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Michael Castro Papers


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Michael Castro Papers, 1964-2014 | MS Manuscripts

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Title: Michael Castro Papers, 1964-2014Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1964-2014

ID: MS/MS/ms151

Primary Creator: Castro, Michael (1945-)

Extent: 19.0 Boxes

Date Acquired: 02/18/2014

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Michael Castro Papers consists of books (estimated 170 volumes) by mostly St. Louis area authors, journals and little magazines, cassette tapes and CD's (estimated 400 items) largely of poetry readings, often by their authors.  Also includes are materials from Castro's editorial work and own literary career, ephemeral items including advertisements and posters for local literary events, correspondence including Ira Cohen, John Brandi, Maurice Kenney, Phil Sultz, and Madeline Morningstar Myers.  The majority of the correspondence concerns Castro's "Poetry Beat" program including Allen Ginsberg, Jerome Rothenberg, Robert Creeley, Gary Snyder, etc.

Collection Historical Note

Michael Castro has been active as a poet, arts activist, and educator since the late 1960's, He has a Ph.D. in American Literature from Washington University, and has taught at the University of Missouri St. Louis (1971-79) and Lindenwood University (1980-2012), from which he retired as Professor Emeritus of Communications. He has published eight books and five CD;s of his own poetry with musical setting; and four books of translations of modern Hungarian poetry with Gabor G. Gyukics. In 1975 he co-founded the literary organization and magazine, River Styx, which pioneered literary mullti-culturalism and has been in continuous operation since then. He has hosted three literary radio programs over the years: River Styx Poets (KDNA St. Louis 1970-73), Ars Poetica (KWMU St. Louis 1975-78), Poetry Beat (KDHX St. Louis 1989-2003). He is the author of Interpreting the Indian: 20th Century Poets and the Native American University of New Mexico Press (1984), University of Oklahoma Press paperback (1991), a historical and critical study of modern poets influenced by Native American cultures, which has been called "essential reading for anyone interested in Native American literature." He is the recipient of two awards for lifetime achievement: The Guardian Angel of St. Louis Poetry award from River Styx, and the Warrior Poet Award from Word in Motion.

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Administrative Information

Repository: MS Manuscripts

Access Restrictions: Open

Use Restrictions:

Users of the collection must read and agree to abide by the rules and procedures set forth in the Materials Use Policies.

Providing access to materials does not constitute permission to publish or otherwise authorize use. All publication not covered by fair use or other exceptions is restricted to those who have permission of the copyright holder, which may or may not be Washington University.

If you wish to publish or license Special Collections materials, please contact Special Collections to inquire about copyright status at (314) 935-5495 or spec@wumail.wustl.edu. (Publish means quotation in whole or in part in seminar or term papers, theses or dissertations, journal articles, monographs, books, digital forms, photographs, images, dramatic presentations, transcriptions, or any other form prepared for a limited or general public.)

Acquisition Source: Gift and purchase from Michael Castro

Acquisition Method: Accession number 2014.004

Related Materials: See also the Jan Garden Castro Papers (MSS136) and the River Styx Archive (MSS127)

Preferred Citation: Name of the Collection, Washington University Libraries, Department of Special Collections

Box and Folder Listing

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[Series 1: Correspondence],
[Series 2: Material Toward Books],
[Series 3: Manuscripts],
[Series 4: River Styx],
[Series 5: Ephemera],
[Series 6: Audiovisual],

Series 3: ManuscriptsAdd to your cart.
Box 4Add to your cart.
Folder 4: American Indian Influences on Modern Poetry, 1984: December 28Add to your cart.
Typescript [photocopy], 14 pages. Speech presented at the national convention of the Modern Language Association.
Folder 5: Biographical InformationAdd to your cart.
Includes Castro's C.V. and a biographical note
Folder 6: The Dewdrop World, 1983: February 21Add to your cart.
Typescript [photocopy], 3 pages
Folder 7: Fred Thompkins Poetry and Music EnsembleAdd to your cart.
Includes poetry drafts, clippings, and programs. Castro served as the poet and narrator of the group.
Folder 8: Spectrum, 1964-1966Add to your cart.
Includes clippings of articles written by Castro for Spectrum (State University of New York at Buffalo)
Folder 9: The Toughest Indian in the Word by Sherman Alexie (reviewed by Castro)Add to your cart.
Typescript, 3 pages

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