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Joris, Pierre mss., ca. 1960-2010, consist of the papers of the noted poet, translator and essayist, Pierre Joris, 1946- . Born in Strasbourg, France on July 14, 1946, Joris was raised in Ettelbruck, Luxembourg. He left Luxembourg at nineteen, and has lived all over the world. He has worked as a visiting scholar at the University of California, San Diego and in the department of English at the University of Albany. He now lives in Brooklyn. Joris is a prolific writer and has published over twenty books and chapbooks of his poetry. He has also published numerous translations, essays, and anthologies. He has twice been the recipient of PEN awards for translation and in 2003 was the Berlin Prize Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin. The author of over forty books, Joris is also considered to be one of the foremost translators of avant-garde poetry into both French and English, most notably the works of Paul Celan.

The collection is organized into the following series: I. Correspondence; II. Creative Works; III. Personal; IV. Clippings; V. Audio Visual Materials; VI: Promotional Materials; VII: Creative Works by Others.

Correspondents include: Franco Beltrametti; Charles Bernstein; Robin Blaser; Charles Bukowski; William S. Burroughs; Eric Celan; Gisele Celan-Lestrange; Cid Corman; Robert Creeley; Ed Dorn; Clayton Eshleman; Alec Finlay; Allen Fisher; Lee Harwood; Anselm Hollo; Ken Irby; Robert Kelly; Steve Lacy; Gerrit Lansing; Douglas Messerli; Thomas Meyer; Eric Mottram; Alice Notley; Douglas Oliver; Charles Plymell; Tom Raworth; Jerome Rothenberg; Ed Sanders; Leslie Scalapino; Carolee Schneemann; Armand Schwerner; Bill Sherman; Jack Spicer; Nathaniel Tarn; Rosmarie Waldrop; Elliot Weinberger; Jonathan Williams.

The Correspondence series includes correspondence with publishers, fellow authors and translators, family, and friends. Correspondence is arranged alphabetically by individual last name, followed by general correspondence listed from A-Z. Creative Works is divided into Collaborations with Rothenberg, Anthologies, Celan Translations, Other Translations, Poetry, Writing, Editing, Composition Books, Sixpack (a magazine of poetry), and Miscellaneous. The series consists of poetry and prose by Joris as well as his translations and work on anthologies and publications. Of particular interest are Joris's translations of the work of Paul Celan and Poems for the Millennium, co-edited with Jerome Rothenberg.

Other writers translated by Joris include: Clayton Eshleman (Coils); Ken Kesey (Sometimes a Great Notion); Jack Kerouac (Mexico City Blues); Sam Shepard (Motel Chronicles and Lune Faucon); Maurice Blanchot (The Unavowable Community); Edmond Jabès (From the Desert to the Book); Rainer Maria Rilke (Testament); Kurt Schwitters (pppppp. poems performance pieces proses plays poetics); Pablo Picasso (The Burial of Count Orgaz & Other Poems). Also in the collection are Joris's shorter translated works by: J.G. Ballard; Ted Berrigan; Charles Bukowski; Jacques Derrida; F. Scott Fitzgerald; Robert Kelly; Jerome Rothenberg; Charles Olson; Robert Creeley; Julian Beck; Carl Solomon; and others.

The Personal series consists of a small amount of largely biographical materials. Clippings contain newspaper clippings of interest to Joris. Audio-Visual Materials contain two CD-ROMS, one floppy disk, and one photograph. The Promotional Materials series contains flyers and a newspaper clipping advertising various readings, performances, and exhibits. The Publication Materials include both published and personal criticism of Joris' and solicitations of poetry submissions, translations, and other works. The Creative Works by Others series is made up of poems and prose by other poets and authors.

An inventory is available.

Acquired: 2008, 2010

Collection size: 30,000 items

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