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Guide to the Sheila Heti Riot Grrrl Collection
1994-1997
 MSS.366

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Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Heti, Sheila, 1976-
Title: Sheila Heti Riot Grrrl Collection
Dates [inclusive]: 1994-1997
Abstract: Sheila Heti is a Canadian writer and author of the novels Ticknor and How Should a Person Be? and the story collection The Middle Stories. While Heti was still a teenager, she was asked by Random House to compile an anthology of writing by young women. The Sheila Heti Riot Grrrl Collection represents the zines, poetry and artwork that she solicited for the book, as well as the letters she received from the young women who submitted their work. It covers the years 1994-1997. Random House later decided not to publish the book.
Quantity: 2 Linear Feet
Call Phrase: MSS.366

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Biographical Note

Sheila Heti is a writer who was born into a Jewish-Hungarian family in 1976 and grew up in Toronto, Canada. Heti first discovered feminism and the Riot Grrrl movement when she was around 15 or 16 through reading Sassy magazine, Naomi Wolf's The Beauty Myth, and Lynn Crosbie's The Girl Wants To. At a lecture by Wolf in Toronto, Heti spoke during the Q+A about how her own zines ("Iron Maiden"), which she had been putting up around the school, had been torn down by school authorities. She gave an envelope of the zines to Wolf after the talk. Several weeks later, Heti received a letter from Wolf's publicist at Random House, Susan Roxborough, suggesting that they meet to discuss a possible anthology of writing by young women. Heti began soliciting material from all across North America, writing to English teachers at schools and putting out the word through the zine network by exchanging her new zine ("Brillantine") for the zines she received. After about a year and a half of work, she handed in a first draft of the book. It was rejected because the material was too controversial.

Heti studied playwriting at the National Theatre School in Montreal before attending the University of Toronto to study art history and philosophy. In 2001, she created the Trampoline Hall lecture series (hosted by Misha Glouberman). Heti has published five books, including the novels Ticknor and How Should a Person Be? and the story collection The Middle Stories. Her books have been translated into German, French, Spanish, Dutch, Italian and Serbian. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, The London Review of Books, n+1, McSweeney’s, Bookforum, and other places.

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Scope and Content

The Sheila Heti Riot Grrrl Collection comprises correspondence and submissions relating to Heti's unpublished anthology of young women's writing, originally commissioned by Random House Canada.

Series I: Anthology Submissions contains submissions mailed to Heti for inclusion in her anthology; these submissions include zines as well as original artwork and poetry, often in addition to correspondence from the authors.

Series II: Administrative Files contains material relating to the publication of the anthology, including Heti's contract with Random House, correspondence regarding the selection of a cover image, and the letter informing participants of the anthology's cancellation. Series II also contains material relating to "Reluctant Hero," one of Heti's zines that features many of the same participants as the anthology.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged into two series:

Series I: Anthology Submissions
Series II: Administrative Files

Within each series, materials are arranged alphabetically by author's last name or, when no author is available, item title. Loose materials with no discernible author or related submissions are described as miscellaneous submissions.

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Heti, Sheila, 1976-

Document Type

  • Poetry.
  • Drawings
  • Correspondence

Subject Organizations

  • Random House

Subject Topics

  • Riot grrrl movement.
  • Teenage girls.
  • Zines.
  • Anthologies-- Editing.
  • Feminism.

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Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

Materials are open to researchers. Please contact the Fales Library and Special Collections, fales.library@nyu.edu, 212-998-2596.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright (or related rights to publicity and privacy) for materials in this collection was not transferred to New York University. Permission to use materials must be secured from the copyright holder. Please contact the Fales Library and Special Collections, fales.library@nyu.edu, 212-998-2596.

Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Identification of item, date (if known); Sheila Heti Riot Grrrl Collection; MSS 366; box number; folder number; Fales Library and Special Collections, New York University Libraries.

Provenance

The Sheila Heti Riot Grrrl Collection was donated to NYU's Fales Library and Special Collections by Sheila Heti in 2012.

