William L. Fox Papers

Identifier: 93-39

Scope and Contents

The William L. Fox Papers consists of records of his work on public and private agencies and boards; his work as publisher and editor of WCPR and overseas editor of the poetry journal, edge; his poetry, both under his own name and that of Ian Tarnman; and correspondence with various poets and authors.

Included are minutes, correspondence, grant applications, handwritten and typed manuscript poems, and notebooks, some of which are a combination journal/composition exercise book. The earliest materials date from Fox's high school years. A significant file in Series II, WCPR, consists of correspondence from Joanne De Longchamps, 1973-1983, and her last, unpublished poetry manuscript, "The Glass Hammer," 1983.

A large body of Mr. Fox's poetry manuscripts is still in his possession. He has declared his intention of eventually donating those materials to Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island.


  • 1964-2002


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research. Materials must be used on-site; advance notice suggested. Access to parts of this collection may be restricted under provisions of state or federal law.

Biographical Note

William L. Fox was born in 1949 and received his Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Claremont College in 1971. In that year his first volume of poetry was published (Iron Wind, Sono Nis Press). The following year his book of poems Trial Separation was published by Caveman Press. Fox's other published works include Election, Three Rivers Press, 1974; Monody, Laughing Bear Press, 1977; First Principles (as Ian Tarnman), The Future Press, 1978; The Yellow Pages, 616 Center One Press, 1980; 21 and Over, Duck Down Press, 1982; Time by Distance, Duck Down Press, 1985; Reliquaire, Duck Down Press, 1987; and Seven Nevada Poets (as editor), Rainshadow Editions, 1991. His poetry, criticism, drama, and nonfiction have been published in numerous magazines and journals in the U.S. and other countries. Fox also wrote under the pen name Ian Tarnman, primarily in the 1970s.

Fox co-founded the small press, West Coast Poetry Review, with Bruce McAllister in 1972, and specialized in publishing poetry chapbooks, publications of under thirty pages or so. WCPR is no longer in business as of 1993.

Fox has been an artist-in-residence in the states of Nevada and Washington; and associate, deputy, and executive director of the Nevada State Council on the Arts. He served as a panelist for the Literature Program of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), and poetry program director for the Squaw Valley Community of Writers. His art work has been shown in many exhibitions. He currently resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico. [As of August, 1999, Fox resides in the Los Angeles, California, area.]


5 Linear Feet (5 boxes, 1 oversize folder)

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Included are records of boards on which Fox served; correspondence, reviews, and manuscripts generated by WCPR; manuscripts, poems, and poetry notebooks written by Fox under his own and his pen name, Ian Tarnman; copies of the New Zealand poetry journal edge, for which Fox was overseas editor; and correspondence from poets, writers, and artists who were published by Fox or who worked with him on various projects


Arranged into the following series: 1) Arts Organizations and Boards; 2) West Coast Poetry Review; 3) Writings of William L. Fox; 4) Writings of Ian Tarnman; 5) Correspondence

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Papers donated by William L. Fox in 1993, 1996, 1998 and 1999.

Separated Materials

Photographs transferred to Special Collections photo archives as collection number UNRS-P1995-11.


Guide to the Papers of William L. Fox
Susan Searcy
August 3, 1993
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Nevada, Reno. Special Collections Department Repository

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