Media: Correspondence, newspaper clippings, photographs, manuscript material and miscellanea
Quantity: 17 cubic ft.
Finding Aid for the James Reiss Collection (pdf)
This collection starts with correspondence and includes letters from colleagues and fellow writers, which offer valuable information on writing and publishing, from finding work and applying for grants to the writing process and getting published. Colleagues and former students sometimes included copies of their work in their correspondence for Reiss to read over and critique, while Reiss did the same with his new work. Reiss also wrote and received many congratulatory letters in response to new poems or books recently published. The collection also includes a large amount of correspondence from publishers, whether they were rejecting, accepting, or soliciting work, and offers information on the publishing process.
James Reiss is a widely published writer and poet. Reiss was born in New York City and grew up in Washington Heights. He received both his B.A. (1963) and M.A. (1964) in English from the University of Chicago. Reiss began teaching at Miami University in 1965 as an instructor of English and served as an assistant professor (1969-73), associate professor (1973-81), and professor of English (1981-2007). Reiss retired from Miami University in 2007, and is currently a Professor Emeritus of English. Reiss was also a Visiting Poet and Associate Professor of English at Queens College from 1975-76. Reiss spent many of his teaching years commuting between Oxford, OH and New York City on a weekly basis.