Kerouac Live! adds US film premiere

This month’s UK show celebrating the Beat writer’s centenary is now delighted to include American Joyride, a new and unseen short capturing the spirit of his art in words and images

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Kerouac Centenary Film – Interview with Filmmakers

Tom Knoff and Kurt Hemmer in conversation with Simon Warner about their new short film:

l-r Tom Knoff and Kurt Hemmer
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The Beat Studies Association – Membership Drive and New Journal of Beat Studies

Our esteemed friends across the pond have asked us to share this update:


JOIN NOW & GET THE NEW Journal of Beat Studies #9 

HOT OFF THE PRESS! The membership year runs from January 1 to December 31. 

$60 Regular   $40 Students/Independent Scholars/Retired Instructors  

To join the BSA, please go to Join The Beat Studies Association 

The Beat Studies Association welcomes scholars, teachers, and students actively involved in researching, writing, and teaching about the Beat movement and its participants.  

Membership benefits include:  

• eligibility to receive the print edition of the Journal of Beat Studies sent to your mailing address  

• eligibility to submit essays to the Journal of Beat Studies  

• eligibility to attend and/or present at Beat Studies Association conferences  

• eligibility to present on Beat Studies Association panels at MLA, ALA, and other conferences  

• ability to receive the latest news and announcements from the BSA Beat Discussion Board  

Journal of Beat Studies #9 Includes:  


Deborah R. Geis, “Angelheaded (Neo-)Hipsters: Two Cultural Re-productions of Ginsberg’s ‘Howl’”                                                                      

The Beat Interview:     

 A. Robert Lee, “Life Within Life: Clive Matson Interview”                                              


Mary Paniccia Carden, “Revolutionary Poet: Diane di Prima, 1934-2020”  

Jane Falk, “Michael McClure: ‘ALCHEMIST OF FLESH,’ 1932-2020”  

Estíbaliz Encarción-Pinedo, “I see you dancing: ruth weiss, word and legacy, 1928-2020”  


Nathaniel Cadle, Understanding William S. Burroughs by Gerald Alva Miller, Jr.  

Daniel Kane, In the Rebel Café: Interviews with Ed Sanders, edited by Jennie Skerl  

Eric Keenaghan, The Householders: Robert Duncan and Jess by Tara McDowell  

Amor Kohli, A Black Arts Poetry Machine: Amiri Baraka and the Umbra Poets by David Grundy  

Fiona Paton, The Beats: Authorships, Legacies by A. Robert Lee and The Beats: A Literary History by Steven Belletto  

President – Matt Theado, Kobe City University of Foreign Studies

Vice President – Hassan Melehy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Treasurer – Steven Belletto, Lafayette College 

Managing Editor of JBS – Erik Mortenson, Lake Michigan College
Secretary – Kurt Hemmer, Harper College  

Executive Board Member-at-Large – Deborah Geis, DePauw University  

Executive Board Member-at-Large – Maria Paniccia Carden, Edinboro University 

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EBSN 2022 CFP Live Now

The call for papers for our 10th (!) annual conference to be held in Murcia, Spain, 28-30 September, is live on the conference page now. The theme of the conference is Beat Times: Temporalities in Beat Writing.

The deadline for proposals and abstracts is 28 February.

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First EBSN2021 video/podcast now live

The latest episode of “Playback – The EBSN Podcast”, featuring audio from the EBSN2021 conference, is available now via the usual podcast channels, with the video recording up on YouTube. More episodes coming soon…

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Updates from Paul E. Nelson

Poet Paul E. Nelson is restarting his online poetry workshops in January, for more information see: The Saturday morning (PST) version would be an acceptable slot for those in Europe.
Some testimonials here:

Paul would also like EBSN folks to know about this annual primer in spontaneous composition:

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ruth weiss Edited Book Out Now!

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Humanities Journal – Green Readings on Beat

Humanities Special Issue “Keep on Rolling Under the Stars: Green Readings on the Beat Generation” out now!
Edited by Chad Weidner – open access so check it out!

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EBSN 2021 Conference (29-31 Oct) – last chance to register!

Final reminder to register if you want to be part of our annual conference, being held via Zoom next weekend! We’re looking forward to seeing you all online!

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EBSN 2021 Update

  • EBSN 2021 Registration

EBSN 2021 will be held via Zoom October 29-31 (Friday-Sunday). If you’re joining us as a speaker or attendee, make sure you register before the deadline (October 20). You can do so following the easy steps here

  • Book Launch at the conference

Looking for a place to talk about your new and exciting Beat-related publication? If so, join the Book Launch we’ll hold during the EBSN 2021 virtual conference. To participate you’ll just need to register for the conference and send an email to Raven See at including your name and information about the publication you want to promote (monograph, edited volume, journal special issue, etc.). We’ll get back to you before the conference with information about the event and a schedule. 


The next EBSN Annual General Meeting will be held during the EBSN 2021 virtual conference. If you’re not attending the conference but you still want to participate in the meeting, send an email to Raven See at and we’ll send you information on how to access the meeting.

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