Researching, writing and teaching about the Beat Generation movement

What’s Happening

* The 2022 Beat Studies Association Conference is happening on  November 3-4, 2022 in Palatine, IL! Conference theme is The Jack Kerouac Centenary. Please join us for what is sure to be an exciting event with a stellar line-up of Kerouac scholars! Please see the Conference Page for more information.

*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.

*Call for Papers: The Journal of Beat Studies volume 10 will be a special issue focusing on Jack Kerouac in honor of his centenary. The coeditors of this issue, Ronna Johnson and Tim Hunt, invite proposals for critical and scholarly essays, including archival studies and work in mid-twentieth century art and literary communities and schools – Black Mountain, San Francisco Renaissance, and New York School, as well as Beat Generation – all with a focus on Jack Kerouac and his writing. Proposals (a title, a 250-word description, and short CV) are due by April 1. 2022. Please email proposals to both coeditors at and Accepted essays will be due June 15, 2022. JBS essays and articles are typically 25-30 pages and not to exceed 9,000 words, including notes and works cited.

*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 release 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.