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Container List

Series I: Anthology Submissions

Scope and Content

Series I: Anthology Submissions contains submissions mailed to Heti for inclusion in her anthology; these submissions include zines as well as original artwork and poetry, often in addition to correspondence from the authors.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Acker, Lori Maleea
1996
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Adleman, Alison
1996
Box: 1 Folder : 3 Andrea
"Residential Garbage" #2-3
"A Girl" #1-3
"Song for a Rockstar"

undated
Box: 1 Folder : 4 Anne
"Loud As Hell" #2-6

undated
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Aron, Nina
"Charm School" #5

1996
Box: 1 Folder : 6 Avery, Felicity
1995
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Azoulay, Karen
1995
Box: 1 Folder : 8 Barnett-Dyer, Sophie
1995
Box: 1 Folder : 9 Bennett, Courtney
1996
Box: 1 Folder : 10 Bikceem, Ramdasha
"Gunk" #4

1995
Box: 1 Folder : 11 Bordeaux, Ariel
"Deep Girl" #4

1995
Box: 1 Folder : 12 Burnstein, Anna-Lise
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 13 Burt, Mary
1995
Box: 1 Folder : 14 Capo, Venessa
1995
Box: 1 Folder : 15 Castleman, Amanda
1995
Box: 1 Folder : 16 Catching, Rebecca
1995
Box: 1 Folder : 17 Cengel, Katya
1995
Box: 1 Folder : 18 Chan, Kristy
"Wild Honey" #9-10

1996
Box: 1 Folder : 19 Christie, Rachel E.
1995
Box: 1 Folder : 20 Courtney, Meighlin
"Esteria"

1995
Box: 1 Folder : 21 Crane, Robin
"Sweetheart" #8

1996
Box: 1 Folder : 22 Dainow, Susannah
1995
Box: 1 Folder : 23 Daley, Sarah Joie
1995
Box: 1 Folder : 24 "Dame Darcy"
1995
Box: 1 Folder : 25 Dart, Rebecca
1995
Box: 1 Folder : 26 Davis, Jaina A.
"Flatter" #5

1995
Box: 1 Folder : 27 Dean, Hilary
1995
Box: 1 Folder : 28 Diaz, Karla
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 29 Doyle, Chantale Elena
"Misery and Vomit"

undated
Box: 1 Folder : 30 Druffner, Kristen
1995
Box: 2 Folder : 1 Emmenegger, Nicole
"Beri-Beri" #1-2
"Busy Bea's Bush" #3

1995
Box: 2 Folder : 2 Faith, Emily
1996
Box: 2 Folder : 3 Fatila, Rita
"Ugly" #11
"Pure Tuna Fish" #1, 5
"The Sleeping Pill" #1-2

1995
Box: 2 Folder : 4 Fierro, Julia
1996
Box: 2 Folder : 5 Flood, Margaret Theresa
undated
Box: 2 Folder : 6 Forbes, Latham
undated
Box: 2 Folder : 7 Garber, Jodi
1996
Box: 2 Folder : 8 Goodman, Sarah
1995
Box: 2 Folder : 9 Gretchen
"Good Faerie" #12

undated
Box: 2 Folder : 10 Hamilton, Sarah
1996
Box: 2 Folder : 11 Harris, Megan
1994
Box: 2 Folder : 12 Harvey, Roseanne
1996
Box: 2 Folder : 13 Hebden, Lisa
undated
Box: 2 Folder : 14 Heinowitz, Rebecca Cole
1995
Box: 2 Folder : 15 Hill, Christy
1995
Box: 2 Folder : 16 Horng, Menghsin Cindy
"Sidetracked" #1-3, 5-8
"Qiviut" #2

1996
Box: 2 Folder : 17 Hui, Emily
1995
Box: 2 Folder : 18 Ishiguro, Rachel
undated
Box: 2 Folder : 19 Jasper Place Composite High School
1994
Box: 2 Folder : 20 Julie
"Hell Kitty" #6

1995
Box: 2 Folder : 21 Jurisz, Rebecca
"Vilde Chaya" Winter 1995

1995
Box: 2 Folder : 22 Kaysha
1995
Box: 2 Folder : 23 Kelly, Trish
"The Make Out Club" #4-5

undated
Box: 2 Folder : 24 Kyra
"Died Laughing" #2

undated
Box: 3 Folder : 1 Lake, Meghan
"Pout" #6-7

undated
Box: 3 Folder : 2 Lambert, Andrea
"Bedtime Stories For Trivial Teens" #3-4

