ARSHILE Magazine Records, 1992-2005 (MSS 0779)

Extent: 7.8 Linear feet (17 archives boxes, 1 flat box and 1 tube)

Records of ARSHILE: A Magazine of the Arts, founded in 1993 by Mark Salerno. Published biannually in Los Angeles through 1999, it featured new work by established and emerging writers and artists.

ARSHILE: A Magazine of the Arts was founded in 1993 by poet Mark Salerno in Los Angeles. The magazine's title references Arshile Gorky, a seminal figure in the New York School of painting. Published by 96 Tears Press and designed by the Ted Williams Design Group, it featured new work by both established and emerging writers in a variety of forms, including poetry, fiction, drama, essays, interviews and translations. Important contributors included Dore Ashton, Anselm, Edmund and Ted Berrigan, John Cage, Robert Creeley, Eileen Myles, Alice Notley, Carl Rakosi, Martha Ronk, Jerry Rothenberg, Paul Vangelisti, as well as poetry and translations by founder and editor Mark Salerno.

In addition to literary content, ARSHILE featured visual art on four-color covers and black-and-white art and photography on inside pages by artists such as Willem de Kooning, Nina Glaser, Jasper Johns, Alex Katz, Gerard Malanga, Yoko Ono, Wayne Thiebaud and Emerson Woelffer.

During the mid-nineties ARSHILE gained recognition as one of the most innovative small press magazines of its kind, comparable to fellow veteran Angelino poet Paul Vangelisti's literary magazine Ribot.

ARSHILE: A Magazine of the Arts ran biannually for eleven issues between 1993 and 1999. The magazine ceased publication after 1999 due to financial reasons.

Records of ARSHILE: A Magazine of the Arts, founded in 1993 by Mark Salerno. Published biannually in Los Angeles through 1999, the magazine featured new work by established and emerging writers and artists. The collection contains correspondence, manuscript drafts, drawings, photographs, ephemera, and other materials chronicling the founding and publication of the magazine.

Arranged in three series: 1) MAGAZINE FILES, 2) WRITERS AND ARTISTS FILES, and 3) MISCELLANEOUS.

Mark Salerno Papers, MSS 780. Special Collections & Archives, UC San Diego.

Container List

ARSHILE MAGAZINE FILES

Scope and Contents of Series

SERIES 1) MAGAZINE FILES: Includes correspondence between writers, artists, graphic designers and other journal contributors with founding editor, Mark Salerno; various drafts of the magazine including dummies, layouts, line edits, bluelines and proofs; and cover designs, artwork and publicity materials.

Arranged chronologically in twelve subseries by issue number: A) Number 1, B) Number 2, C) Number 3, D) Number 4, E) Number 5, F) Number 6, G) Number 7, H) Number 8, I) Number 9, J) Number 10, K) Number 11, and L) Number 12.

A) Number 1 (Spring 1993): Contributors include Michael Lally, Lewis MacAdams, Aram Saroyan, Kate Gale Harper, Tom Clark, Gilbert Sorrentino, Mark Salerno, Robert Creeley, Eileen Myles, Mary Angeline, William Corbett, Carrie Etter, Edward Brookner and Jack Hirschman, artwork by Leslie Diller Zollo, cover art by Roy Dowell, fiction by Michael McInnis, John Laskey and Jim Krusoe and essay by Dore Ashton.

B) Number 2 (1993): Contributors to the second issue include William Bronk, Killarney Clary, Ron Padgett, Amy Gerstler, Ray DiPalma, Joel Dailey, Sydney Walsh, Gilberto Sorrentino, Scott Heim, Laurie Price, Clark Coolidge, and Mark Salerno, works in translation by Francesco Moisio, Anna Lombardo, Ferruccio Brugnaro, and Rocco Scotellaro, photography by Gerard Malanga, fiction by John Laskey, drama by Amiri Baraka, essays by William Corbett and Alice Notley and cover art by Mary Ann Jones.

