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 rsee11@elmira.edu 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 rsee11@elmira.edu and we’ll send you information on how to access the meeting.

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Edited episodes of “Playback – The EBSN podcast, and additional/alternative content, will be broadcast bimonthly on Mondays, 6-7pm CET on Tremella Radio, a community online station based in Copenhagen, independently and democratically self-run by its members, and playing DJ sets, podcasts, experimental sound projects, poems, talk shows and other ear-worms. In collaboration with the excellent Red Transmissions: https://reddoormagazine.com/podcast/

See the website for full schedule: https://tremella.airtime.pro/

Next episode is at 6pm CET, October 4th, featuring an interview with A. Robert Lee.

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EBSN 2021

We are pleased to announce that the preliminary program for EBSN 2021 is up now on the conference page. Registration is also open and can be accessed from the same page.

We’re delighted that so many first-time attendees are going to join us for this event, in a line up that contains a wide-range of scholarship from a variety of disciplines. It is so encouraging to see the continuing health and relevance of our field – we really can’t wait to get started!

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Gregory Corso Exhibition in the UK, 21 Sept- 3 Oct 2021

R J (Dick) Ellis is curating, with Hugo Frey, a small exhibition of the work of Gregory Corso, foregrounding how he worked as a visual and graphic artist, as well as a poet, during his life. The exhibition is to be held at the Oxmarket Gallery in Chichester UK, from 21 September through 3 October 2021. For more info contact J.Haigh@chi.ac.uk

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New Book Reviews

Check out the reviews just added to the site:

NEW: Review of The Beats: A Teaching Companion (2021), edited by Nancy M. Grace, by John Shapcott.

NEW : Just for Jolly, by Phil Baker.
Review of Soft Need #23 (Expanded Media Editions, 2020) edited by Udo Breger and Luzius Martin

NEW : Just for Jolly, by Phil Baker.
Review of Soft Need #23 (Expanded Media Editions, 2020) edited by Udo Breger and Luzius Martin

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We are seeking essay proposals for a new collection of scholarly work on Joanne Kyger, “Poet in Place and Time:  Critical Essays on Joanne Kyger.”  Our goal is to deepen and broaden reader’s understanding of Kyger and her writing practice.  Possible topics include, but are not limited to, Kyger and Bolinas, Mexico, or Naropa; Ecopoetics; Bioregionalism; Kyger and poetry movements of the 20th and 21st centuries; Kyger and the experimental; Kyger and multi-media.  Essays should be no longer than 9,000 words in length including notes and works cited.
Please send 300 word proposals to Mary Paniccia Carden, mpcarden@edinboro.edu, and Jane Falk, jefalk@uakron.edu.  Deadline is September 1, 2021.

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‘Claude Pélieu: Short-Circuits and Fused Visions’ Conference’ 8-9 July 2021

Just ahead of the summer break, organizers and EBSN members James Horton (ENS), Peggy Pacini and Frank Rynne (CY Cergy Paris Université) are very pleased to invite you to a two-day conference, ‘Claude Pélieu: Short-Circuits and Fused Visions’, on Thursday 8th and Friday 9th July at the University of Chicago Center Paris (6 rue Thomas Mann, Paris 13e)

Those wishing to join in person can register by clicking here, whilst those elsewhere will be able to follow the conference on Zoom by registering here.

The conference will be accompanied by an exhibition of Claude Pélieu’s texts, collages and archives at Treize (24 rue Moret, Paris 11e) from 9th-30th July.

Claude Pélieu (1934-2002) is a key figure in the history of the transatlantic circulation of beat art and literature. Born near Paris in 1934, he attended the Beaux-Arts de Paris and lived a precarious but bohemian existence until his forced conscription into the French army during Algerian War of Independence in the mid-1950s. Following this traumatic experience, Pélieu left Paris in 1963 for America after having met the Franco-American painter Mary Beach, with whom he would collaborate for the rest of his life. In the United States, Pélieu and Beach traveled extensively and lived between San Francisco and Manhattan until the early 1970s, when they joined William Burroughs in London and later retired to the English countryside.

