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Rochelle Owens papers, 1900-2022

Summary Information

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Call No.: MS#0964
Bib ID 4079902 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Owens, Rochelle
Title Rochelle Owens papers, 1900-2022
Physical Description 10.5 linear feet (24 boxes and 1 folder)
Language(s) English .
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Correspondence, manuscripts, notes, documents, photographs, audio tapes, and printed materials of Rochelle Owens. Included are: correspondence with other writers, publishers, and friends; scripts and production files of her plays; and, manuscripts and drafts of her books and other poems, along with other related materials. Boxes 1-3: Cataloged correspondence; Boxes 4-12: Owens' writings by title (Manuscripts, notes, photographs& printed materials); Box 13-14: General file (Audio tape cassettes, Biographical materials, Misc., Photographs& Misc. printed materials); Oversize folder: Record album & Photographs.

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You will need to make an appointment in advance to use this collection material in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room. You can schedule an appointment once you've submitted your request through your Special Collections Research Account.

Boxes 2-19 are located off-site. You will need to request this material at least three business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

This collection has no restrictions.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Rochelle Owens papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

Related Materials

George Economou Papers. Columbia University Libraries.


Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. Contact rbml@columbia.edu for more information.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Papers: Source of acquisition--6192B. Method of acquisition--Purchase; Date of acquisition--04/23/1997. Accession number--M-97-04-23.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Papers Processed HR 08/05/1997.

Revision Description

2010-03-24 xml file created.

2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.

2021-10-21 Added link to archived website

Subject Headings

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Bentley, Eric, 1916- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
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History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

Playwright, poet, and translator. She was born in Brooklyn, NY, in 1936 and is married to the poet, George Economou.

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Series I: Cataloged correspondence

Box 1 Jane Alexander

Box 1 David Antin

Box 1 John Ashbery

Box 1 Eric Bentley

Box 1 Robert Brustein

Box 1 Charles Bukowski

Box 1 Andrei Codrescu

Box 1 Kirby Congdon

Box 1 E. E. Cummings

Box 1 Edward Dorn

Box 1 Kenward Elmslie

Box 1 Clayton Eshleman

Box 1 Geraldine Fitzgerald

Box 1 Charles Henri Ford

Box 1 John Giorno

Box 1 Lita Hornick

Box 1 Richard Kostelanetz

Box 1 Harry Levin

Box 1 David Meltzer

Box 1 Margaret Randall

Box 1 Kenneth Rexroth

Box 1 Ed Sanders

Series II: Arranged correspondence

Box 1 A - D

Box 2 E – N

Box 3 O - Z and unidentified

Box 15 Correspondence (scholars, critics, editors, etc.), 2014-2016

Box 16 Folder 1 Correspondence (mostly emails), 2015-2017

Box 16 Folder 2 Birthday cards (2) from Vita Paladino

Box 16 Folder 3 Letter re. "How Much Paint Does the Painting Need"

Box 16 Folder 4 Postcards (2)

Series III: Writings and Drawings by Rochelle Owens

(Manuscripts, documents, photographs, & printed materials)


Box 4 Atelier. See: Discourse on Life & Death. [poems]; & See: Mesh Recto. [poems]


Box 4 Beclch. [play]

Box 16 Folder 6 List of Owen's writings and some French translations of her poems

Box 4 Black Chalk

Box 4 _____. See also: Audio tape cassettes


Box 4 Chucky's Hunch. [play]

Box 4 _____. See also: The Graphic-Porno Man; a Novel.

Box 4 The Cocoanut Folk-Singer. [radio play]

Box 4 Constructs. [poems]


Box 4 Dear Anyone. [musical play]

Box 4 Discourse on Life & Death. [poems]

Box 4 Diverse Poems


Box 5 Earplay. (radio script)[Sweet Potatoes] See: Who Do You Want, Peire Vidal?

Box 5 Elga's Incantation and Early Works 1955-1965. [poems]

Box 5 Emma Instigated Me. [play]


Box 6 Francesca. [musical play] See: O. K. Certaldo

Box 6 French Light. [poems]

Box 16 Folder 6 French translations of her poems

Box 16 Folder 7 French translations of her poems

Box 6 Futz. [play]

Box 6 _____. See also: Oversize. Photographs


Box 7 Giggling Sushi. [play]

Box 7 The Girl on the Garage Wall. [story] See: Elga's Incantation

Box 7 The Graphic-Porno Man; a Novel.

