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Betsy Warland fonds. - 1968-1994. - 10 m of textual record and other material.

Biographical Sketch

Author, editor and poet, Betsy Warland was born in Fort Dodge, Iowa in 1946. She studied at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa and at State College in Pennsylvania before immigrating to Canada in 1972. Her active participation in and coordination of various literary events and organizations resulted in her becoming a significant figure in the feminist and lesbian writing scene in Canada. She initiated and organized the Toronto Women's Writing Collective (1975-1981) and she helped conceive and co-ordinate the "Women and Words/Les femmes et les mots" conference held at the University of British Columbia in 1983. She participated in the Federation of B.C. Writers, the Special Council Committee on the Arts for the Vancouver City Council and was writer-in-residence at the Saskatoon Public Library. Warland has helped to publish the writings of many feminist writers through her work as editor of Telling It: Women and Language across Cultures (1990), InVersions: Writing by Dykes, Queers and Lesbians (1991), and through the journals (f)lip and Herizons.

Her first poem appeared in an issue of Waves in 1976 and by 1981, she had published her first volume of poetry, A Gathering Instinct. This was followed by Open is Poroken (1984) and Serpent(w)rite (1987). She has also collaborated with Daphne Marlatt on two works, Double Negative (1986) and Two Women in a Birth (1994). Many of Warland's poems, essays, reviews and interviews have appeared in Canadian and international journals and anthologies. Warland lives in Saskatoon and is presently a member of the Writers Union of Canada and the Saskatchewan Writers Guild.

Scope and Content

The Betsy Warland fonds consists of correspondence, manuscripts, personal documents, diaries and notebooks, numerous photographs, cassette recordings of interviews, readings and conference discussions, as well as, many publications and some interesting posters. Two additional boxes of files, labelled "context," consist of publicity material for various literary and arts events, newsletters, conference programs and other items, all in chronological order.

Immediate Source of Acquisition: acquired from Betsy Warland in 1996. [1996-04]

Language: material in the fonds is in English.

Restrictions: none.

Finding Aid: preliminary finding aid available.

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