Category Archives: City Lights Blog

Interview with Charles Plymell by Julien Poirier

Charles Plymell’s “Apocalypse Rose” is one of the great poems of the 1960s, and his novel-memoir Last of the Moccasins is a masterpiece. First published by City Lights in 1971, Moccasins charts the poet’s rural Kansas childhood, his early hipster … Continue reading

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Joanne Kyger (1934-2017)

Yesterday we were shocked and saddened to receive news of the death of City Lights author and legendary Beat Generation/San Francisco Renaissance poet Joanne Kyger. Joanne’s death leaves a massive void in American poetry generally and in the Bay Area … Continue reading

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In Memoriam: David Meltzer (1937-2016)

[David Meltzer, left, with Lawrence Ferlinghetti; photo by Garrett Caples] As if 2016 needed to perpetrate one final outrage on our society, poet, musician, novelist, editor, anthologist, and all-around polymath David Meltzer died early in the morning on December 31, … Continue reading

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Wichita Vortex Interview: Outtakes from My Conversation with Michael McClure

  On Tuesday, December 6, at 7:30 p.m. at Moe’s Books in Berkeley, CA, I’ll have the pleasure of reading from my new book, Power Ballads (Wave Books, 2016), alongside legendary poet Michael McClure, who is celebrating the release of … Continue reading

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Rad Women Read Rad American Women A-Z : Destiny Muhammad Reads “H Is for Hazel Scott”

After a brief hiatus, we’re back with another episode of Rad Women Read Rad American Women A-Z’! This week, we welcomed Oakland-based jazz harpist Destiny Muhammad to our offices to read about Hazel Scott, an icon of jazz that also … Continue reading

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Frank Lima Celebration

by Garrett Caples A celebration of the life and work of Frank Lima, hosted by Julien Poirier and Garrett Caples, featuring readings by David Shapiro, Ron Padgett, Tony Towle, Bob Holman, Wendy Xu, Susie Timmons, Filip Marinovich, Guillermo Parra, Tim … Continue reading

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