C) Number 3 (1994): Contributors include cover artwork by Willem de Kooning, poetry by Douglas Messerli, Jim Gustafson, Michael Heller, Brian Young, Gerard Melanga, Scott Wannberg, Carl Rakosi, Tony Towle and Mark Salerno, works in translation by Mario Benedetti (translated by Harry Morales), photography by Nina Glaser (with prefatory note by William Turner), interviews by Marjorie Perloff with Haroldo and Augusto de Campos and Kevin Killian interview with David Bromige, and essays by Anselm Hollo and Dore Ashton.

D) Number 4 (1995): Contributors include cover art by Jasper Johns and inside art by Yoko Ono, poetry by John Ashbery, Gillian McCain, William Marsh, Barbara Guest, Mark Salerno, Mary Angeline, Aaron Shurin, and Laura Moriarty, text by Amiri Baraka, drama by Kenneth Koch, works in translation by Antonio Catalfamo (translated by Mark Salerno), interview by Alexander Laurence with Gilbert Sorrentino, and essays by Richard Kostelanetz and Fielding Dawson.

E) Number 5 (1996): Contributors include cover art by Wayne Thiebaud, back cover art by Ted Williams, poetry by William Bronk, Beth Anderson, Forrest Gander, C. D. Wright, Mark Salerno, and Paul Vangelisti, works in translation by Armando Romero (translated by Alita Kelley), inside art by Roy Dowell, fiction by John Laskey, and essays by Alice Notley and Dore Ashton.

F) Number 6 (1996): Contributors include cover art by Emerson Woelffer, back cover art by R. Stephen Posey, poetry by Rosmarie Waldrop, Keith Waldrop, Rachel Loden, Terence Winch, Stephanie, Marlis, Gilbert Sorrentino, Charles Henri Ford, Jocelyn Saidenberg, Jesse Weiner and Mark Salerno, art by Alex Katz and Robert Creeley, special selection (poem) by Ted Berrigan, fiction by Hubert Selby, Jr. and essay by Alice Notley.

G) Number 7 (1997): Contributors include cover art by Karen Carson, poetry by Jerome Rothenberg, Martha Ronk, Joshua Harmon, Edmund Berrigan and Robert Kelly, notebooks by Carl Rakosi, photography by Geoffrey Nelson, drama by Sam Eisenstein, and review by Susan McCabe.

H) Number 8 (1997): Contributors include cover art by Squeak Carnwath, poetry by William Bronk, Jen Hofer, Edward Dorn, Aviva Bower, Mark Salerno, Peter Gizzi, and Tony Towle, art by Renee Petropoulos, fiction by Gilbert Sorrentino and John Laskey, remembrances by Robert Kelly and Anselm Hollo, and review by Jim Brodey.

I) Number 9 (1998): Contributors include cover art by Patrick Graham, poetry by Stephanie Marlis, Robert Hershon, Julian Semilian, Ed Friedman, Judith Taylor and William Aiken, special selection I by Ray DiPalma and Jim Brodey, art by Emerson Woelffer, fiction by Linda Healey, review of Ron Pagett's New and Selected Poems by Alice Notley.

J) Number 10 (1998): Contributors include cover art by Michael Goldberg, poetry by Paul Vangelisti, Katy Lederer, Joel Brouwer, Elizabeth Willis, Mark McManus, and Christine Hume, Carmen Firan's Five Poems from the Romanian translated by Julian Semilian and Sanda Agalidi and Andrei Codrescu, art by Yoko Ono, fiction by Merrill Gilfillan and Kenward Elmslie, reviews of Ted Hughes' Birthday Letters by Linda Healey, and Jerome Rothenberg and Pierre Joris reviewed by Paul Hoover.

K) Number 11 (1999): Contributors include cover art by R.B. Kitaj, poetry by Bill Berkson, Eleni Sikelianos, Mark Salerno, Nicole Brodsky, and Kandie St. Germain, special project by Frank O'Hara, Art by Don Bachardy, Joe LeSueuer footnote to a poem by Frank O'Hara, art by Alfred Leslie and Jacques Debrot, essay by Daniel Kane and review of David Lehman by Lytle Shaw.

L) Number 12 (unpublished): Issue 12 was never published due to financial matters. The files include correspondence, some with attached writing or artwork from potential contributors.

