Gary Lawless Papers
Scope and Contents
This collection features many publications by Gary Lawless, including works with other poets. These include small poetry booklets, manuscrpits, dafts, and entire books. There are newspaper clippings on Lawless's poetry, activism, The Gulf of Maine Bookstore and Blackberry Press. It features works from various poets who worked alongside Lawless or had their poetry published by Blackberry Press. The collection also includes event flyers and some correspondence between Lawless and other poets. Box 6 contains publications by Lawless and other authors.
- Lawless, Gary (Person)
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Kept at Fogler Library's offsite storage facility. One week's notice required for retrieval.
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Copyright is retained by the author.
Gary Lawless is a poet, bookstore owner, book editor, and publisher, born in Belfast and living now in Nobleboro. He is co-owner of Gulf of Maine Books in Brunswick (with Beth Leonard) and owner of the publishing company Blackberry Books in Nobleboro.
He is an associate professor of literature at Bates College in Lewiston, where he teaches courses in creative writing and environmental literature. Lawless has been poet-in-residence for the town of Sitka, Alaska, and for the National Park Service at Isle Royale National Park at Lake Superior, in 1998, and he taught creative writing for five years in MSAD 75's adult education program.
After graduating from Colby College in 1973, Lawless left Maine to spend a year in California studying with poet Gary Snyder. When Lawless returned to Maine, he brought the idea of the budding bioregional movement with him. In 1987, he organised a Gulf of Maine Bioregional Congress, bringing together a diverse group of back-to-the-land and "green" folks from across northern New England and eastern Canada for a four-day series of workshops and presentations.
Lawless has written and edited several books, all with the common theme of ecological integrity and spirit (from Maine State Library, accessed 5/22/2018).
7.0 linear feet (7 boxes)
Language of Materials
Collection consists mainly of his publications and printed ephemera pertaining to his literary career, publishing company, and book store.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated by Gary Lawless in 2005, 2008, 2011, 2013, and 2017. Accruals expected.
- Blackberry Books
- Clippings Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Gulf of Maine Books
- Manuscripts Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Poetry Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Poets, American -- Maine Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Publications Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Guide to the Gary Lawless Papers
- Box And Folder List Available
- Elizabeth Russell
- May 2018
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