Female Beatness book launch on 16th November, 2019 at the Cartagena Poetry Festival in Spain, introduced by A. Robert Lee:

Worldwide events to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the death of Jack Kerouac (21st October 2019):
Beat Hotel link

The Prolonged Death of the Hippie, 1967–1969
Keynote speakers Ed Sanders and Anne Waldman.
12–14 September 2019, English Department, University of Basel.

8 July 2019, 9 pm, 159 Pioneer Street, Red Hook, Brooklyn, NYC

Created and directed by Mallory Catlette/Restless NYC, DECODER is a collaboration with tape DJ and sound Artist G Lucas Crane, performer Jim Findlay, video designer Keith Skretch, interaction designer Ryan Holsopple and Burroughs scholar Alex Wermer-Colan. Additional support from associate video designer Simon Harding.

DECODER: Ticket that Exploded reimagines the second book of Burroughs’ Nova Trilogy as a live performance of broken media hallucinations, living text cutup, and full frequency psychedelia spun from mangled audio tape. An alien presence is revealed as the sticky complicity of the inner double agent. Watch a live enacting of Burroughs’ prescient words taken to their terrible conclusions.

Find more about Mallory Catlette by clicking on the link below :

Créé et réalisé par Mallory Catlette/Restless NYC, DECODER est le fruit d’une collaboration entre le musicien DJ et l’artiste G Lucas Crane, Jim Findlay, le vidéaste Keith Skretch, Ryan Holsopple et le chercheur spécialiste de Burroughs Alex Wermer-Colan. On compte également le soutien de Simon Harding, concepteur vidéo associé.

DECODER: Ticket that Exploded réinvente le deuxième livre de la Nova Trilogy de Burroughs et en fait une représentation « en live », un savant mélange d’hallucinations, de cut-ups, et de sons psychédéliques à pleine fréquence. Devenez le spectateur des paroles prescientes de Burroughs qui prennent vie.

Pour en savoir plus à propos de Mallory Catlette, cliquez sur le lien ci-dessous:

Before 1 May, 2019

For the February 2020 issue of ANQ, editors invite submissions that offer original and thought-provoking papers concerning the relationship between GREEN RELIGION AND AMERICAN LITERATURE.

ANQ: A Quarterly Journal of Short Articles, Notes, and Reviews, currently indexed in Arts and Humanities Citation Index, Humanities International Complete and the MLA International Bibliography, is an international, peer-reviewed journal published quarterly in February, May, August, and November, for a total of four issues per year, by Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. The special issue Green Religion and American Literature accommodates long rather than short articles.

Please see the Call for Papers on Green Religion and American Literature.

November – December 2018 / London

The Psychopathic Now! marks the 50th anniversary republication of Jeff Nuttall’s Bomb Culture by Strange Attractor Press. The book has been launched at the opening of the exhibition The Psychopathic Now! , organised by Strange Attractor Press in collaboration with Flat Time House, and curated by Douglas Field, Jay Jeff Jones and Jamie Sutcliffe. Gathering together many small press publications, fragments of charged ephemera, historical documents and correspondence, The Psychopathic Now! is a modest attempt to illustrate something of the complex milieu out of which Bomb Culture erupted.

23rd November – 15th December 2018

Indisponible depuis 50 ans, le livre de Jeff Nuttall, Bomb Culture, est réédité cette année par Strange Attractor Press. Le livre a été présenté lors de l’ouverture de l’exposition The Psychopathic Now! , organisée par Strange Attractor Press en collaboration avec Flat Time House, Douglas Field, Jay Jeff Jones et Jamie Sutcliffe. Rassemblant de nombreuses publications, des documents historiques et de la correspondance, The Psychopathic Now! est une “modeste tentative” de mettre en lumière le context du milieu complexe dans lequel Bomb Culture a paru.

Du 23 novembre au 15 décembre 2018

May 2018

Salon NO.54 : William Burroughs’ London

. A very rare opportunity to join the capital’s chronicler of the counterculture Barry Miles in conversation with historian Frank Rynne on the London life of the beat writer William Burroughs.
. Le 30 mai 2018, rejoignez le spécialiste des contre-cultures Barry Miles et l’historien spécialiste de William Burroughs, Franck Rynne.

