Fonds MsC-9 - Open Letter fonds

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Open Letter fonds

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  • Textual records

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  • 1966-1976 (Creation)
    Open Letter

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1.2 m of textual records

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Open Letter is a Canadian literary periodical founded in Victoria, B.C., in 1965, by Frank Davey, with the editorial assistance of fellow poets George Bowering, Fred Wah and David Dawson. In 1971 it began publishing from Toronto in its current format, with the assistance of the Canada Council and, from 1976, of the Ontario Arts Council. Among its contributing editors since 1971 have been the visual arts critic John Bentley Mays and poets Victor Coleman, bpNichol, and Stan Persky. Its stated editorial goal has been to provide a space in which writers, visual artists and literary scholars from various regions and communities within Canada could articulate and discuss with one another theories of art production, criticism, and the cultural role of literature.

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The fonds consists of manuscripts and typescripts, galley and paste-ups, correspondence to editors (in particular, Frank Davey), unpublished and rejected manuscripts and printed copies of issues of "Open Letter". Correspondence and manuscripts include contributions from George Bowering, bp Nichol, Daphne Marlatt, Margaret Atwood, Gerry Gilbert, Dave McFadden, Fred Wah, Warren Tallman, Victor Coleman and others.

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Created May 16, 2014, LZ

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  • English

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