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Jayne Lyn Stahl collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: PCMS-0073

Scope and Contents

The Jayne Lyn Stahl collection contains materials related to the plays, writings and poetry of Jayne Lyn Stahl. Series I includes drafts of individual poems as well as anthologies such as Riding with Destiny and Notebook for the Martians. Series II consists of draft plays and screenplays including Shakespeare and Company, The Battle for Ulysses, and Blue Herring. Series III contains personal letters, recommendations for Jayne, resume, one photo, and PEN membership materials as well as essays on other topics such as politics. One autographed book from series III and two notebooks from Series I are included in box 4.


  • 1965-2012


Language of Materials

Majority in English, some in French.

Terms of Access and Use

The Jayne Lyn Stahl collection is open to all 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 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.

Biographical note

Jayne Lyn Stahl was a poet, playwright, and essayist. Jayne graduated with a Bachelors of the Arts in English from SUNY at Buffalo and earned her master’s in English at San Francisco State University. Beginning in 1967, Jayne Lyn Stahl wrote for many poetry publications including Exquisite Corpse, City Lights Review 2, Beatitute 33 the Silver Anniversary Issue, “Pulpsmith”, The Jacaranda Review, the New York Quarterly, Big Bridge, and her own poetry collection Riding with Destiny. As a playwright and screenwriter, she wrote Blue Herring (a 3 act play), Shakespeare & Company (a full length screenplay about Sylvia Beach and her efforts to publish James Joyces’s Ulysses), and The Battle for Ulysses (a stage play adaptation of screenplay Shakespeare & Company). In addition to her work with poetry and screenplays, Jayne wrote blogs posts and essays for the Huffington Post, AlterNet, the Atlantic Free Press, OpEd News, featured in Yahoo News and Google News. Jayne Lyn Stahl was an active member of PEN American center. Jayne Lyn Stahl passed away on March 21, 2013 at the age of 63.


1.67 Linear Feet (4 letter manuscript boxes)


The Jayne Lyn Stahl collection contains materials related to the plays, writings and poetry of Jayne Lyn Stahl. Jayne Lyn Stahl was a freelance poet, playwright, freelance essayist, and member of the PEN American Center. The collection includes draft poems, screenplays, letters, and other related materials.


The collection is divided into three series: Series I Poetry; Series II Plays/Screenplays; Series III Personal and Other Writings. Series I is arranged by date and title. Series II is arranged by title.

Acquisition Information

The Jayne Lyn Stahl collection donated to the Poetry Collection by Ellen Feinsand in March and April of 2013.

Accruals and Additions

No further accruals are expected to this collection.

Processing Information

Processed by Matthew Gadziala March 2019


Finding aid for the Jayne Lyn Stahl collection
Finding aid prepared by Matthew Gadziala
03 March 2019
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Repository Details

Part of the The Poetry Collection Repository

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