6.30pm Wednesday 30th May 2018
Westminster Arts Library
35 St Martins Street
Ticket includes a syringe of Hendricks Gin Cocktail
Admission: £7.00 / 9.00

PhD Studentship: Beat Culture, Tantric Ecstasy, creative residues

September 2017

The French Ticket That Exploded
Sept. 21, 8:00pm at Les Instants Chavirés, Paris.
A night of poetry with Sylvain Courtoux, Joachim Montessuis,
Jennifer Scappettone, Lucien Suel, Clive Matson and Gael Alcock, curated by Peggy Pacini.
Admission free

Ongoing Guerrilla Conditions
Sept. 22, 8.00pm at Les Instants Chavirés, Paris.
Music and performance featuring Lydia Lunch (solo performance), Kevin Barrington,
Eric Andersen, Ramuntcho Matta, Michele Gazich and Inge Bakkenes (World premier of “From Rimbaud to Burroughs and Baudelaire to Camus: The Invention of the Modern Mind”), Joachim Montessuis, and Burroughs based sound mixes by Frank Rynne
Admission free to conference attendees

Prof R J (Dick) Ellis, Visiting Professor of Cultural History at the University of Chichester (and EBSN member) presents:

Gerald Nicosia, author of Memory Babe, the famous biography of Jack Kerouac, is visiting the University of Chichester, Chichester, Sussex UK.

All are welcome to the events!

Date: Friday 29 September 2017

13.00 hours
The Genesis of Home to War: Talk by Gerry Nicosia on his work with Vietnam Veterans and Ron Kovic in particular
14.45 hours
The Mythological Kerouac, the Popular Kerouac and the real Kerouac
talk by Gerry Nicosia with Q + A session (w. Dick Ellis)
17.00 hours
Gerry Nicosia reading poems, particularly from his collection Ghost of Kerouac. This will be accompanied by wine refreshment.

Admission is free

All are welcome!

[-A great opportunity to see Gerald Nicosia in person, especially for those unable to come to the Paris EBSN conference!]

October 2016

EBSN members Oliver Harris and Barry Miles are both appearing at the Cheltenham Literary Festival the weekend of October 15th/16th.

Miles will be talking at events about San Francisco and about the writer Charles Bukowski; while Oliver is on a panel to discuss The American Road

October 2015

Still Howling Symposium and Performance

April 2013

Colloque de Tanger

November 2012

Thursday, November 29: Listen to a BBC Radio 4 programme on the Beat Hotel, presented by Andrew Hussey. The programme will also be available via BBC i-player.

October 2012

FINAL ACADEMY / 2012 – Horse Hospital, Bloomsbury, October 27th, 2012.

This event honours The Final Academy which took place in London 30 years ago this October, and which featured William Burroughs, Brion Gysin, 23 Skidoo, and Psychic TV.

Organised by Joe Ambrose, FINAL ACADEMY / 2012 will feature :

-The movie Words of Advice; On the Road with William Burroughs

-Language Virus by Raymond Salvatore Harmon with music by Philipe Petite,

-William Burroughs, 1914-1997 by Gerard Malanga

-Spoken word performance by Scanner and others.

FINAL ACADEMY / 2012 will be marked by the publication of Academy 23, an anthology edited by Matthew Levi Stevens featuring Jack Sargeant, Joe Ambrose, Gerard Malanga, Emma Doeve, Paul Green, and John Balance (Coil).

Soundtrack for the event provided by Testing Vault, Plague Doctors featuring DJ Mix by DJ Raoul, Islamic Digger No1. One Way, Alma featuring Joe Ambrose.

September 2012

Beat Cinema – Screenings in Canada (Films curated and introduced by Jack Sargeant). For more information see here.

August 2012

  • Unrequited Records is thrilled to announce their latest releases from the vaults of Ins & Outs Press in Amsterdam. Herbert Huncke – Guilty of Everything is a double-disc two hour classic, released for the first time in any format. Jack Micheline in Amsterdam, previously available only on cassette, is out now on CD and download. San Francisco’s Unrequited Records was launched in 2010 with the release of Harold Norse…Of Course which is available on CD, download and gatefold double vinyl.
  • Sale at Southern Illinois UP

July 2012

7 May 2012

Erik Mortenson & Oliver Harris

Prof. Erik Mortenson, organiser of the “Underground” Conference at Koç University, Istanbul, with Oliver Harris after delivering his talk, “Working the Hole with William Burroughs: Censorship and The Soft Machine”

13 April 2012

BAAS (British Association of American Studies) Conference

The European Beat Studies Network was officially launched in the UK at BAAS in Manchester this April.

Panel Papers:
“Feeling the Bohemian Pulse: Locating Patti Smith within a post-Beat Tradition”
– Simon Warner, University of Leeds
“Kinder, Küche, Kirche: The Woman in Beat Art Culture”
– Frida Forsgren, University of Agder
“Honorary Beats, Honorary Surrealists”
– Joanna Pawlik, Manchester University

January 24th, 2012

Carl Weissner in conversation with Barry Miles

  • We would like to join with those mourning the passing but celebrating the life and work of Carl Weissner. He was a writer, translator, editor, and publisher of enormous energy and talent, and an important collaborator with William Burroughs. For a tribute, see Reality Studio.

