Michael Fitzgerald Collection

Stewart Bell Jr. Archives Room
Handley Regional Library/
Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society

781 THL

Scope and Content: This collection is made up of poems, essays, news clippings, and ponderings of Michael Fitzgerald, known locally as the “poet laureate of the Shenandoah Valley (Virginia, USA). Some of these works have been published.
(2 boxes) Last updated 04/16.

Biographical/Historical: Michael Fitzgerald has published numerous books of poetry and nonfiction, children’s literature, and magazines articles. His poems have been published in major American poetry journals. He studied at Wesleyan University, Earlham College, and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and has taught workshops and read his poems in Europe, Canada and the US. Fitzgerald has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, and won several awards. He is a member of the Academy of American Poets. He has worked on projects for the Folger Shakespeare Library, National Public Radio, the Smithsonian Institution, the National Federation for the Blind, Warner Brothers, the US Public Interest Research Group, and others. He lives and writes in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, USA.

Cite As: Michael Fitzgerald Collection, 781 THL, Stewart Bell Jr. Archives, Handley Regional Library, Winchester, VA.

Organization:
*Published titles

Box 1

News Articles – Michael Fitzgerald 

“A Cabin,” 10 leaves, typescript (photocopy)

*At a Glance, 1995, Purple Rose Press, Dallas, 52 pages, printed

*"A Baha'i Notebook," 1992, 1 item, unnumbered pages, paper-bound; and 10 leaves, typescript, unbound

* A Holy Day Gathering, 2000, a poem book by Michael Fitzgerald, 1 item, 16 pages, printed

*"Breaking It Open," no date, 1 item, 22 leaves, typescript

“Cedars of Lebanon,” 8 leaves, typescript (photocopy)

Briefly Speaking, 1994, Rainbow's End Books, [Winchester, VA], 1 item, printed

Divine Logic, 1994, audiocassette by Michael Fitzgerald and Michael DeLalla, Falling Mountain Music

"Earth Songs," no date, 57 leaves, typescript

Essays, n.d., 9 leaves, printed

God's Whimsy, no date, audiocassette by Michael Fitzgerald, Doc Holladay, and John Albertson

*Going to the Universe, 1989, 32 pages, printed

*Harbors of the Heart, 1997, Rainbow’s End Books, [Winchester, VA] – 1 item, 12 pages printed

“In the Event of Suffering”—no date, 1 leaf, printed

"Living the Boundaries," no date, unnumbered leaves, typescript

*New Seeds, 1991, Rainbow's End Books, [Winchester, VA], 25 pages, printed

*Night Songs, no date, Rainbow's End Books, [Winchester, VA], 12 pages, printed

Box 2

"Outrageous Sweet Planet, no date, no publisher, 2 items, typescript (photocopy), spiral-bound

*Outrageous Sweet Planet, 1996, Rainbow's End Books, [Winchester, VA], unnumbered pages, printed

"Outrageous Sweet Planet," no date, audiocassette by Michael Fitzgerald, Michael DeLalla, and Scott Robinson

"Planet Dreams," no date, unnumbered leaves, typescript

Poems, 36 items, 33 leaves, printed; 2 leaves, typescript; 2 leaves, printed (photocopy)

Reflections –selection from the Baha’i Sacred Writings – 1966, audiocassette by Michael Fitzgerald, Michael DeLalla

Report from the Edge, 2 items
Poems, 13 leaves, typescript (photocopy)
Audiocassette by Michael Fitzgerald and Doc Holladay, 1993, Falling Mountain Music

Reviews, 1 leaf, printed; 3 leaves, typescript

"Short Takes," no date, 47 leaves, typescript, paper-bound

*Spirit Suite, 1991, no publisher, 4 items, printed

“Triad”

*“Windows,” first draft, 44 pages, manuscript written on napkins, published in 1989

*Writing in Brief—1 item, 16 pages, published by White Mountain Publications, 2005