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Brian Gilmore papers

Identifier: MS2257

Scope and Contents

This collection containes articles, essays, poetry, research material, correspondence and other materials relating to the works of Washington D.C. poet Brian Gilmore. The material dates from 1977-2014.

Contained within the collection are the multifaceted opinions and views of Brian Gilmore communicated through different types of written media. Poetry, editorials, reviews, articles, essays, and scripts cover topics as diverse as Duke Ellington, capital punishment University basketball, Government reform, Washington D.C. home rule, street violence, poverty, civil rights, and music. The research files allow a researcher the rare chance to view the exact materials that the artist has pulled from in the creation process. The notebooks and unfinished poems provide the opportunity to watch the maturing and editing to which a writer must subject thier work.


  • 1977-2014

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.

Biographical / Historical

Brian Gilmore, is a poet and writer living in the District of Columbia and Lansing Michigan. His first collection of poetry, "elvis presley is alive and well and living in harlem" was published by THIRD WORLD PRESS of Chicago in 1993. His poetry has appeared in numerous anthologies and he has taught poetry at the Catholic University of America and at Lorton Prison. Brian has published essays in The Nation, The Washington City Paper, The Washington Afro-American, and in "Soulfires: Black Men on Love and Violence". His fiction has been published in Obsidian II and Gargoyle while his book reviews have been widely published in many national publications. He has written for the Christian Science Monitor, The Washington Post, Emerge Magazine, and He has lectured at the Associated Writing Programs Annual Conference (1996 and 1997), Emory University in Atlanta, and has appeared on National Public Radio's "This American Life".


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This collection containes poems, essays, articles, notebooks, correspondence, fliers, clippings and other materials relating to the literary works of Washington D.C. poet Brian Gilmore. Included are articles from publications including the Washington Post, Detriot Free Press, the Washington Afro American, DC North, the Houston Chronicle and the Progressive as well as research files collected while composing these pieces. Topics include Malcolm X, Duke Ellington, the death penalty, gradutaion rates of athletes, voting rights and critiques of government policies. The material dates from 1977-2014.


Organized into 5 series: Writings by Brian Gilmore, Writings by other authors, Research materials, Publicity, and Personal files.

Physical Location

Materials are stored off-site, and will require additional retrieval time. Please contact the Special Collections Research Center for more information.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Brian Gilmore, 2008 (2008.057) and 2011 (2011.032); 2013 (2013.001) and 2014 (2014.024)

Guide to the Brian Gilmore papers, 1977-2014
University Archives, Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University
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Finding aid written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University Repository

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Washington 20052 United States of America