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kari edwards collection

Identifier: PCMS-0040
The kari edwards collection includes approximately 3300 digital files representing edwards’ work as an artist, poet, teacher, and gender activist. Drafts of published and unpublished writing, cover art, graphic files, reviews, and correspondence from many of edwards’ works, including a day in the life of p., Bharat jiva, a diary of lies, having been blue for charity, iduna, Low, obedience, one imagines something supposedly, post/(pink), and succubus in my pocket. In addition to written work, the collection contains moving image recordings of poetry readings by edwards. Works with others, including collaborators Erica Kaufman and Anny Ballardini are also included.

kari edwards teaching experience is reflected in a series of syllabi and course proposals for classes in art appreciation, creative writing, gender and myth, poetry, sculpture, and women’s literature. Edwards taught these courses in Auroville, Tamil Nadu, India, Naropa University, Boulder, CO, University of Colorado-Boulder, Community College of Aurora, CO, University of Denver, and the Taylor School of Art at Temple University.

A large portion of the collection consists of digital images and moving images that document edwards’ travel with partner Frances Blau through India including the cities of Delhi, Pondicherry, Varanasi, Chennai, Kolkata, and Auroville, an experimental village in the state of Tamil Nadu. edwards’ personal life is further documented in digital images taken in Newton, Massachusetts, San Diego and San Francisco, California. Separately, a donation of genealogical materials was given to the Poetry Collection in 2011. This material includes census records, death and marriage records, immigration records, and other genealogical research.


  • circa 1982-2011


Special Viewing Instructions

Access to digital material provided via the Special Collections' Digital Archives online repository.

Terms of Access and Use

The kari edwards collection, circa 1982-2011, is open for research.

Access copies of these files are available for research use. During processing, formatting of the files may have been altered. The file format of the access copy may be different than the preservation copy. Refer to the collection processing note for additional information on format migration.


Copyright of papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns. Researchers must obtain the written permission of the holder(s) of copyright and the Poetry Collection before requesting photocopies and/or publishing quotations from materials in the collection. Once permission is obtained, most papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures unless otherwise specified.


4.622 Gigabytes (3336 files) : 1 USB flash drive, 6 digital optical discs (DVD), 3 compact discs (CD)


The kari edwards collection comprises approximately 4.6 gigabytes of digital content (approximately 3300 files). The bulk of the files can be described as born digital; content originating in a computer environment. These files consist of drafts of edwards' published works of poetry, drafts of unpublished works, images of cover art for works, reviews of edwards' poetry, syllabi and letters to publishers. The collection also contains a significant number of digital images, including born digital images and others images that are digital surrogates of print photographs. The bulk of the digital images were taken during travel to various parts of India including Auroville, Chennai, Delhi, Kolkata, Mamallapuram, and Varanasi between 2004 and 2006.

Biographical Note

kari edwards was an artist, poet, teacher, and gender activist. edwards was born in Illinois in 1954 and raised in Westfield, NY. kari edwards' formal education included a B.F.A. from the University of Wisconsin - Madison, a M.F.A. in sculpture from Washington University, St. Louis, and a M.A. in Contemplative Psychology and M.F.A. in writing and poetics from Naropa University, Boulder, CO. edwards met Frances Blau, who would become her life partner, while at Naropa.

edwards' academic and teaching experience included courses in sculpture, art and diversity, book art, performance and sound art, composition, creative writing, composition, poetry, women’s literature, and gender and world mythology. edwards held teaching positions in Auroville, Tamil Nadu, India, Naropa University, Boulder, CO, University of Colorado-Boulder, Community College of Aurora, CO, University of Denver, and the Taylor School of Art at Temple University. At the Community Learning Center in Denver, CO, edwards taught poetry, painting and drawing while employed as an art instructor and counselor for at-risk youth.

edwards' work in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry was published in numerous journals, magazines and anthologies. Book publications include post/(pink) (2000), a diary of lies (2002), a day in the life of p (2002) iduna (2003), obedience (2005), and posthumous Bharat jiva (2009). edwards' work also appears in Blood and Tears: Poems for Matthew Shepard (2000), Transgenderism: InterSEXions of the Others (2004), Civil Disobedience: Poetics and Politics in Action (2004), and the International Journal of Sexuality and Gender Studies. She is the subject of the book No Gender: Reflections on the Life & Work of kari edwards (2009).

Edwards won the New Langton Arts Bay Area Award in literature in 2002 and the Small Press Traffic’s Book of the Year Award in 2004. kari edwards passed away on December 2, 2006 at the age of fifty-two.


The kari edwards collection, circa 1982-2011 comprises approximately 4.6 gigabytes of digital material (approximately 3300 files). The bulk of the collection, a file directory containing 2.7 gigabytes of digital content (approximately 2800 files), was transferred to the Poetry Collection in 2012. The structure of the file directory, folder names, and file names was retained during processing and is replicated in the arrangement of the collection. The remaining portion of the collection, namely audio files, audiovisual recordings of poetry readings, and a series of records on family history, were donated to the Poetry Collection at a later date.

Related Digital Material

Acquisition Information

The majority of this collection was transferred to the Poetry Collection on a USB flash drive in 2012. On transfer files were copied to a network drive by Poetry Collection staff and were also backed up on 4 DVDs. PDF copies of the files along with file manifests were generated at that time. Additional digital files pertaining to kari edwards' family history were donated in August 2011 by Roy Robbins and audio, images, a slideshow, and video of kari edwards readings were transferred to the Poetry Collection on 6 DVDs and 2 CDs.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Sarah Cogley with Matthew Gadziala, 2020.

Digital files created by kari edwards were transferred to the Poetry Collection on multiple types of storage media including a USB flash drive, compacts discs (CD), and digital versatile discs (DVD). Digital files located on storage media were copied from the storage media and transferred to a preservation environment following the University Libraries Special Collections Digital Preservation guidelines. Original files have been retained as preservation copies. An access copy of the files was also created. During migration formatting of the files may have been altered.

The bulk of kari edwards' digital documents are AppleWorks Word Processor documents (.cwk). Other file formats include Acrobat PDF, Adobe InDesign Documents, Audio Interchange files, Exchangeable Image files, JPEG files, Microsoft Word documents, MIME Email files, Plain text files, QuickTime files, Raw JPEG streams, Rich Text files, Tagged Image files, Audio CDs, and Video Object files (MPEG-2 subset).

AppleWorks Word Processor documents, Microsoft Word documents, and MIME Email files were migrated to OpenDocument Text Document files (.odt) in order to provide stable readable access copies. Adobe InDesign Document files were migrated to Adobe PDF. Tagged Image files were migrated to JPEG files. DVD Video files (Video Object files) were migrated to MP4 files. Audio CDs were migrated to MP3 files.

Temporary files were removed from this collection, according to the Library’s digital preservation and privacy policies.
Finding aid for the kari edwards collection
Finding aid prepared by Sarah Cogley.
03 February 2020
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Repository Details

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