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Guide to the William Heyen Papers, 1979-2000

Collection number: MC 71

Size: 11 boxes (8.30 cu.ft.)

About William Heyen

William Helmuth Heyen was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1940 and was educated at SUNY Brockport and Ohio University. He taught American literature and creative writing at SUNY Brockport for over thirty years before his retirement in 2000. He also briefly served as Director of the Brockport Writers Forum, a series of readings by and video interviews with numerous American and international authors.

His books of poetry include: Depth of Field (1970); Noise in the Trees (1974); The Swastika Poems (1977); Long Island Light (1979); Erika: Poems of the Holocaust (1984); Pterodactyl Rose (1991); The Host: Selected Poems 1965-1990 (1994); Crazy Horse In Stillness (1995), winner of the 1997 Small Press Book Award for Poetry; Pig Notes and Dumb Music: Prose on Poetry (1998); Diana, Charles, and the Queen (1998); Shoah Train (2004), a finalist for the National Book Award for poetry; and Confessions of Doc Williams and Other Poems (2006).

He has edited three major collections of poetry: The Generation of 2000: Contemporary American Poets; American Poets in 1976; and September 11, 2001: American Poets Respond (2002).

He also authored: a novel, Vic Holyfield and the Class of ’57 (1986); a collection of short stories, The Hummingbird Corporation (2003); and a collection of 30 years of essays called Home: Autobiographies, etc (2004).

About the William Heyen Papers

William Heyen and William B. Ewert, a publisher of fine limited edition poetry books, broadsides, and cards in Concord, NH, were close friends for many years. Heyen would often send Ewert drafts of his poems, some of them typed, but many written out in hand. Over the years, Ewert published many of them and these published versions can be found in the William B. Ewert Papers. The manuscript versions of the poems can be found here in the William Heyen Papers, along with correspondence from Heyen to Ewert and material about Heyen’s career.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open.

Copyright Notice

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], William Heyen Papers, 1979-2000, MC 71, Milne Special Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, NH, USA.

Acquisitions Information

Gift, multiple acquisitions from William B. Ewert, 1980-1982 (Accession numbers: 806, 8033, 8197)

Purchase, Bert Babcock Fine Books, June 27, 1980 (Accession number: 7973)

Related Material

Published versions of some of Heyen’s poems can be found in the William B. Ewert Papers.

Collection Arrangement

This collection has been arranged into three series (correspondence, manuscripts, and ephemera and collections), with a fourth, separate series for oversized materials. Except for the oversized materials, all series have been further divided into subseries for clarity and convenience.

Collection Contents

Series I: Correspondance

(2 boxes)

Subseries A: Bill Heyen to William Ewert

Box 1
Box 1, Folder 1 1979

February: 16th, written on the back of a broadside of “Pickerel” by Heyen, numbered 52 of 125, Ordinary Broadside 1 by The Rook Press, signed by the author

March: 10; 31st

May: 19th

Box 1, Folder 2 1983

August: 18th, includes a UPS receipt; 22nd, written on a copy of a letter from Heyen to Evelyn (?) at Vanguard Publishing; 28th (postcard)

September: 6th; 17th; 28th, includes a draft of the poem “The Way”

October: 2nd; 6th (postcard)

November: 16th; 28th

December 5th; 26th

Box 1, Folder 3 1984: January – May

January: 4th (postcard); 7th; 17th

February: 6th, includes final 5 stanzas of “The Coffin”; 8th, written on a letter from Peter Dzwonkoski [University of Rochester Library], includes photocopy of article from Ohio University Today (Winter, 1984): 6-7, and typescript of a passage from Heyen’s proposed memoir; 13th, includes drafts of the poems “Again” and “Cherry”; 15th; 17th

March: 12th, includes a portion of the poem “Bread”; 19th; 27th (postcard, poor legibility due to water damage)

April: 30th, includes copy of text about Heyen from The Generation of 2000: Contemporary American Poets (1985), and a newspaper clipping

Box 1, Folder 4 1984: June- December

June: 1st (postcard); 14th

August: 4th, includes copy of “While We Are Still Alive”; 18th, includes handwritten draft of “Lily”; 30th

