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Judith McCombs papers

Identifier: MS2265

Scope and Contents

This collection contains manuscripts, cover art, correspondence, drafts, critiques, fliers. Much of the material relates to two works by McCombs, Territories and Habit of Fire. The material dates from 1989-2008. There is also a small file for the reading series Kensington Row Bookshop which McCombs runs.


  • 1989-2008

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 note

Judith McCombs is the author of three books of poetry, two chapbooks, and as a scholar of Margaret Atwood she has written two books and numerous articles exploring the Atwood’s work. As a poet, her poems have appeared in journals such as Calyx, Red Cedar Review, Nimrod, Poetry, Poetry Northwest, and River Styx.

McCombs is a retired Professor from Detroit's Center for Creative Studies College of Art. She has held fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Canadian Embassy. In addition, she has received Neruda-Nimrod, Potomac Review, and Maryland State Arts Council poetry awards. She was the poetry editor for the Potomac Review‘s 2005-06 Hilary Tham tribute issue.

McCombs teaches at the Writer's Center in Bethesda, MD, and coordinates a poetry reading series at Kensington Row Bookshop.


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Physical Location

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Judith McCombs, 2008 (Accession 2008.033).

Preliminary Guide to the Judith McCombs papers, 1989-2008"
Folder Inventory
Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English

Repository Details

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

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