University of Texas, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

Denis Johnson:

An Inventory of His Papers at the Harry Ransom Center

Creator: Johnson, Denis, 1949-
Title: Denis Johnson Papers
Dates: 1939-2009 (bulk 1995-2008)
Abstract: The Denis Johnson Papers consist of the professional and personal papers of American writer Denis Johnson. The papers document Johnson's diverse writing career and range of creative output which includes poetry, short stories, novels, essays, journalism articles, screenplays, and scripts.
Extent: 46 document boxes, 4 oversize boxes (osb) (19.32 linear feet)
Language: English, Arabic, French, and German
Repository: The University of Texas at Austin, Harry Ransom Center

Biographical Sketch

Denis Hale Johnson was born in Munich, Germany, on July 1, 1949, to Vera and Alfred Johnson. His father was in the U.S. Information Service, and Johnson and his brother, Randy, spent their childhoods living in Japan, the Philippines, and the suburbs of Washington D.C. While Johnson was an undergraduate at the University of Iowa, the North American Review published three of his poems in their November-December 1968 issue. His first book, a collection of poetry called The Man among the Seals (1969), was published to great acclaim when he was only nineteen. Johnson was briefly married during this period and had a son. He received a B.A. in English in 1971, and went on to earn an M.F.A. in poetry and fiction (1974) from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.

After graduating, Johnson taught for one year at Lake Forest College. He spent the next several years moving around and working a series of jobs in the Seattle area. He published his second poetry collection, Inner Weather, in 1976. In 1979, the Arizona Commission on the Arts and Humanities awarded him a fellowship, and he taught creative writing at the state prison in Florence, Arizona, from 1979 to 1981. This life-changing experience, in particular his work with two death-row inmates, impelled Johnson to finish Angels, a novel he had started years before.

In 1981, Johnson was awarded a fellowship to the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts, where he met his second wife, Lucinda, a sculptor and painter. While living in Cape Cod, he completed Angels (1983) and his next two novels, Fiskadoro (1985) and The Stars at Noon (1986). In 1986, he moved to Gualala, California, and in 1989 settled in the remote wilderness of northern Idaho. During this period he published a third poetry collection, The Veil (1987), and a fourth novel, Resuscitation of a Hanged Man (1991).

Johnson's stories and novel excerpts have appeared in Esquire, McSweeney's, the New Yorker, the Paris Review, and numerous literary journals. In 1992, he published Jesus' Son, a collection of semi-autobiographical, interconnected short stories about a drifting addict, set in the 1970s. The book was enthusiastically received by readers and critics, who appreciated Johnson's realistic and nightmarish portrayal of addiction. The stories were adapted into a screenplay of the same name, and the film was released in 1999. Johnson appears in a brief, but memorable cameo role as Terrance Weber, the hospital patient with a knife stabbed in his eye.

Similarly to his fiction, Johnson's essays have explored curious people and desperate situations. As a correspondent for Esquire, Harper's, Rolling Stone, and Salon magazines, he has traveled to war-ravaged Liberia, Afghanistan, and Iraq, as well as to America's backcountry to report on, among other things, the Liberian civil war, a Christian biker rally, and a Texas execution. Eleven of his essays were re-edited and collected into a published volume, Seek: Reports from the Edge of America and Beyond (2001), which was nominated for the PEN/Martha Albrand Nonfiction Award.

In addition to his success as a novelist, poet, screenwriter, and essayist, Johnson is also an accomplished playwright. He is Playwright-In-Residence for San Francisco's Campo Santo Theater Company at Intersection for the Arts, which premiered each installment of his Cassandra family trilogy, Hellhound On My Trail, Shoppers Carried by Escalators Into the Flames, and Soul of a Whore. His other plays include Des Moines and Psychos Never Dream.

Johnson's works have frequently appeared on "Best of" lists, and he has received numerous grants, awards, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim, Whiting, and Lannan Foundations, and the American Institute for Arts and Letters. In 2007, he was awarded the National Book Award for Tree of Smoke, an epic novel about the Vietnam War that he worked on sporadically for over fourteen years. The novel features characters from previous Johnson novels, most notably Angels' Bill Houston.

Critics and readers regard Johnson's "stories of the fallen world" as honest, human, and compassionate portrayals of fictional and real characters that are isolated and searching on the fringes of society. Both his fiction and nonfiction works explore themes of forgiveness and redemption. Publications not mentioned above include: The Throne of the Third Heaven of the Nations Millennium Assembly (poetry, 1995), Already Dead: A California Gothic (novel, 1997), The Name of the World (novella, 2000), Nobody Move (serialized in Playboy and published in 2009), and Train Dreams (novella, 2002).

In addition to the creative writing programs already listed, Johnson has taught at Columbia University, the Writer's Voice program (New York City), the University of Iowa's Writers' Workshop, and on several occasions at the University of Texas Michener Center for Writers. Johnson lives in Idaho and Arizona with his wife, Cindy Lee.

Scope and Contents

The Denis Johnson Papers consist of manuscript drafts, notes, notebooks, research material, screenplays, scripts, poems, publication proofs, clippings, scrapbook material, correspondence, printed material, photographs, posters, and childhood papers belonging to the American writer Denis Johnson. The professional and personal papers document Johnson's diverse writing career and range of creative output which includes poetry, short stories, novels, essays, journalism articles, screenplays, and scripts. The papers are organized into two series: I. Literary Activities, circa 1970s-2009, undated; and II. Personal and Professional Files, 1939-2009, undated.

Series I. Literary Activities makes up the bulk of the papers and includes materials associated with Johnson's writings. It is arranged into four subseries: A. Novels and Collections, circa 1975-2009, undated; B. Short Stories and Essays, circa 1970s-2008, undated; C. Poetry, circa 1980s-2008, undated; and D. Film and Theater Projects, circa 1980s-2009. Materials in each of these subseries are arranged in alphabetical order by title, and within each title, the material generally follows the chronological order of literary production, from research and notes to publication drafts. When applicable, related material such as book dust jackets, reviews, publicity material, and/or adaptations follow the drafts.

Johnson created extensive notes, drafts, and outlines for most of his works. He apparently wrote on whatever was at hand, and his notes appear as full-page, typed sheets, as well as writings on the back of checks and receipts, paper coasters, a paper plate, a paper towel, and envelopes. Johnson often inserted the handwritten material in with his typed notes and draft fragments, making it sometimes difficult to discern if the intended order remains intact. Much of the material is in chronological order, but page numbers are not always sequential, and the notes and drafts sometimes stop and start, even in mid paragraph. Furthermore, the notes and draft fragments are heavily revised and indicate a constant re-working of the material. As a result, no attempt was made to arrange these materials within folders, and they remain foldered as they arrived at the Ransom Center, with all original folder titles created by Johnson indicated by single quotes in the container list.

Subseries A. Novels and Collections represents most of Johnson's novels and collections; however, some important works are not represented, including Johnson's first poetry collections, The Man among the Seals, Inner Weather, and The Veil, and his first three novels, Angels, Fiskadoro, and The Stars at Noon. Johnson has said that earlier in his career, he often did not keep working drafts because he found it necessary to "shed them" in order for his writing to evolve.