September: 9th, includes copy of letter from Bill Heyen to Evelyn [Vanguard Press]; 24th

October: 14th; 20th; 30th

November: 2nd, includes two sun damaged photographs of Bill Heyen and William Ewert

Box 1, Folder 5 1985

January: 22nd, includes a draft of “The Island” as well as drafts of “The Pond” and “The Island” (2 revisions)

February: 14th (postcard); 26th, includes drafts of “The Island”, “Place”, and “Bambino”

March: 18th (postcard); 29th

April: 28th

June: 10th

July 3rd; 21st, written on a privately printed moving notice from Sylvia Pafenyk using “This Island” by Heyen

August: 25th

September 19th

October: 7th; 28th (postcard)

December: 1st; 9th; 12th

Box 1, Folder 6 1986

January: 6th, includes a copy of letter from Daniel Halpern [Antaeus Press] to Bill Heyen (12/7/85) and a letter from Bill Heyen to Daniel Halpern (12/30/85), and an ink and typed mock-up of a card proposal of “The Bambino”; 8th

February: 14th; 15th (postcard); 21st

March: 15th (postcard)

April: 21st

June: 11th; 19th

July 13th; 30th, includes photographs, response to a book review, and a draft of acknowledgments for unspecified book

August: 3rd

September 11th

October: 5th (postcard); 18th (postcard)

November: 26th

Box 1, Folder 7 1987

January 27, includes photographs

February: 2nd; 13th, written on a photocopy of a review of “The Chestnut Rain,” dated February 15, 1987; 26th, includes a copy of a letter sent by Heyen to Frances Marx [director, Brockport Foundation, SUNY College]

March: 3rd; 25th

May: 16th, includes photocopy of newspaper clipping from the Rochester Times Union; 25th, includes typescript draft of “If You Know Me At All”; 26th, includes partial listing of bibliography of Heyen’s collection

August: (dated by W.B.Ewert); 2th0 (postcard)

September: 21st, written on a photocopy of a “Letter to the Editor” of the Rochester Times-Union [September 17, 1987] written by Heyen, includes a photocopy of review of The Way We Live Now, edited by Raymond J. Smith, published by Ontario Review Press, 1986, which includes “Any Sport” by Heyen, mentioned in the review

October: 14th (postcard)

November: 12th; 22nd

December: 1st; 31st, Christmas card created by Heyen (numbered 38 of 40) containing typescript of “The Global Economy”

Box 1, Folder 8 1988

January: 15th (postcard); 25th, includes typescript and proof of “The Colony” [postcard set published by Geryon Press]; 27th; 30th

February: 13th (postcard); 14th, including a photograph of Heyen and Li-Young Lee [poet]; 20th; 28th, including draft of “Ben”

April: 3rd, including potential customer list; 11th (postcard)

May: 17th

July: 6th; 13th

September: 11th; 26th, including copy of “An Open Letter to the Brockport College Community”

October: 5th, including additional note on envelope and program from a day honoring Elie Wiesel at which Heyen spoke

November: 17th

December: 31st

Box 1, Folder 9 1989

January: 31st

May: 12th

June: 3rd

November: 28th, includes drafts of “Fast Food,” “Harpoon,” “The Gift,” and “Crickets”;

December: 7th; 16th

Box 1, Folder 10 1990

January: 24th, includes typescripts of “My Sleigh Tonight”, “Somewhere in Ohio”

March: 12th, includes typescript of “My Sleigh Tonight”; March 31, includes typescript draft of “Beloved on the Earth”

April: 14th, includes typescript drafts of “Beloved on the Earth”

June: 10th; 15th (postcard)

August: 31st, written on photocopy of article by Heyen in Rochester Times-Union

October: 23rd (postcard); 30th (written on John Berryman Conference program)

November: 16th, written on a photocopy of “The Putter,” as published in an unidentified journal or anthology

December: 9th; 23rd, includes photograph and letter to “L. D. and Bill” [Timeless Press]

Box 1, Folder 11 1991

January: 14th

February: 5th, includes copies of letter from L. D. to Heyen and from Heyen to L.D.

