News Archive

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
Jo Pawlik, Frida Forsgren, and Simon Warner, with panel chair, Oliver Harris. Photography by Robert W. Jones II

Jo Pawlik, Frida Forsgren, and Simon Warner, with panel chair, Oliver Harris. Photography by Robert W. Jones II

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 (