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John Fowler collection

Call Number: MS 344


John Fowler was a poet and editor of the poetry magazine GRIST. He was active in Lawrence, Kansas. This collection contains books, magazines, draft poems, photographs, and correspondence.


  • Creation: 1965 - 2015


Conditions Governing Access

No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.

Biography of John Fowler

John Fowler was born in Florence, Missouri in 1938 and later moved to Lawrence, Kansas with his wife and children in the 1960s. He and wife Sara operated Abington Book Shop in Lawrence and published and edited GRIST magazine until later moving to New York City, NY, in the 1990s, where Fowler published GRIST-ON-LINE. The original paper magazine falls under the mimeo revolution, a style of small-scale and non-commercial publishing using mimeograph reproduction that was particularly popular during the 1960s and 1970s.

Contributors and guest editors who also participated in Fowler's GRIST include William S. Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, David Ignatow, Ed Sanders and Tuli Kupferberg, Jackson Mac Low, David Antin, Carol Bergé, William Wantling, Barbara Holland, Douglas Blazek, Judson Crews, Irene Schram, Jon Gierlich, S. Clay Wilson, Lee Chapman, JoAnne Wycoff, Barbara Moraff, Jim McCrary, Charley Plymell, Roxie Powell, Robert Branaman, Claude Pélieu, Mary Beach, Glenn Todd, George Kimball, Robert Creeley, Bergé, Ted Berrigan, Paul Blackburn, Ishmael Reed, Diane Wakoski, Hunter S Thompson, Joanne Kyger, Bill Berkowitz, and Carl Weissner, amongst others.


.5 Linear Feet (1 document case + 1 oversize box)

Language of Materials


Scope and Contents

This collection contains books and magazines with contributions by Fowler, draft poems by Fowler, photographs, and correspondence.

Oversize materials, primarily photographs and also seven oversize poems, have been physically separated from the rest of the collection and are located at MS Q76.

Physical Location

MS 344

Physical Location

MS Q76

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Jim McCrary on behalf of John Fowler, 2017.

Related Materials

Grist archives, MS 53, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas. Please contact Spencer Research Library reference staff at, (785)864-4334 (9-5 CST, M-F) for assistance in accessing this collection.

Separated Materials

Most printed materials have been separately cataloged and can be found in the library's online catalog by searching "Gift of Jim McCrary on behalf of the late John Fowler June 2017" or "from the Library of John Fowler."

Processing Information

Folders in the MS Q76 box are labeled as belonging to box 1a instead of box 1.


Guide to the John Fowler Collection
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Preferred citation
John Fowler collection, MS 344, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

1450 Poplar Lane
Lawrence KS 66045-7616 United States