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Subseries 1.1
Collected poetry, 1996-2017
Boxes 1 - 4

Scope and Content Note

The subseries consists of published collected works by Richard Blanco from 1996-2017 and includes drafts of individual poems, collection manuscripts, proofs, research, publishing contracts, correspondence, brochures, editor comments, press releases, reviews, and interviews relating to the volumes City of a Hundred Fires (1998), Directions to the Beach of the Dead (2005), Looking for the Gulf Motel (2012), and Boundaries (2018). Drafts in this subseries contain Blanco's handwritten notes and edits may reflect a volume's working title. The subseries also includes contest entry materials for Blanco's City of a Hundred Fires, which won the Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize from the University of Pittsburgh Press in 1997, prior to its publication. Many of the pieces in these collections are reflections on Blanco's childhood and Cuban-American identity. Central themes in these works include immigration, national belonging, and navigations of gender, race, and sexuality.

Arrangement Note

Arranged in alphabetical order by collection title.

Box Folder Content
1 1 Boundaries, "Between [the Other Door]," drafts, undated
1 2 Boundaries, brochure, 2017
1 3 Boundaries, "Cloud Anthem," drafts, undated
1 4 Boundaries, "Complaint of the Rio Grande," drafts, undated
1 5 Boundaries, correspondence, 2017 May-June
1 6 Boundaries, course assignment on Blanco, 2017 July
1 7 Boundaries, "Declaration of Inter-Dependence," drafts, undated
1 8 Boundaries, "Dreaming a Wall," drafts, undated
1 9 Boundaries, "Election Year," drafts, undated
1 10 Boundaries, "Letter from Ming Li Zhang," drafts, undated
1 11 Boundaries, "Lynching on Herndon Street," drafts, undated
1 12 Boundaries, notes, undated
1 13 Boundaries, "November Eyes on Main Street," drafts, undated
1 14 Boundaries, "Staring at Aspens: A History Lesson," drafts, undated
1 15 Boundaries, "What We Didn't Know About Cuba," drafts, undated
1 16 Boundaries, work schedule, undated
1 17 City of a Hundred Fires, The Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize Competition, University of Pittsburgh Press, 1996-1998
1 18 City of a Hundred Fires, articles and reviews, 1998-2003
1 19 City of a Hundred Fires, bound draft, undated
1 20 City of a Hundred Fires, brochures, "Pitt Poetry Series," University of Pittsburgh Press, undated
1 21 City of a Hundred Fires, copyright assignment, 1997
1 22 City of a Hundred Fires, draft, 1998 January
1 23 City of a Hundred Fires, draft, unknown year February 18
2 1 City of a Hundred Fires, draft, undated [1]
2 2 City of a Hundred Fires, draft, undated [2]
2 3 City of a Hundred Fires, flier, unknown year October 9
2 4 City of a Hundred Fires, invitation, book release reception, 1998 October 23
2 5 City of a Hundred Fires, poetry contests, 1996-1997
2 6 City of a Hundred Fires, press releases, Pittsburgh Book News, University of Pittsburgh Press, undated
2 7 City of a Hundred Fires, publishing agreements, 1996-1998
2 8 City of a Hundred Fires, research, undated
2 9 Directions to the Beach of the Dead, author's copy, 2005
2 10 Directions to the Beach of the Dead, bound draft, undated
2 11 Directions to the Beach of the Dead, catalogue, The University of Arizona Press, 2005
2 12 Directions to the Beach of the Dead, course assignment on Blanco, 2006
2 13 Directions to the Beach of the Dead, draft, 2002 November
2 14 Directions to the Beach of the Dead, draft, 2004 [1 of 2]
2 15 Directions to the Beach of the Dead, draft, 2004 [2 of 2]
2 16 Directions to the Beach of the Dead, draft, version 1, undated [1 of 2]
2 17 Directions to the Beach of the Dead, draft, version 1, undated [2 of 2]
2 18 Directions to the Beach of the Dead, draft, version 6-7, undated
2 19 Directions to the Beach of the Dead, draft, version 8-9, undated
3 1 Directions to the Beach of the Dead, draft, version 9-10, undated
3 2 Directions to the Beach of the Dead, draft, version 10-11, undated
3 3 Directions to the Beach of the Dead, draft, version 13-14, undated
3 4 Directions to the Beach of the Dead, draft, version 14-15, undated
3 5 Directions to the Beach of the Dead, draft, version 15, undated
3 6 Directions to the Beach of the Dead, draft, undated
3 7 Directions to the Beach of the Dead, flier, undated
3 8 Directions to the Beach of the Dead, poetry collection appraisal, The University of Arizona Press, 2004
3 9 Directions to the Beach of the Dead, technical edit, undated [1 of 2]
3 10 Directions to the Beach of the Dead, technical edit, undated [2 of 2]
3 11 Looking for the Gulf Motel, bookmark, book release party, 2012 February 25
3 12 Looking for the Motel, contract and permissions, University of Pittsburgh Press, 2011
3 13 Looking for the Gulf Motel, draft, 2011 November 2
3 14 Looking for the Gulf Motel, draft, version 1, undated
3 15 Looking for the Gulf Motel, draft, version 2, undated
3 16 Looking for the Gulf Motel, draft, version 3, undated
3 17 Looking for the Gulf Motel, draft, version 3, edited by Peter Covino, undated
4 1 Looking for the Gulf Motel, draft, undated [1]
4 2 Looking for the Gulf Motel, draft, undated [2]
4 3 Looking for the Gulf Motel, editor comments, 2010 September
4 4 Looking for the Gulf Motel, poem drafts, undated [1 of 2]
4 5 Looking for the Gulf Motel, poem drafts, undated [2 of 2]
4 6 Looking for the Gulf Motel, "Maybe," flier, Poetry at Round Top, 2015
4 7 Looking for the Gulf Motel, "Mi Rosa y Sal," drafts, undated
4 8 Looking for the Gulf Motel, Poetry Book Award, Maine Literary Awards, 2013
4 9 Looking for the Gulf Motel, postcards, undated
4 10 Looking for the Gulf Motel, reviews and interview, 2012-2013
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