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Collection #161

Walter Holland Papers

Record:161
Date: 1975-2004
Size: 9 feet

Provenance

Donated by Walter R. Holland, 2018.

Use Restrictions

Donor retains copyright.

Scope and Content

This collection includes copies of books, articles, and essays by Walter Holland. There are also personal journals from his early years in Virginia as well as original manuscripts, both typed and hand-written, of poems, short stories and plays (some of which were never published). There are also manuscripts of LGBT writer friends. Correspondence includes personal letters from friends and family as well as correspondence with editors and publishers. There is an extensive collection of books used in research for Holland’s CUNY Graduate Center dissertation, “American Gay Male Poetry Since World War II,” and copies of the dissertation. There are books by friends such as Alfred Corn, Steve Cordova, Dennis Rhodes, Justin Chin, etc., many with inscriptions. Included are records of Magic City Press, Holland’s publishing imprint, along with press releases, reviews and promotional material for his books A Journal of the Plague Years and The March. There are photos of Holland and friends at home, travelling and at readings. Also included are interviews on audiocassette with various gay poets including Perry Brass, Ian Young, Richard Howard, Felice Picano, Alfred Corn and Edward Field, used for dissertation research.

History or Bio

Walter Holland, Ph.D. (b. 1953), is a gay writer, scholar, essayist, and critic. He is the author of three poetry collections, Circuit (Chelsea Station Editions, 2010), Transatlantic (Painted Leaf Press, 2001), and A Journal of the Plague Years: Poems 1979-1992 (Magic City Press, 1992), and a novel, The March (Hard Candy Books, 1996). He holds an M.A. in Creative Writing (Poetry) from City College and a Ph.D in English Literature from The Graduate Center CUNY. His dissertation on American gay poetry since World War II received the 1998 Paul Monette Dissertation Award. He has lectured extensively at many conferences, poetry festivals and colleges.

Born in Queens, New York, Holland was raised in Lynchburg, Virginia. He attended Bard College in Annandale-on-the-Hudson, N.Y. from 1972 to 1976 where he took a B.A. in Dance and Literature. After college he studied dance and performed in New York City and was a reviewer for the New York State Council on the Arts. He was on scholarship at the Merce Cunningham Studio. He returned to Virginia in 1980 to take pre-requisites toward an M.S. degree in Physical Therapy at Columbia University. He completed his studies at Columbia in 1985 and worked as a physical therapist in Manhattan from 1985 until retiring in 2015 while simultaneously pursuing his career as a writer, poet and lecturer. He has participated in numerous gay and lesbian readings, attended literary conferences and has a unique personal perspective and knowledge of the early days of New York gay and lesbian literary culture and the devastation of the AIDS epidemic during the eighties and nineties.

His poetry has appeared in many publications such as Bay Windows, Body Positive, Christopher Street, The Harvard Gay & Lesbian Review, Provincetown Magazine, and many more. His poetry has also appeared in Found Object, Jugular Defenses: an AIDS Anthology (The Oscars Press of London) and The Columbia Anthology of Gay Literature. He provided editorial assistance on Assotto Saint’s last book of poetry, Wishing for Wings. He has published essays about poetry for Lambda Book Report, The James White Review, The Journal of Homosexuality, Lambda Book Report and Body Positive.

Holland’s short stories have been published in Art and Understanding, Harrington Gay Men’s Fiction Quarterly, and the anthology Rebel Yell. A memoir piece appears in Mama’s Boy: Gay Men Writing About Their Mothers (Painted Leaf Press, 2000).

Holland co-wrote the lyrics and the book for a musical, “The Age of Innocence,” based on the novel by Edith Wharton, with the gay composer Ted Kociolek. It received two staged readings at the York Theater in New York in the early nineties and a featured reading at The Florida Festival of New Musicals at the Winter Park Playhouse in Florida in 2017.

Holland is currently at work on a personal memoir which deals with the New York dance scene in the seventies and eighties. He also writes reviews for LambdaLiterary.com and Pleiades literary journal. He lives in New York with his husband and partner of thirty years, Howard Frey.

Note: A comprehensive biography and bibliography are available by request.

