Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 380
August 24, 2018
The esteemed Poetry Foundation has been working (consistently) on its web presence. It’s just recently consolidated and organized this useful resource – An Introduction to the Beat Poets.[…]
Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 377
August 3, 2018
Focusing this week on Allen Ginsberg-as-photographer, with a series of interviews. Our two-part interview with Raymond Foye here and here (which should on no account be missed) will be followed, next week, (Monday), with an interview with Allen’s sometime printer, Brian[…]
Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 376
July 27, 2018
Here’s something not-to-be-missed, Jill Hershorin, Archivist of the Jewish Historical Society of New Jersey on Processing the Ginsberg Family Collection. We reported on the donation by local politician, Pat Sebold back in 2016 Hershorin:  “Although the official repository of the Allen Ginsberg papers is Stanford University, the Ginsberg Family Collection resides in[…]
Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 356
March 9, 2018
Beyond Beat, the five-day Los Angeles Beat  convention continues. Among the highlights tonight, a group reading of “Howl” (also a performance of Gregory Corso’s “Bomb”, and a poetry reading by Neeli Cherkovski and Paul Vangelisti). Tomorrow (Saturday) will include a “Punk and Beat” panel  (with V. Vale, Jerry Casale, and S.A.Griffin), a[…]
International Women’s Day 2018
March 8, 2018
International Women’s Day today – The Allen Ginsberg Project stands in solidarity with International Women’s Day. Recognizing Women and the Beats have a.. complicated relationship. Tonight in LA – the opening of a five-day “Beyond Beat” festival at Beyond Baroque – a “Women of the Beat Generation” reading, with Eve Brandstein (reading[…]
Shunryu Suzuki (1904-1971)
December 4, 2017
Remembering today one of the great Buddhist teachers, Suzuki Roshi,  Shunryu Suzuki, influential Soto Zen priest and founder of the San Francisco Zen Center and the Tassajara Zen Mountain Center (the first Soto Zen training monastery in the United States and one of the very first Buddhist training monasteries to be established[…]
Diane di Prima continues
August 7, 2017
Diane di  Prima – continuing from yesterday DD: Okay, part five of this poem  was going to be –   – part five was going to be kind of.. was going to be[…]
Diane di Prima
August 6, 2017
It’s Diane di  Prima’s birthday. She’s 83. We send her greetings on her birthday and celebrate with this remarkable vintage tape (it’s another of the Bay Area Writers series at Novato, California – see here, here[…]
Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 323
July 7, 2017
“Driving The Beat Road” – Jeff Weiss‘ recent detailed (and profusely illustrated ) survey, in The Washington Post, “in search of surviving members of the Beat Generation“,  is another  (well, we keep using this term, but it’s true) – “must-read”. Weiss recounts the circumstances and the details of his interviews (conducted earlier[…]
Michael McClure’s Mephistos
November 20, 2016
Michael McClure‘s new book of poems has just been released by City Lights:    “A landmark work of bio-romanticism, Mephistos and Other Poems is (McClure’s) first completely new collection in five years…. The title sequence, “Mephistos” stems from (his) ongoing “grafting” experiment,[…]