Researching, writing and teaching about the Beat Generation movement

  • Journal of Beat StudiesVolume 4, 2016

What’s Happening

Thinking Outside the Beat Box: New Perspectives on Beat Generation Writers

Sponsored by the Beat Studies Association
Presiding: Deborah Geis, DePauw University

  1. Deborah Geis, DePauw University, ” ‘Highs! Epiphanies! Despairs!’: The Beats as Performance Poets”
  2. Alan Gravano, Shawnee State University: “Challenging Conventional Definitions of Multiethnic Writing in Ferlinghetti and di Prima”
  3. Aimee Allard, University of Nebraska-Lincoln: “From the Soiled to the Sacred: Dust in Jack Kerouac’s On the Road”
  4. Erik Mortenson, Wayne State University: “Making a Case for Reception in Beat Studies: The Beats in Turkey”

American Literature Association Call For Papers

The Beat Studies Association is seeking proposals for paper presentations on any aspect of Beat writing, or any Beat movement writers, for two panels at the American Literature Association annual conference scheduled for May 25-28, 2017 in Boston, MA.

One of the two BSA panels will be open topic. If possible, we’d like to have the other panel devoted to studying and celebrating the scholarly work of Ann Charters, now an emerita professor of English at The University of Connecticut at Storrs, the first president of the BSA and a founder of Beat Studies. The tentative title for the second panel is “Mapping Beat Movements 1973-present: Reading Beat Literature, Culture and Criticism through the works of Ann Charters.”

Please send a 250-word proposal and a 100-word professional bio to both Deborah Geis ( and Ronna Johnson ( simultaneously. The deadline for submission is January 10, 2017.