Box 7 Guerre ˆ Trois. [play] See: Three Front. [play]


Box 7 He Wants Shih. [play]

Box 15 "Hermaphropoetics" Drifting Geometries. [long poem], February 2016

Box 15 "Hermaphropoetics" Drifting Geometries. [long poem]. Notes, workings, drafts, May 2015

Box 7 Homo; a play in Two Acts

Box 7 How Much Paint Does the Painting Need. [video]

Box 7 _____. See also: Audio tape cassettes


Box 8 I Am Deebler Woman. [play]

Box 8 _____. See also: I Am the Babe

Box 8 I Am the Babe of Joseph Stalin's Daughter. [poems]

Box 8 Innovators in the American Theatre. [essay]

Box 8 Istanboul. [play]

Box 8 _____. See also: Audio tape cassettes

Box 16 Folder 8 Italian translations of her poems (on-line)


Box 8 The Japanese Tourist. [play] See: Who Do You Want, Peire Vidal? [play]

Box 8 The Joe Cronicles: Part 2. [poems]

Box 8 The Joe Chronicles: Part 4: Sacre Coeur. [poems]

Box 8 The Joe 82 Creation Poems.


Box 9 The Karl Marx Play.

Box 9 _____. See also: Oversize. Record album

Box 9 Keep the Wigwam Small. [novel] See: The Graphic-Porno Man; a Novel

Box 9 Kontraption. [play]


Box 16 Folder 9 Le Cerveau Primaire

Box 9 Lost tending to Icchen Yicchen. {poem]

Box 9 Luca. [poems]

Box 9 _____. See also: Discourse on Life & Death. [poems] & Mesh Recto


Box 10 Melted Bridges. [novel] See: The Graphic-Porno Man; a Novel.

Box 10 Mesh Recto. [poems]

Box 10 _____. See also: Luca. [poems]

Box 10 Mountain Rites. (A Radio drama).


Box 10 Not Be Essence That Cannot Be. [poem] See: Elga's Incantations

Box 16 Folder 5 Notes on Poems Read at Penns Village, 20 May 2013


Box 10 The Obscenities of Reva Cigarnik. [story] See: Elga's Incantations

Box 10 O. K. Certaldo [musical play]

Box 10 Oklahoma Too; Rabbits and Nuggets. [video]

Box 16 Folder 10 Out of Ur. Introduction


Box 10 The Passersby. [novel] by Liliane Atlan, trans. from the French by R. Owens

Box 10 Paysanne. See: Discourse on Life & Death. [poems]; & See: Mesh Recto. [poems]

Box 10 The Pink as a Melon Poet (a Radio Play). See: The Cocoanut Folk-Singer.

Box 10 Playwrighting ... [Workshops for writing a one-act play]

Box 10 Poems Diverse.

Box 16 Folder 12 Printed poems on cards


Box 11 The Queen of Greece. [play]

Box 11 _____. See also: I Am the Babe


Box 11 [Reviews of other authors by Rochelle Owens]


Box 11 Sacre Coeur Invention Poems. See: The Joe Chronicles: Part 4

Box 11 ____. See: Audio tape cassettes

Box 11 Selected Poems.

Box 11 Sex-y Money. [novel] See: The Graphic-Porno Man; a Novel.

Box 11 Shemuel. [poems]

General Mss Box 67 Owens, Rochelle Manuscript Poem "Solitary Workwoman"

Box 16 Folder 11 Statement on her poems for arts festival

Box 11 The String Game. [play]

Box 11 Sweet Potatoes. A Comedy. [play]

Box 11 _____. See also: Who Do You Want, Peire Vidal? [play]


Box 12 The Tale of the Cocoanut Girl. See: The Cocoanut Folk Singer. [radio play]

Box 12 Three Front. [play]

Box 12 _____. See also: Audio tape cassettes


Box 12 W.C. Fields in French Light. [poems]

Box 12 Who Do You Want, Peire Vidal? [play]

Box 12 _____. See also: Futz. [play]

Box 12 The Widow and the Colonel. (A Radio Play)

Box 12 Miscellaneous manuscripts

Box 15 Small notebook of notes and workings, 2014-2016

Box 16 Folder 13 Ads and publicity


Box 14 Drawings by Rochelle Owens

Box 15 Drawings by Rochelle Owens, Summer/Fall 2015, Winter 2016 (In an ornate Oberon slipcase)