Johnson often worked on multiple pieces simultaneously, as in the case of three novellas, The Name of the World, Door in a Blank Wall, and Train Dreams. Johnson planned to publish these together in a single volume titled Name of the World. As a result, some drafts and notes are filed with material from the other works. Ultimately, Johnson published Name of the World and Train Dreams separately (first in the Paris Review and in Europe, then later in the U.S.), and aspects of Door in a Blank Wall appear with material from Tree of Smoke.

Johnson frequently referred to previous ideas or notes as he worked and sometimes re-filed them with subsequent projects. For example, Johnson's work Seek, a collection of essays previously published in Esquire, Harper's, and other popular magazines, includes materials from his two articles "Civil War in Hell" (1990) and "Small Boys' Unit" (2000). Because Johnson used his original notes, research, and cassette tapes to write these essays, as well as a screenplay about Liberia, and then later referenced this combined material during the editing of Seek, the material was filed with drafts of Seek.

The first segment of Seek is arranged in alphabetical order by published essay title or by Johnson's original folder title. Following the essays are pages used specifically for the publication of the final Seek manuscript, such as drafts for the piece called "Three Desserts" (which is a combination of three separate essays) and proofs of the completed manuscript. Correspondence indicates that Johnson added and deleted essays during the editing process, and some of these discarded essays remain filed with this work. Series I., Subseries B. Short Stories and Essays contains additional files related to the original Liberian magazine essay, and Series II. Personal and Professional Files contains materials related to the screenplay.

Tree of Smoke, which won the National Book Award in 2007, is represented by the largest volume of material in the collection. Johnson worked on this novel for almost fifteen years, and the research and notes show his frequent starts and stops. These notes, outlines, and draft fragments date from 1993 to the book's publication in 2007. Included are research files containing notes, travel photos, and ephemera from trips to the Philippines and Malaysia, as well as previous writings used for reference, and internet research about Vietnam, military operations, and other topics. Also present are chapter draft fragments and note files, organized by story timeline and labeled using Johnson's original folder titles. The bulk of the manuscript material for the book is comprised of loose drafts of undated and unnumbered pages. These fragments were very much working notes and drafts and contain Johnson's frequent handwritten edits throughout. The pages were, for the most part, left in their original order as it is difficult to discern a clear arrangement.

Following the loose manuscript material for Tree of Smoke are six binder notebooks, many with embellished covers, corresponding to the chapter years in the book. These appear to be the final versions of the working drafts of the novel. For preservation purposes, the contents were removed from the binders, and in cases where the binder was decorated, the pages and corresponding binder were filed together. In addition, Johnson's Tree of Smoke materials include one complete, near-final typescript, one typescript with typesetting marks, two sets of page proofs, and an advanced reader's copy of the novel that includes a sample of the audiobook.

Subseries B. Short Stories and Essays contains Johnson's shorter fiction and non-fiction works and is arranged in alphabetical order by work title or Johnson's original folder title. The Seek material in Subseries A. Novels and Collections also includes magazine essay drafts.

Subseries C. Poetry contains working and final drafts of Johnson's poems. Of particular interest is the 'Slide Show' file, which contains material Johnson wrote for Sam Messer's art show in 1982. Johnson and Messer were frequent collaborators at different points in their careers, and Series II. Personal and Professional Files also includes Messer-related material. Of additional note in Subseries C. are drafts for Johnson's poem "The Throne of the Third Heaven of the Nations Millennium General Assembly." Subseries A. includes material related to Johnson's published poetry collections.

Subseries D. Film and Theater Projects contains correspondence, reviews, publicity material, and scripts for some of Johnson's screenplays and theater productions. Johnson did not retain many of his screenplays, but his papers do include materials for his adaptation of his own novel Angels. Most of the material in this subseries pertains to public readings and the theatrical productions of Hellhound on My Trail, Shoppers Carried By Escalators into the Flames, and Soul of a Whore; however, only Soul of a Whore is documented with a play script.

Series II. Personal and Professional Files contains papers and documents related to Johnson's childhood, family life, and writing career. Awards, book jackets, contracts, correspondence, ephemera, identification cards and passports, photographs, printed material, publicity clippings, reading and workshop materials, report cards, research files, scrapbook material, and travel files are found in this series.

Of particular interest is the scrapbook material, apparently assembled into notebooks by Johnson's mother, Vera. The first notebook contains Johnson's birth certificate, school report cards, and letters to his parents while in college. These letters are very personal and candid, with Johnson describing daily happenings, his home life with his wife and baby, and the progress of his writing. The other notebooks contain clippings and printed material that document Johnson's writing career, his awards, and readings. Due to preservation considerations, these materials were removed from their original binders and rehoused, but their original order was maintained.

Overall, there is relatively little correspondence in Johnson's papers. What is present includes letters from publishers, professional associates, other writers, and writing program requests. The material is arranged chronologically, with a separate segment of 'Prison Correspondence' from two death row inmates, Charlie Doss and Robert Smith, whom Johnson taught while working at an Arizona state prison. A few of these letters include some of these inmates' writings. Scrapbook notebooks in this series contain letters Johnson sent to his parents during the 1970s and 1980s.

In addition to the photos in the scrapbooks, there is a small amount of loose candid and publicity photographs of Johnson. Many of these are reproduced prints of Johnson while in college.

Publications and journal issues containing Johnson's short stories, essays, and poems are also located in this series. One copy of each title was retained.



Open for research

Index Terms

Authors, American--20th century.
Dramatists, American--20th century.
Literature--20th century.
Motion Pictures, American.
Novelists, American--20th century.
Poets, American--20th century.
Document Types
Electronic records.
Serials (publications).
Short stories.
Sound recordings.

Related Material

The Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. Records at the Ransom Center contain additional material related to Denis Johnson.

Separated Material

Copies of Johnson's novels and other bound volumes were transferred to the Ransom Center Library. The prosthetic eye and prop knife Johnson wore in the film Jesus' Son, as well as dreidels and Buddha statuettes from the New York opening of this film, were transferred to the Ransom Center Personal Effects Collection. Computer disks, CD-ROMs, and components from an Apple computer were transferred to the Ransom Center Electronic Records Collection. A note with these disks indicates that they contain the only copies of Johnson's pre-1992 drafts. Unpublished, non-commercial audio CDs and cassette tapes were transferred to the Ransom Center Sound Recordings Collection. Unpublished, non-commercial moving image VHS tapes and DVDs were transferred to the Ransom Center Film Collection.

Administrative Information


Purchase, 2010 (10-05-001-P)

Processed by:

Amy E. Armstrong, 2011


In addition to material found within the Denis Johnson Papers, the following sources were used:

"Denis Johnson."Contemporary Authors Online, (accessed 30 June 2011).

"Denis Johnson."Contemporary Literary Criticism, (accessed 30 June 2011).

"Denis Johnson."Dictionary of Literary Biography, (accessed 30 June 2011).

