Collected Works of Will Inman
Scope and Contents
In addition, this collection includes Inman's editorial work. From the early 1960s to the early 1980s, Inman edited and distributed "Kauri." "Kauri" is a little magazine created by Inman with a mimeograph that contains poetry by other authors. Inman also created many chapbooks to distribute his own poetry.
Inman was a prolific correspondent and frequently wrote to friends, family, publications, and U.S. Senators. His letters often discussed edits, revisions, and notes on poems people would send him. This collection includes Inman's collaboration with artist and friend Eloise Bethell Wilkinson to produce original artwork that reflected his poetry.
- 1923 - 2009, undated
- Inman, Will, 1923-2009 (Person)
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Biographical / Historical
In 1953, he changed his name to Inman (his mother's maiden name) to embody the "Will In Man" in his poetry. Inman legally changed his name in 1973. Inman moved to New York City to become fully involved with his writing. Inman was influenced by the works of Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Walt Whitman. During his time in New York City, Inman participated in poetry readings and clubs, which led him to teach a seminar at the Free University of New York. Starting in 1967, Inman taught poetry courses at the American University in Washington D.C. and Montgomery College in Maryland. He used his techniques from his Free University of New York seminars in these courses.
Inman had a son, William Stanley, with Violet Stanely. His son lived in Albany, New York with his mother and would visit Inman in the city. In 1969, Inman married Barbara Ann Sherman. Her poor health would move Inman to Tuscon, Arizona in 1973. Inman and Sherman got divorced in 1975. Inman would remain in Arizona for the rest of his life. He continued to publish his poetry there. Inman also participated in hosting poetry workshops in prisons and other charity work. On October 3, 2009, Inman passed away from Parkinson's Disease. He is best remembered for his poetry and activism.
42.14 Linear Feet (Contains 33 banker boxes, 1 legal document box, 2 oversize boxes, and 1 MC folder)
The Collected Works series is divided into six sub-series: "Kauri," Literary Publications, Chapbooks, Loose Poetry, Novel/Short Story Manuscripts, and Handwritten Notes. The works are further sorted into alphabetical order or by date.
The Correspondence series is sorted in alphabetical order by last name of the correspondent. Over 1,400 correspondents are recorded in this collection.
The Personal Documents/Items series is sorted into groups of relevance to Inman's life.
The Work of Other Authors series is sorted by the lastname of the author.
- Collected Works of Will Inman
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