Inman, Will, 1923-2009

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Poet, essayist, columnist, editor, and an activist for civil rights, peace in Vietnam, and communism. He was a native of Wilmington, N.C., is a 1943 Duke University graduate, and lives in Tucson, Arizona. He was born William Archibald McGirt, Jr.

From the description of Papers, 1910-2001. (Duke University Library). WorldCat record id: 84133900

Poet, essayist, columnist, editor, and an activist for civil rights, peace in Vietnam, and communism. He was a native of Wilmington, N.C., is a 1943 Duke University graduate, and lives in Tucson, Arizona.

From the description of Papers, 1939-1995. (Duke University Library). WorldCat record id: 40093287

  • 1923, May 4: Born, Wilmington, North Carolina
  • 1943: Graduated from Duke University
  • 1964 - 1971 : Editor and publisher of Kauri, a poetry newsletter,
  • 1967: Artist in residence, American University, Washington DC
  • 1969: Married Barbara Ann Sherman
  • 1969 - 1973 : Member of the English faculty, Montgomery College, Rockville, MD.
  • 1973: Divorced Legally Changed name from William A. McGirt, Jr. to Will Inman. Moved to Tucson, Arizona

Will Inman was a poet, essayist, editor, and publisher. He was born William Archibald McGirt, Jr. in Wilmington, North Carolina where his father, William A. McGirt, was in the insurance and real estate business and his mother, Delia E. McGirt (maiden name Inman), was a registered nurse. He attended Duke University, graduating with an A.B in 1943. After college, Inman worked as a union organizer for tobacco workers in North Carolina before moving to New York City in the late 1950s. He served as the Vice-president of Free University of New York in the mid 1960s. He has worked as an editor and publisher of various literary journals and has had his work published in numerous anthologies and literary journals as well as in individual volumes. His weekly column, Conchsound in the Hills, was published in the Franklin, PA News-Herald in the 1960s. In addition to writing poetry, fiction, plays, and essays, Inman was also a prolific correspondent and diarist. He was active in numerous causes, including the War in Vietnam, the Civil Rights movement, gay rights, and various environmental issues. In 1956, he was questioned by the House Un-American Activities Committee as to his relationship with the Communist Party. His activism continued into the 1990s; he led writing workshops in an Arizona State Prison, as well as teaching writing to the homeless in transition.

From the guide to the Will Inman Papers, 1910-2009, (David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University)

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creatorOf Abbe, George, 1911-1989. [Free lance archives]. Washington University in St. Louis, .
creatorOf Taylor, Valerie, 1913-. Valerie Taylor papers, 1913-1997. Cornell University Library
creatorOf Inman, Will, 1923-. Papers, 1910-2001. Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
referencedIn Chute, Robert M. (Robert Maurice), 1926-. Robert Chute letters to Will Inman, 1963-1966. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Eaton, Charles Edward, 1916-2006. Charles Edward Eaton papers, 1916-1990s [manuscript]. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
creatorOf Inman, Will, 1923-. Papers, 1912-1936. Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
referencedIn Valerie Taylor papers, 1913-1997 Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.
referencedIn Amiri Baraka Collection, 1964-1974, 1968 Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries
creatorOf Inman, Will, 1923-. The fire and the serpent : a dialogue / by Will Inman. The Sage Colleges Libraries
referencedIn Baca, Jimmy Santiago, 1952-. Jimmy Santiago Baca papers, 1958-2005. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
creatorOf Inman, Will, 1923-. Papers, 1939-1995. Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
creatorOf Will Inman Papers, 1910-2009 David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
referencedIn Chute, Robert M. Robert Chute letters to Will Inman, 1963-1966. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
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United States
Tucson (Ariz.)
United States
Tucson (Ariz.)
North Carolina
Southern States
Wilmington (N.C.)
North Carolina
Wilmington (N.C.)
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Political poetry, American--20th century
College students--Correspondence
Authors, American
Poets, American--20th century--Correspondence
Erotic poetry, American
Editors
Homosexuality--Poetry
Authors, American--20th century
Authors, American--20th century--Diaries
Poets, American--20th century
Political activists--Correspondence
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