Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 300

“Ground Zero for the Beat Generation” – Unidentified Woman reading from “Howl” inside the 7 Arts Coffee Gallery in New York City, c.1957 – Photograph by Dave Heath

No Friday-Round Up last week, so a little catch up today, starting with Sean Elder’s Gary Snyder interview, “National Treasure,” in Lion’s Roar.

Gary Snyder at the Center For Interfaith Relations’ 2014 Festival of Faiths: Sacred Earth, Sacred Self

GS: “The first time I met Allen Ginsberg was at Rexroth’s house—Allen had just come up from Mexico. The first time I saw  Kerouac was when Allen brought him to Rexroth’s place. Because Allen was living in Berkeley, I saw more and more of him. Kenneth thought of both Jack and Allen as “talented jerks.”
SE: Was that his phrase or yours?
GS: I don’t remember. They weren’t quite grown up yet.”

Anne Waldman is just back from a triumphant visit to the Jaipur Literature Festival in India.  Read an interview with her here and another interview here.


Anne Waldman reading at the 2017 Jaipur Literature Festival

While we’re on the subject of poet-interviews, here‘s a recent interview with poet Jack Hirschman that the Las Vegas Weekly ran before his reading there last week.



Jack Hirschman – Photograph by Marco Cinque

Kerouac for kiddies? – Alison Flood opines on the dumbing-down phenomena of an  On The Road picture-book for children


Three years today since the passing of the great folk troubador, Pete Seeger


Leroi Jones (Amiri Baraka) and Allen Ginsberg – Photograph by Dave Heath

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