Category Archives: Throwback Thursday

When Ginsberg Met Monk

Dear Mr Monk, Allen Ginsberg tells me that he has spoken to you about our mushroom research. We find that they do great things for talented people and we are going to continue giving them to people in the arts … Continue reading

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Rebecca Brown Interviewed on MOSS

Northwestern Queer-lit extraordinaire and author of 7 City Lights books, Rebecca Brown, has been working in Seattle since the 80’s (and rent was under $500). Since then she has made her presence in the city worthwhile, participating in multiple educational programs … 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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Flashback: Bayard Rustin Awarded Medal of Freedom

The Medal of Freedom is the highest civilian award in the United States, in which the White House honors those who have made a major contribution to the security and interest of the U.S. In 2013, President Barack Obama awarded … Continue reading

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