Yannis Livadas: A double interview

Yannis Livadas

These interviews were conducted for Quorum Magazine, which is based in Croatia. This is their first appearance in English.Interview No. 1Tomica Bajsic interviewed the poet Yannis Livadas for Quorum Magazine, n. 3/4, 2012.Q: During years you have traveled extensively, reading a lot, doing all sorts of jobs. Do you consider traveling and close-range experience a … [Read more...]

Interview – Paul Maher Jr., author of Burning Furiously Beautiful: The True Story of Jack Kerouac’s On the Road

Burning Furiously Beautiful: The True Story of Jack Kerouac's On the Road

Burning Furiously Beautiful: The True Story of Jack Kerouac's On the Road is an accurate, up-to-date, meticulously researched account of how Jack Kerouac's 1957 novel, On the Road came to be written.Kerouac scholars Paul Maher Jr. (author of Kerouac: His Life and Work; editor Empty Phantoms: Interviews and Encounters with Jack Kerouac) and Stephanie Nikolopoulos bring to … [Read more...]

David Handley’s interview with Author Alex Preston

Alex Preston Books

Alex Preston was born in Worthing, West Sussex in 1979. He is the author of two critically acclaimed novels, 2010's This Bleeding City, and The Revelations which was released in 2012. As well as his work as a novelist, Preston writes and reviews for a number of publications; The Guardian in England, and a magazine in Greece.The chance to interview one of your favourite … [Read more...]

For Beat’s Sake: An Interview with Carolyn Cassady

Off the Road - Carolyn Cassady

We all live inside history, and Carolyn Cassady has seen her share. Ms. Cassady was gracious and open when she sat for an interview at her home in Monte Sereno, not far from Los Gatos.Carolyn Cassady, best known for her relationships with husband Neal Cassady and novelist Jack Kerouac, is an attractive woman with an easy laugh. The fifth child of a Nashville biochemistry … [Read more...]

Terrence Malick, Badlands and Caril Fugate: An Interview

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Photos courtesy of Jeff McArthur (All Rights Reserved)Jeff McArthur is the author of Pro Bono: The 18-Year Defense of Caril Fugate. Mr. McArthur’s grandfather, John C. McArthur, defended Caril Fugate in her trial for her part in the Starkweather murders that occurred in 1959 and would do so for the next eighteen years in her attempts to apply for … [Read more...]

An Interview with Poet Jack Leaf Willetts

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Jack, your new poetry collection, The Beauty of being Hated, has just been published. What can you tell us about it?It was hard to live and hard to write. It was written out of a series of negative situations and I was bent on documenting them. I was in a position where I was able to explore the concepts of love and hate and the close connection between these emotions. In … [Read more...]

Interview with Steve Andrews of the band, Beyond from Within

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Steve Andrews is the musical force behind Beyond from Within, writing, performing, and singing his memorable, melodic rock tunes. In addition to creating BfW, Steve is a church choir conductor and a vocalist with a Greek Orthodox chant choir.Recently Steve sat down with us and talked about the craft of making music, his inspirations, and what's on the horizon for Beyond … [Read more...]

The Teducated Mouth: John Barbato interviews Ted Joans

Ted Joans Lives!

Ted Joans, one of the original Beat poets, was born in Cairo, Illinois on 4 July 1928. By his twenties, living in New York City , he moved in the surrealist world of painters, jazz players and poets. If a scene was happening Joans had it covered. A partial list of his friends reads like a who's who of the important creators of the 20th century: Allen Ginsberg, Ella … [Read more...]

An Interview with David Amram: By Your Works Ye Shall Be Known

David Amram, Ed Heflin & Joe Kerouac. © Ed Heflin, 2003

A friend of mine is so artistically fascinating and creative that labeling him "eclectic" or "multi-faceted" understates his cultural contributions. Full of life, he incessantly looks for beauty in all that surrounds him. The following is his story, plus an interview I conducted with him prior to his June 4, 2003 appearance in Chicago. We sat down to discuss his life and his … [Read more...]

Legendary Poet, Lyricist Pete Brown

Pete Brown

On June 16 ("Bloomsday"), 1964, Pete Brown gave the first ever poetry reading at Morden Tower, now a literary landmark in Newcastle, England. The Morden Tower Readings, conceived and organized by Tom and Connie Pickard, went on to host readings by more poets than can be listed here, especially from the Beat and Black Mountain movements, including Allen Ginsberg's first European … [Read more...]

Singer-Songwriter Elizabeth Anderson Interview

Elizabeth Anderson - The Stars Are Falling

I was recently fortunate to have a conversation with Elizabeth Anderson, a talented singer-songwriter whose debut CD, The Stars are Falling, was recently released. We chatted about her sound, her musical inspirations, and the art of songwriting.How did you get started with playing - and creating - music?I started playing the piano in the second grade, and began … [Read more...]

Fused Glass Art by Helen Rudy

Helen Rudy - fused glass

Based in Denver, Colorado, fused glass artist Helen Rudy creates vibrant decorative and functional art pieces. We asked her to tell us about fused glass, and her creative process.What exactly is fused glass, and how is it made?When exhibiting my fused glass art, I am often asked “Is it blown?” or “Are the colors painted on?”The answer to both questions is no. … [Read more...]