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Belinda Subraman Papers

Identifier: MSS-584-BC

Scope and Content

This collection contains publications, correspondence, and published poems of Belinda Subraman and Vergin Press, 1975-1994. It is divided into five series: I. Published work, 1975-1994; II. Correspondence, 1982-1994; III. Vergin Press publications; IV. Biographical information; V. Audio tapes.

Subramans published work includes poems and articles from journals, magazines, newspapers, anthologies, and small presses. The correspondence series contains her personal correspondence with writers, editors, and friends including Arden Tice, Judson Crews, Wendell Anderson, and other authors involved in small press publishing. This series also contains the business correspondence of Subraman and Vergin Press including submissions, reviews, and advertisements. Additionally, the collection contains all publications of Vergin Press and issues of Gypsy. There are also some biographical articles about Subraman and audio tapes of poetry readings and interviews.

Photographs are housed in the CSWR photoarchives.


  • 1981-1994

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Access Restrictions

One box of correspondence with Russell Williams and Robert Burlingame is restricted until the year 2044. Written permission of Belinda Subraman is required for access to restricted material.

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

Belinda Subraman is a hospice nurse living in El Paso, Texas. She has an extensive background in writing and publishing.

While living in Germany in the 1980s Belinda began Gypsy Literary Magazine and Sanctuary Tape Series, where she published writings and vocal performances of poets from many countries. Sanctuary ran about 6 years and Gypsy for 10 years before its resurrection in 2004. She also published many books under the Vergin Press imprint including Voces Fronterizas, writings based on life on the U.S./Mexican border sponsored by the El Paso Public Library as well as The Gulf War: Many Perspectives, Earth Tones, Images of Jim Morrison, and Henry Miller and My Big Sur Days.

Belinda's own writing has grown to span a vast array of subjects, styles and publications. She has traveled in over 20 countries, lived in Europe for 6 years and was part of an East Indian family for 22 years. These cross-cultural experiences often inform her work as well as her experiences as a Registered Nurse. These days her poetry, stories, and art can be found in hundreds of journals, reviews, anthologies, books and chapbooks.

She balances her life as a writer and RN by painting, sculpting and political activism. She was a Texas delegate to the First National Green Party Convention in 2000, on the Texas Green Party State Executive Committee from 2001-2003 and the El Paso County Green Party Co-chair from 2000-2004.


7 boxes ( 7 cu. ft.)

Related Material

Arden Tice Papers, Center for Southwest Research, University Libraries, University of New Mexico. Judson Crews Papers, Center for Southwest Research, University Libraries, University of New Mexico. Wendell B. Anderson and Emily F. Anderson Papers. Center for Southwest Research. University of New Mexico.

Separated Material

Photographs have been transferred to the Belinda Subraman Photograph Collection.
Finding Aid of the Belinda Subraman Papers, 1981-1994
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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