Container List

Series I. Literary Activities, circa 1970s-2009, undated

Subseries A. Novels and Collections, circa 1975-2009, undated
Already Dead: A California Gothic (novel, 1997)
Loose notes, outlines, and draft fragments
1.1 Outline, chronology, 1992-1994
1.2-5 September 1994-November 1995
1.6, 49 December 1995-November 1996
1.7 Notes and poems, January 1996, undated
1.8-9 Chapters 8-13, May-October 1995
2.1 Chapters 8-13, April 1995-October 1996
2.2 Chapters 8-13, February-October 1996
2.3 Chapters 9-14, January-February 1996
2.4-6 Chapters 12-15, May 1995-January 1996, also 'Dreams' note, 1992
2.7 Empty folders labeled Chapter 11 and Chapter 13, contain notes written on folder's exterior, undated
Labeled notes
3.1 'Andrew's Letter, Part II,' May 1994
3.2 'Letter II Utility,' November 1994
3.3 '[Already Dead] 7,' 1987-1988, August 1995
3.4 'Chapter 12,' December 1995
3.5 'Epilogue,' January 1996
3.6 '[C]uts,' undated
Manuscript typescript drafts
3.7-9 September 1994-July 1995
3.10-12, 4.1 June 1995-January 1996
4.2-5 Chapters 1-13, 8, 10-11, January-February 1996
4.6-7 7 February 1996
5.1-8, 6.1-4 'First final draft,' 7 February 1996 (3 copies)
6.5 Uncorrected bound proof, 1997
6.6, 48 Sample title pages, January 1997
6.7 Reviews and clippings, 2000-2001
6.8 Door in a Blank Wall (novella), notes, working draft fragments, 1993-1998
The Incognito Lounge (poetry collection, 1982)
6.9 Uncorrected proof, 1982
6.10 'Carnegie-Mellon Press,' correspondence and contract, 1992-1994
Jesus' Son (short story collection, 1992)
7.1 'Beverly Manor,' drafts of Beverly Home, notes, undated
7.2 'Emergency,' draft fragments, corrected typescript, New Yorker proofs, 1991
7.3 'Happy Hour' [variously titled Electric Child on Bad Fun; I Am Not a Slave], drafts, 1991-1992
7.4 Previously published versions of stories (photocopies), 1988-1991
7.5-6 'Short Stories Book,' story typescripts, undated
Final manuscript
7.7 Setting copy, undated
7.8 Master galley proofs, June 1992
7.9 Galley proofs, June 1992
7.10 Page proofs, August 1992
8.1 Correspondence, also includes deal sheet, 1991-1994
8.2 Dust jackets and promotional sticker, 1992
8.3, 47 Reviews and clippings, also includes Newsweek (8 February 1993) and The Atlantic (June 1993), 1993
8.4 Photograph of Johnson, 'F.H. circa 1975,' circa 1975
Film adaptation (1999)
8.5 Photographs of Johnson in make-up, 1999
8.6 Pressbooks, undated
8.7-9, 47-49 Reviews and clippings, also includes the New Yorker (19 & 26 June 2000), Time Out New York (8-15 June 2000), Black Book (Summer 2000), 1999-2000
* Prosthetic eye and prop knife Johnson wore in cameo appearance in film, 1999 (*transferred to Personal Effects Collection)
Dreidels and Buddha statues from New York opening of film, 1999 (*transferred to Personal Effects Collection)
Jesus' Son promotional trailer, 29 June 1999 and 9 July 1999 (*VHS tapes transferred to Film Collection)
The Name of the World (novella, 2000)
8.10, 9.1-2* 'Drafts,' 1995-1997 (*3.5 inch floppy disks transferred to Electronic Records Collection)
9.3-7, 10.1 Notes, working draft fragments, 1997-1998
Section drafts
10.2 'Notes,' March 1999
'Leftovers,' July-October 1998
'1 Winter,' June 1998
'2 Late Winter,' June 1998
'3 The Grove,' June 1998
'4 Dinners-J.J and Teak,' October 1998
10.3 '5 Bus Ride,' November 1998
'6 Riverside,' November 1998
'7 Coffee Klatsch,' July 1998
'8 Mennonites Singing,' December 1998
'9 Studio (Part 1),' January 1999
'9a Two Stories (Studio),' March 1999
'10 Time Flies,' January 1999
Final Manuscript
10.4 'Final,' February-March 1999
10.5 February-March 1999 with edits by Robert Jones, 1 September 1999
10.6 'Edited Final,' 25 September 1999
10.7 Page proofs with edits, January 2000
10.8, 47 Reviews and clippings, 2000-2001, also email, Newsweek (31 July 2000), the New Yorker (14 August 2000)
48-49 Promotional material, table advertisement and posters, 2000-2001
Nobody Move (novel, 2009; originally serialized in Playboy)
Notes, outlines, and draft fragments
10.9 November 1997-September 2003
11.1-4 November 1997-April 2008
11.5 'Nobody 1-9,' 1999, 2003-2004
11.6 November 2005-January 2008
11.7, 12.1-5 October 2007, January-July 2008
12.6 May-July 2008
12.7 Draft fragment, Part Two, 16 July 2008
12.8 Complete draft, April-July 2008
Playboy serialization
12.9 Part One, first proof and letter, 29 April 2008
12.10 Part Two, page proofs; Part Three, galley proofs, undated
48 Part Three and Four, page proofs, June-July 2008
13.1-2 Playboy magazine, issues July-October 2008
Farrar, Straus, and Giroux ('FSG') manuscript
13.3 Draft and edits of complete manuscript, August-September 2008
13.4 Copyedited draft (26 August 2008) with 'green corrections,' 22 December 2008, also notes
13.5 Second pass galley proofs, December 2008
13.6 Book jackets and art, undated
13.7, 47 'Reviews,' 2009
Resuscitation of a Hanged Man (novel, 1991)
13.8-9, 14.1 Typescript, undated
14.2-3 Galley proofs, 1990
14.4 Corrected galley proofs, selected pages, undated
14.5 Signature pages for limited edition printing, 1990
14.6, 48 Book jackets and art, 1991-1992
14.7 Publicity material, 1991
14.8, 47 Reviews, 1991
Seek: Reports from the Edges of America & Beyond (essay collection, 2001)
An Anarchist's Guide to Somalia (originally published in Open City #4, 1996)
14.9-10 Research, articles, maps, letter, 1993-1995
15.1-2 'Somalia,' notes and drafts, 1995
Bikers for Jesus (originally published as Change Your Life FOREVER: God's Warriors in the 3rd Millennium, in Salon, March 1995)
15.3 'Copeland Ministries' research, printed material, notes, 1995
15.4 'Rally Notes' research, notes, photocopied pages from books, 1995
15.5 'Rally Draft 1,' drafts and letter, 1995-1996
The Civil War in Hell (originally published in Esquire, December 1990) and The Small Boys' Unit (originally published in Harper's, October 2000)
15.6 Research, includes notes, clippings, 1990
15.7 'Africa 92,' research articles, 1992
15.8 'Taylor,' research about Charles Taylor, 1992
