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Kevin Killian and Dodie Bellamy papers

Call Number: YCAL MSS 1090

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of correspondence, writings, professional papers, research files, personal papers, photographs, audiovisual materials, and electronic media documenting the lives and work of Kevin Killian and Dodie Bellamy. The correspondence documents their personal, professional, and family networks and includes writers, poets, and collaborators. Writings include published and unpublished works by both Killian and Bellamy. Professional papers include essays, talks, and other papers documenting their work and careers. Research files document Bellamy's research on Sam D'Allesandro for Real: The Letters of Mina Harker and Sam D'Allesandro (Hoboken, N.J. : Talisman House, 1994), and Killian's research on Jack Spicer for My Vocabulary Did This to Me: The Collected Poetry of Jack Spicer, which he co-edited with Peter Gizzi. Personal papers include juvenilia, schoolwork, reviews, flyers, teaching materials, memorabilia, papers relating to Poets Theater, and other papers. Photographs include 8 x 10 prints, in both color and black and white, which mostly consist of portraits of Bellamy, Killian, and many other individuals. Photographs also include a series of photographs taken by Kevin Killian titled "Tagged," as well as general photographs of events and performances. Audiovisual materials include interviews regarding Jack Spicer, additional interviews, music, and other recordings. Electronic media includes audio recordings, research materials, digital photographs, and commercially-produced media.


  • 1948 - 2015


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Boxes 83-85 (audiovisual material): Restricted fragile material. Reference copies may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.

Box 86 (digital media): Restricted fragile material. Access copies of digital files may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.

Conditions Governing Use

The Kevin Killian and Dodie Bellamy Papers is the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from Granary Books on the Edwin J. Beinecke Book Fund, 2015.


Organized into eight series: I. Correspondence, 1973-2015. II. Writings, 1952-2014. III. Professional Papers, 1941, 1979-2015. IV. Research Files, 1977-2009. V. Personal Papers, 1948, 1965-2005. VI. Photographs, 1965-2012. VII. Audiovisual Materials, 1977-2012. VIII. Electronic Media, 1991-2008.


101.62 Linear Feet (86 boxes)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

Persistent URL

Kevin Killian

Kevin Killian (1952-2019) was an American poet, writer, editor, and playwright. Killian and co-editor Peter Gizzi won the American Book Award for poetry in 2009 for My Vocabulary Did This to Me: The Collected Poetry of Jack Spicer (Middletown, Conn.: Wesleyan University Press, 2008). He was a co-founder of the Poets Theater performance group in San Francisco. Killian was married to Dodie Bellamy.

Dodie Bellamy

Dodie Bellamy is an American novelist, writer, journalist, and editor. Her work is associated with the New Narrative literary movement. Bellamy was married to Kevin Killian.

Processing Information

Collections are processed to a variety of levels, depending on the work necessary to make them usable, their perceived research value, the availability of staff, competing priorities, and whether or not further accruals are expected. The library attempts to provide a basic level of preservation and access for all collections as they are acquired, and does more extensive processing of higher priority collections as time and resources permit.

This collection received a basic level of processing, including rehousing and minimal organization.

Information included in the Description of Papers note and Collection Contents section is drawn from information supplied with the collection and from an initial survey of the contents. Folder titles appearing in the contents list below are often based on those provided by the creator or previous custodian. Titles have not been verified against the contents of the folders in all cases. Otherwise, folder titles are supplied by staff during initial processing.

This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.
Guide to the Kevin Killian and Dodie Bellamy Papers
by Beinecke staff
May 2017
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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