University of Houston Libraries, Special Collections

Guide to the Gail Donohue Storey Papers

Overview of the Collection

Creator Collector Storey, Gail Donohue
Collection Title Gail Donohue Storey Papers
Dates 1974-2016
Identification 03/2001-002
Physical Description 9.50 linear feet
Other Information:
Uploaded to TARO 6/14/07
Additional information may be found at
Repository University of Houston Libraries M.D. Anderson Library 4333 University Drive Houston, TX, 77204-2000 URL: Email: Phone: 713-743-9229

Biographical Information:

Gail Donohue Storey was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts on July 15, 1947. She earned a B.A. from Rosary College in 1969, a M.S. in Library Science from the University of Illinois in 1973, a M.A. in liberal education from John's College in 1982, and a M.A. in English and Creative Writing from the University of Houston also in 1982. Storey is the author of I Promise Not to Suffer: A Fool for Love Hikes the Pacific Crest Trail, The Lord's Motel, God's Country Club, First Poems of Gail Donohue, articles, essays, and works of short fiction.

Storey has won numerous honors and awards, including, for I Promise Not to Suffer, the National Outdoor Book Award (2013), Foreword/IndieFab Book of the Year (2013), Nautilus Silver Award (2014), Colorado Book Award (2014), Barbara Savage Award (2013), Boulder Writers' Workshop Best Memoir (2013), and finalist, Colorado Authors' League Award (2014) and Next Generation Indie Book Award (2014). God's Country Club was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Selection (1996). She also won New Millennium Writings Honorable Mentions in Nonfiction in 2010 and 2009, the My Table Magazine Haiku Competition in 1999, the Best Fiction Award from the South Central Women's Studies Association in 1998, finalist in fiction for the Austin Writers' League Violet Crown Book Award in 1997, finalist in fiction for the PEN Texas Writing Awards in 1997, the PEN Southwest Discovery Prize, second honorable mention in 1989, finalist in 1988 and 1984, and first runner up for fiction in 1983, an honorable mention from the Cultural Arts Council of Houston in 1987, Texas Fiction Contest runner-up in 1985, first prize for fiction for the Houston Orange Show in 1985; a Yaddo fellowship in 1987 and Virginia Center for the Creative Arts fellowship in 1985, the Houston Festival Prose Award in 1983, New Poetic Drama first honorable mention in 1981, and the Elliott Coleman Award, second honorable mention in 1980.

Scope and Contents

The collection is divided into five series: Short Writings, Short Fiction, Novels, Promotional Materials, and Personal Materials.  The first three series are arranged in alphabetical order by title and the last two series are arranged in chronological order.


Conditions Governing Access:

Open for research.

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Access Terms

This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Corporate Name:
University of Houston -- Alumni and alumnae
University of Houston. Creative Writing Program
Genre/Form of Material:
Personal papers
Personal Name:
Storey, Gail Donohue
Topical Term:
Authors -- 20th century
Authors, American -- 20th century

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation:

Gail Donohue Storey Papers, 1974-2016, Courtesy of Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries

Acquisition Information:

This collection was donated to the University of Houston Libraries by Gail Donohue Storey in 2002. Additional materials arrived 2012-2015.

Detailed List of Contents

Short Writings 1974-2000

Scope and Contents
This series includes articles, an artists' book, essays, a libretto, poetry, notes, notebooks and her UH thesis Psychic Kissing, which evolved into the novel The Lord's Motel. Items, both published and unpublished, are in alphabetical order by format and then by title.
Box Folder
1 1 A Maine Escape November 2000
2 Homeless in Houston November 1989
3-6 Homeless in Houston, Transcribed Tapes
7 Houston-A "Wild West" Metropolis February 1993
8 The Houston Man December 1984
9 The Things we do for Love February 1982
10 Writing Our Own Story as Doctors and Nurses Spring 1998
Artists' Book
Box Folder
1 11 Amber Goes to Yoga
Box Folder
1 12 Cockroach Consciousness April 1984
13 Freeway Fantasia, The Talk of the Freeways June 1982
14 Lyric Voice in "640" by Emily Dickinson 1983
Box Folder
1 15 The Psychiatrist & From One Room to Another [unpublished] 1983-84
Scope and Contents
Includes correspondence and interview of Gail Donohue Storey in Opera American Style, Strides, Vol. 1, 1983.
Box Folder
1 16 Beachmont May 1981
17 First Poems of Gail Donohue, Pine Street Press 1974
18 Copyedited typescript of First Poems
19 Page Proof of First Poems
20 Paper samples, style pages, and order form for First Poems
21 Haiku-Sine 217 Tiny Food Poems by Texans... 2000
22 Ocean & Dreams Rising April 1978
23 Timepiece, Matrix II 1977
24 Poetic Drama: The Longing & Claire 1980s
Thesis, University of Houston
Box Folder
1 25 Psychic Kissing [computer discs] December 1982
26 Psychic Kissing [bound copy] December 1982
Box Folder
9 17 Editor's and Publisher’s Correspondence re: “Psychic Kissing,” “You” and others 1983-1989
Workshop pieces
Box Folder
2 1 Articles, "Bag Lady"
2 "Dreams"
3 "I"
4 "Diagnosis"
5 Plot; theme; titles; chapter headings
6 Fiction in progress, fragments, leftovers
7 "Party fragments"
8 "Tribute to Cosmic Absurdity"
9 "Texas"
10 "Ideas"
11 "The Father"
12 "Other episodes"
13 "The Poison Ivy League and other humorous writings"
14 "Ireland"
Scope and Contents
1985 trip - brochures, maps, tourist information
Notebooks and Note Cards 1980s
Graduate School Writing
Box Folder
9 23 Writings from time as a UH Graduate Student