15.9* Notebooks, map of Africa, circa 1990-1992 (*five micro-audiocassette tapes transferred to Sound Recordings Collection)
15.10 Travel documents, 1992
16.1 'Liberia Movie' and 'Liberia Treatment' (based on The Civil War in Hell), notes, outlines, and film treatment drafts, 1992, undated
16.2 'Liberia,' typescript of An African War (screenplay by Denis Johnson), first draft, August 1993
16.3-4 Notes, draft fragments, and leftovers, 1996-1999
16.5 'SB' [Small Boys'] notes, 1998-1999
16.6 The Civil War in Hell, photocopy of Esquire article, 1990, 1997
16.7 'SB final cut-Harper's,' The Small Boys' Unit typescript and photocopied proof, April 2000
16.8 Dispatch from World War III (originally published in Esquire, March 1991), 'WWIII Notes,' drafts, 1991-2000
16.9 Distance, Light, and Dreams (An alternate version was previously published as the introductory essay, Border of Sight, in Traces of Eden: Travels in the Desert Southwest [1986]), 'Border of Sight' typescript draft, 2000 and photocopied excerpt from Traces of Eden, 1986
16.10 Down Hard Six Times, 'Alaska,' notes, drafts, packing lists, 1992-1993
Hospitality and Revenge (originally published as Last Days of Najibullah in Esquire, April 1997)
17.1* Notes, research, travel documents, 1996 (*one audiocassette tape and two micro-audiocassette tapes transferred to Sound Recordings Collection)
17.2 Notepads (5), 1996
17.3-4 Working drafts, notes, proof of article, November 1996-February 1997
17.5 The Lowest Bar in Montana (originally published in The Big Sky Journal, Summer 1997), notes and drafts, 1997
17.6 The Militia in Me (originally published in Esquire, July 1995), 'Militia article-Esquire,' notes, drafts, and copy of original article, 1995-1996
17.7-8 Ram the High-Jacker (was to be included, but ultimately was omitted from Seek; originally published as The Pirate with Low Self-Esteem in Spin, April 1998), notes and drafts, 1997
Book manuscript
18.1 Loose notes and drafts from various writings, 1997-2000, undated
18.2 'Notes,' 2000
18.3, 47 Three Deserts: Hospitality and Revenge; Distance, Light, Dreams; Dispatch from World War III, drafts of section, issues of Neon (Nevada Arts Council) containing reprint, 2000-2001
18.4-5 Typescript, April-May 2000
18.6-7 Typescript, 'copy edited,' October 2000
18.8 Reviews, 2002-2004
The Throne of the Third Heaven of the Nations Millennium General Assembly: Poems Collected and New (poetry collection, 1995)
18.9, 19.1 Manuscript, also uncollected and additional poems, 1995
19.2-3 Page proofs, 1995
19.4 Book jackets and published essay about artist James Hampton (Smithsonian Institution, 1977), 1995
Train Dreams (novella, 2011, first published in the Paris Review [2002] and in Europe [2004])
19.5-6 Notes, chronology, leftovers, draft fragments, 1996-2000
Section Notes
19.7 'Train 1 Chinaman,' March 1999
'Train 2 Trestles,' July 1999-August 2000
'Train 3,' September 2000
'Train 4 Burn,' September 2000
'Train 5 Jobs and Rumor,' January 1999-September 2000
'Train 6 Courtship,' January 1999-September 2000
'Train 7 More Jobs,' September 2000
'Train 8 Wolf-daughter,' January 1999
'Train 9 Pulchritude,' January 1999
Manuscript Typescripts
19.8 Final 1, 13-20 September 2000
19.9 'Final 3,' 25 September 2000
19.10 'Final 4,' December 2000, also page one of draft dated November 2000
20.1 'Final 5,' October 2001
20.2 Publisher's catalog, 2004
Tree of Smoke (novel, 2007)
Research material and notes
20.3 'Background,' photocopied book chapters and notes, undated
20.4* 'Door notes,' includes journal Parabola (Fall 1981, reprinted 1997), 1997 (*bound volume transferred to the Library)
20.5 'Labyrinth notes,' internet research and notes, 2003-2006
20.6-8 'Malaysia' notepads (8), clippings, notes, draft of Johnson's U.S. Casualty in a Bloodless War (essay), notes for Door in a Blank Wall [?], 1989-1990, undated
20.9 'Philippine Islands,' maps and research, undated
20.10 'Philippines Trip,' photographs, drafts of essay about Mindanao, 1988-1989
20.11 'Philippines-first trip,' journal notes, undated
21.1 'Philippines-second trip,' journal notes, notepads (2), letter, 1988
21.2 'Phoenix Program-Ice X,' internet research, undated
21.3 'Research,' notes, list of books, and internet research about Vietnam, CIA, and military, 2003
21.4-5 'Vietnam,' maps, internet research, copied book chapters, 2004
Chapter draft fragments, notes, and outlines
21.6 '1963,' September 2003
'1964,' September 2003
21.7 '1965 Luzon,' April, October 2003
'1965 Luzon Pt.2,' October 2003
'1965a Mindanao, Carnigan,' January 2004
'1965b Mindanao, Skip to Damulog,' January 2004
'1965c K. Jones Damulog,' February-March 2004
21.8 '1967a Skip Arrives,' November 2004
'1967c James Arrives,' November 2004, January 2005
'1967d Skip goes to Villa,' September 2004
'1967e James Gets Lucky,' November 2004
'1967f Skip at Villa,' September 2004
'1967g James Goes Down,' September 2004
'1967 unsorted,' September 2004
21.9 '1968' - '1974,' February 2001-September 2004
21.10 'Smoke Final,' drafts of chapters 1963 and 1965 (contains a note regarding a reading in Chicago), 2002-2003
21.11 'Hao-Minh-Viet,' December 2003
21.12 'Monk,' February-March 2004, undated
21.13 'Things to get straight,' March 2004
21.14 'Additions' to Final, November 2006
21.15 'Smoke notes,' research sources and story ideas, January 2007
22.1 'Leftover Notes,' 1996-2003
Loose draft fragments, notes, outlines
22.2-4 Chapters 1963-1965, research, The Years (early story draft, 1999), 1995-2003
22.5-8 Assorted chapter notes, poems, notepad (1), clipping, The Years (early story outline and drafts), Big Nothing (early story drafts), 1993-2007
23.1 Chapter 1983 and other notes, outlines, Drink the Poison draft, August 1998-December 2006
23.2 Chapters 1964-1965, outlines and other notes, 2001, January-March 2004
23.3-5 Chapters 1966-1968 and other notes, February 2001-December 2004
23.6-7, 24.1 Chapters 1963-1966 and other notes, September 2003-May 2004
