Researching, writing and teaching about the Beat Generation movement

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What’s Happening

New Book Review Editor!

The Journal of Beat Studies is pleased to announce that Matt Theado, longtime Beat scholar, has joined the staff of the journal as Book Review Editor. The book review section of the journal is an integral part of our mission to support rigorous research and scholarship in Beat Studies. The new position that Professor Theado holds, and which we are shaping as we work on the coming issues, will allow the journal to maintain and strengthen that commitment.

Matt Theado is Professor at Kobe City University of Foreign Studies (Kobe , Japan). He also taught at Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs, North Carolina. Matt is the author of Understanding Jack Kerouac, editor of The Beats: A Literary Reference, and author of numerous articles on Beat writers and culture.

Correspondence regarding the Book Review section should be directed to Matt Theado ( and cc’d to Ronna C. Johnson (

The Journal of Beat Studies, Volume 5, is now available!

The fifth volume of the Journal of Beat Studies honors Ann Charters, emerita professor of English at UConn-Storrs, the first president of the Beat Studies Association, and the founder of the field of Beat Studies. Volume five features a new interview with Charters, the republication of her famed Jack Kerouac: A Bibliography (1967, 1975), never-before-published letters about the bibliography and her 1966 visit with Kerouac to review his archives, as well as testimonials from scholars, an essay on her Herman Melville/Charles Olson research, and photographs by and of Charters and other Beat writers.