April: 1st (written on a flyer for a Poetry Awards Night featuring Heyen); 3rd (postcard); 9th (written on a typescript draft of “Triton”); 23rd, includes typescript draft of “Prayer” (letter written on a photocopy of a New York Times article written by Heyen)

May: 7th (postcard)

June: 5th

July: 22nd

August: 14th, written on a copy of a letter to L. D.

Box 1, Folder 12 1992

March: 2nd, including draft of “November 11, 1918″

May: 7th [?]; 26th, including four typescript drafts of “Brockport Milkweed”

June: 13th (postcard)

August: 4th

September: 2nd

October: 18th, including flyer from a reading including Heyen

December: 7th

Box 1, Folder 13 1993

February: 10th, includes copy of a letter to Heyen from Michael Broomfield and a list of Broomfield’s Heyen collection

May: 8th, includes typescripts of “Objet d’Art”, “Snowblind”, and “Snowbirds”

June: 7th, addresses to Ewert and L. D. [Timeless Press]; 10th, includes draft of “Sympathetic Magic”

August: 26th, includes typescript draft of “Objet d’Art”

September: 29th, includes photocopy of article from The Nation which mentions Heyen

October: 8th

November: 8th, written on the back of a photocopy of some Crazy Horse poem manuscript pages; 21st, 24th (postcard)

Box 1, Folder 14 1994

March: 8th, including information about GRIST on-line publishing; 20th (postcard)

June: 6th (postcard); 15th, includes postcard proofs for “Meditation” and “Visitor”; 22th (fax), includes “The Key” and a draft of “Ghost’s Dance: A Prophecy”

August: 17th, includes typescript draft of “Welcome,” “Patent Office,” and “Restoration: Alfalfa Woodstock ’94″

September: Labor Day, includes typescript drafts of “Mother” and “Patriot 1890″

October: 18th (postcard); 31st, includes flyer for a reading by Heyen

December: 14th, includes draft of “Listeners”; 18th, includes inscribed copy of “Owl Winter” [as published by Ewert]

Box 1, Folder 15 1995

January: 30th, includes press release from SUNY Brockport and a promotional cd of a Heyen interview on National Public Radio

February: 2nd, includes a draft of “Tarot”; 13th (postcard)

March: 28th

April: 3rd (postcard), including draft of “Reverie”; 28th

June: 7th; 20th, includes typescript drafts of “Visitor,” “The Closing,” “Curly Watches A Storyteller, 1850,″ “Trepidation,” and “First Translation”

July: 24th, includes typescript drafts of “Faith” and “The Rapture”

September: 13th, includes typescript draft of “Desert Moths”

November: 26th

December: 7th

Box 1, Folder 16 1996

undated

January: 12th

February: 21st

May: 8th; 20th, written on a page with sample illustrations of wood blocks by John De Pol

June: 3rd, includes a mock-up of the title page of “Dumb Beautiful Ministers”; 17th, includes drafts of “Blackbird Spring” and “Windfall”

August: 2nd (postcard); 11th (postcard)

September: 14th

December: 6th

Box 1, Folder 17 1997

June: 26th, includes drafts of “The Snow Question” and “Time’s Body”

August: (unspecified)

October: 1st

November: 19th

Box 1, Folder 18 1998

January: 2nd (postcard); 13th

March: 31st

April: 27th

June: 17th, includes two drafts of “Snowballs” and a set of note cards pertaining to Heyen’s bibliography

September: 27th

November: 30th, includes drafts of “False Advertising: A Christmas Story” and a page of poetry draft notes (untitled)

December: 3rd, includes letter to Steve and Thom [BOA]

Box 2
Box 2, Folder 1 1999

January: 10th (postcard); 30th

February: 2nd; 8th; 10th; 13th; 16th, includes photocopies of pages of Heyen bibliography; 18th; 22nd; 27th

March: 29

April: 6th; 27th, includes draft of “The Hero”

May: 24th, includes draft of “Catlin’s Flamingoes”

July: 12th, includes letter from William Mer**** to Bill Ewert [June 30, 1999]

September: 21st, holiday letter, includes Ewert Publishing card “First Snow,” inscribed

Box 2, Folder 2 2000

March: 2nd; 7th

Box 2, Folder 3 Undated

Misc.

