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Deborah Meadows collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: PCMS-0074

Scope and Contents

The Deborah Meadows collection contains correspondence, drafts, notes, and other materials related to the written and visual works of Deborah Meadows. Series I Written and Visual Works includes drafts, notes, letters, lithographs, and other material related to various works by Deborah Meadows. Series II Conferences and Travels consists of letters, notes, proofs, travel records, and other material linked with conferences as well as travels to Cuba and Argentina. This series also includes application material for Meadows's application for Los Angeles Poet Laureate. Series III Correspondence contains letters and print outs of emails to various acquaintances of Deborah Meadows. Finally, Series IV includes books, manuscripts, and poetry journals by other authors many of whom Deborah Meadows was acquainted with. The manuscripts are by Otto "Bill" Fick, J. Mirelles, and Justin Katko. Many of the publications in this series are in Spanish.


  • 1994-2016


Language of Materials

Majority in English; some in Spanish; Torre (Tower) publications include some French, German, and Portuguese.

Terms of Access and Use

The Deborah Meadows collection is open to researchers.


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 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.

Biographical Note

Deborah Meadows was born in 1956 and raised in Buffalo, NY. She graduated from the State University of New York at Buffalo with a Bachelors in English and Philosophy. After graduating in 1977, she moved to California to work in a poverty program. Meadows earned her Masters in English from California State University, Los Angeles and a Masters in Fine Arts from Antioch University. Deborah Meadows lives with her husband Howard Stover in Southern California. She teaches Liberal Studies at California State Polytechnic University and curates the Poetry and Jazz series.

Deborah Meadows has written many works as a poet, essayist, and playwright. Her poetry publications include Itenerant Man, Goodbye Tissues, Depleted Burden Down and Thin Gloves. Meadows has also been active in traveling abroad to meet poets from Cuba and Argentina, meeting with Cuban writers such as Reina María Rodríguez and Antonio José Ponte as well as Buenos Aires poets Romina Freschi and Jorge Santiago Perednik. In 2014, Deborah Meadows was nominated for Los Angeles Poet Laureate.


7.6 Linear Feet (14 boxes, one folder in map case, one framed artwork)

0.796 Gigabytes (3 files)


Materials related to the work of Deborah Meadows. Deborah Meadows is a poet, playwright, and essayist whose work includes Goodbye Tissues, Itenerant Man and Representing Absence. Meadows has worked with poets in Cuba and Buenos Aires. The collection includes Meadows' correspondence, notes, drafts, and other related materials.


The collection is arranged into four series:
I. Written and visual works
II. Conferences and travels
III. Correspondence
IV. Publications and manuscripts

Series III is arranged alphabetically by last name with two additional files of "miscellaneous" letters and emails accessioned later added at the end.

Note: The files of the collection were meticulously arranged by Deborah Meadows before donating to the Poetry Collection. Much of the arrangement and file naming of the collection keeps in line with Meadows' arrangement.

Acquisition Information

Donated to the Poetry Collection by Deborah Meadows in November, 2012. Additional digital material donated to the Poetry Collection by Deborah Meadows via email and collected via web capture in June 2023 as accession 2023-PCMS-003-BD.

Accruals and Additions

No further accruals are expected to this collection.

Processing Information

Processed by Matthew Gadziala October, 2018; finding aid encoded by Matthew Gadziala November, 2018. Digital material processed by Grace Trimper and Kolbe Resnick, June-July 2023.


Finding aid for the Deborah Meadows collection
Finding aid prepared by Matthew Gadziala
31 October 2018
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Repository Details

Part of the The Poetry Collection Repository

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