Christine Teale Howes Collection, 1979-2011

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Volume: 14 folders 

Organization/Arrangement: Organized as a single series. 

Biographical Note:  Christine Teale Howes was born in Granby, Connecticut, on June 12, 1927, to Arthur and Lillian Teale. Christine began writing at the age of nine, and devoted much time to the study of poetry. She attended Syracuse University in New York as a creative writing major, and graduated cum laude in 1949. She married Robert M. Howes, a minister of Kennebunkport, Maine's South Congregational Church. The couple had six children. 

Christine attended the Breadloaf Writers' Conference at Middlebury College, as well as a writing course through Radcliffe College's continuing education program. Two of her poems were included in the 1979 SPECTRA I Anthology, published by Westbrook College and The Maine Association of Women in Fine and Performing Arts. Christine was very active in community leadership roles, as well as various arts organizations. She taught English composition for a time at University of New England, and has lectured widely, including at Bowdoin and Westbrook College. She has also done several poetry readings, including at the Soiree de Poesie in Quebec and at Mansfield College, Oxford. 

Christine's work is characterized by her adherence to traditional forms and is influenced by Edna St. Vincent Millay, D.H. Lawrence, Dylan Thomas, Amy Lowell, and Wallace Stevens. She is also very inspired by art, and collaborated with an artist friend on "Uncommon Denominations," a project that includes a video and a book, in 1993. "Ambage," a biographical tribute to her late father, is a series of 24 poems composed to fit the structures of old Welsh poetry. Her poem "Epitaph" was chosen by the Choral Arts Society of Maine to be set to music. The piece was performed in March 1995 at the Cathedral Church of St. Luke's in Portland, Maine.

Three video clips of Howes:
In Conversation

In Conversation Reading 
Reading "A.M.H." Reading from Archipelago of Light

Reading from Archipelago of Light

Description: This collection includes Howes' resume, some correspondence, one interview with the York County Coast Star, several chapbooks, and early drafts. Also included is the sheet music accompanying her compositions, "Changing Perceptions" and "Epitaph."

Access Restrictions: None

Please cite as: Christine Teale Howes Collection, Maine Women Writers Collection, University of New England, Portland, Maine

Container List:

001.  Resume and correspondence 
002.  SPECTRA I Anthology
003.  "Angel Audacities"
004.   Japanese Linked Verse
005.  "Skylights"
006.  "Uncommon Denominations"
007.  "Writing Through Mythic Consciousness"
008.  "Ambage"
009.  "Strange Sequences"
010.  Blue Notebook -- "The Astrologer's Tale" (1991), "In Darkness Night" (1993), "Our Lives Together" (1989) and early drafts
011.  "Changing Perceptions" sheet music
012.  "A Christmas Pair" sheet music
013.  Winter Odyssey Program, "Changing Perceptions" and "Epitaph"
014.  York Country Coast Star, Interview 2/15/1995