Subseries B: Third party correspondence

Box 2, Folder 4 From Richard Layman [project editor, First Printings of American Authors] to William Heyen, October 18, 1976Includes photocopies of two letters of recommendation for Heyen’s book The Swastika Poems

Copy of letter from William Heyen to Donald Swaim, November 5, 1985

Photocopy of letter from Donald Swaim to William Heyen, October 25, 1985

Copy of an internal Ballantine/Del Rey/Fawcett memo written by Robert Wyatt [Available Press], October 7, 1985

Box 2, Folder 5 Memorandum from Robert Marcus [Vice-President for Academic Affairs, SUNY Brockport] to John Van de Wetering [President, SUNY Brockport], January 20, 1986

From Peter [probably Dzwonkoski] [University of Rochester Library] to William Heyen, January 29, 1986

Letter from William Heyen to John E. Van de Wetering, February 14, 1986

Letter from William Heyen to Peter [?], February 19, 1986

Letter from Bill Roberson [?] to William Heyen, August 14, 1986

Letter from Peter Dzwonkoski to Raj Madan [librarian, SUNY Brockport], August 7, 1986

“Memorandum of Deposit of Materials Belonging to William Heyen,” July 1986

Box 2, Folder 6 Letter from Arnold Goodman [Goodman Associates, Literary Agents] to William Heyen, July 15, 1987

Copy of the motion picture rights agreement for Vic Holyfield and the Class of 1957 letter from Dong Jiping to William Heyen, April 20, 1989

Box 2, Folder 7 Letter from Kenneth Lohf [Librarian for Rare Books and Manuscripts, Columbia University] to William Heyen, December 19, 1991 (with a note to Bill Ewert from William Heyen, January 3, 1991 written on it)

Photocopy of exhibit labels for Heyen’s work from an exhibit at the Butler Library, Columbia University

Photocopy of “Book Lights” column by Peter Dzwonkoski from New York-Pennsylvania Collector, January 1991

Letter from Karl Shapiro to William Heyen on a copy of a letter sent by Shapiro to the Pulitzer Prize Office, Columbia University, September 1, 1991

Notated photocopies of “Wish”; “Pterodactyl,” “Fur,” and photocopy of manuscript of “Mobil and Sun”

Letter (on back of photocopy of “Mobil and Sun”) to Bill Ewert, September 30, 1991

Photocopy of letter from Cynthia [?] to William Heyen, November 19, 1991

Box 2, Folder 8 Photocopy of letter from Cynthia [?] to William Heyen, January 30, 1992

Photocopy of letter from William Heyen to L. D. [?], September 15, 1991, with handwritten note to Bill Ewert in the margins

Photocopy of letter from William Heyen to John Van de Wetering, September 15, 1989

Photocopy of letter from William Heyen to John Van de Wetering, June 22, 1991

Photocopy of letter from William Heyen to L. D. [?], June 7, 1992

Box 2, Folder 9 Copy of letter from Michael Tarachow to Bill Heyen, July 11, 1996 with handwritten note from William Heyen to Bill Ewert, July 28, 1996
Box 2, Folder 10 Letter from Don Lee [editor, Ploughshares] to Bill Heyen, September 13, 1999 with galley proofs of Heyen’s poem “Respects” and a copy of an e-mail from William Heyen to Don Lee, September 17, 1999, with a note from Heyen to Bill Ewert, September 17, 1999

Subseries C: Between Heyen and Ewert families

Box 2, Folder 11 Note from William Heyen to Mary Ewert, May 20, 1999

Invitation to the dedication of the William and Hannelore Heyen Collection, March 6, 2000

Letter from Hannelore Heyen to Mary Ewert, June 28, 1999

Postcard from Hannelore Heyen to Bill and Mary Ewert, July 8, 1999

Invitation to Hannelore Heyen’s 60th birthday party, May 20, 2000

From William Heyen to Helen Ferry [Bill Ewert's mother?]

