Category Archives: City Lights at 60

Printers Ink Is the Greater Explosive: Pamphlet Publishing as Insurgent Art

By Greg Ruggiero Howard Zinn once wrote that “perhaps the most important publication in the history of the United States was neither a book nor a periodical, but a pamphlet.” For Zinn, “the pamphlets of history are a perfect expression of … Continue reading

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I Greet You at the Beginning of a Great Career, the Letters of Lawrence Ferlinghetti & Allen Ginsberg

A telegram reading, “I greet you at the beginning of a great career. When do I get the manuscript of Howl?”  began the 42-year correspondence between Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Allen Ginsberg soon after the famed reading at the Six Gallery, … Continue reading

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Blackwell’s Bookshop Celebrates 60 Years of City Lights Publishing in Oxford

On Wednesday, June 3, Blackwell’s Bookshop in Oxford, a wonderful bookstore located on Broad Street in Oxford, put together a program to celebrate 60 years of City Lights Publishing. The event featured local poets reading works from Jack Kerouac, Allen … Continue reading

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60 Years of the Pocket Poets Series

City Lights Publishers turns 60 in 2015. As you may have seen, we’ve been recapping our publication history with spotlights on books, authors, and some of our series. We remembered Rex Ray, fine artist and cover designer for City Lights … Continue reading

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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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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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