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Beatnik Shindig! June 26-28 in San Francisco

Beatnik Shindig

The Beat Museum's "Beatnik Shindig" to be held in North Beach and at Fort Mason Center is the largest Beat Generation Conference to be held in twenty years. The last big Beat event was organized by Allen Ginsberg himself in 1995 at NYU in New York City.The event will run the weekend of June 26, 27 & 28, 2015. The Beatnik Shindig will commence with a Friday evening welcome … [Read more...]

Reading to Celebrate Poet Harold Norse, May 9, 2015

Harold Norse Selected Poems reading

A poetry reading in celebration of a new selected edition of the acclaimed Beat poet and former Sonoma County resident Harold Norse will be held at Copperfield’s Petaluma bookstore on Saturday, May 9th at 1:30 PM. Joining the book’s editor and Sebastopol resident Todd Swindell will be renowned San Francisco poets Neeli Cherkovski and A.D. Winans.I Am Going to Fly Through … [Read more...]

Remembering Ronnie Burk

Ronnie Burk

Ronnie Burk, poet and activist, Surrealist and Buddhist, would have been 60 today on April 1, 2015! Celebrate him with a remembrance post at ACT UP Archives filled with photos and collages. Feel free to leave a comment! … [Read more...]

Ted Joans website in works; photos sought!

Ted Joans Lives!

For several years, there's been a very small, basic website devoted to Ted Joans. Now, it's time to go big.The new website will launch in April 2015. But, before that happens, I need to track down some photos and information. We'll be sure to credit you for anything you can supply! (And, I'll send you a free TED JOANS LIVES! letterpress postcard - just ask.)Here's what … [Read more...]

Selected Poems of Harold Norse: Poetry Reading April 11, 2015

Harold Norse Selected Poems reading

The next poetry reading for the selected poems of Harold Norse will be on Sat. April 11th at Alley Cat Books featuring Kevin Killian and the return of Neeli Cherkovski!Readings from I Am Going to Fly Through Glass: Selected Poems of Harold NorseSaturday, April 11, 2015, 7 p.m. Alley Cat Books 3036 24th St. (at Harrison) San FranciscoFeaturing readings by: Neeli … [Read more...]

Beat Generation Poet to Get New Voice with Kickstarter Campaign

The Whole Shot: Interviews with Beat poet Gregory Corso

A collection of rare and out-of-print interviews with Gregory Corso, one of the founders of the Beat movement in American literatureArlington, MA, February 11, 2015 -- After five years of research and editing, Rick Schober, publisher at Tough Poets Press (Arlington, MA), has announced the completion of The Whole Shot: Collected Interviews with Gregory Corso.The … [Read more...]

Celebrate the life of Herbert Huncke!

Herbert Huncke celebration

Please come celebrate the life of Herbert Huncke on Friday, January 16, 2015, 7pm at the Beat Museum in San Francisco. Herbert Huncke was born in 1915; let's mark the centennial of his birth together!Participants include:Hilary Holladay, author of Herbert Huncke: The Times Square Hustler Who Inspired the Beat GenerationDennis McNally, author of Desolate Angel: Jack … [Read more...]

Michael McClure, Diane di Prima & Ouroboros! Nov. 16, 2014

Michael McClure

Sunday • November 16th • 2pmLa Commune Cafe and Bookstore 4799 Shattuck Ave, OaklandA reading by legendary poets Michael McClure & Diane di PrimaMusic by Ouroboros, a free-improv quartet with Sheldon Brown: tenor saxophone, clarinet, and bass clarinet Clark Coolidge: drums Andrew Joron: theremin Joseph Noble: flute, alto flute, soprano and alto … [Read more...]

Herbert Gold Kicks off his Tenth Decade with his 20th Novel

When a Psychopath Falls in Love by Herbert Gold

Jorvik Press has some exciting news:What does a prizewinning author do when he’s about to enter his tenth decade with a track record of more than 30 books, sound of mind and body, full of ideas, and still obsessed with characters he’s been developing for years? If you’re Herbert Gold, you write another novel. Just before his 90th birthday last March Herb was talking to … [Read more...]

The Reverse Tree by Kiriti Sengupta

The Reverse Tree by Kiriti Sengupta

About The Reverse TreeOnce again Kiriti Sengupta offers a look into his life and his mind. From his discussion of the third sex – comprised of transsexuals, bisexuals and transgender individuals – to an academic yet spiritual look into a selection of his favorite verses from The Geeta, the author once again offers a deep view into his life and his Indian culture.At its … [Read more...]