Card, “Stereopticon” one of 100 published at Penmaen Press for Bill and Mary Ewert, inscribed to Helen by William Heyen, April 1983

Postcard from William Heyen to Helen, May 15, 1983

Card, “Jesus: Three Poems,” number 24 of 139 copies designed and letter-press printed by Allen Hoey, March 1983, inscribed to Helen by William Heyen, April 1983

Postcard from William Heyen, February 20, 1984

Card, “This Year,” one of 286 copies published by William Ewert, designed and illustrated by Gino Lee at Firefly Press, inscribed to Helen by William Heyen [December 1988]

Series II: Manuscripts

(6 Boxes)

Subseries A: Poetry

Box 3
Box 3, Folder 1 and Folder 2 List of poem titles and formats
Box 3, Folder 3 “Again”: copy of typescript draft with handwritten notes, dated February 12, 1984; typescript
Box 3, Folder 4 “Americans” typescript of collection with hand written note to W.B.E. dated July 17, 1988
Box 3, Folder 5 “Angel Voices, The” typescript with letter to W.B.E. undated
Box 3, Folder 6 “Annuli” four typescripts, each with notes to W.B.E. dated June 7, 1995; June 19, 1995; February 21, 1996; and June 26, 1996
Box 3, Folder 7 “Census, The” hand written drafts and typescripts with a letter to W.B.E. dated August 8, 1983
Box 3, Folder 8 “Chestnut Rain, The”: cover from Available Press edition; photocopy of corrected proofs
Box 3, Folder 9 “Chestnut Rain, The”: photocopy of typescript, numbered 11 of 12, inscribed to W.B.E. dated May 26, 1985
Box 3, Folder 10 “The Common Thing” two mock-ups of tri-fold Christmas card for 1997 with three poems: “Snow,” “Time,” and “The Question”
Box 3, Folder 11 “Crazy Horse” notebook
Box 3, Folder 12 “Crazy Horse and Custer: The River of Electricity” typescript inscribed to W.B.E. dated July 4, 1997
Box 3, Folder 13 “Crazy Horse in Stillness”: typescript with note to W.B.E. written on title page, dated February 12, 1995
Box 3, Folder 14 “Crazy Horse in Stillness”: partial typescript
Box 4
Box 4, Folder 1 “Crazy Horse in Stillness”: typescript of Table of Contents with handwritten note to W.B.E., dated August 12, 1995
Box 4, Folder 2 “Crazy Horse Mountain”: handwritten on decorated card stock, inscribed to the Ewerts, dated June, 1996; typescripts of poems, with note to W.B.E., dated February 20, 1996
Box 4, Folder 3 Photocopies of typescripts

“As Best He Could”: handwritten on scrap card stock, inscribed to W.B.E. dated February 4, 1994

“Objet D’Art”: handwritten on scrap card stock, inscribed to W.B.E., dated February 4, 1994

Box 4, Folder 4 Custer and/or Crazy Horse poems: typescripts and photocopies of typescripts
Box 4, Folder 5 “Custer Minus Custer”: typescript with letter to W.B.E. dated February 6 – 7, 1995

Holograph of “Dakota A.D.” on decorated card stock inscribed to W.B.E. dated March 17, 1995

Box 4, Folder 6 “Di in Love”: typescript with hand written note to W.B.E. dated February 15, 1997
Box 4, Folder 7 “Eight Poems for Saint Walt,” photocopy of a dummy copy by Stone House Press, with a hand written note to W.B.E. dated October 10, 1985
Box 4, Folder 8 “Erika”: blueprints of the Vanguard Press edition
Box 4, Folder 9 “Ewe, The”: handwritten drafts
Box 4, Folder 10 “Exact Location of the Soul, The”: Typescript with letter from Robert Wyatt [Ballantine] to Heyen dated October 5, 1987