24.2 Assorted notes, December 2003-March 2004
24.3-4 Chapters 1966-1967 and other notes, May 2004-March 2005
24.5-7 Chapters 1963-1968, email, October 2004-April 2005
24.8, 25.1 Chapter 1968, outlines, September-November 2005
25.2 Chapter 1968 and other notes, March-May 2006
25.3 Outline, May 2006
25.4-7, 26.1 Chapters 1969-1970, 1983, additions to final, June 2006-January 2007
26.2-3 Chapters 1969-1970, 1983, July-September 2006
26.4* Chapter 1969 and other notes, malaria research, additions, motivational notes, July-October 2006, 2007 (*CD-Rom separated to Electronic Records Collection)
'Tree of Smoke 06'
26.5-7 Chapters 1965 and 1968 and other notes, outlines, notepad, Drink the Poison draft, and notes labeled 'Door,' February 2001-March 2006
26.8, 27.1 Chapters 1963-1967, draft containing loose notes and outline, May 2005
27.2 Chapter 1968 drafts and outline, December 2005-April 2006
Manuscript notebooks (typescript of chapters)
27.3-5 '1963-1966,' April 2006
28.1-2 '1967,' April 2006
28.3 '1968,' April-June 2006
28.4-5 '1969,' August-December 2006
28.6, 29.1 '1970,' December 2006
29.2-3 '1983,' December 2006
50 Empty binder, undated
30.1-4 Complete manuscript typescript with notes inserted into pages, also novel outline, December 2006, 2007
30.5-6, 31.1-5 Typescript, setting copy, February 2007
31.6, 32.1-3 First pass page proofs, April 2007 and errata, May 2007
32.4-7 Second pass page proofs, May 2007
33.1 Uncorrected bound proof, 2007
33.2 Advanced readers copy with audio book sampler, 2007
33.3 Book jackets and sample pages, 2007
33.4, 47, 49 Reviews and clippings, 2007
34.1 1966 (excerpt published in the New Yorker, 11 and 18 June 2007), galley and page proofs, publication, 2007
Subseries B: Short Stories and Essays, circa 1970s-2008, undated
34.2 Beelzebub Radio: The World Has Been Saved, typed draft, undated
34.3 Jenny Lanes, notes and draft fragments, 2002
34.4 My Commodore (published in Epoch [2008] and Woof!: Writers on Dogs [2008]), 'Col. Dog' notes, drafts, Epoch page proofs, 2006-2008
34.5 One More Geek, typed draft, undated
34.6 'Renzow,' fragments for a work-in-progress, circa 1970s
34.7 The Starlight on Idaho (published in Playboy, February 2007), typed drafts and notes, 2003
34.8 Silence [variously titled Leg], typed drafts, undated
'Stories,' circa 1970s-1980s
34.9 Cartoon, typed draft, undated
The Heart, typed draft, undated [another story mimeographed on the back of the sheets]
A Hundred and Fifty Years on these Trains, typed draft, undated
Long Distance, typed draft, undated [another story mimeographed on the back of the sheets]
Suppertime, typed draft, undated
Trapeze People, typed draft, undated
34.10 Transform Me, notes, 1999-2003
34.11 Why I Write, handwritten and typed draft and notes, 1997
34.12-14 Xmas in Las Vegas (published in Tin House, Spring 2003), notes, draft fragments, 2001-2005
Magazine essays
35.1 'Bonners drafts,' Why I Live in the Backwoods (published in Travel and Leisure, April 2003), typed drafts and notes, 2002
35.2 'Esquire,' Down Hard Six Times, drafts, correspondence, proofs; Naked Man, draft; Solitude and Silence, draft; clippings, 1993, undated
'Kurdistan' (Boomtown, Iraq published in Condé Nast Portfolio, March 2008)
35.3 'Notes' and 'Outline,' 2007
35.4-6 Notebook, drafts, research, notes, maps, travel ephemera, passport photographs, printed material, 2008
35.7 'New Yorker,' The Harley Millennium, page proofs, 1995-1996
35.8 'Outside,' Borderland: The Rio Grande through Texas, drafts, correspondence, 1993
35.9 'Salon,' Change Your Life FOREVER: God's Warriors in the 3rd Millennium, online internet essay with reader's comments, 1995-1996
35.10-12 'Saudi Arabia,' notepads (4), notes, drafts, travel ephemera, and maps used to write Dispatch from World War Three [Esquire, March 1991] and Knockin' on Heaven's Door [Esquire, April 1991]), 1991
36.1, 48 'Spin,' press credential letter, stationery, incomplete draft proof (contains drawings on verso of each sheet), undated
36.2, 48 'Stories-notes,' various notes and fragments, some for stories that appear in Jesus' Son, undated
36.3 'Miscellaneous writing and publications,' drafts and fragments, 1997, undated
Subseries C: Poetry, circa 1980s-2008, undated
36.4-5, 48 Poems, drafts and fragments, circa 1980s-1990s, undated
36.6 'Notes and drafts,' handwritten and typed notes, fragments, drafts, 1997-2008, undated
36.7, 48 'Throne,' The Throne of the Third Heaven of the Nations Millennium General Assembly (poem), edited drafts, undated
36.8-10 Notebooks, contain poem drafts, fragments, journal entries, log of poem submissions, circa 1981, undated
48 Notepad, contains handwritten notes, poem and story fragments, drawings, undated
36.11, 48 'Slide Show,' poems and fragments; 'Poetry Miscellaneous,' Red Darkness: The Paintings of Sam Messer, A Verse Interview, drafts and posters, circa 1982, undated
37.1 Countermeasures (literary magazine, contains two reprinted poems by Johnson: Now and Passengers), circa 1995
Subseries D: Film and Theater Projects, circa 1980s-2009
37.2-3 Angels (screenplay by Johnson based on his novel of the same name), screenplay draft (2 copies), circa 1980s
37.4 Des Moines (play), publicity flyers for staged readings, 2007
37.5, 49 Hellhound on My Trail (play), publicity material, programs, tickets, reviews, 2000-2002
37.6* Hit Me (screenplay by Johnson based on Jim Thompson's novel, A Swell-Looking Babe), press packet, promotional material, 1996-1998 (*VHS tape transferred to Film Collection)
37.7* The Prom (screenplay by Johnson and Steven Shainberg), publicity material, 1991-1992 (*VHS tape transferred to Film Collection)
37.8, 47 Psychos Never Dream (play), correspondence, reviews, program, 2004-2009
37.9, 49 Shoppers Carried By Escalators into the Flames (play), publicity material, programs, tickets, book jacket for published play, reviews, 2001-2002
37.10, 49 Soul of a Whore (play), script draft, publicity material, reviews, 2003-2006

