New Publications


We are pleased to announce the publication of a new book this month, Beat Generation : L’inservitude volontaire, edited by Olivier Penot-Lacassagne – which features essays based on papers given at the colloquium that accompanied the major Centre Pompidou Beat Generation exhibition in 2016. Please find the summary below.

Nous sommes heureux d’annoncer la parution prochaine de Beat Generation : L’inservitude volontaire, publié sous la direction d’Olivier Penot-Lacassagne. Cet ouvrage regroupe des essais et articles présentés lors du colloque homonyme organisé au Centre Pompidou en septembre 2016, à l’occasion de l’exposition sur la Beat Generation. Résumé ci-dessous :



    We are pleased to announce the publication of Global Beat Studies“, the December 2016 special EBSN issue of CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture, the peer-reviewed, full-text, and open-access humanities and social sciences quarterly, published in affiliation with Purdue University. This is likely the largest ever single issue collection of Beat Studies articles, with major contributions to research in the field. It features many scholars who gave papers at the EBSN’s 2014 Conference in Tangier, and was edited by Oliver Harris and Polina Mackay.
    A huge thank-you to all the contributors for their hard work!
    With its internationalism and commitment to comparative work, CLCWeb is a great partner for the EBSN; in 2014, CLCWeb published nearly 900 texts that were downloaded some 415.000 times in 185 countries, while the total download of the journal’s material since 2007 in its pdf format has been 1.5 million. Beat Studies goes global…
  • Volume 4 of the Journal of Beat Studies, edited by Ronna Johnson and Nancy Grace, is just out.As well as featuring excellent essays on Burroughs by Michael Sean Bolton, on the Beats and Independent Film by Jane Falk, On Ginsberg by Anne Lovering Rounds and on Snyder by John Whalen Bridge, there’s an interview with the poet and playwright Rochelle Owens by Amy Friedman and a series of major book reviews, including Maria Damon on Tony Trigilio’s edition of Elise Cowen’s poetry, Jennie Skerl on Barry Miles’s Burroughs biography and a review by Katharine Streip of Oliver Harris’s restored editions of Burroughs’ Cut-Up Trilogy. See the homepage of the Beat Studies Association for further details (
  •  Lost & Found Series V  features Kathy Acker, William S. Burroughs, Langston Hughes, and Jean Sénac: four major writers responding to sweeping socio-political shifts around the globe.
  • William S. Burroughs: The Travel Agency is on Fire The Travel Agency is on Fire is a selection of “cut-up” experiments by William S. Burroughs on texts by a range of canonical writers, from William Shakespeare and Arthur Rimbaud to William Wordsworth and James Joyce.
  • Collage in Twentieth Century Art Literature and Culture by Rona Cran 

Cran ANC flyer Sept 2014

  • A Poet Drives a Truck: Poems by and about Lowell A. Levant


In this posthumous volume of Lowell A. Levant’s collected work, readers will notice four main qualities of his poems. First, as observed by his mentor, Pulitzer Prize winning poet Gary Snyder, there is “the complex depth of his writing about work, machinery, trucks.” Second, there is attunement with nature, characteristic of “Deep Ecology” poetry.  Third, there is music, which he also created when he played a Jew’s harp, sang, or strummed his guitar.  Finally, Lowell’s poetry often took the form of the unfiltered, unfettered, free-associative declarations of the Beat Poets of his time, particularly those of Allen Ginsberg, whom Lowell admired.

  • El Manifiesto Abomunista, Bob Kaufman translated by Zachary de los Dolores (Temática Editores Generales, Lima, 2013)

    El Manifiesto Abomunista es la primera traducción al español del libro del poeta Beat, Bob Kaufman. Adémas de la traducción completa del manifiesto, el libro también cuenta con una entrevista que une el movimiento contracultural de los Beats con movimientos similares de Latinoamérica: El Nadaísmo y el Movimiento Kloaka. Los poetas Eduardo Escobar de Colombia y Roger Santivañez del Perú hablan de las influencias de Movimiento Beat en los Movimientos que ellos fundaron.

    El Manifiesto Abomunista is the first translation in Spanish of the book by Beat poet, Bob Kaufman. Not just a complete translation of the manifesto, the book also contains an interview that ties the countercultural movement of the Beats to similar movements from Latin America: Nadaísmo and The Kloaka Movement. The poets Eduardo Escobar from Colombia and Roger Santivañez from Peru speak about the influences of the Beat movement on the movements that they founded.

  • Beatdom, Issue 10

Contents include:

Hinduism: A Different Beat by Ravi and Geetanjali Joshi Mishra

A Short History Of Buddhism In Berlin by Zeena Schreck

William S. Burroughs: My Confessional Letter to the Western Lands by Nikolas Schreck

Kitty Bruce on Lenny Bruce, Religion and Recovery, with Michael Hendrick

Forever Stung by Michael Hendrick

Eating The Beat Menu by Nick Meador

Tristessa: Heavengoing by Paul Arendt

One and Only By Gerald Nicosia reviewed by Michael Hendrick

The Weird Cult: How Scientology Shaped the Writing of William S. Burroughs by David S. Wills

Maggie Mae and the Band by Velourdebeast

  • The Transnational Beat Generation, edited by Nancy M. Grace and Jennie Skerl (Palgrave, 2012).

The book will be published in January.  This collection of scholarly essays maps the Beat Generation movement globally by exploring American Beat writers and parallel movements/writers in other countries that shared with the Beats both a critique of global capitalism and a sense of the permeability of national and cultural boundaries.  Thirteen essays by established and newer scholars in the field and an interview with poet Anne Waldman discuss not only iconic Beat authors Kerouac, Ginsberg, Burroughs, and Ferlinghetti, but less well-known writers such as Kyger, di Prima, Frazer, Kaufman, Joans, Whalen, and Trocchi.  Contributors also discuss Beat-related writers in Britain, Austria, Czechoslovakia, Greece, and Japan.

  • Mark Jacobs, San Fran ’60s (Escallonia Press)

San Fran ‘60s is a collection of autobiographical short stories about Sixties San Francisco. This is the only literary fiction from those spiritual descendants of the Beats, the core group of the Sixties Counter Culture.

Free copies are available to EBSN members at

  • Erik Mortenson, Capturing the Beat Moment: Cultural Politics and the Poetics of Presence (Southern Illinois UP, 2010).

Examining “the moment” as one of the primary motifs of Beat writing, this work explores the ways in which this moment is constructed and its ramifications for our understanding of the Beats and their writings.  While many excellent studies of particular Beat authors exist, this book takes a slightly different approach, examining the concepts of immediacy and presence as they occur across a range of Beat texts.  Contextualizing the Beats within the transition from the modern to the postmodern, it argues that the Beat desire to capture the passing moment makes their work crucial for an understanding of American culture and poetics.

The book is available from Southern Illinois University Press, and sells for $35.00.

See here for more details.

One Response to New Publications

  1. Ron Levant says:

    Lowell’s book is reviewed by noted poet John Oliver Simon on Poetry Flash:

    The Memorial Poetry reading featuring Lowell on CD, former California Poet Laureate AL Young. and many more has been picked up by the SF Chronicle:

    Liked by 1 person

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