Handwritten note on scrap to W.B.E. dated September 29, 1993

Box 4, Folder 11 “Exact Location of the Soul, The”: Photocopy of type script with a hand written note to W.B.E. dated February 1988 on the title page
Box 4, Folder 12 “Fires”: handwritten and typescript drafts
Box 4, Folder 13 “Fountain Pen”: handwritten drafts, final copy hand written on card stock and inscribed to W.B.E. dated August 1987
Box 4, Folder 14 “German Poems”: small notebook with a selection of poems hand written by Heyen for W.B.E. dated August 26, 1982
Box 5
Box 5, Folder 1 “Handbook of Heartbreak, The”: notebook
Box 5, Folder 2 “Handbook of Heartbreak, The”: notebook
Box 5, Folder 3 “Handbook of Heartbreak, The”: drafts
Box 5, Folder 4 “Handbook of Heartbreak, The”: drafts
Box 5, Folder 5 “Harpoon” drafts
Box 5, Folder 6 “Holocaust Songs”: handwritten drafts
Box 5, Folder 7 “The Leaves”: handwritten and typescript drafts
Box 5, Folder 8 “Lord Dragonfly”: typescript with printer’s notations
Box 5, Folder 9 “Mantle” drafts
Box 5, Folder 10 “This Night” drafts
Box 5, Folder 11 “Noise in the Trees”: bound photocopy of original typescript, inscribed by Heyen to W.B.E. dated July 3, 1976
Box 5, Folder 12 “Off the Expressway” drafts
Box 5, Folder 13 “Pickerel” drafts
Box 5, Folder 14 “Pigeons, The”: drafts; typescript; correspondence re. printing with The Perishable Press, including a proof
Box 5, Folder 15 “Pterodactyl Rose”: plastic spiral-bound typescript

Subseries B: Prose

Box 6
Box 6, Folder 1 “Ribbons: The Gulf War” (anthology): photocopy of typescript with a handwritten letter to W. B. E. dated March 10, 1992
Box 6, Folder 2 “The Rope” (anthology): typescript draft with handwritten note to W. B. E. dated February 2, 1997
Box 6, Folder 3 “The Swastika Poems” (collection): handwritten and typescript draft; handwritten letter to W. B. E. dated December 13, 1977
Box 6, Folder 4 “The Tower,” sample of broadside by Magpie Press, numbered letter A, with handwritten note to W.B.E. on the back, dated February 5, 1994
Box 6, Folder 5 “This Year,” typescript and handwritten drafts
Box 6, Folder 6 “Witness” handwritten draft; typescript with hand written notations dated June 15, 1976
Box 6, Folder 7 “XX Poems” (anthology): blank book bound by W. B. E. containing twenty poems, handwritten by Heyen on February 3, 1984, title page includes a watercolor by Heyen dated 1983
Box 6, Folder 8 Index of titles compiled and printed by Heyen; includes a handwritten note to W. B. E. dated July 4, 1994
Box 6, Folder 9 “The Babies”: typescript with handwritten note to W.B.E. dated October 7, 1996
Box 6, Folder 10 “The Boulder: A Journal”: two typescripts, one dated April 6, 1981, the other with a handwritten note to W.B.E. dated August 1997

Handwritten journal, entitled “The Boulder” – draft notes

Box 6, Folder 11 “Corky” typescript with handwritten note to W.B.E. undated
Box 6, Folder 12 “Distance” typescript with a handwritten note to W.B.E. undated includes a typescript draft of the poem “Cherry,” with a handwritten note to W.B.E. dated August 29, 1998
Box 6, Folder 13 “The Elvis Presley Room”: first half of photocopy of typescript with a handwritten note to W.B.E. dated May 1991 [this was the working title of Vic Holyfield and the Class of 1957 - see BOX 7 f.13 below]
Box 6, Folder 14 “The Elvis Presley Room” second half of photocopy of typescript
Box 7
Box 7, Folder 1 “Home” photocopy of Heyen section in Contemporary Authors Autobiography Series, volume 9, with handwritten note to W.B.E. dated June 10, 1993
Box 7, Folder 2 “Long Island Light” blueprint proof sets from Vanguard Press; letter from Vanguard Press to Heyen dated February 23, 1979
Box 7, Folder 3 “Memorial Day: The Voices” photocopy
Box 7, Folder 4 “Old Flame” typescript with handwritten note to W.B.E. dated October 7, 1996
Box 7, Folder 5 “Old Topaz” typescript
Box 7, Folder 6 “Open Letter to Oates” typescript with handwritten note to W.B.E. dated February 14, 1988
Box 7, Folder 7 “Our Song” typescript
Box 7, Folder 8 “Pig Notes and Dumb Music” typescript with handwritten note to W.B.E. on title page, undated
Box 7, Folder 9 “Roseville” two typescript drafts, one with a handwritten letter to W.B.E. dated March 13, 1987, also includes a typescript of “The Car Behind You”
Box 7, Folder 10 “Sarge” typescript
Box 7, Folder 11 “Son” typescript
Box 7, Folder 12 “Tongues” photocopy of typescript with handwritten note to W.B.E. dated June 10, 1993
Box 7, Folder 13 Vic Holyfield and the Class of 1957: photocopy of proofs with handwritten note to W.B.E. dated February 7, 1986 (sample of dust jacket – see BOX 6 f.12 above)
Box 7, Folder 14 “The Village” mimeograph copy
Box 7, Folder 15 Regarding Walt Whitman: typescripts and manuscripts of poetry and prose
Box 7, Folder 16 “With Me Far Away” photocopy of proof set from Stone House Press with photocopy of letter to Morris [?] dated October 26, 1993
Box 7, Folder 17 “The Wolf: A Story” photocopy from unidentified book or journal

