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Finding aid for the Gail Sher Collection, 1978-2016

PCMS-0080

State University of New York at Buffalo. Poetry Collection.


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Buffalo, NY 14260
United States
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Collection Overview

Title: Gail Sher Collection, 1978-2016
Creator: Sher, Gail
Extent: 1.25 linear feet (4 manuscript boxes and one mapcase item)
Languages: Collection material in English.
Repository: State University of New York at Buffalo. Poetry Collection
Abstract: Gail Sher is a San Francisco area-based writer, teacher, and psychotherapist. She earned her B.A. in English from Northwestern University, received a Ford Foundation Fellowship to study linguistics at the University of Texas at Austin but chose instead to study middle English and (later) harpsichord at the University of California, Berkeley. She won a Teacher of the Year award from the combined education faculties of Berkeley, Stanford, and San Francisco State for her high school teaching of English. She completed her M.A. in Clinical Psychology at John F. Kennedy University and has been a practicing psychotherapist since 1991. In 1970 she was ordained as a lay disciple of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi, and her work as both a writer and a therapist is influenced by her training in Zen Buddhism, Tibetan Buddhism, and Yoga. Since 1982, she has published over thirty books of poetry and three books on writing as a craft and a spiritual practice. The Gail Sher Collection includes both handwritten and typed manuscripts, correspondence between Sher and other poets and poet-editors, art, photographs, and documentation of her published work, including many journals in which her poetry has appeared.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Description and dates], Box/folder number, PCMS-0080, Gail Sher Collection, 1978-2016, The Poetry Collection of the University Libraries, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York.

See the Special Collections' preferred citations instructions for additional information.

Acquisition Information

Donated to the Poetry Collection by Gail Sher in 2016.

Terms of Access

The Gail Sher Collection, 1978-2016, is open for research.

Copyright

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.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Marie Elia, 2016.

Accruals and Additions

No further accruals are expected to this collection.


Historical Note

Gail Sher is a San Francisco area-based writer, teacher, and psychotherapist. She earned her B.A. in English from Northwestern University, received a Ford Foundation Fellowship to study linguistics at the University of Texas at Austin but chose instead to study middle English and (later) harpsichord at the University of California, Berkeley. She won a Teacher of the Year award from the combined education faculties of Berkeley, Stanford, and San Francisco State for her high school teaching of English. She completed her M.A. in Clinical Psychology at John F. Kennedy University and has been a practicing psychotherapist since 1991. In 1970 she was ordained as a lay disciple of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi, and her work as both a writer and a therapist is influenced by her training in Zen Buddhism, Tibetan Buddhism, and Yoga. Since 1982, she has published over thirty books of poetry and three books on writing as a craft and a spiritual practice.


Scope and Contents

The Gail Sher Collection includes several manuscripts, both handwritten and typescript, along with notebooks for some manuscripts. The collection also includes a file of correspondence between Sher and her publishers; correspondence between Sher and Andrew Schelling, documenting their collaborative process in writing renga; photographs of Gail Sher and artwork by Gail Sher; and documentation of her published work, including many journals in which her poetry has appeared.


Arrangement

This collection is arranged in five series:

I.  Manuscripts, 1978-1999
II.  Correspondence, 1980-2010
III.  Other Writing and Personal Material, 1959-2007
IV.  Publications, 1985-1998
V.  Audio Material and Electronic Records, 1981-2015

Container List

1.1 Tangibles, 1978
1.2-1.4 A Dictionary, 1978
1.5 (As) on things which (headpiece) touches the Moslem, 1982
1.6 Rouge to beak having me, 1982
1.7 Cops, 1983
1.8 W/, 1988
1.9 Namthar: The Heart-Essence of Vast Space, based on the writings of Dilgo Khyenste Rinpoche, 1999
1.9 Namthar: Jamgön Kongtrül Lodrö Thayé
1.9 Namthar: Kalu Rinpoche's Magical Jewel: A Story in Three Parts
2.1 Bread Pudding Sweet and Savory, 1985
2.2 Starving Passion: A Tribute to Anorexia, 1988
2.3 Publications and Professional Work, 1980-1989

Correspondence related to publication of Gail Sher's work, including Len Anderson (The Independent), E.R. Baxter (Niagara County Community College), Charles Bernstein (L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E), Robert Bertholf (Credences), Colin Browne (Writing), Gary Burnett (Princeton University), Madeleine Burnside and Andrew Kelly (Gnome Baker), George Butterick (The University of Connecticut), Sue J. Carlson (Channel) , Norman Fischer (Green Gulch Farm Zen Center), Kathleen Fraser (San Francisco State University, Peter Ganick (Abacus), Peter Gizzi (o-blék), John Granger (UC San Diego New Writing Series), Jessica Grim and Melanie Neilson (Big Allis), Jim Hartz (Intersection reading series), Leland Hickman (Temblor), Jeanne Lance and Peter Holland (Gallery Works), Andrew Levy (Crayon), Nathaniel Mackey (Hambone), John Martone (Eastern Illinois University), Bernadette Mayer (The Poetry Project), Douglas Messerli (Sun and Moon Press), R.E. Nowicki (San Francisco Review of Books), Gil Ott (Paper Air), Keith Shein (Trike), Joey Simas (Moving Letters Press), Rosmarie Waldrop (Burning Deck), Philip Whalen, and Pat Smith (Notus (Ann Arbor)).