January 2012

Call for Subscribers – Journal of Beat Studies

The first issue of the Journal of Beat Studies, published by Pace University Press, will come out in Spring 2012. For early subscribers who are members of the Beat Studies Association, the journal will cost only $12 per year. The remaining cost of the subscription, which for non-members is $32 per year, will be covered by members’ annual membership dues.

All members who wish to subscribe should send a check or money order for $12 to the Beat Studies Association, care of Nancy M. Grace, Dept.of English, The College of Wooster, Wooster, Ohio 44691, by March 15, 2012.

The first issue will highlight new work on Jack Kerouac and textual studies, in addition to other Beat topics.

The second issue (Spring 2013) will be dedicated to Beats and Naropa, which will examine the critical role Naropa and The Jack Kerouac School for Disembodied Poetics have played in the shaping of a Beat poetics.

The third issue (Spring 2014) will feature essays on the Beats in Cambridge, Massachusetts, a particularly rich venue for Beat writing and publishing as well as graphic arts and readings.

For more information on the journal and submission procedures, consult our web site.

Or contact the co-editors, Ronna C. Johnson ( and Nancy M. Grace (

CALL FOR PAPERS (extended deadline)

“Before and After Beat Exploded:
Essential Studies on ruth weiss.”

ruth weiss has worked for almost seven decades – and at 88 continues to work – with a plurality of artistic forms: she has authored around twenty poetry books, performed and recorded Jazz & Poetry, written more than ten plays, exhibited her water-color haiku paintings, acted in films and even written and directed one. As such, weiss embodies the artistic confluence of the 1950s and 1960s bohemia, breaking down, as Randy Roark writes, “the barriers between word, film, song, painting, and theatre”. Despite her extensive poetry career and very active participation in the West Coast buzzing artistic community since the early 1950s, weiss has remained an essentially overlooked figure in poetry history. This neglect might be representative – or shall we say a consequence – of the overshadowing of female artists within the Beat Generation as “a marginalized group within an always already marginalized bohemia” (Ronna C. Johnson).

Following her re-discovery in the course of Brenda Knight’s Women of the Beat Generation (1996), weiss’s work has benefitted from a boost in Beat-related academic and cultural activities in the last decades. Nevertheless, twenty years after the publication of Knight’s groundbreaking anthology, and despite the rekindled interest in the movement in general and in the work of women in particular, the Beat Generation academic niche is still lacking in terms of monographs and individual studies dealing with the work of female poets. Our book taps directly into this lacuna by providing up-to-date, comprehensive, critical analyses around one of the most prolific members of the so-called “Beat women”: ruth weiss.

The collection of essays aims to include studies on all areas of weiss’s body of work – poetry, film, theater, performance or painting – as well as contrastive or comparative studies between ruth weiss’s poetics and aesthetics and that of other poets and artists, both inside and outside the scope of the Beat Generation. In order to respond to the existing cross-pollination between art forms in weiss’s oeuvre, this collection maintains a multidisciplinary approach that the editors consider not only essential when dealing with weiss’s poetry, but also a methodological necessity in the postmodern 21st century. As the first collection on the every-day trendier ruth weiss, this collection will be one of a kind, becoming a mandatory reading for all of those interested in the Beat Generation in general and “Beat women” in particular. With this in mind, the scope of this collection addresses:

  • detailed analyses of individual collections of poetry, as well as the position of ruth weiss as a Jazz & Poetry artist. In this regard, we are interested in historical accounts documenting the early years of innovation of Jazz & Poetry and weiss’s involvement in it, as well as her further development of the genre until today.
  • weiss’s personal biography and its effect on her poetic and artistic vision.
  • weiss’s involvement with the visual arts and the visual aspect in her poetry. In this regard, the collection explores both weiss’s involvement with visual arts such as painting or film and the influence of visual aesthetics in her poetry.
  • weiss’s use of poetic language in written and oral forms. Attention is paid in this respect to the performance aspect of weiss’s poetry, as well as to the way the poet plays with, bends and re-invents language.
  • weiss’s involvement in the Underground Film (The Brink, Ron Rice’s Flower Thief and Steven Arnold’s films), other audiovisual projects (ruth weiss meets her Prometheus [2007], Las Cuevas de Albion [2002]) – and the connections between these and weiss’s poetry.
  • weiss and the Beat Generation legacy: aesthetics, vision, and the issue of synchronicity.
  • weiss and literary genre. This includes essays paying attention to the mixture of genres in weiss’s oeuvre (lyric and narrative poem, travel journal, haiku, theatrical play, etc.)
  • adaptations of weiss’s work: Gerhard Samuel’s “Fortieth Day” – composed from weiss’s Desert Journal – and theatrical adaptations of her plays.
  • weiss’s collaborations and artistic network, which includes such diverse artists as novelist Jack Kerouac, poets Madeline Gleason, Philip Lamantia, Bob Kaufman, Anne Waldman, the painters Sutter Marin and Paul Blake, actor Taylor Mead, director Steven Arnold, a number of musicians (e.g., Sonny Wayne a.k.a. Sonny Nelson, Boo Pleasant, Doug Lynner), legendary stripper and comedian Carol Doda, etc.