William S. Burroughs centennial events at Lake Forest College

William S. Burroughs art

You are invited to join Lake Forest College in celebrating the 100th birthday of William S. BurroughsLake Forest College, located in Lake Forest, Illinois, is helping to curate a series of events connected to the William S. Burroughs centennial.1. Poetry in Performance: Gossamurmur, Gaza, Jaguar Harmonics Lily Reid Holt Memorial Chapel, Lake Forest College / … [Read more...]

PARCELS, a text art exhibition by bruno neiva

Parcels - bruno neiva

You are kindly invited to attend to PARCELS, a text art exhibition held by bruno neiva at Casa Museo Casares Quiroga, 12, Panaderas St., in A Coruña, Spain, from 2nd to 28th September 2014.PARCELS is comprised of an heterogeneous set of text artworks where language registers and typography are combined with image and composition through several techniques, ranging from the … [Read more...]

A.D. Winans poetry reading in SF Sept. 16, 2014!

Award winning native San Francisco poet A.D. Winans and Oakland native poet and activist Nellie Wong will be reading from their works on September 16, 2014 at Adobe Bookstore. A.D. Winans A.D. Winans has been published internationally and translated into ten languages. He will be reading from his new book This Land Is Not My Land (NYQ Press) and from new poems.He is … [Read more...]

Todd Clouser launches Music Mission. Here’s how you can help.

Todd Clouser Patreon project

Musician Todd Clouser has launched a new project, Music Mission. He writes,I have been working with communities in need throughout the Americas - a youth orchestra in Oaxaca, a small indigenous Shipibo town in Peru, EL Faro in inner City Mexico, a community center offering world class music workshops in Chiapas - in teaching, making new music together, and having an … [Read more...]

Cross-country mobile bookstore launches Indiegogo campgaign

Books & Shovels Mobile Bookstore

Independent publishers Nostrovia! Poetry and UndergroundBooks have launched a crowd fundraising campaign to organize a cross-country mobile bookstore and publishing house called Books & Shovels.Books & Shovels, headed by Jeremiah Walton, a 19 year old poet from New Hampshire and founder of Nostrovia! Poetry, will begin its cross country journey at the 2014 NYC Poetry … [Read more...]

Loving and Hating Charles Bukowski by Linda King (2nd Edition)

Linda King’s Loving and Hating Charles Bukowski

Wild Ocean Press, in collaboration with KissKill Press, is pleased to publish a second edition of Loving & Hating Charles Bukowski, completely edited and revised from an earlier version published in 2012. The press release:There are many books about Charles Bukowski, but none like this one. Linda King’s Loving & Hating Charles Bukowski looks at Bukowski from the other … [Read more...]

Michael McClure at the Walker Art Center, May 1, 2014

Michael McClure

MICHAEL McCLURE: FREE VERSE IF YOU'RE IN MINNEAPOLIS ON MAY DAY, JOIN US AT THE WALKER ART CENTER!May 1, 2014, 7pmWalker Art Center Walker CinemaFree tickets available at the Bazinet Garden Lobby desk from 6 pm Join us for a May Day extravaganza as poet Michael McClure unleashes a mighty roar! A central figure of the Beat Generation, he has … [Read more...]

Enjoy the Liverpool Sound City Festival in May 2014

Liverpool Sound City 2014

There's no doubt that summer has music of its own. If you feel it in your heart, why not be a part of the Liverpool Sound City? It's an annual three-day-long music festival and conference, and takes place in the heart of Liverpool this year from from the first to the third of May.Over the years the Liverpool Sound City has evolved as the largest metropolitan festival … [Read more...]

Painters and Poets seeks ekphrastic poetry

Painters and Poets

Painters and Poets publishes poetry about art and artists on the web. Ekphrastic Fantastic!See how your favorite poets were influenced by Piero della Francesca, Donatello, Rembrandt, Monet, Hopper, Pollock, Van Gogh, Mitchell, and Cassatt.And, learn how your favorite artists incorporated poetry in their works.Share your ekphrastic poems illustrated by the art … [Read more...]

The Doors Examined – Tinley Park IL – Library Presentation 3.12.14

The Doors Examined

Empty Mirror contributor Jim Cherry - and Doors expert extraordinaire - writes,I'm making an upcoming library presentation and I hope you all can make it, and/or if you know anybody that lives in the area I hope you can forward this on!The Doors Examined is a compilation of articles from the first four years as The Doors Examiner. Subjects of articles run the gamut … [Read more...]

Poetry Hotel Press readings scheduled

“Houses and rooms are full of perfumes… The smoke of my own breath, Echoes, ripples, buzzed whispers, love root, silk thread, crotch and vine. My respiration and inspiration, the beating of my heart, the passing of blood and air through my lungs… The sound of the belched words of my voice loosed to the eddies of the wind… The feeling of health, the full-noon trill, the … [Read more...]