EBSN2022 Murcia – starting in just a few hours!

Really excited that our first live in-person conference since 2019 is about to start! If you are coming and have not registered yet you can do so HERE. The same link will work if you wish to attend virtually (for only €30) – which also includes access to the screening of the film Songpoet! How can you afford to miss out? Looking forward to seeing you all 🙂

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Jack Kerouac at 100, the Beats in Ruigoord

On March 12, 2022 it was a hundred years ago that the American writer Jack Kerouac was born.
To celebrate his centennial a large number of events is taken place this year. Kerouacs’ birthplace Lowell, Massachusetts takes centre stage with readings, film presentations and concerts during the whole year – Kerouac’s birthday has not gone by unnoticed!

In the Netherlands we pay homage to the great writer with a full-day program on Sunday October 9 at the artists’ village of Ruigoord, near Amsterdam. A day dedicated to Jack Kerouac and the Beat Generation. Writers, performers and scholars from the Netherlands, Germany, Spain, England and the USA will take part in the event. Keynote speakers Joyce Johnson and Ed Sanders, both contemporaries and friends of Kerouac, will take part via Zoom.

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EBSN2022 Poster and Final Program Live!

Please share it far and wide!
Conference page here

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Obituary – Harold Chapman

The EBSN is sad to note the passing of Harold Chapman on August 19, at the age of 95. Although his years in Paris during the late 1950s and early 60s were just one episode in a long life and career, the EBSN has since its founding been proud to use one of his pictures for its masthead because the British photographer chronicled so memorably life at the Beat Hotel, that special site of expatriate engagement with Europe. His images preserved a unique record of the scene when 9 Gît-le-cœur was the lowest class of hotel in Paris and a landmark in Beat history, home, on and off, to Brion Gysin and William Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg and Gregory Corso, Peter Orlovsky, Ian Sommerville, Sinclair Beiles and Harold Norse. Chapman’s black and white photographs were for me, and no doubt many, many others, one of the great seductive ports of entry into those years of experiments in living and creating, when for a few francs a week anything seemed possible. Burroughs expressed it perfectly in his foreword to the book of Chapman’s Beat Hotel pictures: “It was a magical interlude, and like all such interludes, all too brief.”

-Oliver Harris

For a 2009 tribute, see “Capturing the beat of 1950s Paris” by Christine Finn: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/from_our_own_correspondent/8118155.stm

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Interview with Clive Matson

Interlitq editor David Garyan recently conducted a detailed and fascinating interview with esteemed poet and EBSN member Clive Matson – check it out here

Clive Matson
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Newsletter: 2022 Conference registration now open!

Members will be receiving our newsletter in their inboxes about now, which includes news about our upcoming conference. More info via links below:

More news: https://mailchi.mp/97b0aad33094/quarterly-update-12123255?e=c2e3406256

Conference page: https://ebsn.eu/ebsn2022/

CUT-UP@2023: https://ebsn.eu/2023-special-conference/

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Preliminary Program for EBSN 2022

Click the link to see the awesome line-up for this year’s conference, 28-30 Sept. in Murcia, Spain:

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The Beat Studies Association 2022 Conference: The Jack Kerouac Centenary

Our friends over at the BSA have just announced this great event for later this year:

The Cultural Arts Committee at Harper College Presents:

The Beat Studies Association 2022 Conference: The Jack Kerouac Centenary

November 3-4, 2022 

Harper College
1200 West Algonquin Road 
Palatine, IL 60067-7398
Building E Room 106

Keynote Speaker: Ann Charters 

Special Presentations by: 

Holly George-Warren
Tim Hunt
Paul Marion
Dennis McNally
Jim Sampas
John Suiter
Matt Theado
Regina Weinreich

The Beat Studies Association invites presentation proposals for its 2022 conference in honor of the 100th anniversary of Jack Kerouac’s birth. We are inviting proposals on any aspect of Kerouac’s life or work, with particular interest in “new directions” for Kerouac studies. 

Submission Instructions:

Please submit an abstract of no more than 300 words and a short (100 word) bio by July 1st, 2022. Conference presentations should be no more than 20 minutes, and the BSA will group papers into panels as appropriate. Please indicate in your proposal whether you will require special audio/visual equipment. 

Send all proposals as a single Word attachment to Kurt Hemmer, Secretary of the BSA:


Accepted proposals will be announced by August 1st, 2022

While you do not have to be a member of the Beat Studies Association to submit a proposal, you must be a member to register and present at (or attend) the conference. 

The BSA welcomes submissions from graduate students! 

If you have any questions, please direct them to our Conference Coordinator, Kurt Hemmer, Secretary of the BSA: 


For more information about the Conference, including registration fees and hotel information, please visit the BSA website: 


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Interview with Thomas Antonic on his book “Amongst Nazis: William S. Burroughs in Vienna 1936-37”

New scholarship! – Excellent new interview with Thomas Antonic on his book Amongst Nazis by David Holzer, up on the site now.

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American Joyride: 100 Lines for the Kerouac Centenary

Follow this link HERE for an amazing video homage to Jack Kerouac by Tom Knoff and Kurt Hemmer, marking the centenary of Kerouac’s birth in Lowell, Massachusetts, March 12, 1922.

still from the video – https://vimeo.com/650594467/9bbd0e73b9
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