Ed Sanders Performance/Poetry & interview by Kurt Hemmer (2003)

Newly digitized material uploaded to Vimeo, HERE. On November 20, 2003, Ed Sanders was briefly interviewed by Kurt Hemmer before entertaining the audience reading and singing his inspiring poetry at Harper College. Produced by Kurt Hemmer. Production and post-production by Tom Knoff.

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Kerouac and Beat Generation Exhibition in Japan

Some information on the upcoming exhibition from organizer Matt Theado:

Discover America and the Beat Generation
Jack Kerouac Types ON THE ROAD
The genealogy of a counterculture through publications

The exhibition opens at BB Plaza Museum of Art in Kobe on July 3, 2021 and runs through August 8, 2021.

This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience Kerouac and the Beat Generation. Although the coronavirus prevented us from bringing Kerouac’s actual scroll typescript to Japan, we’re creating a picture-perfect replica. Based on high resolution digital data, this replica allows you to inspect infinitesimal details, from Kerouac’s typing to his pencil corrections.

You’ll also see Kazuhiro Yamaji san’s amazing collection of Beat Generation publications. Yamaji san is the owner of Flying Books in Tokyo, and he has gathered one of the world’s greatest Beat Generation collections. Rare and precious first editions, independent little magazines, broadsides, signed books – you can trace the genealogy of the Beat Generation through publications.

We’ll hold a Symposium on July 17, on the campus of Kobe City University of Foreign Studies, with speakers including Minami Aoyama sensei (Kerouac translator), Motoyuki Shibata sensei (translator, American culture scholar) professor Hilary Holladay (biographer and Beat scholar), and me. The symposium will also be streamed live on YouTube. In addition, there will be presentations throughout the month, as well as the documentary movie “Kerouac: King of the Beats” at Motomachi Eigakan.

The exhibition web page with full details will be live soon – but for now, I want to be sure you know that the exhibition is set to open this summer, and the symposium is set for July 17. Please reply with any questions . . .  -contact Matt here: mtheado@outlook.com

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EBSN at Digital BAAS 2021 and ACLA 2021

Estíbaliz Encarnación Pinedo has organized a panel of 8 presenters titled “Beat generation goddess ruth weiss (re)considered” for the British Association of American Studies digital conference to be held April 8, 14:00-15:30 (BST), while Erik Mortenson and Benjamin J. Heal have organized a three day seminar of 9 presenters titled “Beat Internationalism” for the American Comparative Literature Association digital conference to be held April 9, 10 & 11 – 8:30 – 10:15 (CDT). For more information and registration see here:



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EBSN 2021

The proposal deadline for the 10th Annual EBSN conference (to be held online October 29-31) is fast approaching!
So, if you haven’t already, send in your proposals before March 31st. You can check the call for papers here. We can’t wait to see your virtual faces!

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This recording of one of Gregory Corso’s last college readings at the University of Connecticut, Storrs on March 28, 1996, produced by Kurt Hemmer, has just recently been posted on Vimeo. Digitization and restoration from an analog vhs videotape by Tom Knoff.

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On The Life of a Titan: Lawrence Ferlinghetti (1919-2021)

Steven Belletto, author of The Beats: A Literary History (2020) and editor of The Cambridge Companion to the Beats (2017), has kindly allowed us to publish his wonderfully detailed obituary of Ferlinghetti.
You can read it HERE.

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Lawrence Ferlinghetti

The legendary Beat figure, best known as a publisher and poet, sadly passed away on Feb 22. That City Lights Books continues to this day is a testament to his diligence, defiance and determination. We will publish a full obituary soon.

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EBSN 2021 Deadline Extended for Proposals

We’re happy to see all of your proposals coming in for the 10th Annual EBSN conference, which will be held online this fall.

The final deadline for conference submissions has now been extended to March 31st. You can check the call for papers here.

So, if you haven´t, you still have an opportunity to send in your abstracts! If you already submitted your piece, here’s to you!

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Podcast interview with Nancy M. Grace

Episode 2 – Nancy M. Grace interviewed by Estíbaliz Encarnación-Pinedo

The EBSN are proud to present the second episode of our podcast “Playback”, an interview with esteemed Beat scholar Nancy M. Grace, founding member of the Beat Studies Association and editor of The Journal of Beat Studies. Discussion includes the future direction of Beat Studies, Women of the Beat Generation, and the legacy of the Beats. Enjoy!

Previous episodes can be found here.

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Rare di Prima Phone Conference Reading/Discussion

As a tribute Kurt Hemmer has posted this wonderful conference call between his Beat class in Pullman, Washington and di Prima from 2000. Enjoy!

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