Records, correspondence, printed materials and tapes of the Phone-A-Poem organization of Cambridge, Massachusetts. Also includes personal papers of Peter Payack, one of the company's founders.
- 1976-2011 and undated
Language of Materials
Collection materials are in English.
Conditions Governing Access
There are no restrictions on physical access to most of this material. Collection is open for research.
Partially restricted: Special equipment and surrogate required for audiocassettes; consult Houghton staff.
Extent4 linear feet (6 boxes)
The Phone-A-Poem collection includes records, correspondence, ephemera, audiocassette tapes, realia, clippings, and other material. Poets included Allen Ginsberg, Donald Hall, Denise Levertov, May Sarton, James Tate, August Wilson, and John Updike, among others. Also includes some personal papers and realia of Peter Payack.
Biographical / Historical
Phone-A-Poem was a Cambridge, Massachusetts based poetry phone hotline (1976-2001). The organization was founded by Peter Payack, and later edited and overseen by Roland Pease, founder and editor of Zoland Books. During its 25-year existence, Phone-A-Poem invited hundreds of poets, including Allen Ginsberg, Jane Kenyon and James Tate, as well as students and members of the public to create answering-machine length tape recordings of individual poems which the public could access by dialing the hotline.
Organized into the following series:
- I. Phone-A-Poem correspondence
- II. Phone-A-Poem records
- III. Phone-A-Poem printed materials
- IV. Peter Payack personal papers
- V. Phone-A-Poem audiocassette tapes
Purchased with the Dr. Michael and Teresa Anagnostopoulos Fund, 2010.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
2010M-46. Bulk of collection purchased with the Dr. Michael and Teresa Anagnostopoulos Fund from Roland Pease; received: 2010 July 1.
Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt
- Phone-A-Poem. Phone-A-Poem collection, 1976-2011: Guide.
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