Archiving Jim Gustafson

Jim Gustafson (1949-1996) was a renowned Detroit poet and he was also my uncle. I’m collecting and cataloging his archive (some highlights here) and I’ve co-edited a manuscript of his work with his literary executors Ken Mikolowski, Michelle Perron, and Andrei Codrescu.

Fall 2018 (upcoming) Jim’s poems will be featured in I Just Wanna Testify: Poems about Detroit’s Music edited by M. L. Liebler and Jim Daniels (M.S.U. Press).

January 2018: It was great fun to read Jim’s poems and my own writing at the Waterford Township Public Library, with poets Ken Mikolowski and Glen Armstrong.

Spring 2017: I produced a short video combining archival material with audio of Jim reading at the LINES Poetry Series at the Detroit Institute of Art in 1985.


Spring 2017: I wrote about Jim’s love of baseball for the opening day issue of the Detroit Metro Times.

2015: Jim’s poem, “Genius for Despair,” found in his papers and thought to be previously unpublished, was featured in Cruel Garters No. 6.

2015: It was my honor to read Jim Gustafson’s work at the Woodward Line poetry series at the Scarab Club in Detroit.