Anne Stevenson Poetry Library

Scope and Content

The collection consists mainly of printed poetry, with a few studies of poets and poetry and some prose fiction. It falls into several main categories: 

  • anthologies containing contributions by Anne Stevenson
  • volumes of poetry and prose presented to Anne Stevenson
  • volumes of poetry sent for review

There are notable holdings of works published by Bloodaxe, Carcenet and the Shoestring Press.

Administrative / Biographical History

Anne Stevenson was born in England of American parents in 1933, and grew up and was educated in the USA. She studied at the University of Michigan in the early 1950s, and worked and studied in both the UK and the USA until the 1970s, from whenshe has mainly lived in the UK. Since the late 1990s she has lived in Durham. She has been publishing poetry and criticism for some sixty years, her work most recently collected in Poems 1955-2005 published by Bloodaxe,who published her most recent work Astonishment in 2012.

Her website is:

Access Information

Open for consultation.

Acquisition Information

The collection was given to the Library in 2015 by the author, via Dr Eleanor Spencer-Regan (Accession Misc.2014/15:73).

Other Finding Aids

The collection is catalogued in the Library's online catalogue of printed books where it can be found by a shelfmark search for shelfmark ASP 0001 onwards

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to make any published use of material from the collection must be sought in advance from the Sub-Librarian, Special Collections (e-mail and, where appropriate, from the copyright owner. The Library will assistwhere possible with identifying copyright owners, but responsibility for ensuring copyright clearance rests with the user of the material.


Further additions to the collection are hoped for.