Fonds F0538 - Rachel Zolf fonds

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Rachel Zolf fonds

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2.5 m of textual records
1170 photographs ; negatives and prints
51 videocassettes
7 DVDs
4 audio cassettes
1 IBM Deskstar media hard drive

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Rachel Sydney Zolf, poet, editor and critic, was born in Toronto. She is the author of several collections of poetry and chapbooks. Her books include: Human resources (2007), winner of the 2008 Trillium Book Award for Poetry and finalist for a Lambda Literary Award; Masque (2004), which was shortlisted for the 2005 Trillium Book Award for Poetry; and Her absence, this wanderer (1999), the title poem of which was a finalist in the CBC Literary Competition. Her chapbooks include: Shoot and weep (2008), from human resources (2005) and the naked & the nude (2004). Her poetry has been published in numerous journals, including Tessera (1992), Fireweed (1994, 1996, 1998), Capilano review (2001) and West coast line (2005), and her essays and reviews have appeared in journals such as Xcp: Cross-cultural poetics (2008) and West coast line (2008). Zolf was the founding poetry editor of The walrus magazine, where she edited poetry from 2004 to 2006, and she has also edited several books by other poets. Between 1987 and 1992, Zolf pursued English and History majors at the University of Toronto. Zolf began writing poetry in 1991. She apprenticed as a documentary filmmaker with Gail Singer Films Inc. (1990-1992). During the 1990s, Zolf worked as a researcher, producer and director on several documentary and experimental videos and films. In 2001, Zolf began working as a copywriter and editor to supplement her artist's income.

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Fonds consists of correspondence, manuscripts, typesets, cover art, notebooks, video and audio recordings, research materials, photographs, published journals and copies of articles and interviews about Zolf and her poetry. The records document Zolf's work as a poet, editor, critic and as a documentary and experimental filmmaker. Poetry files provide information about Zolf's work in researching, financing, writing, editing and publishing her poetry and her relationships with other poets. Editing files document Zolf's work as a freelance editor and as the founding poetry editor for The walrus magazine. Video production files document Zolf's work as a researcher, producer and director of documentary and experimental video and film.

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Researchers must obtain written permission from Rachel Zolf for access and permission to copy these records. Requests for access must be directed to the University Archivist, Clara Thomas Archives and Special Collections, York University Libraries. Researchers must also sign the Researcher Agreement once permission from the donor has been obtained.

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The fonds comprises the following accessions: 2008-034. Further accruals may be expected.

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2008/10/07 Allison Black:. (Creation)
2008/10/07 Awaiting review by the Data Collection Archivist
2008/12/22 Dubeau. Added URL for online description.
2009/01/07 Allison Black. Revised biographical sketch, Scope and Content and Restrictions to incorporate corrections identified by donor.
2009/01/07 Allison Black. Revised biographical sketch at the request of donor.
2009/01/15 Allison Black. Corrected capitalization
2014/07/22 Migrated to AtoM
2019/04/08 KCP, NR. Post-migration metadata clean-up. Addition of GMD and accession numbers. Published description and generated finding aid.
2020/04/23 KCP. Added access point(s).

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