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John Nizalowski Collection

Identifier: MSS-1103-BC

Scope and Contents

The collection contains 21 interviews conducted by John Nizalowski, largely focusing on writer Frank Waters; there are interviews with Waters and with family, friends and scholars of his work. The collection also includes interviews with other writers and scholars such as N. Scott Momaday, Roger Zelazny and Alexander Gurshtein.


  • Majority of material found within 1988 - 2008


Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Biographical / Historical

Born and raised in upstate New York, essayist and poet John Nizalowski moved to Santa Fe in the mid-1980s. He has published six books, most recently Chronicles of the Forbidden, which was a finalist for the 2020 Colorado Book Award in Creative Non-Fiction, and The Emergence of Frank Waters: A Critical Reader, a volume of scholarly essays co-edited with Alexander Blackburn. In addition, the Frank Waters Foundation has designated John Nizalowski the official biographer of Frank Waters, a work that is in-progress. His writings have appeared in a wide range of literary and journalistic. Also, his work has been anthologized in Reading Under the Sign of Nature, The Blueline Anthology, Critical Insights: Barbara Kingsolver, Going Down Grand: Poems from the Canyon, and Artifacts and Illuminations: Critical Essays on Loren Eiseley. Currently, Nizalowski teaches mythology, creative writing, and cultural studies at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction.


1 Box

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Processing Information

Original master cassette tapes of interviews are stored on B3.
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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