2.4 Renga: Gail Sher and Andrew Schelling, 2007-2010

Correspondence and notes related to renga written by Gail Sher and Andrew Schelling.

2.5 Lecture Notes: "Poetry, Zen and the Linguistic Unconscious," 1989
2.6 My Diary, 1959
2.7 Photographs, 1986-2010
Contents
Photograph of granite niche cover for remains for Gail Sher and Brendan Collins at St. John's Abbey Cemetery
Contents
Gail Sher by Brendan Collins, 1986-2010
15 Photographs
Contents
Gail Sher and Brendan Collins by Leslie Nicole, 1988-1990
2 Photographs
Box-folder Contents
2.8 Tearsheets, 1988-2007

Pages from publications where Gail Sher's writing appeared or where reviews of her work were published.

2.9, Mapcase XX Artwork

Six ink drawings on paper and 2 watercolor paintings on paper.

3.1 Innocent Diversions, by Robert Strizich
Publications, 1985-1998

• 49+1 Nouveaux Poètes Américains (Royaumont, France: 1991). "Ex-voto" (trad. Pierre Alferi and Joseph Simas).
• ant / ant / ant / ant / ant 3 (Oakland, CA: Summer 1996). "[Autumn leaves]".
• Big Allis, 1 (New York: 1989). From Kuklos.
• Big Allis, 5 (New York: 1992). From La.
• Big Allis, 7 (New York: 1996). From George Tooker: Marginalia.
• Black Bough, 8 (Flemington, NJ: 1996). "Basho."
• Chain, 3:1 (Buffalo, NY: Spring 1996). From La.
• Juxta, 4 (Charlottesville, VA: 1996). "The Paintings of Social Concern."
• Frogpond, 18:3 (New York: Autumn 1995). "[Sudden squall]" and " [Misty rain]."
• Frogpond, 18:4 (New York: Winter 1995). "Night Falls."
• Frogpond, 19:1 (New York: May 1996). "[Wipers steady]," "[Home at last]," and "[Night falls]" (correction to publication in 18:4).
• Gallery Works, 8 (Aptos, CA: 1991). From Kuklos.
• Generator, 8:1 (Cleveland, OH: 1998). "Innocent Diversions" from George Tooker: Marginalia.
• Karamu, 10:2 (Charleston, IL: 1987). "For Bart II."
• Modern Haiku, 26:1 (Madison, WI: Winter-Spring 1995). [Folding its wings]."
• Notas, 1:1 (Ann Arbor: Fall 1986). "The Lanyard."
• Raddle Moon, 15 (8:1) (Vancouver: 1996). "Resurrection" and "Seven Sacraments."
• Raw Nervz, 2:4 (Aylmer, QC: Winter 1995-1996). "[Noisy city]."
• Sink, 1 (San Francisco: 1986). "The Lanyard."
• Tel-let, 1 (Charleston, IL: Spring 1988). "w/."
• Tramen, 3 (San Francisco: June 1985). "Broke Aide."
• Tramen, 4 (San Francisco: October 1985). "For Bart."
• Writing, 18 (Vancouver: July 1987). "Cops."

Audio Material and Electronic Records, 1981-2016

Includes flash drives, a data CD, a DVD, and an audiocassette:

Flash drive (8G): Gail Sher Complete Poetry, 1981-2015

• Introductory Essay by Andrew Schelling
• Night Crane Press Books, 1996-2015
• Small Press Books, 1981-2001
• Haiku Books—1st Editions, 1996-2001 (published as one volume, Five Haiku Narratives, in 2015. See Night Crane folder.)
• Literary Journals and Anthologies, 1981-2012

Flash drive (8G): Five books by Gail Sher

• Poetry, Zen and the Linguistic Unconscious (2016)
• Pale Sky (2015)
• Five Haiku Narratives (2015)
• Ezekiel (2015)
• Sunny Day, Spring (2014)

Flash drive (8G): Photographs of Gail Sher by Brendan Collins, black and white gelatin silver prings, 1986-2010

Data CD containing images of artwork by Gail Sher

Audiocassette: One Continuous Mistake: Four Noble Truths for Writers, recorded May 12, 1999 (Inside Edge).

DVD:

• Gail Sher at The Poetry Center, San Francisco State University, September 30, 1982.
• Gail Sher interviewed by Connie Platt on KDTV-8, Denver, April 23, 1999.


Search Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Library's online catalog.

Contributors

Poetry Collection Manuscripts (State University of New York at Buffalo)
Sher, Gail
State University of New York at Buffalo. Poetry Collection
Twentieth-Century Poetry Manuscript Collection (State University of New York at Buffalo)

Subject Terms

Buddhist poetry, American
Poetry--Women authors