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Blue Moon Press records, 1975-1983

MS 346

Collection Summary

Creator: Hepworth, James R.
Collection Name:Blue Moon Press records,
Inclusive Dates: 1975-1983
Physical Description:1.5 linear ft.
Abstract:Correspondence with authors and editors, 1977-1981. Financial Records, 1981. Grant Application, 1981. Reviews, 1979. Files relating to Sketches Against the Dark, 1978-1981. Author manuscripts, 1978-1983. Copies of publications, 1975-1981. Production files for The Fifth Wind, 1981. Papers of James R. Hepworth, 1978-1979.
Collection Number:MS 346
Repository: University of Arizona Libraries, Special Collections
University of Arizona
PO Box 210055
Tucson, AZ 85721-0055
Phone: 520-621-6423
Fax: 520-621-9733

Biographical Note

The Blue Moon Press was founded in October of 1976 by four University of Arizona students. The Press was established as an independent, non-profit corporation with the express purpose of fostering and preserving literary efforts. Under the guidance of chief editor James Hepworth, the Blue Moon Press focused on the publication of manuscripts by Western-based writers, and usually published two titles per year.

During its seven-year existence, the Press published an annual magazine, Blue Moon News; an anthology of writing by members of the Arizona State Prison Writer's Workshop, Do Not Go Gentle; as well as collections of fiction and chapbooks of poetry. In addition, the Press sponsored poetry readings and printed a series of poster poems for the Tucson city bus line, Sun Tran.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of 1.5 linear feet, and contains correspondence with authors and publishers, copies of published books and chapbooks, and select design files. Of particular interest are those files pertaining to Gracia Grindal's Sketches Against the Dark (1981), which was not well-received by reviewers and journal editors. The production files for The Fifth Wind (L.D. Clark, 1981) have been kept as part of the collection as examples of the production process at the Blue Moon Press.

Additional files include the papers of James Hepworth, specifically a typescript of his Masters thesis and two video tapes of author interviews.


This collection is organized into four series.
Series I: Administrative Files, 1978-1983
Series II: Author Manuscripts, 1979-1983
Series III: Publication and Production Files, 1975-1981
Series IV: Personal Files of James R. Hepworth, 1978-1981





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Access Terms

Personal Name(s)
Bourjaily, Vance Nye, -- Interview.
Clark, L. D., -- Correspondence.
Grindal, Gracia, -- Correspondence.
Larson, Robert, -- Correspondence.
Running, Orville, -- Correspondence.
Ríos, Alberto, -- Correspondence.
Smith, Patricia Clark, -- Correspondence.

Prisoners' writing, American -- Arizona.
Publishers and publishing -- Arizona.
Small presses -- Arizona -- 20th century.

Administrative Information

Credit Line

Blue Moon Press records (MS 346). Special Collections, University of Arizona Libraries.

Container List

Series I: Administrative Files, 1978-1983
Subseries 1: Announcements
11 General announcements, 1981-1982
Subseries 2: Correspondence
12 General, 1978-1983
13 Re: León Felipe: The Last Troubadour, 1977-1979
14 Grindal, Gracia, 1978-1980
15 Larson, Robert, 1980-1981
16 Ortiz, Simon, 1978-1979
17 Running, Orville, 1979-1980
18 Smith, Patricia Clark, 1979
Subseries 3: Financial Records
19 Miscellaneous financial records
Subseries 4: Grants
110 Grant application: Poetry on the Buses (to the Arizona Commission on the Arts), 1981
Subseries 5: Reviews
111 Lakes and Legacies: Criss Cannady, 1979
Subseries 6: Files relating to Sketches Against the Dark : Gracia Grindal, 1981
112 General correspondence, 1979-1981
113 Design files
114 Financial records
115 Reviews
Series II: Author Manuscripts, 1979-1983
116-17 Is This Naomi? : L.D. Clark, 1979
118-19 León Felipe: The Last Troubadour ;typescript, "old manuscript", 1979
120 All My Springs : Gracia Grindal; typescript , n.d.
121 To the Cities : Gracia Grindal ; typescript , n.d.
222 Poems (miscellaneous) : Gracia Grindal; typescript, clippings, résumé , ca. 1978
223-24 Howbah Indians : Simon Ortiz; typescript , 1978
225-26 Fiction (miscellaneous): Alberto A. Rios ; original typescript , n.d.
227 Fiction (miscellaneous): Alberto A. Rios ; corrected typescripts for "Sapito" and "The Child" , n.d.
228 Poems (miscellaneous): Alberto A. Rios ; typescript , n.d.
229 Rosete's Smile : Alberto A. Rios ; typescript , 1979
230 The Promise of Morning Writings from Arizona Prisons ; typescript , 1983
231 The Promise of Morning Writings from Arizona Prisons; typescripts, files, and clippings , 1983
Series III: Publications & Production Files, 1975-1981
Subseries 1: Publications. (Arranged chronologically by publication date.)
232 The Corn : Geoff Hewitt ; "First Private Edition" , 1975
233 Like Chief Joseph and the Nez Percez: Norman MacLeod , 1975
234 Blue Moon News v.1:no.2 ; vol.2: no.1 , 1976; 1977
235 Pulpit Rock: Gracia Grindal ; one copy each softbound and hardbound , 1976
336 From Here: Ruth Gardner ; no. 10 of 10 , 1977
337 Leaving Home: William Kloeffkorn , 1977
338 Lakes and Legacies: Criss Cannady , 1978
339 Howbah Indians: Simon Ortiz , 1978
340 Leon Felipe: The Last Troubador: Edited by Robert Houston with the assistance of Criss Cannady , 1979
341 Sketches Against the Dark: Gracia Grindal; softbound , 1981
342 Sketches Against the Dark: Gracia Grindal; hardbound , 1981
343 The Fifth Wind : L. D. Clark; softbound , 1981
344 The Fifth Wind : L. D. Clark; hardbound , 1981
Subseries 2: Design Files: The Fifth Wind: L. D. Clark , 1981
445 Galleys with designer notations in red felt tip pen; editorial comments in pencil
446 Paste-up copy
447 Printing specifications and unbound signatures
Series IV: Personal Files of James R. Hepworth, 1978-1981
548 MA Thesis typescript (with editorial comments), 1978
549 Wallace Stegner Fellowship application, 1978
5Video Writer in Residence: Vance Bourjaily (Part I) Author interview about his works while in residence at Witchita State University. 60 minute U-Matic 3/4" tape, 6/8/1981
5Video Writer in Residence: Vance Bourjaily (Part II). 60 minute U-Matic 3/4" tape,