Roland Flint (1934-2001), poet and professor, was born on a small potato farm in Park River, North Dakota. Flint learned about hardship at an early age when his family lost its farm during the Great Depression. After a failed first attempt at college, Flint enrolled in the Marines and served in post-war Korea. It was during his military service that he decided to give college a second chance, and, when he returned to the United States, he enrolled at the University of North Dakota where he received a B.A. in 1958. Flint continued his education at Marquette University, where he completed a master's degree (1960), and the University of Minnesota--the topic of his 1968 doctoral dissertation was Theodore Roethke. In 1968, Flint joined the Georgetown University (Washington, DC) faculty where he taught English literature and creative writing until his retirement in 1997. During his career, Flint authored six collections of poetry, contributed poems to numerous national periodicals including the Atlantic Monthly and served as poet laureate of Maryland from 1995 until 2000. The collection includes letters, serials, speeches, monographs, notes for courses, notes for readings, photographs, newspaper clippings, drafts of poems, poetry readings on audio and video tape, and unpublished works. Additional correspondence and publication materials for Say It and And Morning can be found in the Dryad Press Records in the University of Maryland Libraries. The collection is unprocessed, but a preliminary inventory is available.
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