Tag Archives: Allen Ginsberg

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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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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Selections from The Beats Abroad by Bill Morgan

The Beats Abroad: A Global Guide to the Beat Generation presents the fourth installment in Bill Morgan’s Beat Guidebooks, this time chronicling the travels of America’s greatest countercultures’ many international visits. While the Beat Generation claims its roots in New … Continue reading

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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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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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