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Guide to the Sparrow Papers MSS.096


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This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on May 12, 2020
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 Updated to reflect incorporation of materials from former series "Accretion 1999" and accession 2013.096 into Series III.  , July 2018

Biographical Note

Sparrow is a longtime poet/activist of the Lower East Side of Manhattan. He has published several chapbooks of poetry in collaboration with the St. Mark's Poetry Project and other poetry organizations, and he has served as the editor for the literary journal Big Fish. He gained notoriety in 1995 by picketing The New Yorker, holding a sign that read, "My poetry is as bad as yours." Since then, he has been published in that magazine as well as The Quarterly and The New York Times. In 1996, he ran for president and published the book Republican Like Me: A Diary of My Presidential Campaign about his experiences. In addition to his work as a poet, Sparrow is a member of the Unbearables (along with Ron Kolm, Richard Kostelanetz, and Rob Witz), and the founder of the East Village Militia and the One Size Fits All Movement. He is also a member of the musical group Foamola.