Fonds MG014 - Noni Howard Collection

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Noni Howard Collection

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  • 1974-1996 (Creation)
    Howard, Noni

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5 cm of textual records.

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Helen Eleanor Noni Howard was a lesbian poet, teacher, writer, publisher and therapist. She was born in Montreal, Canada in 1949, and studied at Bishop's University. She received two B.A.s (one in English Literature and the other in Comparative Religion) from Bishop's in 1971, and was the editor of "The Mitre" for several years. Howard founded the New World Press Collective in 1974 in Vancouver, British Columbia, and was the founder/editor of "Bloodjet" and "Prisma." Her books include "The Politics of Separation" (1974), "Almost Like Dancing" (1975), "The Anthology of the First Annual Women's Poetry Festival in San Francisco" (1977), "Share My Fantasies" (1996), and "Tiger Balm" (1997). She moved to California and the First Annual Women's Poetry Festival (1977) was her brainchild. In May 2004 she was awarded an honorary degree by Frontier University (of Nova Scotia) and in June 2004, she received a B.A. in Etudes Quebecoises from the same university. In March of 2005, she was named Principal of Frontier University (its first woman Principal). Noni Howard died in October 2012. A notice of death was published in The Vancouver Courier on Jun. 21, 2013. It read "Noni passed away suddenly in Half Moon Bay, California. Her remains are interred in her parent's plot, at Quebec's Sherbrooke cemetery." Noni Howard died in October 2012. (Biography courtesy of Online Archives of California (OAC))

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Fonds contains:

  • Haight Ashbury Literary Journal, Vol.1, Nos. 2 and 3, 1980
  • San Francisco's Appeal to Reason, Vol.1, No.1, 1982.
  • Books: Almost Like Dancing, by Noni Howard, Sandy Florence, Sandra Sutherland, New World Press,
    San Francisco, 1975; The Politics of Separation, by Noni Howard, New World Press, Vancouver, 1974.
    Both copies inscribed by Noni Howard to Ralph Gustafson, North Hatley, 1976
  • Publicity brochure for New World Press
  • Award certificate for Artists Embassy International, Third Prize awarded in the Third International
    Dancing Poetry Contest to Noni Howard, 1996
  • newspaper clipping, book announcement, and poetry (one signed copy)
  • book: signed copy of Share My Fantasies, by Noni Howard, 1996.

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The collection was donated initially by Noni Howard, which received a few small accruals subsequently.


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A Noni Howard Collection is also housed at OAC (Online Archive of California) GLC114: The collection contains poetry books written by Noni Howard, published by her New World Press, and audio-visual materials regarding Howard's activities in poetry circles and education. Of note is the video-recording of the First Annual Women's Poetry Festival of San Francisco which was organized by Howard. (

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See also: Noni reading for the Touch of a Poet TV Berkeley Cable Series in 1997 ( "Noni Howard - Touch of a Poet" 6:55.

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Se also: "Noni Howard (Helen): Poet, Teacher and Publisher". Bishop's University Magazine, February 1979.

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