Cohen, Marty. “The Imaginary Friendships of Thomas McGrath.” Parnassus 21, nos. 1/2 (1996): 193-212. An extensive review of books by and on McGrath.
Di Piero, W. S. “Politics in Poetry: The Case of Thomas McGrath.” New England Review 17, no. 4 (Fall, 1995): 41. An analysis of the political aspects of McGrath’s Letter to an Imaginary Friend.
Gibbons, Reginald, and Terrence Des Pres, eds. Thomas McGrath: Life and the Poem. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1992. Originally published as a special issue of TriQuarterly in 1987, contains some valuable biographical information on McGrath, including a firsthand account of his waterfront years as a labor organizer and agitator. It includes the reminiscences of former students as well.
McGrath, Thomas. “Surviving as a Writer: The Politics of Poetry/The Poetry of Politics.” Interview by Jim Dochniak. Sez: A Multi-Racial Journal of Poetry and People’s Culture 2/3 (1981): A-L, special section. A twelve-page transcript of an informal interview at the University of Minnesota. McGrath here touches on the childhood sources of his writing, his socialist politics, and his international travels. He distinguishes between tactical and strategic poetry and discusses his struggle to survive financially.
McKenzie, James, comp. “Conversations with Thomas McGrath.” North Dakota Quarterly 56 (Fall, 1988): 135-150. Compiled here are anecdotes and excerpts from McGrath discussions, interviews, and panel events at the University of North Dakota throughout the years. Topics include McGrath’s association with the Beat poets and the autobiographical background to Letter to an Imaginary Friend. His former wife Alice McGrath joins in.
North Dakota Quarterly 50 (Fall, 1982). In this special issue, an assortment of writers, students, and friends reflect, sometimes whimsically, on McGrath and his work. Edited by Robert W. Lewis, it includes poems written in honor of McGrath and important essays on his career and his politics, as well as McGrath’s “Statement to the House Committee on Un-American Activities.”
Stern, Frederick, ed. The Revolutionary Poet in the United States. Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 1988. A two-hundred-page collection of critical essays, retrospectives, and scholarship on McGrath. This book includes work by Diane Wakoski, Hayden Carruth, Studs Terkel, and E. P. Thompson. The volume is a good collection of supplementary material as well, including a chronology of works, biographical sketch, and complete bibliography.