Rev. Steve Edington is a retired Unitarian Universalist minister living in Nashua, New Hampshire, USA.
Mr. Edington is also a long-time member of the Lowell Celebrates Kerouac Committee of Lowell, Massachusetts—and a past President of that organization. LCK was formed in 1986 to see to the design and construction of the Jack Kerouac Commemorative in Lowell which was dedicated in 1988. Lowell Celebrates Kerouac produces an annual Jack Kerouac Festival every October.
Steve Edington is a previous adjunct faculty member of the University of Massachusetts at Lowell where he taught several courses on “The Literature of the Beat Movement.” He is also an occasional contributor to Beat Scene magazine.
Rev. Edington’s previous books are:
Kerouac’s Nashua Connection. Transition Publishing, 1995. This is an exploration of Kerouac’s French-Canadian ancestry, with an emphasis on his Nashua, NH relatives, and how his family ties and ethnic heritage are reflected in his Lowell based novels.
The Beat Face of God: The Beat Generation Writers as Spirit Guides. Trafford Publishing, 2005. This book examines some of the religious and spiritual themes in the works of several of the Beat Generation writers, including Kerouac among many others.
Foreword by David Amram.
Troubadour and Poet: The Magical Ministry of Ric Masten. Transition Publishing, 2007. This is a “tribute book” to the late Rev. Ric Masten who was designated as the Poet Laureate of Carmel, California. It recounts Rev. Masten’s unique troubadour ministry with Unitarian Universalist congregations in the latter part of the 20th century, and celebrates his poetry.
Foreword by the late actress Ruby Dee.
Bring Your Own God: The Spirituality of Woody Guthrie. Transition Publishing, 2011. This is an examination of the religious and spiritual themes in the life and work of Woody Guthrie, The book was written and published to coincide with the Woody Guthrie Centennial in 2012.
Foreword by David Amram.
God Is Not God’s Name: A Journey Beyond Words. Transition Publishing, 2018.This is Rev. Edington’s spiritual autobiography as it recounts his journey from an evangelical Baptist church in southern West Virginia to the very liberal Unitarian Universalist ministry. It recounts some of the religious and spiritual truths he discovered for himself along the way.
Foreword by John Leland, a feature writer for The New York Times and author of Why Kerouac Matters.
Steve Edington is currently the convenor of the Jack Kerouac Centennial Group of Lowell, Massachusetts. This is a consortium of cultural, historical, educational, artistic, and musical organizations in Lowell that are planning for a year-long series of events in 2022 to commemorate the Jack Kerouac Centennial.