Allen Ginsberg posing for painter George Schneeman – Photograph by Harvey Wang
New York City painter George Schneeman passed away this January. He was a frequent collaborator with generations of Lower East Side poets, including Ted Berrigan, Larry Fagin, Dick Gallup, Alice Notley, Bill Berkson, Anne Waldman, Ron Padgett and Allen Ginsberg, and very much part of the neighborhood’s cultural fabric. Anne Waldman’s wonderful short appreciation of his life in the current Poetry Project Newsletter (below) is a moving introduction to the painter among poets for those unfamiliar. Tributes & poems from Tom Clark… Read More
[Allen Ginsberg & Simon Vinkenoog at Musee Rimbaud. December 1982. Courtesy Joep Bremmers]
Dutch writer & scholar Joep Bremmers has been working on a Journals project transcribing Ginsberg’s European Tour journals from December 1982-February 1983, meticulously footnoted alongside the originals. They begin with Ginsberg’s trip to Charleville, Arthur Rimbaud’s home town, with Dutch poet Simon Vinkenoog, sections of which we’ll post below. Bear in mind this is still very much a work in progress, and will likely form the core of a larger project on Vinkenoog & Ginsberg’s trip to Charleville. Check back for … Read More
Kulchur Magazine Cover: William S Burroughs and Jack Kerouac, morningside Heights, New York City December 1944. Ginsberg Collection
We knew it wouldn’t be long before And the Hippos Were Boiled in their Tanks (penned by Kerouac and Burroughs) would find it’s way into some screenwriter’s hands, but didn’t expect it this quickly. This is the first any of us have heard about this one, so no interesting background to share I’m afraid. I can say that with producer Christine Vachon (Boys Don’t Cry, I’m Not There, Savage Grace) behind it, things are off to a very good start. Variety posted … Read More
image: Peter Orlovsky, Allen Ginsberg and friends. Benares, 1963. c. Allen Ginsberg Estate
Dear Readers, Academics, Scholars,
A call for papers to be included in The Transnational/Global Beats: A Collection of Essays
Editors: Jennie Skerl and Nancy Grace
Publisher: For a Proposal to Be Submitted to Palgrave-Macmillan
It can be argued that the Beats are the only multigenerational avant-garde movement that has achieved transnational status and the only one that has resulted in a mass counterculture. This is an invitation for quality essays that address Beat Generation writers and other artists from the perspective transnationalism and/or globalization.
I’d like to point out Eliot Katz’s new collection of poems that definitely merits mention here. Love, War, Fire, Wind: Looking out from North American’s Skull, published by Narcissus Press with illustrations by William T. Ayton, covers work from 2000 on.
Allen & Eliot became friends beginning with Eliot’s apprenticeship under Allen at Naropa in 1980, and they remained close due in part to their kindred spirit for activism for humanitarian causes. Posting these two pieces as teasers, “Letter to Allen,” & “Recalling Allen,” since of course they’re Ginsberg related, and give a vivid glimpse … Read More
In 2006 Naropa University Celebrated 50 years of Howl with an event reflecting on their own beginnings, Chogyam Trungpa’s vision, and how Ginsberg & poetry were so crucial in it’s genesis.
Elephant Journal’s tireless editor, Waylon Lewis, has posted a transcript of some of that evening, in this month’s edition of EJ that sums up a remarkable & inspiring legacy by all who helped to create the school. Read transcript… Read More
We’ve been quietly holding our breath for a few years now on this one, so you can imagine our relief when we got the news that the film finally got the solid backing from Werk Works. Variety give a nice breakdown of who’s what and what’s who. Filming is set for March 16-April 2. The animation work by Eric Drooker can continue full speed ahead now.… Read More
[photo: Robert Duncan, Anne Waldman, unknown, Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche, Boulder CO, 1976. c. Allen Ginsberg Estate]
This is probably as good a time as any to plug the Naropa Poetics Audio Archives. One by one their archive department has been digitizing their recorded lectures, readings and panels, and making them available to all via archive.org. With over 5000 hours of materiel, it’s an embarrassment of riches too long to list here, but they include lectures and readings by among others Amiri Baraka, GregoryCorso, Philip Whalen, Robert Creeley, William Burroughs, Joanne Kyger,Harry Smith,… Read More
Matt Wolf’s intimate documentary on Arthur Russell premiered last spring and is now available on dvd as well as through iTunes. Though I was well aware of the recordings they’d done together, I hadn’t realized quite how frequently his and Allen’s lives intersected beyond that.
Snag Films just introduced Jerry Aronson’s Ginsberg documentary The Life and Times of Allen Ginsberg to their online catalog, which means you can watch it for free! (after sitting through a few ads that is, but we figure that’s a small & relatively painless price to pay)