Author Archives: Ryan Haas

Spotlight on the City Lights Spotlight Series

Our 60th Anniversary celebration of our Publishing house continues with a look at one of our newest series, spotlighting innovative contemporary poets both young and old, the City Lights Spotlight Series. In 2009, City Lights enlisted the multitalented poet, journalist, … Continue reading

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The City Lights Books of Juan Felipe Herrera, Poet Laureate of the United States

We continue to look back at 60 years of City Lights publishing with the works of Juan Felipe Herrera. [update: Juan Felipe Herrera was appointed Poet Laureate of the United States on June, 10, 2015!] America’s legacy of multilingual, multiethnic, … Continue reading

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The City Lights Books of Jack Kerouac

Most people think of Jack Kerouac as a novelist – and rightly so. His era-defining On the Road, foremost among a score of his other novels, is still in print after nearly sixty years and has become shorthand for the literary … Continue reading

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Miriam Klein Stahl, Bay Area Artist and Illustrator of Rad American Women

Miriam Klein Stahl was a natural fit as the illustrator for our first kids book, released this month, Rad American Women A-Z: Rebels, Trailblazers, and Visionaries Who Shaped Our History . . . and Our Future! (City Lights/Sister Spit, 2015). All of … Continue reading

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In Memoriam: Rex Ray, 1956-2015

Since his death from late-stage lymphoma in early February, San Francisco artist Rex Ray has been eulogized in many media outlets; by his publisher, Chronicle Books; on the website of his friend and admirer David Bowie; and recently by Douglas Coupland, … Continue reading

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Twenty Prose Poems by Baudelaire and The Unknown Poe

A curious fact about American literary history is that Edgar Allan Poe‘s works became popular throughout Europe long before anyone in the states recognized Poe’s talent. This recognition was largely due to the efforts of Charles Baudelaire, whose own emergence as … Continue reading

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Clarence Lusane’s The Black History of the White House

In 2010 the Arizona legislature enacted HB 2281, which bans the teaching of courses in public schools that, among other things, treat people as “a group, rather than as individuals.” The intended effect of the law was clear immediately to … Continue reading

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When I Was a Poet: Life and Work of David Meltzer

If San Francisco poetry has its own Zelig, a figure who seems to pop up and blend in with all the scene’s different incarnations, then it must be David Meltzer, who turned 78 this past Tuesday. Meltzer moved to San Francisco from Los … Continue reading

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Exploring The Essential Neruda: Selected Poems from City Lights

Pablo Neruda is a notoriously difficult poet to translate into English (in fact, entire books have been written about this difficulty) – not least because he is a great master of rhyme in Spanish, and Romance languages have in general far more rhyming … Continue reading

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City Lights Author Nathaniel Mackey Wins Bollingen Prize

This week Yale University awarded Nathaniel Mackey its prestigious Bollingen Prize in American Poetry in recognition of both his most recent volume, Outer Pradesh (Anomalous Press, 2014), and an ongoing body of work that Mackey has been developing for nearly forty years. … Continue reading

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