The Poetry Library

The poetry library of record for the 20th century, the Danowski Poetry Library includes 75,000 volumes, 50,000 journals, thousands of broadsides, countercultural material, manuscripts, recordings, and objects

The Reading Series

Listen to readings by some of the best poets from America and abroad, and view or purchase accompanying broadsides

The collector, Raymond Danowski

How the largest library in private hands came to be, and came to be housed at Emory

The Curator

KEVIN YOUNG IS CHARLES HOWARD CANDLER PROFESSOR OF CREATIVE WRITING & ENGLISH, CURATOR OF THE DANOWSKI POETRY LIBRARY, & CURATOR OF LITERARY COLLECTIONS AT EMORY. AUTHOR OF ELEVEN VOLUMES OF POEMS AND PROSE, INCLUDING BLUE LAWS: SELECTED AND UNCOLLECTED POEMS 1995–2015

IN CONVERSATION

A unique interview series featuring prize-winning poets during visits to the archive

Broadsides

Discover the limited-edition broadsides printed to commemorate the Reading Series, and explore the thousands of broadsides that are part of the collection

B-SIDE MODERNISM

Learn about our mid–twentieth century literary holdings & the vibrant counterculture

WINTER WEDDING

An exhibition of poets’ holiday cards, valentines, birthday greetings, rare booklets, and more.

DIGITAL DANOWSKI

What can we learn from the collection using data analysis and visual mapping?

CUT-UP: WILLIAM S. BURROUGHS

DISCOVER OUR EXCITING NEW EXHIBITION—CO-CURATED WITH NEW YORK’S BOO-HOORAY—ON WILLIAM S. BURROUGHS’S CUT-UP TECHNIQUE

HUGHESIANA

SPOTLIGHT ON LANGSTON HUGHES, ONE OF OUR COMPLETE AUTHOR COLLECTIONS.

THE CLASSROOM

Since its arrival at Emory, the Danowski Poetry Library has been the focus of courses at the undergraduate and graduate level. Most recently taught in the archive: a freshman seminar on “The Lyric Essay."

COUNTERCULTURE

THE COLLECTION INCLUDES A REMARKABLE ARRAY OF COUNTERCULTURAL NEWSPAPERS, MIMEOS, ZINES, COMIX, ALTERNATIVE PRESSES, & OTHER PUBLICATIONS

TED BERRIGAN & ALICE NOTLEY

This key “archive within the archive” includes handmade books, valentines, birthday cards & notebooks of the Second Generation New York School

R. CRUMB COLLECTION

THE RAYMOND DANOWSKI/JOHN MARTIN COLLECTION OF R. CRUMB IS MADE UP OF A NEAR COMPLETE COLLECTION OF THE PRINTED MATERIALS BY THE NOTED ARTIST, FROM 1958 TO THE PRESENT

BLACK SPARROW PRESS

ONE OF THE IMPORTANT “LIBRARIES WITHIN THE LIBRARY,” THE BLACK SPARROW PRESS COLLECTION INCLUDES ALL EDITIONS OF THE INFLUENTIAL PRESS, AS WELL AS ITS PUBLISHING ARCHIVE AND ORIGINAL PRINTING BLOCKS