Series IV: General File

Box 13 Audio Tape Cassettes:

Box 13 Black Chalk - ca., 1992

Box 13 How Much Paint Does the Painting Need, 8/86

Box 13 Istanboul [play] - 9/87 Omaha Magic Theatre, 9/87

Box 13 O.K. Certaldo [musical play] - ca., 1976

Box 13 14e Festival Franco-Anglais de PoŽsie

Box 13 Poetry reading

Box 13 Poetry reading - 2/86 Oklahoma State University, 2/86

Box 13 Sacre CÏur Poems - ca., 1976

Box 13 Three Front [play] - 11/88 Omaha Magic Theatre (4 cassettes), 11/88

Box 13 _____. Nouveau Repertoire Dramatique Guerre ˆ Trois -, 7/91

Box 13 The Writers Mind [radio program] - 9/84 John Brandenburg/George Economou, 9/84

Box 13 _____ - 2/85 John Brandenburg, 2/85

Box 13 _____ - 9/85 Poems only, 9/85

Box 14 Biographical materials

Box 14 Miscellany

Box 14 Photographs

Box 14 _____. See also: Oversize. Photographs

Box 16 Folder 14 Photographs (5)

Box 16 Folder 15 Royalty statements, 2016

Box 14 Printed miscellany

Box 15 The Café Review, Winter 2016

Box 15 Great Writers Occupy Golden Handcuffs Review, 2015

Box 15 Milk: A poetry magazine, Nos. 3 & 4, Spring 2015

Series V: Oversize materials

Flat Box 273 Futz. [play] Photograph

Flat Box 273 The Karl Marx Play. Record album

Flat Box 273 Rochelle Owens Photographs

Series VI: Printed materials

Box 16 Hermaphropoetics: Drifting Geometries. By Rochelle Owens, 2017

Box 16 The Café Review., 2014

Box 16 Bless thee, Bottom, bless thee!. Translations and Transformations edited by Lou Rowan, 2017

Box 16 Journal of Beat Studies.. Edited by Ronna C. Johnson and Nancy M. Grace, 2016

Additions to the Papers, 2018-2022


Accession: 2018.2019.M018

Box 17 Folder 1 Notes; Workings; Drafts; Poems; Correspondence; Critics and Scholars, 2017-2018

Box 17 Folder 2 "Solarpoetics". Mss, 2017

Box 17 Folder 3 "How Much Paint Does The Painting Need". CD, 1992

Box 17 Folder 4 "Black Chalk". CD, 28 minutes, color, 1994

Box 17 Folder 5 "Oklahoma Too". CD, 1987

Box 17 Hermaphropoetics: Drifting Geometries , 2017

Box 17 TSQ, Volume 5 No. 1, February 2018

Box 17 Golden Handcuffs Review, No. 25


Box 18 Folder 1 Hermaphropoetics: Drifting Geometries , 2015-2016

(Published by Singing House Press, 2017)

Box 18 Folder 2 Elgh's Incantation , 1960

(sections published in Journals and Magazines and "New and Selected Poems, 1961-1996")

Box 18 Folder 3 Correspondence (some drawings included with email) , 2017-2019

Box 18 Folder 4 Lucs: Discourse On Life And Death Six poems

Box 18 Folder 5 "Discourse on Life and Death - began in 1988" Ms.

Box 18 Folder 6 Notebook of notes, ideas, poetic workings

Box 18 Folder 7 Poem Cards

Box 18 Folder 8 Land Art (2 postcards)

Box 18 Folder 9 Letter to chere femme (in French), 13 June 2019

Box 18 Folder 10 Letters to Rochelle Owens, 2019


Box 18 Folder 11 Drawing: "When I cancelled - I looked sad and frustrated"

Box 18 Folder 12 Drawing: "Crying Woman", bulk 14 May 2019

Box 18 Folder 13 Drawing" "The Feminisation of France?"