Folder List

Box 1

1. Journal 1973
2. Journal 1974 – 1977
3. Journal June 1981 – Feb 1988
4. Poems 1973 – 1977
5. Blue Guitar [novel draft w/edit marks]
6. The Springs [short story manuscripts w/ edit marks]
7. Southern Exposures [novel manuscript]
8. Nights with Frank – Short Stories 1980s [manuscript]
9. Jones Beach – Short Stories 1980s [manuscript]
10. The Day Rudolph Left the Hospital – Short Stories 1980s [manuscript]
11. A Disappointment – Short Stories 1980s [manuscript]
12. The Night the Belly Dancer Came to Town – Short Stories 1980s [manuscript]
13. The Library – Short Stories 1980s [manuscript]
14. Black Boy at the Swimming Pool – Short Stories 1980s [manuscript]
15. Isle of Capri – Short Stories 1980s [manuscript]
16. A Twitch in the Light – Short Stories 1980s [manuscript]
17. Crisis at the C&S Café – Short Stories 1980s [manuscript]
18. The Christmas Parade – Short Stories 1980s [manuscript]
19. A Christmas on Polk Street – Short Stories 1980s [manuscript]
20. Lula Talbert – Short Stories 1980s [manuscript]
21. The Nigger From New York – Short Stories 1980s [manuscript]
22. Jones Beach – Short Stories 1980s [manuscript]
23. The Bar – Short Stories 1980s [manuscript]
24. Quit’n Time – Short Stories 1980s [manuscript]
25. Laguna Beach – Short Story [manuscript]
26. The Palm Beach Parrot – Short Story [manuscript]
27. The Yard Sale – Short Story [manuscript]
28. Sleep – Short Story [manuscript]
29. In the Airport – Short Story [manuscript]
30. An Unexpected Guest – Short Story [manuscript]
31. Sightings – Short Story [manuscript]
32. The Letter – Short Story [manuscript]
33. Years Ago – Short Story [manuscript]
34. Brian’s Last Tea – Short Story [manuscript]
35. In Our House – Short Story [manuscript]
36. Southern Exposures – Short Story [manuscript]
37. Washington Journal – Short Story [manuscript]
38. Gods Love We… – Short Story [manuscript]
39. The Wife of Cultural Affairs – Short Story [manuscript]
40. Frau Gerti – Short Story [manuscript]
41. Loose Ends – Short Story [manuscript]
42. The Store On Eighth Street – Short Story [manuscript]
43. Marie Claude – Short Story [manuscript]
44. In the Old Age Home – Short Story [manuscript]
45. The Fourth of July – Short Story [manuscript]
46. the Tap Dancer – Short Story [manuscript]
47. Hunters – Short Story [manuscript]
48. The Dancer – Short Story [manuscript]
49. The Baths – Short Story [manuscript]
50. The Picnic – Short Story [manuscript]
51. Early Creative Writing [1970s]
52. Contributions – Lambda Book Report, A Sea of Stories, Body Positive [photocopies]
53. Red Clay: A Memoir of Growing Up In Virginia [manuscript]
54. Red Clay – Short Story [manuscript]
55. Laguna Beach Love Story 7/9/89 – Short Story [manuscript]
56. The Ancoma Jar 11/22/89 – Short Story [manuscript]
57. The Baptistery Doors – Short Story [manuscript]
58. Der Andere Uffer – Short Story [manuscript]
59. Seven Days – Short Novel [manuscript]
60. Poems [copies and originals] 1 of 3
61. Poems [copies and originals] 2 of 3
62. Poems [copies and originals] 3 of 3
63. Poems [copies and originals] 1 of 2
64. Poems [copies and originals] 2 of 3
65. Sketchbook [undated with poems & drawings]