Number 1

Box: 1 Folder: 1-5
Correspondence, 1992 March-1993 December
Box: 1 Folder: 6-9
Manuscript files - Drafts, dummies, 1993
Oversize: FB-552 Folder: 5-6
Text dummies, 1993
Box: 1 Folder: 10
Cover artwork, 1993
Box: 1 Folder: 11
Publicity, 1993 May 14

Includes publicity for benefit reading and publication party.

Number 2

Box: 1 Folder: 12
Correspondence, 1992 December-1993 September
Box: 2 Folder: 1-9
Manuscript files - Draft, cover and issue layout, dummies, line edit and proofs, 1993
Oversize: FB-552 Folder: 7-8
Cover artwork, 1993
Box: 2 Folder: 10
Publicity, 1994 January 14

Includes postcards for second issue launch party.

Number 3

Box: 2 Folder: 11-12
Correspondence, 1993 August-1994 July
Box: 3 Folder: 1
Correspondence, 1994 January-June
Box: 3 Folder: 2-7
Manuscript files - Drafts, dummy, line edit and proof, 1994
Oversize: FB-552 Folder: 9
Cover artwork, 1994

Number 4

Box: 3 Folder: 8
Correspondence, 1993 September-1995 April
Box: 4 Folder: 1-3
Correspondence, 1994 June-1995 September

Includes correspondence with McNaughton & Gunn Inc. regarding ARSHILE and Hate.

Box: 4 Folder: 4-6
Manuscript files and proof

Includes translation of Antonio Catalfamo's poems with Salerno's translations and edits.

Oversize: FB-552 Folder: 10
Cover artwork, 1995

Number 5

Box: 4 Folder: 7-9
Correspondence, 1995 January-1996 February
Box: 5 Folder: 1-2
Correspondence, 1995 November-1996 May

Includes correspondence with McNaughton & Gunn Inc.

Box: 5 Folder: 3-5
Manuscript files - Drafts, proof and blueline, 1996
Box: 5 Folder: 6
Cover artwork, 1996
Oversize: FB-552 Folder: 11
Cover artwork, 1996

Number 6

Box: 5 Folder: 7-9
Correspondence, 1995 December-1996 September

Includes correspondence with McNaughton & Gunn Inc.

Box: 6 Folder: 1-4
Manuscript files - Drafts, dummies and proof, 1996-1998
Box: 6 Folder: 5-9
Artwork, 1996

Includes Stephen Posey transparencies and artwork by Alex Katz.

Oversize: TS-86
Original artworks by Robert Stephen Posey

Number 7

Box: 6 Folder: 10-11
Correspondence, 1996 August-1997 January

Includes correspondence with McNaughton & Gunn Inc.

Box: 7 Folder: 1-2
Correspondence, 1997 January-April
Box: 7 Folder: 3-6
Manuscript files - Drafts, dummy and blueline
Box: 7 Folder: 7
Artwork
Box: 7 Folder: 8
Publicity, 1997 May 5

Includes publicity for benefit reading and publication party.

Number 8

Box: 7 Folder: 9-10
Correspondence, 1996 December-1997 June
Box: 8 Folder: 1-2
Correspondence, 1997 May-December

Includes correspondence with McNaughton & Gunn Inc.

Box: 8 Folder: 3-6
Manuscript files - Drafts, dummy and blueline, 1997
Box: 8 Folder: 7
Artwork, 1997
Oversize: FB-552 Folder: 12-13
Cover artwork and photographs by Renée Petropoulos, 1997

Number 9

Box: 9 Folder: 1-6
Correspondence, 1997 June-1998 September

Includes correspondence with McNaughton & Gunn Inc.

Box: 9 Folder: 7-8
Manuscript files and draft, 1998
Box: 10 Folder: 1-2
Dummies, 1997-1998
Box: 10 Folder: 3
Artwork, 1998
Oversize: FB-552 Folder: 14
Cover artwork, 1998

Number 10

Box: 10 Folder: 4-9
Correspondence, 1998 February-December
Box: 11 Folder: 1
Correspondence, 1998 July-September

Regarding printing and publishing of magazine.