1995
Box: 3 Folder : 3 Landry, Stephanie
"Modest No More" #1-2

1995
Box: 3 Folder : 4 Larned, Emily K.
"Muffin Bones" #10, 15

1995-1997
Box: 3 Folder : 5 Lavender, Heart
1994-1995
Box: 3 Folder : 6 Levine, Shira ("She-Ra")
"Noisy Jewelry" #1-2

1994
Box: 3 Folder : 7 Luellen, Michelle
"Design #816" #7-8

undated
Box: 3 Folder : 8 Lynn, Heather
"Pacifier" 2 issues unnumbered
"Hands Off" #3

1996
Box: 3 Folder : 9 Manvel, Sarah
"Edna's Edibles" #6

1996
Box: 3 Folder : 10 Martin, Lauren
"Boredom Sucks" #7-9
"You Might As Well Live" #1

1995
Box: 3 Folder : 11 Mehta, Nishi
1996
Box: 3 Folder : 12 Meyer, Hazel
1996
Box: 3 Folder : 13 Moss, Ceci
"Suburbia" #1-6

1996
Box: 3 Folder : 14 Mulholland, Sharon
"Some Dumb Girl"

1995
Box: 1 Folder : 15 Neill, Courtney
1996
Box: 3 Folder : 16 [O'Conerr], [Elane]
undated
Box: 3 Folder : 17 Penny, Marie
"Rabbit Hole"
"Pearl" #1
"Persephone" #3

1996
Box: 3 Folder : 18 Philpot, Allison
1995
Box: 3 Folder : 19 Poster, Zoe
"Pixxiebitch" #5

1996
Box: 3 Folder : 20 Precosky, Krista
"What's Life?" #1-2

1996
Box: 3 Folder : 21 "Queen Itchie"
"Everything I Touch Turns to Shit & Garbage" #1-2

1995
Box: 3 Folder : 22 Quinlan, Erin
"Ritalin" #8

1996
Box: 4 Folder : 1 Robbins, Katharine
1995
Box: 4 Folder : 2 Rodd, Megan
1996
Box: 4 Folder : 3 Rogal, Aren
"My Straight-Faced Twin" #2

1996
Box: 4 Folder : 4 Seymour, Ellesen
undated
Box: 4 Folder : 5 Shearn, Amy
1995-1997
Box: 4 Folder : 6 Sinclair, Leslie
1995
Box: 4 Folder : 7 Snider, Lisa
1995
Box: 4 Folder : 8 Sorensen, Jennifer
1995
Box: 4 Folder : 9 Stehr, Sonia Leonie
1996
Box: 4 Folder : 10 Stone, Emily
undated
Box: 4 Folder : 11 Sturino, Idella
1994
Box: 4 Folder : 12 Terk, Hilary
"Weetzie Bat: The Zine" #1-3

1994-1995
Box: 4 Folder : 13 Urbanski, Debbie
1996
Box: 4 Folder : 14 Varner, Christina
1996
Box: 4 Folder : 15 Welch, Jenny
1995
Box: 4 Folder : 16 Witknee
"Alien" #6, 8
"Spinsterwitch" #4
"Slumber Party Games"

1996
Box: 4 Folder : 17 Wubbenhorst, Audrey
"Rampage" #2-5

1995
Box: 4 Folder : 18 Yun, Blenda
1996

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Series II: Administrative Files

Scope and Content

Series II: Administrative Files contains material relating to the publication of the anthology, including Heti's contract with Random House, correspondence regarding the selection of a cover image, and the letter informing participants of the anthology's cancellation. Series II also contains material relating to "Reluctant Hero," one of Heti's zines that features many of the same participants as the anthology.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 5 Folder : 1 Anthology - Cancellation Letter
1997
Box: 5 Folder : 2 Anthology - Cover Photo and Related Correspondence
1996
Box: 5 Folder : 3 Anthology - Draft Correspondence
1996
Box: 5 Folder : 4 Anthology - Miscellaneous Submissions
undated
Box: 5 Folder : 5 Anthology - Random House Contract
1997
Box: 5 Folder : 6 "Reluctant Hero" - Author Bios
undated
Box: 5 Folder : 7 "Reluctant Hero" - Correspondence
undated
Box: 5 Folder : 8 "Reluctant Hero" - Draft
undated
Box: 5 Folder : 9 "Reluctant Hero" - Miscellaneous Submissions
undated

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