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Finding aid of the Waide Aaron Riddle Writings

Finding aid prepared by Loni Shibuyama, © 2008

Summary Information

ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
Riddle, Waide Aaron
Waide Aaron Riddle writings
Collection no.
Date [inclusive]
1.0 linear foot.
Typescripts of seven poems, 1996-2002, by writer Waide Aaron Riddle, who began writing poetry in 1995. The collection includes his 1996 award-winning poem, "Two Men Kissing," as well as a photograph, circa 2002, of the author himself.

Preferred Citation

Waide Aaron Riddle Writings, Coll2008-036, ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives, Los Angeles, California.

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Waide Aaron Riddle was born on August 15, 1963, in Kingsville, Texas. Raised in Houston, Texas, Riddle eventually moved to Los Angeles where he worked as a barber and in various jobs in the entertainment industry. Beginning in the mid-1990s, Riddle began writing poetry and short stories. His first poem, "Two Men Kissing," won the National Author's Registry Honorable Mention in 1996 and the Registry's President's Award in 1997. Riddle went on to self-publish two books of poetry: All-American Texan, in 1999, and  The Chocolate Man: A Children's Horror Tale, in 2002. In addition, his short stories and articles have been published in anthologies and magazines, and he has won a number of awards in poetry competitions.

As of June 2008, he continues to live in West Hollywood, California.

Source: Waide Aaron Riddle, "Author," Waide Aaron Riddle,, last accessed June 17, 2008.

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Scope and Content of Collection

This collection comprises typescripts of seven poems and one (11x17 inches) photograph of author Waide Aaron Riddle. The poems date from 1996 to 2002, and five of the poems are printed on 11x17 inch poster boards.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
© 2008
909 West Adams Boulevard
Los Angeles, California, 90007
(213) 821-2771


The collection is open to researchers. There are no access restrictions.

Publication Rights

Researchers wishing to publish materials must obtain permission in writing from ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives as the physical owner. Researchers must also obtain clearance from the holder(s) of any copyrights in the materials. Note that ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives can grant copyright clearance only for those materials for which we hold the copyright. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain copyright clearance for all other materials directly from the copyright holder(s).

Acquisition Information

Gift of Waide Aaron Riddle, 2002.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Loni Shibuyama, June 17, 2008.

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Controlled Access Headings

Personal Name(s)

  • Riddle, Waide Aaron


  • Gay authors--United States--20th century
  • Gay men's writings, American
  • Gays' writings
  • Poetry
  • Poets, American--20th century

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Collection Inventory

 Poetry 1996 - 2002 

Box Folder

 "Beautiful Blue" 2000 

1 1

 "Blackraven" 2002 

1 2

 "Grandmother" 1997 

1 3

 "Jack O'Lantern Fever" 1999 

1 4

 "Lost Hills, Ca." 2002 

1 5

 "A Prayer For September 11th" 2001 

1 6

 "Two Men Kissing" 1996 

1 7
Box Folder

 Waide Aaron Riddle Photograph circa 2002   1 photograph (11x17 inches) : col.

1 8

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