Box 2

66. Journal, Poems 1/87-8/87, 6/88-8/88
67. Journal, Poems & Misc. – To Michael with Love 11/2/87
68. Poems – Notes for Courses, Grad Center 1995
69. Journal 5/89 Southwest, 5/25/01 Bali
70. Journal – Istanbul 5/90, Amsterdam 11/93
71. Journal – 11/27/90 – 8/31/93
72. Journal – 9/12/93 – 9/16/94
73. Journal – Lisbon October 1994
74. Poems – Notes for Courses, Grad Center 1995
75. Journal – Florence 5/12/95
76. Journal – 1/10/97 Amsterdam
77. Journal – Spain 9/21/90 – 9/29/90
78. Journal – 9/94 – 1/4/97
79. Greece Trip 5/30/96 – Stories, Poems, Journal
80. Journal – Paris – 3/4/98
81. Journal/Poems – 1998
82. Southern Exposure – A Novel [manuscript]
83. Short Stories [manuscrtipt]
84. Short Stories [manuscript]
85. Canal Street – A novel [manuscript] 1 of 3
86. Canal Street – A novel [manuscript] 2 of 3
87. Canal Street – A novel [manuscript] 3 of 3
88. Summer of Love – A Novel [manuscript] 1 of 3
89. Summer of Love – A Novel [manuscript] 2 of 3
90. Summer of Love – A Novel [manuscript] 3 of 3

Box 3

91. The Age of Innocence: Musical [script]
92. Resonance – Poems [manuscript]
93. Barcelona-Paris-A La Re Recherché
94. Circuit – Poems H [manuscript]
95. The Barcelona Poems – [manuscript, cover art]
96. Summer of Love [novel manuscript w/ edit notes] 1 of 2
97. Summer of Love [novel manuscript w/ edit notes] 2 of 2
98. Poems [manuscript]
99. Signed Manuscripts of Friends 1 of 3
100. Signed Manuscripts of Friends 2 of 3
101. Signed Manuscripts of Friends 3 of 3
102. Unsigned Manuscripts of Friends
103. Poems of Baptism – 1978 1 of 2
104. Poems of Baptism – 1978 2 of 2
105. Poetry Manuscripts 1 of 2
106. Poetry Manuscripts 2 of 2
107. Misc. Notes with Names and Phone Numbers
108. Poetry Manuscripts
109. Poem 2/24/78 Signed “Love, S”
110. Poetry & Story Manuscripts of David Craig Austin
111. Poetry Manuscripts with notes and Edits 1 of 3
112. Poetry Manuscripts with notes and Edits 2 of 3
113. Poetry Manuscripts with notes and Edits 3 of 3
114. Poetry Readings GBC Gardens and Daltons [photos]
115. Germany, Amsterdam, California [photos]
116. Emma Smith, Chuck Schull, Lynchburg VA [photos]
117. March On Washington, Aids Quilt [photos]
118. Upper West Side, 35 W 92nd St [photos]
119. 43 W 83rd St, NYC [photos, parties, friends]
120. Michael Evans and other friends [photos]
121. Book Party for “The March” [photos, At Scott Hightower’s Loft, NYC]
122. Pink Poets [photos]
123. Fire Island Pines [photos w/ friends at home and events]
124. Provincetown, MA [photos w/ friends and Poetry Festival]
161 page 9
125. & Michael Manzi, Steven Cordova, Charlie Spicer [photos]
126. PHD Graduation [photos]
127. Gay Pride NYC [photos]
128. Walter & Howard, Paris [photos]
129. Provincetown and NYC Val Holley, Joe Plocek [photos]
130. Memorials & Obituaries [photos]
131. Walter Holland Sr. 2005 [photos]

