Philip Lamantia – Preserving Fire
October 23, 2018
Born October 23 1927 in San Francisco, today would have been the poet Philip Lamantia‘s ninety-first birthday. We celebrate him and the remarkable posthumous work Wave Books have just put out – Preserving Fire – Selected Prose (edited by Garrett Caples) Philip has been featured numerous times on the Allen Ginsberg Project[…]
Howl Vinyl Release
February 22, 2018
There will be a celebration at CIty Lights tonight (Thursday the 22nd) for the Concord Music box-set re-issue, Allen Ginsberg reading “Howl”,  The Howl deluxe box set includes a reissue of the classic 1959 Fantasy Records red vinyl LP, a replica of the original poetry book, published by City Lights in 1956,[…]
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,[…]
Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 241
October 23, 2015
  The European Beat Studies Network’s Annual Conference next week. This year – in Brussels. Among the explicitly Ginsberg-centric presentations: the whole first (Wednesday morning) opening panel – “Cross-Fertilizations From East & West – 1 – Searching For Which Ginsberg Legacy?” (chaired by Jaap Van Der Bent) – Robert Holton on “Ginsberg’s[…]
Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 239
October 9, 2015
Kerouac Festival in Lowell this weekend. Here are all the details. Among the highlights…..David Amram, Pamela Twining, Andy Clausen  and here‘s Andy Clausen reading “My Name’s Neal Cassady What’s Yours?” (Andy narrates the story of his meeting with Neal Cassady, an excerpt from his “The Last Days of the Beat Generation.”) Watch […]
Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 216
April 10, 2015
  Hal Willner‘s 60th anniversary celebrations in L.A.  for “Howl” this past week turned out to be a grand success.  From Tim Grierson‘s account of the evening, for Rolling Stone: “Nearly 60 years after its first public reading in October 1955, a concert was held in downtown Los Angeles to honor “Howl”,[…]
Philip Lamantia’s Birthday
October 23, 2014
Philip Lamantia‘s birthday today. He would have been 87. We take the occasion to remind you once again of Garrett Caples and Andrew Joron’s exemplary edition of the Collected Poems  Here’s the two of them giving a presentation on it (from September of last year) Here’s our own extensive Lamantia posting(s) –[…]
Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 146
October 4, 2013
Joep Bremmers‘ “Ik en mijn plasje – Allen Ginsberg in Vlissingen” (“Me and my peepee”), his study of Allen’s January 1, 1983, visit to the Dutch town of Vlissingen (and the occasion of the poem “What The Sea Throws Up At Vlissingen” (included in White Shroud – Poems 1980-1985)), will be celebrated[…]
Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 143
September 13, 2013
Summertime over now and a few (belated) notes on two summer-time conferences – ESBN (the European Beat Studies Network) 2, which took place in Aalborg (the University of Aalborg), Denmark, August 28th-30th, and Out of The Shadows (focusing on Beat Women Writers), which took place at the University of Agder, Norway, September[…]
UMass Kerouac Tapes & Lowell Portfolio
March 9, 2013
  [Jack Kerouac in Fred W. McDarrah’s apartment, Dec. 10, 1959. Copyright: Fred McDarrah/Getty Images] University of Massachusetts, Lowell, is increasingly becoming an important Kerouac nexus, and a visit to their Kerouac Center For Public Humanities web-site is well worth the time, not the least for the invaluable streaming-audio clippings there-contained (William[…]