Subseries C: Teaching material

Box 7, Folder 18 Printed “Guide for Pterodactyl Rose”:

Material prepared for a visit to Pearl London’s class, including a copy of the essay “Milkweed,” a typescript of the poem “In the Subway,” a letter from Pearl London to Heyen dated April 1, 1983, with poetry drafts and lecture notes handwritten by Heyen on the backs; original manuscript of section 44 of a book-length poem (unidentified).

Subseries D: Published books used as “working copies” by Heyen

Box 8
Box 8, Folder 1 Heyen, William. Noise in the Trees: Poems and a Memoir. New York: Vanguard Press, 1974.

Note: Most pages contain handwritten changes or revisions made by the author.

Box 8, Folder 2 Heyen, William. Lord Dragonfly. Ruffsdale, Pennsylvania: Scrimshaw Editions, 1978. Numbered copy 25 of 450.

Contains a handwritten note from Heyen to W.B.E. on the title page, dated May 26, 1992. Title page, Half Title page and Afterword all contain handwritten notes or corrections by the author.

Box 8, Folder 3 Heyen, William. Lord Dragonfly: Five Sequences. New York: Vanguard Press, 1981

Most pages contain handwritten changes or revisions made by the author.

Box 8, Folder 4 Heyen, William. “The Snow Hen” Sections 1-7 of The Chestnut Rain. Concord, New Hampshire: William B. Ewert, Publisher, 1979.

Numbered hors commerce, signed by author, printers, binder and publisher. Most pages contain handwritten changes or revisions made by the author.

Box 8, Folder 5 Heyen, William. “The Ewe’s Song” Sections 8-18 of The Chestnut Rain. Concord, New Hampshire: William B. Ewert, Publisher, 1980.

Numbered hors commerce, signed by author, printers, binder and publisher. Most pages contain handwritten changes or revisions made by the author.

Box 8, Folder 6 Heyen, William. “Blackberry Light” Sections 19-32 of The Chestnut Rain. Concord, New Hampshire: William B. Ewert, Publisher, 1981.

Numbered hors commerce, signed by author, printers, binder and publisher. Most pages contain handwritten changes or revisions made by the author.

Box 8, Folder 7 Heyen, William. Depth of Field. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1970.

Most pages contain handwritten changes or revisions made by the author.

Box 8, Folder 8 Heyen, William. The City Parables. Athens, Ohio: Croissant and Company, 1980.

Most pages contain handwritten changes or revisions made by the author.

Box 8, Folder 9 Ammons, A. R. Diversifications: Poems. New York: W. W. Norton, 1975.

Contains a handwritten note from Heyen to W.B.E. on dedication page dated August 7, 1997. Most pages contain handwritten poems, revisions of poems, or notes for poems by Heyen.

Box 8, Folder 10 Green, Gerald. The Artists of Terezin. New York: Schocken Books, 1978.

