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YATES, J. MICHAEL, 1938-
LMS-0085

J. Michael Yates fonds. - 1965-1980. - 12 m of textual record and other material.

Biographical Sketch

J. Michael Yates was born in Fulton, Missouri in 1938. He received his high school education in Wiesbaden, West Germany and obtained a B.A. and M.A. (1961) from the University of Kansas City, then studied comparative literature at the University of Michigan. He taught comparative literature at several universities in the United States between 1963 and 1966 before serving as professor of creative writing and as writer-in-residence at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. He encouraged the creation of several literary periodicals at the University and in 1966 founded the Sono Nis Press which specializes in literary publications. He ran this press until 1976, publishing nearly fifty books, including several of his own works. Yates has produced over a dozen publications in the genres of poetry, fiction and drama. He is considered a key figure in the development of "West Coast surrealism". Following a car accident in 1978, Yates took a job as a prison guard. His work Line Screw (1993) is a memoir of his years working in prison for which Yates won the Vancouver Prize. J. Michael Yates received Major Hopwood awards for Poetry and Drama from the University of Michigan, the International Broadcasting Excellence Award and the Look of Books Award.

Scope and Content

The J. Michael Yates fonds contains correspondence; manuscripts and typescripts of poems, prose, drama, including Canticle for Electronic Music, The Great Bear Lake Meditations, Parallax, The Qualicum Physics, and The Abstract Beast; Sono Nis Press archive (1969-1975); and photographs.

Immediate Source of Acquisition: received from the author in several instalments. [1983-04, 1989-02, 1994-08]

Language: material in the fonds is in English.

Restrictions: none.

Finding Aid: finding aid available for first accession.

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