Jolie Braun

I’m the curator of modern literature and manuscripts at The Ohio State University’s Rare Books & Manuscripts Library (RBML), where I manage and build the unit’s modern holdings, collaborate with instructors to provide special collections-based instruction, and promote the collections by curating displays and exhibitions and organizing events. My research interests include teaching and outreach in special collections, self-publishing, and zines.

Peer-Reviewed Articles

Links to open access versions, when available, are included below.

“From the Margins to the Center: Introducing Self-Published American Literature to Undergraduates.” Pedagogy: Critical Approaches to Teaching Literature, Language, Composition, and Culture 21.3(2021):533-548.

“‘Your Zine Changed My Life’: The Impact and Legacy of Zines in Sassy Magazine.” American Periodicals: A Journal of History, Criticism, and Bibliography 30.2(2020):149-163.

“‘Printing books shall eventually be my trade’: Piecing Together the History of Diane di Prima’s Poets Press.” Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature 38.2(2019):425-433.

“A History of Diane di Prima’s Poets Press.” The Journal of Beat Studies 6.1(2018):3-22.

“Now on Display: Lessons Learned from Building a Small Exhibits Program.” Archival Issues 38.2(2017):6-19.

Editor-Reviewed Articles

“Collecting Sarah Piatt at The Ohio State University’s Rare Books & Manuscripts Library.” American Literary Realism 5.3(2023): 240-247.

“Unconventional Collecting in Extraordinary Times: Documenting the Pandemic through a COVID-19 Zine Collection.” College & Research Libraries News 82.8(2021):354-356; 361.

“The Recovery of Sarah Piatt and Community Scholarship.” Paideuma: Modern and Contemporary Poetry and Poetics 46(2021):299-306. Coauthored with Elizabeth Renker, Sean E. Andres, and Larry Michaels.

“‘There is no respectable woman…that sells books!’ The Memoirs of Nineteenth-Century Woman Book Canvassers.” Textual Cultures: Texts, Contexts, Interpretation 14.1(2021):124-139.

“‘Vote for Woman Suffrage!’ A Closer Look at The Ohio State University Libraries’ Suffrage Scrapbooks.” Ohio Archivist (Fall 2020):10-11.

Public Writing

“Designed to Sell: American Canvassing Books at The Ohio State University’s Rare Books & Manuscripts Library.” The Ephemerist 197(Summer 2022):10-13.

“The Zine Scene.” Fine Books & Collections (Winter 2022):51-53.

“Record.” Women’s Review of Books 38(Nov/Dec 2021):8-9.

“Exploring James Thurber’s Columbus with The Ohio State University’s Rare Books & Manuscripts Library.” Ohioana Quarterly 62(Summer 2019):8-10.

“Rebel Publishing.” Women’s Review of Books 36(Nov/Dec 2019):16-18.

“Building the Feminist Shelf.” Women’s Review of Books 35(Nov/Dec 2018):18-20.


During Fall 2022 I taught “More than Just Recipes: Exploring American Cookbooks,” a first-year seminar based in the Rare Books & Manuscripts Library’s cookbook collections.


“Bright Young Librarians: Jolie Braun.” January 18, 2023.

“Skeletor, Poetry, Hand-Made Art: Quaranzines Tell COVID Stories.” November 5, 2021.

“Meet the Curator: Jolie Braun.” The Ohio State University Libraries. March 23, 2021.

“The Lost Poetry of Sarah Piatt with Professor Elizabeth Renker and Curator Jolie Braun.” Bonnets at Dawn. December 2020.



Twitter: @joliebraun