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The Trilobite Press was founded by Dr. Richard Sale, a professor of English at the University of North Texas, to foster a creative climate in contemporary poetry and fiction. The press was an avenue contemporary poets and authors could take to share their works with a local and national audience. In 1982, the Contemporary Poets Reading series was created by the Friends of the North Texas Libraries, in conjunction with Dr. Sale and the North Texas Department of English.
After each poetry or fiction reading, a chapbook was published to showcase a collection of the reader’s work. The series began with a reading, and subsequent published chapbook titled
A few of the chapbooks included in the collection feature early works by poets who have garnered celebrated success in their careers. These poets include Naomi Shibab Nye, award winner from both the Texas Institute of Letters and the International Poetry Forum; B.H. Fairchild, who won the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award in 1999 for his collection titled
In 1997, following close to fifteen years of creative prosperity for the Contemporary Poets Reading Series, the Friends of the Libraries established sponsorship of the Short Fiction Writers series. Similar to the poetry readings, this series also featured publication of the reader’s work.
The publications of the works in both series continues to accomplish Dr. Sale’s goal of fostering a creative environment for poets and fiction writers to present their words in a formal format, advancing their careers. Also, the proceeds from the publication sales support UNT Libraries Special Collections.
This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Reproduction and publication of materials in this collection are subject to the policies of the UNT Special Collections department. Copyright restrictions may apply.
This collection is not restricted.
Contemporary Poets Reading Series,
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This collection is stored off-site and requires a minimum of 24 hour notice prior to use.
The material was kept in the original order.
The following chapbooks are included in the Trilobite Press Collection:
Box is currently on search. Please request Box 57 for a copy of Beverly Caldwell's Life Sentences until otherwise noted.
Also includes 2 copies of: In Defense of the Fall, Sonnets by John Poch