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Jeanne Shannon Papers

Identifier: MSS-515-BC

Scope and Content

The collection is comprised of poetry, fiction, reviews, articles, and essays published by Jeanne Shannon. The collection also contains the work of other New Mexico poets published by Shannon, namely L.S. Fallis, Clare Bloom, Baker Morrow, Jeanne Bonnette, Jim Sagel, William Oandasan, Judson Crews, J. Mackie, Fay Davis, Karen Miller, David B. Hoper, David Johnson, Carl Mayfield, Mary Stapleton, Robert Spiegel, Ann Newell, Mary Anne Burns, Pamela Blair, Karen McKinnon, Steve Cottage, Mary McGinnis, Mary Rising Higgins, Karen McKinnon, and Alexis Rotella. Correspondence and photographs are included in the collection. Periodic additions to the collection update the activities of Wildflower Press and Jeanne Shannon.


  • 1974-2022


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Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Copy Restrictions

Limited duplication of CSWR material is allowed for research purposes. User is responsible for compliance with all copyright, privacy, and libel laws. Permission is required for publication or distribution.

Biographical Information

Poet and publisher, Jeanne Shannon grew up in Dickenson and Wise Counties, Virginia, near the Kentucky state line. Until the age of 10, she was home-schooled, mainly by her grandmother. In 1958, she earned a B.A. degree from Radford University with majors in music and French, and in 1983, she received the M.A. degree in Creative Writing from the University of New Mexico.

After receiving her B.A. degree, Shannon taught for one year and attended graduate school at the University of Kentucky. She later moved to Phoenix, Arizona where she worked as a technical writer for a large corporation. Since 1969 she has lived in New Mexico, where her vocation has been secretary and technical writer and her avocation, poet, author and publisher.

Shannon published her first poem in an anthology in 1963. She has been writing, editing, and publishing short fiction, articles, reviews and poetry ever since that time, and her work has been widely published. She has authored four chapbooks of her own poetry, including The Colors of the World (1974), Landscapes (1976), The Well Under the Pawpaw Trees (1982), and Moon of Changing Seasons (1986). Her work also appears in an anthology of works by four poets titled Queen Anne's Lace (1991).

Shannon served as editor and publisher of Blackberry, a magazine of poetry and reviews, from 1974 to 1980. Since 1981, she has served as editor and publisher of The Wildflower Press, which (in 1992) continues to publish poetry leaflets and poemcards.

She also served as poetry editor of The New Mexico Independent, a weekly newspaper, from 1981 to 1983, and has been poetry editor of EarthSpirit Journal from 1991 to the present (1992). She lectures, conducts workshops, and serves as a judge for poetry contests. She has also served as guest lecturer at the University of New Mexico, and in April 1991 spent a week as City of Albuquerque Poet-in-residence there.


1 box (1 cu. ft.)

Related Archival Material

Phyllis H. Thompson Papers. Center for Southwest Research, University of New Mexico Libraries.

Processing Information

Materials are added to the collection periodically. The most recent addition was processed in January 2016.
Finding Aid of the Jeanne Shannon Papers, 1974-2016
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Repository Details

Part of the UNM Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections Repository

University of New Mexico Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections
University Libraries, MSC05 3020
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque NM 87131