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

Posted in City Lights Blog | Tagged , , , , | Comments Off on Interview with Charles Plymell by Julien Poirier

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

Posted in Books & Print Culture, Books from City Lights Publishers, City Lights Blog, Rad American Women A-Z | Tagged , , | Comments Off on Joanne Kyger (1934-2017)

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

Posted in Books & Print Culture, City Lights Blog | Tagged , , , , | Comments Off on In Memoriam: David Meltzer (1937-2016)

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

Posted in Books & Print Culture, Books from City Lights Publishers, City Lights Blog | Tagged , , , , , | Comments Off on Wichita Vortex Interview: Outtakes from My Conversation with Michael McClure

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

Posted in City Lights Blog | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Rad Women Read Rad American Women A-Z : Destiny Muhammad Reads “H Is for Hazel Scott”

Planet News: March 14, 2016

Happy Herstory Month from Planet News to you! “In 2008 Poetry Slam, Inc. introduced the Women of the World Poetry Slam (hereafter WOWPS), a rich and essential event, which this year takes place from March 9th to 12th in Brooklyn. … Continue reading

Posted in City Lights Blog | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Planet News: March 14, 2016

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

Posted in Books from City Lights Publishers, City Lights Blog | Tagged , , , , , , | Comments Off on Frank Lima Celebration

Poetry & Art: Norma Cole, Cedar Sigo, Kevin Killian, and Frances Richard

Bay Area poetry lovers: Tomorrow (Friday, June 5, 2015), City Lights authors Norma Cole, Kevin Killian, and Cedar Sigo, along with fellow poet Frances Richard, will read from their work in celebration of the opening of a new art space … Continue reading

Posted in City Lights Blog | Tagged , , , , | Comments Off on Poetry & Art: Norma Cole, Cedar Sigo, Kevin Killian, and Frances Richard