Series II. Personal and Professional Files, 1939-2009, undated

Awards and fellowships
37.11 American Academy of Arts and Letters, 1984-1993, 2009
38.1 Lannan Literary Fellowship, press packet, correspondence, clippings, 1993-1994
38.2* Rockefeller Foundation, Bellagio Study and Conference Center (Italy), correspondence, printed material, photographs, travel ephemera, 2004-2005 (*CD-R with unknown contents transferred to Electronic Records Collection)
38.3 Assorted, 1992-2007
Book jackets
38.4 Angels, Fiskadoro, The Stars at Noon, The Veil, 1983-2000s
48 Assorted covers of Angels and Shoppers (matted), undated
38.5 Bound volumes, list of books transferred to Library
38.6 1990-1998
38.7 2001-2005
38.8 2006-2007
38.9 2008-2009, undated, also photograph
39.1 'Prison Correspondence,' also includes stories and poems, 1981-1991
39.2 Ephemera, theater programs, tickets, bumper sticker, menu, map, receipt, 2002-2005, undated
Film option and contracts
39.3 'Africa,' synopsis, contract, correspondence, and notes for The Civil War in Hell, 1991-1993
39.4 'Skinheads,' correspondence and contracts, 1991-1992
'A Swell Looking Babe,' contract, 1990
39.5 Identification cards (4) and passports (2), circa 1980s-2000s
39.6 Messer, Sam (artist), exhibition catalogue (Johnson wrote introductory essay), press kit (contains photographs and slides of Messer's art), 1991
39.7 'National Millennium Survey,' correspondence and clippings, 1998-1999
39.8 Notepads (2), contain personal notes and lists, undated
39.9, 48 Photographs, circa 1953-2000s
Printed material
39.10 The American Poetry Review, January/February 2005
Amica, 28 May 1987
39.11 Best Life, In the Presence of Wood, September 2007
Big Sky Journal
39.11 The Lowest Bar in Montana, Summer 1997
Spring 1997
40.1 Big Wednesday, The Other Man, Vol 2, Issue 1, May/June 1990
Black Book, The Invisible Terrorist, Spring 1999 [published as Run, Rudolph, Run in Seek]
Book, July/August 2002
40.2 Cold-Drill, issue 35, 2005
Condé Nast Portfolio, Boomtown, Iraq, March 2008
40.3 Epoch, My Commodore, Vol 57, No 1, 2008 series
40.3 Dispatch from World War III, March 1991
Knockin' on Heaven's Door, April 1991
40.4 278 Books You Should Know by Now, September 1994 [lists Jesus' Son and Fiskadoro]
The Militia in Me, July 1995
King David's Blues, June 1996
40.5 The Last Days of Najibullah, April 1997
My Car Story, October 1998
Esquire Sportsman, Lost in Alaska, Fall-Winter 1993
40.6 The Small Boys' Unit, October 2000
October 2007
December 2007
41.1 The Veil, All-Night Diners, Vol 10, No 1, Spring 1982
41.2 The Other Age, Vol 13, No 1, Spring 1985
Les Inrockuptibles, 10-16 October 2000
41, unfoldered Soul of a Whore: Act 2, Issue 11, 2003
Lucky [excerpt from Tree of Smoke], Issue 16, 2005
41.3 Mirabella, February 1991
New York, 17 June 2002
The New Yorker
41.4 Dirty Wedding, 5 November 1990
Emergency, 16 September 1991
Tuesday, and After, 24 September 2001
41.5 Homeless and High, 22 and 29 April 2002
12 November 2007
24 and 31 December 2007
Newsweek, 8 April 1991
42, unfoldered Open City, An Anarchist's Guide to Somalia, No 4, 1996
The Paris Review
42, unfoldered Car-Crash While Hiking, Spring 1989
Beverly Home, Fall 1992
Hippies, Summer 2000
42.1 People, 25 March 1991
Playboy, The Starlight on Idaho, February 2007
Portlander, Dundun, Vol 2, 1993-1994
42.2 Provincetown Arts, 1993
42.2 The Confession of St. Jim-Ralph, No 11, March 1982
42, unfoldered Killed in the War I Didn't Go to, No 24/25, May 1987
42.3 Rolling Stone, Five Executions and a Barbecue, 17 August 2000
Seneca Review, Why Write?, Spring 1998
43.1 Shout, June 2000
Swink, Issue 2, early 2005
43.2 TOPO, excerpt from Angels, Vol 1, No 2, 1981
43.3 Trafika, Iowa City, Grocery on Venice Beach, Orchard, On the Morning of a Wedding, Winter 1994
43.2 Travel and Leisure, Why I Live in the Backwoods, April 2003
'Publicity and reviews'
43.4, 48-49 1979-2008
43.5-7 'German' and French, 2001-2004
44.1-3, 48 Publisher and rare book catalogs, 1991-2009
Readings and workshops
44.4-6 'Future,' correspondence, contracts, publicity material, 1993-1998
44.7, 45.1, 48-49* 'Past,' correspondence, contracts, publicity material, 1991-1993 (*audio CD removed to Sound Recordings Collection)
45.2 'Amsterdam' Crossing Border Festival, correspondence, printed material, travel ephemera, 2004
45.3* General, correspondence, contracts, story drafts, publicity material, programs, photographs, 1985-2008 (*two audio CDs removed to Sound Recordings Collection)
45.4-6 'DHJ Memories, Correspondence 1949-19- ,' birth certificate, school papers, Johnson's letters to his parents, 1949-1993
45.7 'DHJ Readings, Awards, Journal Articles, Magazine, Creative Pub,' clippings, printed material, 1968-1997
45.8 'DHJ Reviews 1970-9/25/86,' clippings, printed material, 1969-1986
46.1 'DHJ Reviews 11/15/90-10/15/93,' clippings, printed material, 1990-1997
46.2-3 'Denis Aug 39-June 56[?],' photo album, contains family photographs, report cards, graduation material, test scores, letter, 1939-1992
Subject files
46.4 'FOIA' [Freedom of Information Act], correspondence, government publications, CovertAction magazine (Winter 1991/1992; Spring 1992), 1991-1992
46.5 'Mars Trip,' NASA application, 1991
'UFOs,' newsletter, 1991
46.6 'Afghanistan 96,' travel expense receipts and arrangements, 1996-1997
46.7 'Croatia,' printed material, travel ephemera, photocopy of published story by Zoran Ferić, 2004-2005
46.8 'Erbil, Iraq,' travel expense receipts, 2007
46.9 Europe, correspondence, itineraries, travel ephemera, German reviews, 2002-2003

