Rita Sizemore Riddle Papers
AC 002 02

 Highland Summer Conference Collection

Summary Information

Repository
McConnell Library Archives and Special Collections
Title
Rita Sizemore Riddle Papers
ID
AC 002 02
Date [inclusive]
1990-2006
Extent
2.0 Linear feet
Location
Locked in compact shelving, level 1
Language
English
Abstract
Contains published and unpublished stories, essays, poetry, writing group materials, notebooks by Rita Sizemore Riddle (1941-2006). The collection was donated to the Archives in 2006 by her husband, David Riddle, and was curated by Chelsea Adams and processed by Gene Hyde. Part of the Highland Summer Conference Collection From the Iris Books biography of Riddle: "Rita Sizemore Riddle (1941-2006) grew up in a coal-mining family in Dickenson County, VA. She received her Ph.D. in English from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville in 1971 and began teaching English at Radford University, where she taught Shakespeare and creative writing until her retirement in 2002."

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Rita Sizemore Riddle Papers, Highland Summer Conference Collection, Radford University Appalachian Collection, McConnell Library, Radford University, Radford, VA.

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Biographical Note

From the Iris Books biography of Riddle: "Rita Sizemore Riddle (1941-2006) grew up in a coal-mining family in Dickenson County, VA. She received her Ph.D. in English from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville in 1971 and began teaching English at Radford University, where she taught Shakespeare and creative writing until her retirement in 2002. Her works include Aluminum Balloons and Other Poems, poems and essays in Wind, Pine Mountain Sand & Gravel, Asheville Poetry Review, and others. She was the recipient of the 2002 Bob Snyder Poetry Award, the AWA James Still Poetry Award in 1995, the Irene Leache Award for Non-Fiction in 1992. She was awarded residencies at MacDowell Colony, the Vermont Studio Arts Center, and the Writing Symposium in Spoleto, Italy."

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Scope and Contents

Includes drafts and published copies of poetry, short stories, essays, as well as a video recording, poetry and literature publications, publicity materials, biographical materials, and correspondence by various authors.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

McConnell Library Archives and Special Collections

McConnell Library
PO Box 6881
Radford, Virginia
540-831-5692
archives@radford.edu

Restrictions to Access

An appointment for research is required. Collection is open for research. No interlibrary loan.

Copyright Notice: Unpublished materials are protected by copyright. Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the copyright holders.

Creator

Material created by Rita Sizemore Riddle and other authors.

Processing Information

Processed by Gene Hyde, Fall 2009

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Controlled Access Headings

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Collection Inventory

Box

Box 1: Papers, stories, and poems 

1

Folder 1: "Hardees Notebooks" - 5 notepads containing handwritten drafts of material written during writing groups at Hardees 

Folder 2: Reviews and publicity material 

Folder 3: Writing Group Notes, c. 2006 

Folder 4: "SAWC 1997" Correspondence 

Folder 5: Early versions of poems 

Folder 6: Dark Fire Poems 

Folder 7: Early drafts of poems 

Folder 8: Binder containing poems and a short story, possibly from a reading 

Folder 9: Michael White's 1998 MA Thesis citing Rita's work 

Folder 10: Interview with Steven Salaita, 1996; autobiographical notes (2000) 

Folder 11: "Heralding the Strength: The Strength and Survival Women in the Works of Rita Sizemore Riddle" - Traci Basham, Senior Seminar, ENG 496 (2 copies), plus "God Comes to Roaring Fork," short story 

Folder 12: "Make Way for Tea," Anne Bromley 

Folder 13: Poems and fiction by Deborah S. Dew 

Folder 14: Collaborative writing by Rita Sizemore Riddle, with Chelsea Adams, Anne Bromley, and Bill Brown 

Folder 15: Poems by Barbara Ewell 

Folder 16: "Round Robin," by Anne Bromley, B. Chelsea Adams, Barbara Ewell, and Rita Riddle 

Folder 17: "Wit and Wisdom of the Familiar Essay," "H. H. Dyer's Retirement" (Booklet and VHS videotape) 

Box 2: Publications 

2

Publications 1: "Soot and Sunshine" -1) Camera Ready Text, 2) mock-up, 3) plus 3 finished copes 

Publications 2: "The 'i' That is 'Me,'" Autobiographical Essays, Engilsh 301, Fall 200 (2 copies) 

Publications 3: "Windows," English 324 Essays from Spring 1993, class taught by Rita Riddle 

Publications 4: "Revision: Creating Dissonance, Reaching Equilibrium," by Rita Riddle, in Proceedings, Southwest Virginia Writing Project, 1990 

Publications 5: "The Reward" and "Soot Sunshine," in Radford Magazines 

Publications 6: Various poems, essays, and stories by Rita Riddle in Stitches (April 1994, 2 copies); ALCAlines (Vol VI, No 1, 1998, 2 copies); ALCAlines (Vol III, No. 1, 1994, 3 copies); ALCAlines (Vol 11, No 1, 1993, 3 copies); Virginia English Bulletin (Vol 50, No. 2, Fall 2000, 2 copies); and Connections, Vole IV, no 2, Dec 1993, 1 copy) 

Publications 7: Pine Mountain Sand & Gravel: Contemporary Appalachian Writing, various issues (Vol 3, Vol 6, Vol 9, Vol 11) 

Publications 8: Wind, various issues (Vol 15, No 54; Vol 16, No. 57: Vol 17, No 59: Vol 17, No 59; Vol 19, No 65; Vol 20; No 66; Number 88) 

Publications 9: Aluminum Balloons, By Rita Sizemore Riddle, 2 copies 

Publications 10: Various publications: Young Women's Monologs from Contemporary Plays, Red Crow Poetry Journal (Vol 2, Sept 1999); and Dogs, Cats, Birds, Turtles, and Flies, By Robert Small (enscribed to Riddle) 

Publications 10: Journal containing unpublished notes and essays