Box 4

132. Summer of Love [3/1/2000 novel manuscript] 1 of 3
133. Summer of Love [3/1/2000 novel manuscript] 2 of 3
134. Summer of Love [3/1/2000 novel manuscript] 3 of 3
135. Poems 1972 – 1977 – A Gift to My Family
136. The Orchard [novel manuscript 3/5/96] 1 of 3
137. The Orchard [novel manuscript 3/5/96] 2 of 3
138. The Orchard [novel manuscript 3/5/96] 3 of 3
139. Contaminated Angels [novel manuscript 1997] 1 of 3
140. Contaminated Angels [novel manuscript 1997] 2 of 3
141. Contaminated Angels [novel manuscript 1997] 3 of 3
142. Hill City [novel manuscript 5/4/03] 1 of 3
143. Hill City [novel manuscript 5/4/03] 2 of 3
144. Hill City [novel manuscript 5/4/03] 3 of 3
145. Gay Provincetown Lecture – Gay & Lesbian Bibliography
146. One Among The Many, Poems [manuscript]
147. Reconstruction, Poems 3/14/02 [manuscript]
148. In the Liberace Museum, Poems 9/17/2004 [manuscript]
149. In the Liberace Museum, Poems 9/13/2004 [manuscript]
150. In the Liberace Museum, Poems [manuscript, undated w/ notes]
151. In the Liberace Museum, Poems 9/14/2004 [manuscript]
152. September Songs, Poems 9/17/2002 [manuscript]
153. September Songs, Poems [manuscript, undated]
154. Transatlantic, Poems [manuscript w/ notes]
155. Store Closing, Poems [manuscript]
156. Hometown [short story]
157. Poems [from unlabeled envelope]
158. Published Poems & Articles [copies from various publications]
159. Body Positive, April 2002 [article] Chiron Review, Autumn 2005 [poem]
160. James ite Review [issues w/ contributions]
161. Prism ’82 [Lynchburg College Student Publication]

Box 5

162. Mailing List Info & Labels
163. Check Register & Consignment Receipts
164. Invoices [book sales]
165. Magic city Press business Certificate & misc. receipts
166. Shipping Receipts
167. Magic City Press Print Orders & Invoices
168. Magic City Press Tax Records
169. Publicity Records & Lists
170. Dance Performance Promo Card [removed from frame]
171. Copyright Info, Magic City Press
172. Library of Congress Info
173. HGLR (Harvard Gay & Lesbian Review) Essay, Oct ’98
174. The March, novel – Publicity Materials & Reviews
175. The March, novel – Publishing Agreement
176. The March, Sales Receipts
177. Transatlantic, Publicity / Press Release
178. The Plague Years, Reviews
179. Kolovakos Seed Grant Award Applicaion
180. New Book Projects – Gerry Gomez Pearlberg & Michelle Cliff
181. Print Ad & Cover Proof for “The March”
182. Publicity Photos of
183. Book Proposal for “Contaminated Saints”
184. Book Proposals to
185. Correspondence re. Submissions
186. Living Legacy Aids Memorial Archive
187. “Love Lasts Forever” [draft of contribution, correspondence, publicity]
188. Manuscript w/ edit notes – Contribution to: “Becoming Gay Men: The Gay Memoir &
Autobiographical Fiction in the 20th Century
189. “A Sea of Stories: The Shaping of the Power Of Narrative in Gay & Lesbian Culture [notes re.
Contributions and Editing]
190. Essay for Body Positive Magazine
191. Lambda Book Report Article ’02 [correspondence & notes]
192. Bibliography – AIDS Narratives [poetry]
193. Essay on Yves Lubin [aka Assotto Saint]
194. Alyson Poetry Anthology [correspondence & notes]
195. Blackbird Singin’ In the Dead of Night [one act play]
196. Event Programs, Flyers of NYC Artist Friends
197. The March – novel [final draft, 4/94] 1 of 4
198. The March – novel [final draft, 4/94] 2 of 4
199. The March – novel [final draft, 4/94] 3 of 4
200. The March – novel [final draft, 4/94] 4 of 4
201. The Orchard – novel [manuscipt 3/5/96] 1 of 4
202. The Orchard – novel [manuscipt 3/5/96] 2 of 4
203. The Orchard – novel [manuscipt 3/5/96] 3 of 4
204. The Orchard – novel [manuscipt 3/5/96] 4 of 4
205. Fire Island Story – novel [manuscript, second draft 3/20/88] 1 of 4
206. Fire Island Story – novel [manuscript, second draft 3/20/88] 2 of 4
207. Fire Island Story – novel [manuscript, second draft 3/20/88] 3 of 4
208. Fire Island Story – novel [manuscript, second draft 3/20/88] 4 of 4
209. Memory of My Mother’s Death [short story]
210. Red Clay: A Memior of Growing Up in Virginia
211. Red Clay [short story, 10/28/1974]
212. Urban Landscape NY Poetry [Proposal for New School Class – 2004]
213. Berlin Journal 11/16/2003
214. Poems [undated, some with edit marks]