47-50 Oversize boxes

Index of Correspondents

  • Adams, Laura--6.10
  • Akin, Marla (James A. Michener Center for Writers)--38.6, 44.5
  • Ali, Ahmad--17.1
  • Almereyda, Michael--38.7
  • American Academy in Berlin (Pilaski, Katharina)--38.9
  • American Academy of Arts and Letters--37.11
  • Anisfield, Nancy--38.6
  • Augenbraum, Harold (National Book Foundation [U.S.])--38.8
  • Barrett, Michael (Passages North)--44.7
  • Behre, Louis (Crossing Border Festival)--44.4, 45.2
  • Belford, Mary Blye--45.6
  • Bellagio Study and Conference Center (Rockefeller Foundation)--38.2
  • Beyond Baroque Foundation--44.7
  • Bill, Tony, 1940- (Barnstorm Films)--38.6
  • Blythe, Will (Esquire)--38.6, 39.3
  • Bollinger, Lee C., 1946- (Columbia University)--38.9
  • Bosselaar, Laure-Anne, 1943- --38.6
  • Bourgois, Dominique--38.7
  • Britton, Sherrill (PEN Center USA West)--38.3
  • Browar, Lisa (New York Public Library)--38.6
  • Burlingame, Phyllida (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)--8.1-2
  • Byrne, David, 1952- --38.7
  • Cade, Lisl (Rea Award for the Short Story)--38.3
  • Campbell, Mary B. (Brandeis University)--44.6
  • Canin, Ethan--38.9
  • Central European University Prague (Summer Writers' Workshop)--44.5
  • Charles Engelhard Foundation--38.3
  • Chase, Lisa (Outside)--35.8
  • Cornfield, Robert--6.10, 8.1, 24.5
  • Costanzo, Gerald (Carnegie-Mellon University Press)--6.10
  • Cox, Jeffrey (No Joke Productions)--8.5
  • Crown Publishers (Whitney, Rebecca)--38.6
  • Crozier, Lorna, 1948- --44.4
  • D'Agata, John (Seneca Review)--38.6
  • Dajani, Virginia (American Academy of Arts and Letters)--37.11, 38.9
  • Davis, Christie Mazuera (Lannan Foundation)--45.3
  • Davis, Christopher (University of North Carolina at Charlotte)--44.6
  • Day, Douglas (University of Virginia)--44.4
  • Debets, Cees (Crossing Border Festival)--45.2
  • DeFrain, Darren--44.5
  • Delillo, Don--38.7
  • Deming, Alison Hawthorne, 1946- (University of Arizona)--45.1
  • Dickman, Michael, 1975- --38.7-8
  • Dillard, Annie--38.7
  • Elie, Paul (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)--8.1, 38.6
  • Emanuel, Rahm, 1959- --38.8
  • Enyeart, James (College of Santa Fe)--39.7
  • Evangel Bible Translators (Phillips, Laura)--38.6
  • Evans, Sid (Sports Afield)--38.6
  • Faber and Faber--8.1
  • Farrar, Josh (Double Take)--38.6
  • Faulkner, Bobo (Will Glickman Theatre Fund)--38.7
  • Fenza, David (Association of Writers & Writing Programs)--38.8
  • Fish, Karen (Loyola College in Maryland)--44.6
  • Fisketjon, Gary L. (Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.)--38.7-8
  • Flynn, Michael--39.3
  • Forbes, Calvin (School of the Art Institute of Chicago)--44.6
  • Freund, Gerald (Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation)--38.3
  • Gadbow, Kate (University of Montana)--44.5
  • Galassi, Jonathan (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)--8.1
  • Garrison, Deborah (The New Yorker)--7.2
  • Gavin, David--38.6
  • George, Ben, 1977- --38.9
  • Gernert, David (Doubleday and Company, inc.)--38.9
  • Glazner, Greg (National Millennium Survey; College of Santa Fe)--39.7, 45.3
  • Grimes, Tom, 1954- --38.6
  • Gurganus, Allan, 1947- (American Academy of Arts and Letters)--37.11
  • Hadd, Charles--39.1
  • Hannah, Barry--8.1
  • Hardy, Edward, 1957- (Epoch)--8.1
  • Harmsen, Tom, 1948- (Ambo Anthos)--45.2
  • Harrington, Mary Kay (California Polytechnic State University)--44.5
  • Hemley, Robin, 1958- (University of North Carolina at Charlotte)--44.6
  • Hempel, Amy--38.6
  • Hill, Adam (California Polytechnic State University)--44.5
  • Hillis, Rick (Reed College)--44.6, 45.3
  • Holbert, Christine (Eastern Washington University Press)--44.5
  • Horowitz, Eli (McSweeney's)--38.7
  • Horowitz, Glenn--38.9
  • Houghton Mifflin Company--8.1
  • Hunter, Holly, 1958- --38.6
  • Huss, Sandy (University of Alabama)--38.6
  • International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award--38.9
  • Johnson, Cindy Lee--45.6
  • Johnson, Randy--46.3
  • Jones, Robert (HarperCollins [Firm])--1.6, 6.6, 8.1, 10.5, 10.8, 19.4, 38.1, 38.6
  • Kamiya, Gary (Salon)--15.5
  • Katrovas, Richard (University of New Orleans; Prague Summer Writers' Workshop)--44.5
  • Kemp, Carol--45.4
  • Kim, Jeanie J. (Lannan Foundation)--38.1
  • Knepper, Matt--38.7-9
  • Koch, Stephen (Columbia University)--44.6
  • Kohl, Martina (United States Embassy in Berlin)--46.9
  • Krusoe, James (Santa Monica Review)--44.7
  • LeClerc, Paul (New York Public Library)--38.6
  • Lee, Alma (Vancouver International Writers Festival)--44.4
  • Lee, Michael (Trafika)--35.8, 38.6
  • Liebeherr, Dora--45.4
  • Linville, James Scott (The Paris Review)--8.1
  • Lister, Nancy Jo--45.4-5
  • Lister, Norma Jean--45.4-5
  • Loyd, Amy (Playboy)--11.2, 38.8-9
  • Luxford, Dominic (McSweeney's)--38.8
  • Lyman, Coletta Burkhardt--38.9
  • Marello, Laura (Lynchburg College)--38.7
  • Mason, Alane Salierno, 1964- (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich)--38.6
  • McDonnell, Emily C.--38.7
  • McFarland, Ron (University of Idaho)--44.6
  • McGuire, Jerry (University of Southwestern Louisiana)--44.6
  • Menaker, Daniel (HarperCollins [Firm]; Random House)--38.7
  • Merker, K. K., 1932- ("Kim") (Iowa Center for the Book)--38.6
  • Miller, Adrienne (Esquire)--38.6
  • Mitchell, Ben (Whitman College)--44.6
  • Montgomery, Lee (Tin House)--38.7
  • Mooney, Robert (State University of New York at Binghampton)--44.6
  • Morris, James M. (Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars)--44.6
  • Morrone, John (American Center of P. E. N.)--38.7
  • Moses, Kate (Intersection for the Arts)--45.1
  • Mullins, Brighde (Dia Center for the Arts [New York, N.Y.])--44.5
  • Najafi, Sina (Cabinet)--38.7
  • Neon Lit (Godzinski, Diane)--38.6
  • Nordgren, Joe (Lamar University)--38.6
  • O'Keefe, Michael, 1955- --38.9
  • Odefey, Chad (Lingo)--38.6
  • Osherow, Jackie (University of Utah)--44.5
  • Paschen, Elise (Poetry Society of America)--45.1
  • Paterniti, Michael (Outside)--35.8
  • Patton, Will--38.8
  • Paul & Peter Fritz AG--46.9
  • Perks, Micah (University of California Santa Cruz)--45.3
  • Pleshette & Green (Datt, Deepti)--39.4
  • Plimpton, George--38.7
  • Rhodes, Jewell Parker (Arizona State University)--44.6
  • Richie, David--8.1
  • San José, Sean (Intersection for the Arts, Campo Santo)--37.8, 44.6
  • Sarabande Books (Gorham, Sarah, 1954- and Skinner, Jeffrey)--38.6
  • Saunders, George, 1958-- --38.6
  • Schaacks, Augustus--39.3
  • Schaechter, Judith, 1961- --15.8
  • Scibona, Salvatore (Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown)--38.7
  • Shainberg, Steven, 1963- --38.7-8
  • Shepard, Jim (Williams College)--38.6, 45.3
  • Shipman, Leslie (Hudson Valley Writers' Center)--44.4
  • Skoyles, John--38.8
  • Smith, Robert--39.1
  • Stein, Lorin (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)--13.3, 38.8
  • Stovall, Gilbert (Montana Versatile Productions)--39.3
  • Straus, Roger (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)--38.6
  • Struthers, Ann (Coe College)--44.6
  • Syracuse University--44.5
  • Tabert, Nils (Rowohlt Theater Verlag)--46.9
  • Thomas, Harry--18.2
  • Toyne, Becky (Harvill Press)--38.7
  • Treisman, Deborah (The New Yorker)--34.1
  • Upshaw, Lea (University of Montana)--45.3
  • Van, Eric M. (Readercon)--44.7
  • Vaughn, Stephanie (Cornell University)--44.6, 45.3
  • Venverloh, Faith (University of Houston)--44.5
  • Vos, Sarah C. (Harper's)--16.7
  • Wardak, Ahmad Ali--38.7
  • Williford, Lex, 1954- (University of Alabama)--38.6
  • Wilsey, Sean (The New Yorker; McSweeney's)--38.6
  • Wright, Franz, 1953- --38.6
  • Wright, John H. (Central Intelligence Agency)--46.4
  • Wronoski, John (Lame Duck Books)--38.7
  • Zesiger, Sue (Esquire)--35.2
  • Zubick, Kelleen (on behalf of Kurt Brown)--38.6
  • _____Keith and Susan--38.8
  • _____Michael--38.9
  • _____Peg--45.4
  • _____Sam (Picador)--38.8
  • _____Sandra--44.6
  • _____Susan--45.6
  • Unidentified (Spin)--17.7
  • Unidentified--38.8
  • Unsigned--14.9

