives not associated with a specific publication in the author files, printed publication announcements, etc., for both presses as well as for readings or other appearances of Graziano, and a folder relating to a symposium on Felisberto Hernandez.
An inventory is available.
Purchase and Gift. 2003
Collection size: 1,200 items