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Mark Hammer collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: PCMS-0075

Scope and Contents

The Mark Hammer collection includes correspondence, poetry submissions, posters, photographs, publication materials, personal records, and other materials related to Mark Hammer's publications and his work with the Red Flannel Reading Series. Series I Publications includes materials related to Mark Hammer's work with publications such as Uprising, The Reporter, and various broadsides. Also included in Series II are journals and broadsides published by authors associated with Mark Hammer. Series II Readings focuses on materials related to poetry readings most notably the Red Flannel Series. Series III contains poems by Mark Hammer, his CV, transcription of Robert Duncan's lectures, and Mark Hammer's teaching. Series IV includes correspondence with various individuals. Included in Series II and III are various recordings of readings, lectures, and music tapes. An inventory list of tapes is included in Box 7. Some tapes and vinyl records are included with correspondence. Floppy disks included with oversize folders in Box 6.


  • Majority of material found within 1965-1996
  • 1987-1996

Terms of Access and Use

The Mark Hammer collection is open to researchers. Pursuant to Poetry Collection Restricted Records Policy, access to portions of this collection is Restricted


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

Born in 1964, Mark Hammer earned his Bachelor's degree in English and Communication at Canisius College. He received his masters degree and PhD at the State University of New York at Buffalo. Mark Hammer has worked as an Associate Professor at Canisius College,as a Lecturer at SUNY at Buffalo, and is currently a lecturer at Buffalo State. His poetry has been published in "Iris" a book on poems as well as several poetry journals including "Giants Play Well In the Drizzle," "No Trees," "Troubled Surfer," "Quadrangle," "Peasant Tavern," "Buffalo Arts Review," and more. Mark Hammer has written articles for Buffalo Physician and Biomedical Scientist, ArtVoice, and over 270 articles for University at Buffalo's The Reporter. He is the editor of the magazine Uprising which publishes new poetry, book reviews, and interviews.

Mark Hammer served as coordinator of the Red Flannel reading series between 1988 to 1995 which presents local and international writers to a public forum. Writers who have participated include Theodore Enslin, Martin Cribbens, Bruce Holsapple, Elizabeth Willis, Ben Friedlander, Cheryl Townsend, Dennis Tedlock, Nicolette de Csipkay, Lisa Jarnot, and many others.


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Language of Materials



Materials related to Mark Hammer's publications and work organizing poetry reading in Buffalo. Mark Hammer is the editor of Uprising magazine, author of the book "Iris", and has coordinated the Red Flannel Reading Series between 1988 to 1995. The collection includes correspondence, submissions, drafts, ephemera, and other related materials.


The collection is arranged into four series: I.Publications; II. Readings; III. Professional/personal papers; IV. Correspondence

in Series I is arranged alphabetically by last name.

Acquisition Information

The Mark Hammer collection was purchased from Mark Hammer by the Poetry Collection in November, 2012

Accruals and Additions

No further accruals are expected to this collection.

Processing Information

Processed by Matthew Gadziala, November 2018; Finding aid encoded by Matthew Gadziala, December 2018


Finding aid for the Mark Hammer collection
Finding aid prepared by Matthew Gadziala
26 November 2018
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Repository Details

Part of the The Poetry Collection Repository

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