Special Collections Department
En Passant Archive
1970 - 1983
Manuscript Collection Number: 414
Accessioned: Gift of James Costello, 2000
Extent: 1.3 linear ft.
Content: Letters, postcards, greeting cards, publications, tear- sheets, poetry manuscripts, photographs, flyers, advertisements, and news clippings
Access: The collection is open for research.
Processed: May 2001 by Gerald Cloud
Special Collections, University of Delaware Library
Newark, Delaware 19717-5267
Table of Contents
Costello, James. The Under Belly Poems. Wilmington, DE: En Passant Poetry, 1981.
Mullinax, Gary. “Patently, he’s poet.” Wilmington Morning News, Oct 5, 1981.
— — “Former Utican’s Book of Poetry Published.” Utica Observer-Dispatch, Jul 12, 1981.
The En Passant Archive, spanning the dates 1970 – 1983, is the archive of the little poetry magazine En Passant, edited by James Costello in Wilmington, Delaware. The 1.3 linear feet of material in the collection consists of letters from contributors, administrative correspondence, little magazines, including twelve issues of En Passant, and the manuscripts of most of the thirteen issues of the magazine published between 1975 and 1983.
The archive is divided into three series: the first is primarily correspondence from contributors, editors of other little magazines, and subscribers. The correspondence series is arranged chronologically by year, and divided into two smaller groups: correspondence from contributors and administrative matters. There is also one folder containing the personal papers and correspondence of James Costello, and a folder of miscellaneous newsletters and flyers related to poetry. The second series in the archive includes the manuscripts of nine of the thirteen published issues of En Passant. The third series contains publications related to En Passant and James Costello’s own poetry.
The En Passant Archive contains a comprehensive selection of items typically associated with administration of a little magazine. The majority of the items in the archive are letters from the contributors whose works were published in En Passant. Although examples of Costello’s written comments are rare, the correspondence does reflect the editorial exchange that passed between Costello and the poets who sought publication in his magazine. Many of the letters are replies to the detailed feedback Costello appears to have provided his contributors — some thanked him, while others voiced disagreement. After Costello accepted a poem for publication he often received letters of appreciation from the contributor. These letters typically include the biographical data that eventually appeared on En Passant’s contributor’s notes page. There is also a significant percentage of on-going correspondence between Costello and several En Passant contributors. One of the most frequent correspondents, Nathan Cervo, a poet and professor of English at Franklin Pierce College, discussed poetry, little magazines, and the difficulties of publishing poetry.
The administrative correspondence, which forms a much smaller group of items, deals mostly with business matters such as subscriptions, grants, and advertising.
The manuscripts in the second series are nearly all original typescripts as submitted by the contributors, most of which have autograph changes and corrections made in Costello’s hand. All of the nine issues represented are collated in their published page order and contain various typesetting instructions for the printer. The editorial process of the magazine is further revealed when examining the manuscripts alongside the contributor’s correspondence. Many of the contributors’ letters address the changes Costello has suggested and it is possible to trace the progression of several poems.
The personal papers of James Costello include letters from editors and associates, photos, reviews, and other items related to Costello’s published poetry.
The publications series includes twelve of the thirteen published issues of En Passant (a complete set of the little magazine is available in Special Collections), several little magazines that published Costello’s poetry, and two small books of Nathan Cervo’s poetry.