Box: 11 Folder: 2-6
Manuscript files - Drafts, dummy, proof and blueline, 1998
Box: 11 Folder: 7
Artwork, 1998
Oversize: FB-552 Folder: 15
Artwork, 1998
Box: 11 Folder: 8
Publicity, 1998 November 13

Includes publicity for benefit reading and publication party, flyers and responses.

Number 11

Box: 11 Folder: 9-10
Correspondence, 1998 April-December
Box: 12 Folder: 1-7
Correspondence, 1998 August-1999 June
Box: 13 Folder: 1-4
Correspondence, 1999 January-2001 November

Includes correspondence with McNaughton & Gunn Inc.

Box: 13 Folder: 5-10
Manuscript files - Drafts, dummy, proofs and blueline, 1999
Box: 14 Folder: 1
Blueline, 1999 June 17
Box: 14 Folder: 2-3
Artwork, 1996-1999

Includes Alfred Leslie photographs for "Lines From Frank O'Hara."

Oversize: FB-552 Folder: 16
Cover artwork, 1999

Number 12

Box: 14 Folder: 4-8
Correspondence, 1999 March-2001 October
Box: 15 Folder: 1-7
Correspondence, 2000 August-2004 May

ARTISTS AND WRITERS FILES

Scope and Contents of Series

SERIES 2) WRITERS AND ARTISTS FILES: Includes correspondence and work by various writers and artists who contributed or were solicited to contribute to ARSHILE. Some notable correspondents include: Kenward Elmslie, Jack Hirschman, Jasper Johns, Alex Katz, Gerard Malanga, Douglas Messerli, Yoko Ono, and Carl Rakosi.

These materials were originally separate from the chronological magazine publication files. Arranged in alphabetical order.

Box: 15 Folder: 8
Angeline, Mary, undated
Box: 15 Folder: 9
Bachardy, Don, 1998-2002

Includes artwork portraits of Mark Salerno and Frank O'Hara.

Box: 15 Folder: 10
Beliew, Erin, 1995
Box: 16 Folder: 1
Bronk, William, 1993-1999

Includes poetry submissions to ARSHILE: A Magazine of the Arts.

Box: 16 Folder: 2
Carnwath, Squeak, 1997
Box: 16 Folder: 3
Corbett, William, 1992-1993
Box: 16 Folder: 4
Elmslie, Kenward, 1997-2001
Box: 16 Folder: 5
Hirschman, Jack, 1993
Box: 16 Folder: 6
Johns, Jasper, 1994-2001
Box: 16 Folder: 7
Katz, Alex, 1996-2001
Box: 16 Folder: 8
Malanga, Gerard, 1992-1994
Box: 16 Folder: 9
Messerli, Douglas
Box: 16 Folder: 10
Nelson, Geoffrey
Box: 16 Folder: 11-12
Ono, Yoko, 1993-2007

Includes correspondence with Jon Hendricks and Michael Phillips, and "Vertical Memory" typescript draft.

Box: 16 Folder: 13
Rakosi, Carl, 1993-2002
Box: 16 Folder: 14
Thieband, Wayne, 1994-1998
Box: 16 Folder: 15
Woelffer, Emerson

MISCELLANEOUS

Scope and Contents of Series

SERIES 3) MISCELLANEOUS: Includes general correspondence, flyers and publicity materials related to advertising, sponsored events, and workshop materials for ARSHILE: A Magazine of the Arts Advanced Workshop for Poets. Arranged in alphabetical order.

Box: 17 Folder: 1-3
Advertising
Box: 17 Folder: 4
Events, 1996-1998

Flyers and publicity materials.

Box: 17 Folder: 5
Mock-up of poster featuring the names of ARSHILE: A Magazine of the Arts contributors
Oversize: FB-552 Folder: 17
Mock-up of poster and other magazine artwork
Box: 17 Folder: 6
Photographs of ARSHILE: A Magazine of the Arts events, and promotional slides
Box: 17 Folder: 7-8
Postcards, 1992-1998
Box: 17 Folder: 9
Statement for Encyclopedia of New York School Poets, 2005-2006

Includes correspondence with Terence Diggory.

Box: 17 Folder: 10-11
Advanced Workshop for Poets materials, 1995 March 7

ARSHILE: A Magazine of the Arts Advanced Workshop for Poets. Includes flyers, assignments, and notes.