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Robert Sward fonds. - 1966-1985. - 12 m of textual record.

Biographical Sketch

Poet, editor, writer and teacher, Robert Sward was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1933. He attended the University of Illinois (B.A., 1956) and the University of Iowa (M.A., 1958), and subsequently did postgraduate work at Middlebury College in Vermont and the University of Bristol in England. Sward was poet-in-residence and taught English at various universities in the United States. Following his move to Victoria, British Columbia in 1969, he became poet-in-residence at the University of Victoria and taught creative writing there until 1973. Sward founded The Soft Press in 1970 and published 21 titles, mainly West Coast poetry, until he sold the press in 1977. He was editor-in-chief of Hancock House Publishers from 1976 to 1979. Sward moved to Toronto, in 1979, where he worked on a freelance basis, writing articles and reviews, teaching, editing and broadcasting. In 1985, Sward left Toronto for Santa Cruz, California where he now teaches at Monterey Peninsula College and continues to write and publish poetry, articles and reviews.

Scope and Content

The Robert Sward fonds covers consists of personal and professional correspondence; journals, notebooks, manuscripts and typescripts of poems, fiction, reviews, including The Jurassic Shales, Twelve Poems, Half a Life's History: Poems New and Selected, The Toronto Islands and Four Incarnations: New and Selected Poems, 1957-1991; and the Soft Press archive from 1970 to 1978.

Immediate Source of Acquisition: acquired from Robert Sward in several accessions. [1978-01, 1983-19, 1988-04, 1991-12, 1994-07]

Language: material in the fonds is in English.

Restrictions: some restrictions on correspondence.

Finding Aid: finding aid available for first two accessions.

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