Index of Works Not Already Listed in Container List

  • After Mayakovsky--36.11
  • All-Night Diners--36.4
  • An African War--16.2
  • At Which this is an Attempt--36.4
  • August--36.11
  • Blessing--19.1, 36.4-5
  • The Bluebird Motel--36.4
  • California--19.1, 36.4
  • A Car-Crash While Hitchhiking (poem)--36.4
  • A Carmelite Monk Waits for Morning--36.4, 36.11
  • The Catharsis is an Ugly Beast--19.1
  • The Civil War in Hell--16.6
  • Crow--19.1, 36.5
  • Dead Youths--36.4
  • [Dear Natasha]--36.4
  • Dirty Wedding--7.6
  • [Dreaming of a woman]--36.4
  • Drink--19.1, 36.4
  • Drink the Poison--23.1, 26.5
  • Dundun--7.5
  • Emergency--7.4-5
  • Feet--19.1, 36.4-5
  • The Flower--36.4
  • Fragments--19.1
  • The Get-Together [The Jailer Speaks]--36.4
  • Grocery on Venice Beach--19.1, 36.4-5
  • The Hands--19.1
  • [I did go walking]--36.4
  • [I don't wish to be a pimp]--36.4
  • I Will Always Love You--36.11
  • Improvisations Around Silence--36.4
  • In Dark--22.6
  • [In dark bars]--36.4
  • In Lucinda's Studio / I Watch Lucinda Work / I Watch Lucinda Work--36.4-5
  • [The intricate rain]--36.4
  • Iowa City--19.1, 36.4-5
  • Killed in the War I Didn't Go To--22.7, 36.11
  • Kissing You Lucinda--36.5
  • The Light--36.11
  • Little Bear--36.4-5
  • Little Store on a White Beach--36.4-5
  • Love Poem--36.4
  • [Lucifer]--36.4, 36.6
  • The Man--36.4
  • Man Walking to Work--36.4
  • Mindanao--20.10
  • Much Later--19.1
  • My Commodore--45.3
  • The Night Before the Hallowed Evening--36.4
  • A Night of Moonlight Like Water--19.1
  • 1972 A.D.--1.7
  • Notes and Improvisations (Notes from Two Separations and Improvisations Around Silence)--36.4
  • Notes from Two Separations--36.4-5
  • Ocean and Wilshire--19.1, 36.4-5
  • October--36.4, 36.11
  • On Fat City--36.3
  • On the Morning of a Wedding--19.1, 36.4-5
  • On the Morning of the Ceremony--19.1
  • One Thursday Morning--19.1, 36.3, 36.5
  • Or How About If I Put It This Way--19.1
  • Orchard--19.1, 36.4-5
  • The Other Man--7.6, 36.2
  • Our Feature by the Waters--36.4
  • Our Sadness--19.1, 36.4
  • Out on Bail--7.5-6
  • The Parting--36.4
  • [A Petal dripping off a flower]--36.4
  • Place of Skulls--36.4
  • Poem [Cigaret smoke in television light]--36.5
  • Poem [Who owns the rain]--36.4, 36.6
  • Poem [With its grill, its lights,]--36.11
  • Poem [With reasons peopling their music]--36.4-5
  • Port-Town Melody--36.4
  • Red Darkness--36.11
  • Regarding L-- --36.4-5
  • A Saint--19.1, 36.4
  • [Sam Messer]--36.3
  • [Sex in the Movies]--36.3
  • Sheraton Hotel--36.4
  • Sheraton Hotel Room--36.4
  • The Small Boys' Unit--16.7
  • Snow--19.1, 36.4
  • Some Italian Churches--36.5
  • Song--36.4, 36.6
  • The Starlight on the Idaho--45.3
  • Steady Hands at Seattle General--7.4, 7.6, 36.2
  • Street Scene--36.4
  • Summer's End--36.4
  • Them Dreams--22.7
  • These Winter Nights --36.4
  • The Throne of the Third Heaven of the Nations Millennium General Assembly (poem)--1.7
  • Tomorrow in Venice, California--36.4
  • Two Men--7.4-5
  • Ulysses--19.1, 36.4-5
  • U. S. Casualty in a Bloodless War--6.8, 20.6
  • Vacancies at Pink Motels--36.4
  • The Visit--36.4
  • Visits--19.1, 36.4
  • Where the Failed Gods are Drinking--19.1, 36.4-5
  • While Our Marriage Slides Like Surf into the Sand--36.5
  • Why I Write--18.1, 36.3
  • Window--19.1, 36.4
  • Winter Nights--36.4
  • [The Wonderbread truck is flying]--36.4
  • The Words of a Toast--22.7
  • Work--7.4, 7.6
  • XXXXXXXXX--36.4
  • The Years--22.3-4, 45.3
  • Your Eyes--36.4
  • Your Strawberry Hands--36.4
  • Untitled film treatment (based on The Civil War in Hell)--16.1
  • Untitled/Unidentified--1.7, 22.7, 36.4-5