Box 18 Folder 14 Poetry Event Announcement (The Kelly Writers House, 17 October 2013)

Box 18 Folder 15 Calendar Sheet for May 2019 (heavily annotated)

(George Economou died on 3 May 2019)

Box 18 Folder 16 Miscellaneous: "Splendid Examples" by Rochelle Owens; "He Wants Shih!" program for play; Philadelphia Museum of Art. Bulletin for members (annotated by Rochelle Owens in May of 2019)

Box 18 Folder 17 Photographs


Box 18 Golden Handcuffs Review. Numbers 25 and 26

Box 18 The Cafe Review. Volume 25, Summer 2014


Box 19 Folder 1 "Woman of Light" by George Economou. Signed watercolor , 1988

Box 19 Folder 2 "Self Portrait" by Rochelle Owens. Signed oil painting, 1973

Box 19 Folder 3 Rochelle Owens: "Everlasting Duration," in memory of George (From the magazine Ergon - Greek/American Arts and Letters, 28 October 2020

Box 20 Folder 1 "Patterns of Animus: A New Poem by Rochelle Owens" in Poems and Poetics , 2020

Box 20 Folder 2 Copies of new poems included in "The Aardvark Venus" and "Patterns of Animus", 2020

Box 20 Folder 3 Poetry reading events, notes, workings & correspondence, October 2019-2020

Box 20 Folder 4 Events, Correspondence, and Miscellaneous Items, January 2020 - January 2021

Box 20 Folder 5 Poems, Drafts, Notes, etc., 2019-2020

Box 20 Folder 6 Agreements, 1994-2005

Box 20 Folder 7 Royalty statements, 2005-2015

Box 21 "Rochelle Owens at home" Norman, OK 1984 (card, with photograph)

Box 21 Self portratits (2) of Rochelle Owens: "The Optimist and Tornado Lover: and "The Swimmer", 1983

Printed Material:

Box 21 The Aardvark Venus: New and Selected Poems 1961-2020 by Rochelle Owens. Texture Press: Norman, OK, 2020

Box 21 Golden Handcuffs Review. Volume 1, Number 8, Winter-Spring 2007

Box 21 Golden Handcuffs Review. Volume 1, Number 19, Fall-Winter 2014-15

Box 21 Golden Handcuffs Review. Volume II, Number 28

Box 21 Golden Handcuffs Review. Volume II, Number 29

Box 21 Great Writers Occupy. Golden Handcuffs Review , 2015


Patterns of Animus:

Box 24 Folder 1 Patterns of Animus by Rochelle Owens. Norman, OK: Texture Press, 2022, 151 pages

Inscribed by the author to The Rare Book and Manuscript Library.

The author's copy.

Gift of Rochelle Owens, August 2022

Box 23 Folder 1 Poem: "Patterns of Animus Part 4 Carnal/Spiritual" (published on-line)

Box 22 Folder 4 "Patterns of Animus" drafts, 2021-2022

Box 24 Folder 4 "Patterns of Animus" Print out, 64 pages

Box 24 Folder 5 "Patterns of Animus" Print out, annotated, 34 pages

Box 24 Folder 2 "Patterns of Animus" Latest Proof corrections, 27 June 2022, 2 pages

Box 24 Folder 3 "Patterns of Animus" Final version, June/July 2022, 30 pages


Box 22 Folder 1 Correspondence with the RBML, 1998

Box 22 Folder 3 Correspondence, 2021-April 2022

Box 24 Folder 6 Three emails (from Robert Heide, Susan, Margaret Harrington Tamulonis), May 2022

Box 22 Folder 2 Essays, Reviews, Scholarly Research on Rochelle Owens, 1970s-1984

Box 22 Folder 5 Poem drafts, etc.; notes on "Solar Poetics"; Lyrics: The Karl Marx Play (Steno Book), 2012

Box 22 Folder 6 R. Owens Wikipedia entry; Program for French Heritage Society; Reviews; Penn's Village Panel, 2013

Box 22 Folder 7 Poem cards, Photographs, Souvenir, Notes, Image of Rochelle's mother (Molly Adler Bass)

Box 23 Folder 1 Copyright Certificates, 1973-1999

Box 23 Folder 2 Reviews by Rochelle Owens on Maria Sabina; Toby Olson; Muriel Rukeyser; Susan Smith Nash

Box 23 Folder 2 Backwoods Broadsides "Luca-Discourse on Life and Death"

Box 23 Folder 2 Margins Symposium on Rochelle Owens, 1975

Box 23 Folder 2 Miscellaneous articles

Box 24 Folder 7 Three poem cards and one photograph card

Photograph by George Economou of Land Art created by Rochelle Owens; "Oklahoma Too" by Rochelle Owens, 1985; "How Much Paint Does The Painting Need" by Rochelle Owens, 1985; "How Much Paint Does The Painting Need" by Rochelle Owens, 1988

Archived website

Owens's archived website is here:https://rochelleowens.net/