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Toledo Poets Center - Administrative Files

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UR 143A

Scope and Contents

The administrative files of the Toledo Poets Center (TPC) consist of the grant paperwork that funded the Center’s activities; posters and flyers, as well as press and news clippings, of the events sponsored or co-sponsored by the TPC; correspondence concerning invitations to read, requests for copies of the broadside produced by the TPC Press, 11x30, and program operations; and information on several of the poets who visited Toledo.

The collection is arranged alphabetically by subject or record type.


  • 1976-2014

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research. Materials may be accessed by request at the Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections on the fifth floor of the William S. Carlson Library on the main campus of the University of Toledo. Materials do not circulate.

Conditions Governing Use

In most cases, the Canaday Center does not own the copyright and literary rights to items in its collections; it is the responsibility of the researcher to adhere to U.S. Copyright and Fair Use laws, including seeking permission from the copyright holder and payment of any royalty fees, in the reproduction and use of archival materials. Providing copies or scans does not constitute a license to publish or reproduce images in print or electronic form.

Biographical / Historical

(This collection was originally transferred to the Archives in 2008, with an accrual in 2017. Organization background developed from an overview written by Toledo Poets Center Project Director, Joel Lipman, in 1999):

Established and initially funded in 1976, the Toledo Poets Center (TPC) provided literary arts programming for the metropolitan Toledo area. It was co-directed by Joel Lipman and Nick Muska and affiliated with the University of Toledo’s English department. TPC’s programming included a Visiting Poets Series, the Toledo Poets Center Press, Writer’s Workshops for Underserved Populations, and Poetry Information and Assistance, and accomplished the following:

The Center sponsored and co-sponsored over 150 writers who read, performed, and exhibited their work at venues throughout Toledo and included such prominent writers as John Ashbery, Gwendolyn Brooks, Robert Bly, Andrei Codrescu, Allen Ginsberg, Etheridge Knight, Lyn Lifshin, Czeslaw Milosz, Dudley Randall and Diane Wakoski.

The Toledo Poets Center Press edited and published chapbooks and short-run editions by local and regional writers. Titles include Glass Will: An Anthology of Toledo Poets (1985) and Inverted Pyramid by playwright Larry Harris.

The TPC’s programming for underserved populations, which aimed to advance literacy, included a writer’s workshop at Aurora House, a central-city residential facility for homeless women and children, and a poetry workshop for inmates of the Toledo-Lucas County Jail and the former Lucas County Workhouse.

The Toledo Poets Center demonstrated a quality and consistency in its programming that let to awards from the Arts Commission of Greater Toledo for both Service to the Arts and Community Impact, as well as the Ohio Art Council’s Governor’s Awards for the Arts.


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Toledo Poets Center - Administrative Files
Sara Mouch
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Repository Details

Part of the Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections Repository

2801 West Bancroft Street
William S. Carlson Library, Fifth Floor
Toledo Ohio 43606 United States