EBSN Publishing Info and FAQs

We’re pleased to launch a new initiative that offers (1) the opportunity to publish papers on the EBSN website, and (2) advice and feedback on how to get a paper published in an academic journal.

Chaired by Oliver Harris (Professor of American Literature at Keele University), the Editorial Board of EBSN Publishing comprises: Doug Field (Senior Lecturer in 20th Century American Literature at Manchester University), Alexander Greiffenstern (Independent instructor and scholar), Véronique Lane (Senior Teaching Associate in French and Translation Studies at Lancaster University), A. Robert Lee (former Professor of American Literature at Nihon University), and Estíbaliz Encarnación Pinedo (UCAM University, Murcia).

Website Publishing

The EBSN website already hosts reviews, interviews and other short pieces of scholarship, and our aim is to expand this area by publishing longer texts based on papers from the annual EBSN conference. This will be a great way to make your work widely available.

We’re looking to promote clearly written, high quality original work on any topic in the broad Beat field of literature and the arts.

We’re not trying to emulate a professional, peer-reviewed academic journal, so this isn’t the equivalent to publishing in one. However, we will work with you on your text, offer advice and suggest corrections, and would not publish anything that didn’t make a valuable contribution to the field.


Drawing on our experience and expertise in the Beat field, we’re happy to offer advice on how best to turn your conference paper into an article published in an academic journal. This might include how to identify the right journal for your work and how to tailor your writing to its requirements. We will also offer feedback on draft versions.


What about word length?

We’re happy to publish anything between 2,500 and 5,000 words.

What about pictures?

If you can provide reasonable quality images that don’t require permission to publish, we’re happy to include up to half a dozen.

What about academic style?

We’re happy for the work to be in any academic style (e.g. MLA or Harvard) so long as it is consistently applied, although our preference is for the MLA system.

If accepted, when would work be published?

We can’t make a firm commitment, because it depends so much on workload; but we will always aim to publish as soon as possible and to keep you informed.

What are we looking for?

We want to publish high quality work that makes an original contribution to the field and reflects well on both the author and the EBSN, and so it is possible we decide that a particular piece is not suitable for publishing if it doesn’t meet our standards.

Must it be in English?

No, we can also help with work in French, German and Spanish, although we would aim to publish an English version too.

Who to contact?

Get in touch with Oliver in the first instance (oliverharris [@] mac.com) and one of the Editorial Board will get back in touch shortly.

EBSN Voices: Interviews & Reflections

Editor: Polina Mackay: polinamackay [@] gmail.com
Editorial Assistant: vacancy – email Polina for more information.

In this section you can find short articles, reports, reflections and interviews. If you have an idea for a piece please email Polina. Please click on the links below to read our current articles and interviews.


Visiones Divinas (Devine Visions: Allen Ginsberg’s Peruvian Trip)

William S. Burroughs and Malcolm McNeill’s Lost Mayan Caper

Burroughs Called the Law

Burroughs’ Library

Spanish Translations of On the Road


THE FRENCH GENEALOGY OF THE BEAT GENERATION: Véronique Lane interviewed by Douglas Field

THE CAMBRIDGE COMPANION TO THE BEATS: Steven Belletto interviewed by Oliver Harris

THE LAST DAYS OF JAN KEROUAC: Gerry Nicosia interviewed by Oliver Harris

Andrew Lees Interviewed by David Holzer

Writing, Studying and Teaching Burroughs: An interview with Sean Bolton by Benjamin J. Heal

ruth weiss in conversation with Thomas Antonic

1985 Interview of Felicity Mason/Anne Cumming – by Jennie Skerl

Carolyn Cassady interviewed by Polina Mackay

Johny Brown interviewed by Oliver Harris

Théophile Aries interviewed by Oliver Harris

Jean-François Duval interviewé par Lucie Malagnat

Théophile Aries interviewé par Lucie Malagnat

Julien Delmaire interviewé par Lucie Malagnat