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Kavyayantra Collection

Identifier: PCMS-0062

Scope and Content Note

This collection documents the activities of the Kavyayantra Press, a letterpress publisher run by faculty and students at The Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University, including markups, galleys, broadsides, and correspondence, from 1995 to 2006. Many items also include a sheet prepared by the Kavyayantra Archives with information on date, title, author, type, graphics, printer(s), and collaborators. If items exist in duplicate, five copies have been retained, and the others deaccessioned. The collection includes work by Brenda Coultas, Barbara Guest, and Anselm Hollo.


  • 1995-2006


Language of Materials


Language of Materials

Material is written in English.

Terms of Access and Use

The Kavyayantra Collection is open for research.


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.

Historical Note

The Kavyayantra Press was founded by faculty and students at The Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University in 1993. Kavyayantra is Sanskrit for "poetry machine," a name chosen in part to acknowledge Naropa University's Buddhist roots. The press acquired its equipment from other presses, including Lyn Hejinian's Tuumba Press. As of 2010, it uses two Chandler and Price platen presses and a Vandercook SP-15 proofing press.


2 Linear Feet (1 large manuscript box, 1 oversize box)


The Kavyayantra Collection contains materials from the Kavyayantra Press including letterpress proofs, galleys, broadsides, and book covers, created both independently and in letterpress courses at Naropa University, and featuring the work of poets associated with Naropa.


Collection has been arranged chronologically; undated material has been arranged alphabetically at the end.

Acquisition Information

Purchased from Burton Weiss, a bookseller in Albany, CA.

Accruals and Additions

No further accruals are expected for this collection.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Alison Fraser.

Processing Information

Removed duplicates and original plain folders. Folders with identifying information were photocopied.


Finding Aid for the Kavyayantra Collection PCMS-0062
Finding Aid prepared by Alison Fraser.
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Finding Aid Prepared Using Local Best Practices
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Repository Details

Part of the The Poetry Collection Repository

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