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Diane Wakoski papers

Identifier: MSS 304 large

Scope and Contents

Diane Wakoski papers (1958-2011) consists of correspondence, books, magazines/journals, flyers, photographs, and broadsides.


  • 1958-2011

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Access

The material is stored offsite in Remote Storage. Please contact Special Collections 3 working days in advance if you wish to use it.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright is retained by the authors of the items in this collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law. For photocopy and duplication requests, please contact the Stephen O. Murray and Keelung Hong Special Collections, Michigan State University Libraries.

Biographical / Historical

Born in Whittier, California in 1937, Diane Wakoski graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a Bachelor of Arts in English. Her early work was influenced by poets such as Jerome Rothenberg, Robert Kelly, Clayton Eshleman, and others that were part of the deep image movement. Other poets she cites as influences include William Carlos Williams, Allen Ginsberg, and Charles Bukowski. Her later work was more personal and conversational in the Williams mode. She moved to East Lansing in 1976 where she was Poet in Residence at Michigan State University, as well as a distinguished university professor. Professor Wakoski retired in 2012. She is married to Robert Turney, a photographer specializing in the tintype pinhole photography process. Wakoski has published more than forty collections of poetry. Her body of work includes four books that constitute her series, The Archaeology of Movies and Books, --Argonaut Rose, The Emerald City of Las Vegas, Jason the Sailor, and Medea the Sorceress. Several of her other collections include: Emerald Ice: Selected Poems 1962-1987, which won the Poetry Society of America's William Carlos Williams Award; and The Collected Greed, Parts 1-13. In addition to her poetry, she has also published four books of essays: Toward a New Poetry, Variations on a Theme, Creating a Personal Mythology, and Form Is an Extension of Content. She has received a Fulbright fellowship, a Michigan Arts Foundation award, and grants from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Michigan Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the New York State Council on the Arts. In 2003, Wakoski received the 13th annual Michigan Author Award, which honors a Michigan writer for contributions to literature. This award is sponsored jointly by the Michigan Center for the Book and the Michigan Library Association. In 2003, Wakoski received the 13th Annual Michigan Author Award which, sponsored jointly by the Michigan Center for the Book and the Michigan Library Association, honors a Michigan writer for their contributions to literature.


27.3 Linear Feet (28 boxes, one folder in a map case) ; 27 X 14 x 32 cm.

Language of Materials



The collection is arranged into ten series: I. Correspondence; II. Publicity, Articles, Programs, and Reviews; III. Works of Others; IV. Miscellany; V. Books; VI. Writings and Interviews; VII. Magazine articles and book reviews by Wakoski; VIII. Flyers/Posters/Proclamations; IX. Photographs and Artwork; X. Audiovisual Materials

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Diane Wakoski in March 2013

Related Materials

University of Arizona Special Collections also has Diane Wakowski papers, 1959-1980. University of California Santa Barbara has David Smith Collection of Diane Wakoski Materials, 1950-2007.

Processing Information

This collection has been processed by Leslie M. Behm and Jeremy M. Rudlaff in June 2013, and updated by Lydia Tang in 2016.

Finding Aid for the Diane Wakoski papers, 1958-2011
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Finding aid by Leslie Behm and Jeremy Rudlaff, with updates from Lydia Tang
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Repository Details

Part of the Stephen O. Murray and Keelung Hong Special Collections Repository

MSU Libraries
366 W. Circle Drive
East Lansing MI 48823 USA