Sundays in Kerouac Alley: Spotlight Poetry~ Hosted by City Lights Editor Garrett Caples

Throughout the summer, The City Lights Foundation is sponsoring our special guest-curated SUNDAYS IN JACK KEROUAC ALLEY event series. We’ve invited local literary luminaries to curate a series of Sunday afternoon happenings, casual literary readings and musical performances outdoors in Jack Kerouac Alley, next to City Lights bookstore. And this Sunday, City Lights Poetry Editor Garrett Caples hosts an afternoon with poets from the City Lights Spotlight poetry series. With readings by Micah Ballard, Norma Cole, Andrew Joron, Cedar Sigo, and the newest poet in the series, Alli Warren.

Sunday, August 18th, 2013, 2-4 P.M.
SUNDAYS IN KEROUAC ALLEY: City Lights Spotlight Poetry
Hosted by Garrett Caples

The state of the world calls out for poetry to save it.
—Lawrence Ferlinghetti

City Lights Spotlight Editor Garrett Caples

Beginning with the Pocket Poets Series and the publication of Howl, City Lights has played a vital role in American poetry for over 50 years. In the tradition of the press’s storied poetic origins, we are pleased to publish the series City Lights Spotlight edited by Bay Area poet Garrett Caples.

City Lights Spotlight hopes to shine a light on the wealth of innovative American poetry being written today. We intend to publish accomplished figures known in the poetry community as well as young emerging poets, using the cultural visibility of City Lights to bring their work to a wider audience. In doing so, we also seek to draw attention to those small presses publishing such authors.


Norma Cole, author of “Where Shadows Will” Spotlight No. 1
Andrew Joron, author of “Trance Archive,” Spotlight No. 3

“With the Spotlight series, we’re hoping to grow the audience for the poets we’ll publish, and also to introduce our readers to the rich world of contemporary innovative poetry we’ll be drawing from. It’s an opportunity for City Lights to play a meaningful role in a different way, and it’s a natural complement to our established poetry program,” says City Lights Executive Director and Publisher Elaine Katzenberger.

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Alli Warren, author of “Here Come the Warm Jets,” Spotlight No. 10
Cedar Sigo, author of “Stranger in Town,” Spotlight No. 4
Micah Ballard, author of “Waifs and Strays,” Spotlight No. 6

As City Lights founder, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, wrote in his Poetry as Insurgent Art, “If you would be a poet, experiment with all manner of poetics . . . to create your own limbic, your own underlying voice, your ur voice.”

With City Lights Spotlight, we seek to maintain this standard of innovation and inclusiveness, publishing highly original poetry from across the cultural spectrum, and reaffirming our longstanding commitment to this most ancient and stubbornly enduring form of art.

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