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Michael Castro Papers

Identifier: MS-MS-ms151

The Michael Castro Papers consists of books (estimated 170 volumes) by mostly St. Louis area authors, journals and little magazines, cassette tapes and CD's (estimated 400 items) largely of poetry readings, often by their authors.  Also includes are materials from Castro's editorial work and own literary career, ephemeral items including advertisements and posters for local literary events, correspondence including Ira Cohen, John Brandi, Maurice Kenney, Phil Sultz, and Madeline Morningstar Myers.  The majority of the correspondence concerns Castro's "Poetry Beat" program including Allen Ginsberg, Jerome Rothenberg, Robert Creeley, Gary Snyder, etc.


  • 1964-2014


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Biographical Information

Michael Castro (1945-2018) has been active as a poet, arts activist, and educator since the late 1960's, He has a Ph.D. in American Literature from Washington University, and has taught at the University of Missouri St. Louis (1971-79) and Lindenwood University (1980-2012), from which he retired as Professor Emeritus of Communications. He has published eight books and five CD;s of his own poetry with musical setting; and four books of translations of modern Hungarian poetry with Gabor G. Gyukics. In 1975 he co-founded the literary organization and magazine, River Styx, which pioneered literary mullti-culturalism and has been in continuous operation since then. He has hosted three literary radio programs over the years: River Styx Poets (KDNA St. Louis 1970-73), Ars Poetica (KWMU St. Louis 1975-78), Poetry Beat (KDHX St. Louis 1989-2003). He is the author of Interpreting the Indian: 20th Century Poets and the Native American University of New Mexico Press (1984), University of Oklahoma Press paperback (1991), a historical and critical study of modern poets influenced by Native American cultures, which has been called "essential reading for anyone interested in Native American literature." He is the recipient of two awards for lifetime achievement: The Guardian Angel of St. Louis Poetry award from River Styx, and the Warrior Poet Award from Word in Motion.

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Source of Acquisition

Accession number 2014.004. Gift and purchase from Michael Castro, February 18, 2014

Related Materials

See also the Jan Garden Castro Papers (MS136) and the River Styx Archive (MS127)

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Revision Statements

  • 2021 April 23: Resource record updated in ArchiveSpace by Sarah Schnuriger.

Collecting Area Details

Part of the Manuscripts Collecting Area

Joel Minor
Olin Library, 1 Brookings Drive
MSC 1061-141-B
St. Louis MO 63130 US
(314) 935-5495