Ann Brewer Knox papers
Scope and Contents
This collection contains drafts of poetry and short fiction stories, book manuscripts, publications, personal journals, correspondence, publication material, public relations material, writing workshops material, teaching material, clippings, and floppy disks documenting the personal and professional writing career of Ann B. Knox. The bulk of the material dates from 1977 to 2011, when Knox was active in this work. Some earlier material dates from her childhood, college years, and graduate studies, circa 1935 to 1977.
The material exhibits the stages of Knox’s writing, from early drafts to published products, and her connections to other DC area poets and poetry groups. Her journals, which she regularly wrote from 1977 to 2011, contain information about her writing and daily life.
- circa 1935 - 2011
- Majority of material found within 1977 - 2011
- Knox, Ann B (Author, Person)
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Ann Brewer Knox (1926-2011) was a Washington D.C. area writer and teacher of poetry and short fiction. Her writings were widely published in journals and books.
Ann Brewer was born in Buffalo, N.Y. on 1926 January 31, and her father, George Brewer, was a playwright who co-authored “Dark Victory.” She graduated from Vassar College in 1946 and later earned a master’s degree in education from Catholic University in 1970. In 1981, she received a master’s degree in fine arts from Warren Wilson College (Goddard College). Ann Brewer married M. Gordon Knox in 1947, who worked for the Foreign Service. Including six children, the Knox family lived in Washington, D.C., Moscow, London, and Karachi, Pakistan during Gordon Knox’s Foreign Service deployments. Ann and Gordon divorced in 1989.
As she began to write and teach full-time, Knox built a small cabin in the southern Pennsylvania Appalachian foothills. Much of her poetry reflected the natural world of her retreat and her experiences as a daughter, wife, mother, and “recovering hostess.” Knox was the author of several full length poetry collections: Stonecrop (1988), Staying in Nowhere (1996), and Breathing-In (2011). She authored a book of short stories entitled Late Summer Break (1995). Her poetry was also published in two chapbooks, “Reading the Tao at Eight” (2008) and “The Dark Edge,” (2004) and in numerous literary journals and reviews, including Alaska Quarterly Review, Atlanta Review, Baltimore Review, Blueline, Comstock Review, Cumberland Poetry Review, Green Mountains Review, MacGuffin, Nimrod, Plum Review, Poerty, Poets On, Potomac Review, and WordWrights. Staying is Nowhere was a winner of the SCOP-Writer’s Center Co-Publication Prize in 1996, and Stonecrop was a winner of the Washington Writers’ Publishing House Prize. Knox was one of the editors of the Antietam Review and a poetry editor for the Washington Writers Publishing House. She taught poetry at workshops and at the Georgetown Day School.
Knox died of a stroke on 2011 May 10 shortly after a benefit poetry reading at Cacapon State Park in Berkeley Springs, W.V.
36 Linear Feet (71 document boxes, 1 flat box)
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Ann Brewer Knox was a Washington D.C. area writer and teacher of poetry and short fiction. Her writings were widely published in journals and books. This collection contains drafts of poetry and short stories, book manuscripts, publications, personal journals, correspondence, publication, teaching and other professional materials, clippings, and floppy disks documenting her personal and professional writing career. The bulk of the material dates from 1977 to 2011.
Organized into two series: Poetry and short fiction and Personal and professional papers.
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 of Ann Velletri, 2012 March 29 and 2012 June 11 (2012.038 and 2012.061).
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- Guide to the Ann Brewer Knox papers, 1935-2011
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- Finding aid written in English