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Besmilr Brigham-Will Inman Correspondence Collection

Identifier: 03-01-exws_brigham-inman

Scope and Contents

The collection amounts to a single archival box containing primarily correspondence between Besmilr Brigham and Will Inman from 1977-1978. In addition to correspondence, the collection includes typescripts of individual poems by Brigham, typescripts of collections, proofs, short stories, two photographs of Brigham, as well as two of her resumes.


  • Creation: 1971-1978; bulk 1977-1978
  • Other: Date acquired: 1996


Besmilr Brigham Biography

Besmilr Brigham (1923-2000) was born Bess Miller Moore in Pace, Mississippi. Though she had been writing poetry since her girlhood, it was not until the 1950s that she began to study writing at the New School for Social Research and was a student of the poet Robert Duncan. She and her husband Roy resided in a wide variety of locations including Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Canada, France, Mexico, and Nicaragua. She wrote four volumes of poetry: Agony Dance: Death of the Dancing Dolls (1969), Heaved from the Earth (1971), Death of the Wild (1984) and Run Through Rock (2000) and has been published in numerous anthologies, journals and magazines such as: El Corno Emplumado, Harper's Bazaar, Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times, in New Directions annuals, and in Thomas Merton's Monk's Pond, as well as other college and independent magazines.

Will Inman Biography

Will Inman (1923-2009), born William Archibald McGirt, legally changed his name in 1973 to Inman. He was both a poet and an editor, a graduate of Duke University (1943), he published and edited Kauri (1964-1971), a newsletter. He was also a faculty member of Montgomery College, associated with Free University of New York, and an artist in residence at the American University in Washington D.C. His poetry and correspondence appears in other archives, serials, and books such as: The Fire and the Serpent (1967), Surfing the Dark Sound, Sacred Chaff, Center Walking (1998), and A Resonance of Begetting (2001).


1 boxes : 0.50 linear feet

Language of Materials



The majority of this collection is correspondence between American poet Besmilr Brigham and American poet / editor Will Inman between 1977 and 1978. It also includes typescripts and proofs of Brigham's poems and short stories, as well as two photographs.

Physical Access Requirements

WMU Special Collections. Non-circulating. Contact department for access.

Source of Acquisition

Ken Lopez, bookseller, Hadley, Massachusetts.

Method of Acquisition


Besmilr Brigham-Will Inman Correspondence Collection Finding Aid
Alexandra Weeldreyer
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Repository Details

Part of the Western Michigan University Special Collections Repository

Western Michigan University Libraries, Special Collections
Zhang Legacy Collections Center
1650 Oakland Drive
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5307 US
(269) 387-8490