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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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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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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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Remembering Al Bendich, the Lawyer that won the “Howl” Trial

On June 3rd, 1957, an undercover customs officer entered City Lights Bookstore and purchased a copy of Howl and Other Poems (1956) by Allen Ginsberg. He promptly arrested Shig Murao, the store’s manager. And later Lawrence Ferlinghetti, the publisher of … Continue reading

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Explore Cuban Literature with 5 Titles from City Lights

As City Lights celebrates its 60th year as a publisher, we will spend 2015 exploring our tradition of cutting-edge fiction, poetry, memoirs, literary translations and books on vital social and political issues. *** In the wake of the Obama Administration’s … Continue reading

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Don Allen, Grey Fox, and Poems Retrieved by Frank O’Hara

By Katherine Duckworth When Edwin Denby said about influential editor Don Allen, “When will he have the complete poems of Frank O’Hara?” he was hoping to see two volumes of previously uncollected work joined with the original Collected Poems (a … Continue reading

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Throwback Thursday: Huey Newton & Angela Davis

Each Thursday we feature an older title from our 60-year history of book publishing, and in doing so hope to bring attention back to a specific book or author as it relates to today’s world, or give an unsung book … Continue reading

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Exploring Factory by Antler

In 1980, Lawrence Ferlinghetti published the epic poem Factory by the poet known as Antler as the 38th installment in the City Lights Pocket Series. Moving through physical and mental landscapes with Whitmanian long lines (and so at the time compared … Continue reading

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