Most pages contain margin notes or poetry handwritten by Heyen.

Series III: Ephemera and collections

(2 Boxes)

Subseries A: Material related to Heyen’s caerer

Box 9
Box 9, Folder 1 Miscellaneous material relating to Heyen’s career; includes items such as newspaper interviews, flyers from readings, etc.
Box 9, Folder 2 Miscellaneous material relating to Heyen’s career; includes items such as newspaper interviews, flyers from readings, etc.

Subseries B: Heyen bibliography material

Box 9, Folder 3 Includes bibliographical lists of Heyen’s titles in various forms and stages, compiled throughout his career
Box 9, Folder 4 Includes bibliographical lists of Heyen’s titles in various forms and stages, compiled throughout his career
Box 9, Folder 5 Includes bibliographical lists of Heyen’s titles in various forms and stages, compiled throughout his career
Box 9, Folder 6 Includes bibliographical lists of Heyen’s titles in various forms and stages, compiled throughout his career
Box 9, Folder 7 Includes bibliographical lists of Heyen’s titles in various forms and stages, compiled throughout his career

Subseries C: Material written by Heten, published by other than Ewert

Box 10
Box 10, Folder 1 Miscellaneous material relating to Heyen’s publications; includes newspaper reviews, publishers press releases, etc
Box 10, Folder 2 Miscellaneous material relating to Heyen’s publications; includes newspaper reviews, publishers press releases, etc
Box 10, Folder 3 Miscellaneous material relating to Heyen’s publications; includes newspaper reviews, publishers press releases, etc

Series IV: Oversized Material

(1 Box)

Oversize Box 1
Oversize Box 1, Folder 1 Broadsides:

“1829-1979: The Bells” There are two copies of this, on homemade paper printed by Challenger Press. Both are signed by Heyen; there are also two letters to W.B.E. from Bill Andrews of Challenger Press regarding W.B.E.’s purchase of these broadsides

“Abortion” printed by Yoder Printing, signed, inscribed to W.B.E., dated July 17, 1979, and lettered E

“The Beam,” “A Bridge,” “This Acre,” and “If You Know Me At All,” inscribed to W.B.E., dated February 14, 1988

“The Eternal Ash” printed by Tamarack Press, signed by Heyen, letter U

“From the Ukraine” handwritten by Heyen, signed and dated October 1981

“Mother and Son” printed by Northouse and Northouse, signed and numbered VI

“The Mower” inscribed to W.B.E., signed, dated August 13, 1980, and numbered 80/300

“The Numinous” printed by Opera House Printing, illustrated by David Fitzgerald, signed by Heyen. There are two copies, one inscribed to W.B.E., signed, dated June, 1983, and numbered 9; the other inscribed to W.B.E., signed, dated June 1983, and numbered 18 of 40 out-of-series. “Oak Spring” and “Oak Autumn” illustrated by James Voshell, signed by Heyen and Voshell, numbered 190/200

“The Pearl” printed by Hoechstetter Printing Company, signed by Heyen and numbered 47

“Pickerel” printed by The Rook Press, signed by Heyen. There are two copies, one letter H, signed; the other numbered 89, inscribed to W.B.E., signed, and dated June 12, 1978

“The Pigeons” printed by Prshbl Prss Lmtd [sic], signed by Heyen; there are two copies, each on different coloured paper

“The Shy Bird” handwritten by Heyen, signed and dated July 1979

“Stories” handwritten by Heyen, signed and dated July 1979

“The Train” printed by The Valley Press, signed, and numbered 15

“Winter Letter to Dave Smith” printed by Palaemon Press Limited, signed by Heyen, letter W, inscribed to W.B.E., dated 1984

Oversize Box 1, Folder 2 Material related to his career written by Heyen
Oversize Box 1, Folder 3 Material written about Heyen’s career

One Response to “Guide to the William Heyen Papers, 1979-2000”

  1. William Heyen Says:

    Thanks for all this work. Very glad to see how close Bill and I were for so many years. I miss him and think of him often. And, by the way, my huge “deluxe” Ewert collection is now at the Beinecke at Yale–though I still have many wonderful things here at home. Warm regards. William Heyen

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