Short Fiction 1982-2010

Scope and Contents
This series contains short stories as well as rejection letters from various publishers.  The arrangement is alphabetical by title.
Box Folder
7 1 Anesthesia 1984-85
2 Baby Hood and Freedom October 1983
3 Cookies in Bed November 1984
4 Francis [unpublished] 1984-85
5 Freeways and Freedom October 1983
6 Geometry Hotline 1984-85
7 The Honeymoon Cottage 1982-83
8 I Exist By Myself in My Love for It 1983-85
9 I Know How to Make You Happy If I Feel Like It 1982
10 The Little City [unpublished] 1982-92
11 Psychic Kissing 1982-86
12 Reading Other People's Mail 1983
13 The Room Where I Lay Dreaming 1980
14 Shortie Stories for Busy People 1984-86
15 Sperm No. 186, from The Bad Girls Dinner Party 2000
16 Today's A Sure Thing 1986
17 Totally Nude Live Girls 1984
18 Violence: A Meditation 1984
18a Wind 2010
19 Your Mother and I [unpublished] 1984-86

Novels and Memoirs 1989-2016

Scope and Contents
This series contains typescripts, computer discs, and proofs of The Lord's Motel, God's Country Club, and I Promise Not to Suffer (originally titled "I Never Cared Much for Nature).
The Lord's Motel
Box Folder
7 20-22 You - first typescript of The Lord's Motel May 1989
23-25 Psychic Kissing - third typescript draft of The Lord's Motel August 1990
26-28 Later typescript draft May 1991
Box Folder
8 1-3 Typescript draft with corrections, letter from Karen Braziller, and notes from Tracy Daugherty
4-8 Various typescripts with corrections June 1991
9-11 Copyedited typescript September 1991
12 Page proofs with corrections 1992
13 Uncorrected bound galley proof 1992
God's Country Club
Box Folder
8 14 Computer discs
15 Uncorrected bound galley proof May 1996
Box Folder
9 18 Book Tours for The Lords Motel and God’s Country Club 1992-1996
I Promise Not to Suffer
Box Folder
9 1 Correspondence, Biographical, Story (Porter Storey), Poem
2 Full Draft - I Never Cared Much for Nature - later titled I Promise Not to Suffer September 19, 2012
3-4 Chapters of I Never Much Cared for Nature - with Writing Group Notes
5 Blog posts
6 Blog Posts -
7 Guest Blog Posts
8 Awards
9 Events and Publicity Phots
10 Book Tour
11 Excerpts
12 Interviews
13 Mountaineer Books Correspondence
14 Promotion/Publicity Materials
15 Reviews
16 Website Printouts

Promotional Materials 1992-2009

Scope and Contents
This series contains reviews, excerpts, articles, quotes, photographs, and biographical information arranged in chronological order.
The Lord's Motel
Box Folder
8 16 Review - New York Times Book Review August 30, 1992
17 Excerpt - Villages Magazine September 1992
18 Article and Cover Photo - Library Journal October 1, 1992
19 Reviews - various publications 1992-3
20 Articles - various newspapers 1992-5
21 Article - The Writer's Chronicle March/April, 2009
22 Excerpt - The World and I January 1993
23 Quote - Entertainment Weekly February 11, 1994
24 Quote - Signature Works April-July 1994
God's Country Club
Box Folder
8 25 Photographs and post cards 1996
26 Review - Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Fall 1996
27 Review - Houston Chronicle September 22, 29, 1996
Scope and Contents
includes pamphlet of 17th Annual Book & Author Dinner
28 Excerpt - My Table October/November 1996
29 Reviews - various publications 1996-7
30 Excerpt - WIVLA-Women in the Visual and Literary Arts 1997
31 Article - San Antonio Express-News, S.A. Life section March 9, 1997
32 Biographical information 1997
1 Poster for St. John's School Book Fair with news article, "A Life Storey" by Fritz Lanham
2 Photograph by El Matha Wilder approximately 1995
Scope and Contents
Study for book jacket cover for God's Country Club.
3 VHS Tape - Author Showcase: Marion K. Barthelme
4 VHS Tape - Houston Women Writers Panel - April 8, 1997, University of Houston Women’s Studies Archives

Personal Materials 1970-2016

Scope and Contents
This series consists primarily of correspondence, financial records, and photographs.
Box Folder
8 33 Correspondence with Donald Barthelme 1970-89
34 Cancelled checks 1980-87
35 Program - Cause for Inspiration, An Evening of Celebration benefiting the Jung Center May 4, 2001
36 University of Houston/Creative Writing Program academic transcript for Gail Donohue 1980-82
37 Holiday letters 1978-2003
Scope and Contents
Holiday letters and poems by Gail Donohue, 1978-81; and by Gail Donohue and C. Porter Storey, M.D., with attached photos, 1992-2003
38 Self-portrait (collage) by Gail Donohue Storey approximately 1994
39 Photographs
Scope and Contents
This folder contains photographs of Gail Donohue and Donald Barthelme (circa 1985). Others of Gail Donohue Storey, Porter Storey, Creative Writing Program graduate students, family, friends, childhood home and other residences. Also photos of Gail Donohue Storey by Marion Barthelme for book jacket photo.
40 Boulder Magazine article Winter/Spring 2007-08
Box Folder
9 22 Biographical articles 2015-2016

University of Houston employment 1981-2015

Box Folder
9 19 University of Houston - Publicity 1981-2015
20 University of Houston - Inprint Board 1999-2007
21 Materials from time as UH Creative Writing Program Admin Director