Your Literary Archive: For Writers

If you’re a writer, your literary archive is your legacy, not only as a record of your creative process but also as a piece of cultural history. You need both a plan and a partner to ensure it survives. What should you keep, to ensure that your archive will be useful to researchers? How should you go about finding it a permanent home? What does a literary executor do, how do you find one, and how can you ensure they know everything they need to know about your work and your wishes?

Anne McDuffie spent more than a decade working with the late poet Madeline DeFrees and her archive. In honor of DeFrees’ Centennial Year—and her actual birthday, November 18—she’d like to share what she learned along the way. A selection from the Madeline DeFrees Collection at Folio will also be on display.

Anne McDuffie has edited two collections of DeFrees’ work, Where the Horse Takes Wing: The Uncollected Poems of Madeline DeFrees, and Subjective Geography: A Poet’s Thoughts on Life, Work and Craft (essays). She also organized the DeFrees archive and delivered it to the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, in January 2019.

November 18 2019, 7 pm

$10 General
$8 Folio Members
Complimentary wine reception.

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