Essays will be due December 31, 2017 and should be between 5000 and 6000 words in length. Interested contributors should send an abstract of 250–500 words with a short bio or their CV by April 12, 2017 to one of the editors,

Estíbaliz Encarnación Pinedo:

Thomas Antonic:

Pdf for distribution: ruth-weiss-cfp-ext_deadline

Call for Essay: Proposals for an MLA Volume on Teaching Beat Generation Literature
Proposals are invited for a volume in the MLA’s Options for Teaching series entitled Teaching Beat Generation Literature, to be edited by Nancy M. Grace. The purpose of the volume is to highlight key issues and pedagogical strategies for teaching Beat literature. The volume will include information for specialists and nonspecialists alike who are teaching at the secondary as well as undergraduate and graduate levels. A section or sections devoted to teaching resources will include teaching with images and film; teaching with anthologies; using electronic resources; and using editions, reference guides, collections of correspondence, biographies, and single author studies.
Possible topics are teaching the national and global contexts of Beat literature, major Beat writers, censorship and Beat literature, aesthetic lineages of Beat literature, Beats and the popular media, Beat fiction, Beat poetry, Beat drama, Beat film, Beat memoirs, gender and sex in Beat literature, race and ethnicity in Beat literature, Beat literature and the contemporary environmental movement, Beat writing and technology, the Beat road tale, the influence of music (jazz, in particular) on Beat writing, Beat composition philosophies and histories, drug use and Beat writing, spirituality and religious traditions in Beat writing, transhumanism and posthumanism in Beat writing, and the aesthetic and cultural legacies of Beat writing.
If you are interested in contributing an essay of 3,000 to 3,500 words, please send an abstract of 500 words in which you outline your approach or topic and how it might enhance the teaching of Beat literature to Nancy M. Grace ( by 1 July 2016.
Please note that any quotations from student papers will require written permission from the students.

The Allen Ginsberg Project

We would like to draw members attention, particularly those not already familiar with it, to the extensive Beat Generation resources that are available, and that are continually being made available, on the Allen Ginsberg Project. Centered around Ginsberg, but by no means reduced or limited to him, the site offers text, image, audio, video, lecture-transcriptions, archival gleanings and updated news – a significant trove of material, much of it appearing for the first time. The Project, administered by the Ginsberg Estate, is always open for short posts, interactive write-ups and engaging contributions that
celebrate, explore and work to spread the word about Allen Ginsberg and The
Beat Generation. For further information, contact Peter Hale or Simon Pettet through the Project’s facebook page.


The Literary Encyclopaedia is looking for qualified writers to enhance its coverage of Beat writers and works. Among the titles most sought after are the following:

Biographical (general life& works overview) profiles of:

Gregory Corso
John Clellon Holmes
Diane Wakoski
Neal Cassady

Works profiles of:

Ginsberg’s “Howl”
Any other of Ginsberg’s works
Any of W. Burroughs’s works (except Naked Lunch, The Nova Trilogy and Blade Runner: A Movie)
Holmes’s novel Go
Works by Amiri Baraka
Other works by Beat writers or writers with Beat associations.

New propositions of writers/ works that are not currently present in our database are also welcome. All offers of contribution should come accompanied by an up-to-date CV and a short writing sample in the case of postgraduate students. The overwhelming majority (about 90%) of our contributors are academic scholars, while the remaining percentage is made up of very good doctoral students and independent researchers.

The Literary Encyclopedia has been published since 2000, and is a collaborative project of very considerable size. We have already published more than 11.5m words in contributions by more than 2300 colleagues. We have the eventual aim of providing literary scholars and students in the English-speaking world with a reliable and comprehensive reference work on all literary and cultural history throughout time and throughout the world. This publication already has 82 institutional subscribers, and is marginally in profit on annual account. The main aspects of the publication are described here

To explore The Literary Encyclopedia, please login with the case-sensitive username ‘SpringGuest2011’ and password ‘quijote1605’.

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