Pélieu’s vast poetic and editorial production is marked by strong affinities with the beat poets that he and Beach translated into French – in particular Bob Kaufman and Allen Ginsberg – as well as with the work of William Burroughs, whose cut-up experiments he translated at the same time as he developed them in his own work as an intensely idiosyncratic form of autobiographical reportage. A self-proclaimed ‘cut-up vivant’, Pelieu’s oeuvre is also traversed by French influences as diverse as Céline and lettrism, as well as global movements such as Fluxus and concrete poetry. Pélieu was a prolific collage artist, and circulated his alternately humorous and menacing compositions in the pages of experimental little magazines and as mail art through a global network of correspondents that stretched from California to India.

The ‘fused visions’ that populate his writing and collages offer a distorted but fascinating document of bourgeoning countercultural movements and mass media environments in the 1960s and 1970s, where nightmarish and dystopian glimpses of the present are interwoven with a dream-like, acid-fueled pastoral register. The life and trajectory of Pélieu serve as a uniquely complex interface between different artistic and literary experiments of the period, a site of unexpected encounters and ‘short-circuits’ that this conference looks to better understand.

Cher.e.s membres de l’EBSN,

Nous espérons que vous allez bien et que cette année si éprouvante se termine dans les meilleures conditions possibles pour vous. En amont des vacances de l’été, nous sommes heureux.euses de vous inviter au colloque « Claude Pélieu : courts-circutis et visions disjonctées » qui se tiendra le jeudi 8 et le vendredi 9 juillet à l’University of Chicago Center Paris.

Vous pouvez vous inscrire pour assister au colloque en personne en cliquant sur ce lien, ou vous inscrire pour suivre l’événement à distance via Zoom en vous inscrivant via ce lien.

Le colloque s’accompagnera d’une exposition des éditions, collages et archives de Claude Pélieu à Treize (24 rue Moret, Paris 11e) du 9 au 30 juillet.


Claude Pélieu (1934-2002) est une figure incontournable dans l’histoire de la circulation transatlantique de l’art et de la littérature beat. Né près de Paris en 1934, il passe par les Beaux-Arts de Paris et mène une existence précaire mais bohème jusqu’au moment où il est enrôlé de force dans l’armée française lors de la guerre d’Algérie au milieu des années 1950. Après cette expérience traumatique, Pélieu quitte Paris en 1963 en direction des États-Unis suite à une rencontre fortuite avec une peintre franco-américaine, Mary Beach, avec laquelle il travaillera tout au long de sa vie. Aux États-Unis, Pélieu et Beach vivent entre San Francisco et Manhattan jusqu’au début des années 1970, moment où ils rejoignent William Burroughs à Londres avant de s’installer dans la campagne anglaise.

La vaste production poétique et éditoriale de Pélieu se caractérise par des fortes affinités avec les poètes qu’il traduit vers le français avec Mary Beach, notamment Bob Kaufman et Allen Ginsberg. Ses écrits sont aussi fortement influencés par ceux de William Burroughs : Pélieu traduit les textes cut-up de ce dernier tout en s’emparant de ce procédé emblématique à son tour afin de mettre au point une œuvre qui fonctionne comme une forme énigmatique de reportage autobiographique. « Cut-up vivant » autoproclamé, Pélieu crée une œuvre qui est également traversée par des influences françaises aussi diverses que Céline et le lettrisme, ainsi que par des mouvances globales telles que Fluxus ou encore la poésie concrète. Pélieu est aussi un collagiste prolifique, qui fait circuler ses compositions à la fois humoristiques et troublantes dans des revues expérimentales et au sein d’un réseau de correspondance globale s’étendant de la Californie jusqu’en Inde. 

Les « visions disjonctées » qui foisonnent dans son écriture et dans ses collages offrent un reflet déformé mais fascinant des mouvances contre-culturelles et des environnements saturés par les médias de masse qui émergeaient au cours des années 1960 et 1970, où des fragments d’un présent cauchemardesque et dystopique se mélangent à un registre pastoral onirique et halluciné. La vie et la trajectoire de Pélieu constituent une interface singulièrement complexe entre de nombreux courants d’art et de littérature expérimentaux de son époque, un lieu de rencontres inattendues et « courts-circuits » que ce colloque se propose d’explorer.

Au plaisir de vous retrouver,

Le comité d’organisation : James Horton (ENS), Peggy Pacini & Frank Rynne (CY Cergy Paris Université)

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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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