Naropa Summer Writing Program 2010

Naropa have announced their 2010 Summer writing Schedule, and it’s a stellar lineup as usual. The entire program runs from June 14-July 11, and participants can enroll for the full four weeks, or any of the individual weeks within the month. If you’ve never attended one, we here at Ginzy Central highly recommend trying it out. Whether you’re a poet or not, it’s a unique opportunity to meet, interact & study with some of the more important poets living, & a good excuse to spend a few summer weeks in Boulder Colorado.

Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics June 14–July Read More

Interview with Carolyn Cassady

“Last One Standing – Carolyn Cassady Interviewed” – Thanks to Steve Silberman for catching this unpublished interview by Barnaby Smith, conducted almost three years ago in anticipation of the new edition of Carolyn’s memoirs, Off The Road: Twenty Years With Cassady, Kerouac and Ginsberg. Smith was never able to find a home for the interview and so’s posted it on his blog Bunyip Voodoo. We’re more than happy to provide a link to it and extend its readership here

2012 update – links to this and other Carolyn Cassady interviews and commentary may be found hereRead More

Beat Memories: The Photographs of Allen Ginsberg May 2–September 6, 2010

The show at the National Gallery opens May 2 and continues through the Summer. The core of the exhibition is some 35 prints donated to the National Gallery by a private collection, but will also include an extensive collection of the original drugstore prints, revealing how these images we’ve come to see as gallery prints were first viewed by Allen & friends. The Curator, Sarah Greenough, is the curator behind Robert Frank’s Looking In: Robert Frank’s The Americans which also originated at the National Gallery. A fully illustrated catalogue with some 100 images, an essay by Greenough and a … Read More

SS Amra

It was this time of year that Allen & Peter took the 10 day journey from Mombasa arriving in Bombay on February 15, 1962. They sailed on the SS Amra, a ship built for BI (British India Steam Navigation Company LTD, London), originally as a Burma mailship, but post-war was commissioned to Bombay/East Africa routes. In I Celebrate MyselfBill Morgan describes the ship as ‘full of six hundred vomiting Indian families fleeing east Africa because of the country’s (Kenya’s) upcoming independence.” Though Allen and Peter were in the crowded hold, the ticket was only $50, and they were … Read More

William S. Burroughs Cut-ups with Brion Gysin & Antony Balch

William Burroughs would have been 96 years old last Friday, February 5. Here are a few cut-up collaborations offered in commemoration.
[2014 update – a more extensive posting on the Cut-ups may be accessed here]

For some more background info on Burroughs’ Cut-up collaborations with Gysin and Balch, check Rob Bridgett’s Bright Lights Film essay “An Appraisal of the Films of William Burroughs, Brion Gysin, and Anthony Balch in terms of Recent Avant Garde Theory.”Read More

Tuli Kupferberg Benefit (T-shirts & Cartoons)

The benefit for Tuli Kupferberg was a huge success, with a full house, and brilliant output from all the musicians who donated their time & inspiration. For those of you who couldn’t make it but still want to contribute, Tuli’s friends & family have a few choice items for sale on their blog that include t-shirts from that night as well as some of Tuli’s personally-signed cartoons, all just a few clicks away – and for a great cause too. Donations are also being accepted through The Fugs website.

see also here for the announcement of this benefit event  … Read More

Allen Ginsberg – Prague’s King of May

[Allen Ginsberg, Crowned May King, Prague, Czechoslovakia, May 1965. Photographer unknown. c Allen Ginsberg LLC]

Allen’s Czech translator, Josef Rauvolf, happened to locate this one for us. We’ve seen bits of footage from that day, but none with some of the actual sound as you get here. Allen comes on as May King at around 1:30. Keep in mind this is the first traditional May Day celebration – where students elect a May King (Kral Majales) to rule over a bacchanal each May day – that the Communists allowed since their takeover in 1945. The Communists had instead used the … Read More

Jim Carroll Memorial Reading in New York

[Jim Carroll backstage at the Public Theater, New York City, September 1984. c. Allen Ginsberg Estate]

Announcing an upcoming reading in New York at The Poetry Project, Feb 10. 2010, at St Mark’s Church

“Poet, autobiographer and musician Jim Carroll (1949-2009) was a consistent and brilliant presence around the Poetry Project since he first read here in 1968. We will never forget his kindness, his generosity or his humor. Please join us as some of his closest friends pay tribute to him. With Bill Berkson, Todd Colby, Anselm Berrigan, Richard Hell, Lenny Kaye, Thurston Moore, Lee Ranaldo, Patti Smith, … Read More