MS 9406 comprises correspondence, notebooks, journals and diaries, drafts and other papers relating to Stasko's poetry, prose, articles and reviews. Also included are manuscripts for Abundance, Black night with windows and Stasko's prose work, originally called "Half Moon Bay", but later published as The invention of everyday life. Amongst the correspondence are letters from friends, other writers and publishers, including Inez Baranay, Bruce Beaver, Beverley Farmer, Norman di Giovanni, Lynn Hard, A.D. Hope, Alane Rollings, Veronica Brady and John Kinsella (13 boxes, 1 fol. box).
The Acc06.163 instalment comprises diaries, correspondence, manuscript and typescript drafts of writings, notebooks, notes, research material, printed material, publicity material and grant applications, together with some drafts of writings by others. Much of the draft and research material relates to Stasko's book Oyster: from Montparnasse to Greenwell Point (15 boxes, 1 fol. bag).
Poet and writer. Nicolette Stasko was born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, in 1950 and first started writing poetry and stories during her school years. She moved to Australia in 1979, and worked as a teacher, including at Narrabundah College in Canberra, while developing her own writing. She became the associate and fiction editor for The Phoenix review and had her first poem published in Australia in Hecate in 1987. In 1992, Abundance, her first collection of poetry was published. This was followed by Black night with windows (1994), and The weight of irises (2003). Stasko has contributed to poetry journals, including Southerly and Fine line, and written reviews for newspapers and journals. She also writes prose works. Stasko's other publications include Standard letters: how standard are they?: what do they really say? (1992), and Oyster: from Montparnasse to Greenwell Point (2000).