Box -- Folder -- Contents
Series I. Correspondence 1 1970 – 1975 F1 Contributors F2 Administrative 1976 F3 Contributors F4 Administrative 1977 F5 Contributors F6 Administrative 1978 F7 Contributors F8 Administrative 1979 F9 Contributors F10 Administrative 1980 F11 Contributors F12 Administrative 1981 F13 Contributors F14 Administrative 1982 F15 Contributors F16 Administrative 1983 F17 Contributors F18 Administrative F19 Costello Personal papers F20 Newsletters, Flyers, etc. Series II. Manuscripts 1 F21 1976, Issue 4 Contributors: Betsy Adams Miguel Arteche Guy R. Beining Nathan Cervo James A. Costello Robert Dante Franz Douskey Stuart Downs Michael Evans Carol S. Hamilton Robert Hillebrand Allen Hoey Gary Hotham Karen Kervorkian Adele Mays Errol Miller Naul Ojeda Lynne Carol Rose George H. Rothacker Susan F. Schaeffer Craig Weeden Carl Woods Carolyne Wright Christine Zawadiwsky F22 1977, Issue 5 Contributors: Doug Abrams Nathan Cervo Joan Colby James A. Costello Christopher Hewitt Terry Kennedy Karen Kervorkian Charles K. Lassiter Amy Matthews Russ McKinney Michael McMahon Jim Parlett Alfonsina Storni Kathryn Van Spanckeren Carl Woods Carolyne Wright F23 1977, Issue 6 Contributors: Nathan Cervo Susan Deal Barry Dempster Robert Gibb Rachel Hadas Dorothy Lee Robert Meszaros Naul Ojeda Stephanos Xenos F24 1979, Issue 8 Contributors: Richard Behm Joseph Bruchac Nathan Cervo James Costello Rabert Dante Tommie Davidson Susan Deal Barry Dempster Laurence Donavon Thomas Dyer Patricia Ellis Gayle Harvey Jay Jacoby Michael McMahon Robert Meszaros Ricardo Pau-Liosa John Repp Hilary Russell Luise Van Keuren F25 1979, Issue 9 Contributors: Gary Metras Betsy Adams Eric Nelson Nathan Cervo Perry Oldham Barry Dempster Molly Peacock Robert Desnos Martin Robbins Gary Fincke George Rothacker Michal Fineman Paul Smyth Pat Therese Francis Wayne Westlake Thomas House Norma Westwood David James Vincent Zigas Frederico Garcia Lorca Marianne Loyd F26 1980, Issue 10 Contributors: Emily Borenstein Nathan Cervo Kevin Clark Ron De Maris Laurence Donavon Sonya Dorman Devon Duggan William Elliott George Green Anne Hohenstein Vincente Huidobro Hakusha Kitahara Steven Nimtz Naomi Nye Peggy Parris Jay Paul Molly Peacock Carmine Sarracino Reviews: Barbara Lefcowitz Elizabeth McKim Richard Michelson Nona Nimnicht Mary Oliver F27 1980, Issue 11 Contributors: Mary Porter William Aberg Tom Smith Eros Alesi Paul Smyth Stephen Burke Vaughn Stadtmiller Nathan Cervo Arlene Stone David Citino Joan Colby Donald Cook James Costello Susan Deal Christina Dodwell Marisa Gatti-Taylor Robert Gibb Nixeon Handy Christopher Hewitt Erik Muller Jan Pallister F28 1981, Issue 12 Contributors: Guy Beining Linda Bierds Nathan Cervo James Costello Robert Dante Susan Deal Lamine Diakhaté Gary Fincke Gale Flynn Eleni Fourtouni Robert Gibb Thomas Lavazzi Wihelm Lehmann Betty Lowry Robert Meszaros Gary Metras Rodney Nelson Mark Nepo Naul Ojeda Jan Pallister Ricardo Pau-Llosa Roger Pfingston Tom Smith Paul Smyth F29 1982, Issue 13 Contributors: Nathan Cervo Joan Colby Ron De Maris Léon-Paul Fargue Diane Glancy Francis Golffing Judith Goodenough Narman Hane Robert King Marie Klenk Mark Nepo Peggy Parris Simon Perchik Celia Strome Mary Tisera Don Welch James Zola Series III. Publications 2 F30 En Passant Issues 1-2 F31 En Passant Issues 3-4 F32 En Passant Issues 5-6 F33 En Passant Issues 7, 9 F34 En Passant Issues 10-11 F35 En Passant Issues 12-13 F36 Little Magazines (containing work by Costello) The Free Lance, 18.1-2 (1977) Icarus, 4.3 (1976) The Stone, 4.1 (1971) The Small Pond, 19.2 (1982), contains review of Costello’s The Under Belly Poems. F37 The Under Belly Poems, (1981) Book of poems by James Costello, inscribed by the author. F38 One Finger Exercises, (1978) Breath, (1984) Books of poems by Nathan Cervo.
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