Box 6

215. Correspondence A-D [Alpha, single letters, cards]
216. Correspondence E-H [Alpha, single letters, cards]
217. Correspondence I-N [Alpha, single letters, cards]
218. Correspondence O-S [Alpha, single letters, cards]
219. Correspondence T-Z [Alpha, single letters, cards]
220. Postcards from to Joint Effort [work collegues]
221. David Austin [letters, 1987]
222. Nick [Bamforth] [letters, postcards, 1985-1987]
223. Judy Bobrow [letters 1975]
224. Jeanette Bolding [letters, cards]
225. Perry Brass [Christmas Poems & cards]
226. Justin Chin [emails 1998-2006]
227. Steven Cordova [letters, cards, emails]
228. Alfred Corn [letters, emails]
229. Frank Dodge [letters, emails, newsclips, programs]
230. Irene Dowd [letters, cards, 1981-1998] 1 of 2
231. Irene Dowd [letters, cards, 1981-1998] 2 of 2
232. S. K. Duff [letters, emails 1997-1998]
233. Michael Evans [letters, postcards, book proposal]
234. Byrne Fone [letter to and from]
235. Inge & Marvina Glasser [letters, cards]
236. Nancy Harper [letters 1983]
237. Scott Hightower [emails]
238. Barry Donald Jones [letters, cards 1985-88]
239. Pierre Lacoste [letters, cards 1987-1988]
240. Bennet Lerner [emails, letters 1982-1998]
241. Benno Mahr [letters, postcards 1984-1988]
242. Michael Manzi [letters, 1982, 1987]
243. Gerry Gomex Pearlman [emails, cards]
244. John Personius [letters 1985]
245. Felice Picano [emails, 1997-2006]
246. Gerry Pow.. (sic) [letters]
247. Regie [emails 2001-2002]
248. Dennis Rhodes [letters, cards]
249. Anne Riely [letters, cards]
250. Michael Shoop [letters, 1985]
251. Chuck Shull [email]
252. Robert Smith [cards, letters]
253. Elizabeth Stambler [letters, cards]
254. Michael Thomas [letters 1986]
255. Helen McGehee Umana [letters, cards]
256. Val Holley & Joe Plocek [letter, cards]
257. Constantin Von Haeften [cards 1988]
258. Anne Woodward [letters, cards]
259. Sue Zwick [cards, emails]
260. Cards from Various Friends [no full names]
261. Parents [letters, cards 1980 – 2000] 1 of 2
262. Parents [letters, cards 1980 – 2000] 2 of 2
263. Condolence Cards [ mother’s death, 2002]
264. Jan ite (sister) Mary (sister) & other family [letters, cards]
265. Ph.D. Completion Congratulatory cards & emails
266. Newsletter, Tromploy Studio & Gallery, 1982
267. Letters & emails from editors
268. Unfinshed letters to Skip [undated] , Freddie 11/11/86
269. Letters & cards from Professional Colleagues 1983 1984
270. Emails 1996 – 2002 [no full names]
271. Emails re: 9/11 to unidentified recipients
272. University of Iowa [letters from]
273. Poems by S.K. Duff, Charles Flowers & others
274. Emergence by Kenneth Kozischek [manuscript]
275. Short Stories by D.E. Rager
276. Whitman = Death by Carl Morse [article manuscript]

Unfoldered Items

Boxes 7-9

Books from Holland’s library.

Note: Inventory of titles available by request.

Box 10

Audiocassetes 1-8. Interviews with various gay poets: Perry Brass, Ian Young, Richard Howard, Felice Picano, Alfred Corn and Edward Field (used for dissertation research).

VHS Cassette 1. Compilation of Leather Bar, Fire Island, AIDS Memorial Quilt, Protests, Marches, and AIDS-related news clips w/ music track [no credtis of dates]

VHS Cassette 2. Blanche Holland Memorial Service, Westminster Canterbury, Lynchburg VA, May 4, 2002

Note: Audio and visual tapes are not yet available for research.