Researching, writing and teaching about the Beat Generation movement

What’s Happening

* January 5th, 2024: If you’re going to be at MLA in Philadelphia, be sure to check out the roundtable “Can We Teach the Beat Generation?” 10:15-11:30 am (Anthony Room, Loews Hotel); Erik Mortenson and Tony Trigilio are presiding, with Rocko Foltz, Nancy Grace, Carla Harryman, Aldon Nielsen, and Barrett Watten

* June 24-July 9: Head to NYC and check out Nova Express, the final edition of DECODER, a sound and image cutup machine inspired by the prophetic imagination of William Burroughs’ Nova Trilogy

* April 18th: Best Minds: Seeing Allen Ginsberg and Madness Through Different Lenses, featuring Bob Rosenthal, Michael Schumacher, Stevan Weine, and Ann-Marie McManaman. University of Illinois-Chicago.

* March 24, 2023: The Journal of Beat Studies #10 is out now!

* click here for a new interview with Kurt Hemmer, editor of the Encyclopedia of Beat Literature

* The 2022 Beat Studies Association Conference was a smashing success! See the Conference Page for highlights.

*April 13, 2022: The latest issue of The Lowell Review, edited by Richard P. Howe, Jr. and Paul Marion, has a section dedicated to “The Jack Kerouac Centennial.”

*March 12, 2022: In honor of Kerouac’s 100th birthday, check out Kurt Hemmer and Tom Knoff’s film, American Joyride

*March 4, 2022: Mary Paniccia Carden’s book, Women Writers of the Beat Era, is currently featured in the University of Virginia Press’s Women’s History Month Promotion, with a 30% discount.

*On March 10th, 2022, City Lights Bookstore will host a virtual event, “Still Outside: Kerouac@100,” featuring Joyce Johnson, Ann Charters, Tim Hunt, David Amram, Regina Weinreich, Hassan Melehy, and Jean-Christophe Cloutier. Learn more and register here.

*On March 12th, 2022, Beatdom will released its special Kerouac centenary issue. Learn more here.

*January 19th, 2022: Read an excerpt from Kurt Hemmer’s forthcoming biography of Gregory Corso, A Revolutionary of the Spirit – A Gregory Corso Biography

*January 3rd, 2022: Kerouac Lives! Adds a U.S. film premiere

Listen to a telephone interview with Carolyn Cassady, wife of Neal Cassady, recorded on April 18, 2002.