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Beats at Naropa

by Anne Waldman, Laura Wright

Publisher: Coffee House Press
Pages: 234
ISBN: 9781566892278

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Overview of Beats at Naropa

“At Naropa University’s Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, there has long been an illuminating, dynamic, ongoing exchange of ideas about the history and legacy of the Beat Generation—an exchange fortunately that has been carefully archived and preserved. This valuable anthology does not further embalm the ‘legend’ of the Beats. Instead it allows its readers to hear authentic voices —Allen Ginsberg, William Burroughs, John Clellon Holmes, Diane di Prima, Philip Whalen, etc.—as well as introducing the thoughtful and responsible work of leading Beat scholars.”—Joyce Johnson

 Amassed from the riches of the Naropa University audio archives, this collection offers an exciting new look at the Beats—whose influence lives on in the art and politics of our time. In this often spontaneous, conversational book, readers are introduced to the hard truths behind being a Beat woman, the haunting accuracy of William Burroughs’s world-view, the passion and energy of Allen Ginsberg and Anne Waldman, Jack Kerouac’s unexpected musicality, Diane DiPrima’s foray into small press publishing, Michael McClure’s account of the famous first reading of “Howl,” and, most of all, the inspirations behind America’s most provocative and prescient thinkers.

Contributors include:


David Amram Amiri Baraka Ted Berrigan Junior Burke William S. Burroughs Lorna Dee Cervantes Ann Charters Clark Coolidge Gregory Corso Diane di Prima Lawrence Ferlinghetti Rick Fields Allen Ginsberg David Henderson Abbie Hoffman John Clellon Holmes Joyce Johnson Hettie Jones Edie Parker Kerouac Joanne Kyger Michael McClure William S. Merwin John Oughton Marjorie Perloff David Rome Edward Sanders Gary Snyder Janine Pommy Vega Steven Taylor Chögyam Trungpa, Rinpoche Anne Waldman Philip Whalen Laura Wright Joshua Zim


Synopsis of Beats at Naropa

Never-before-collected essays, talks, and interviews with the luminaries of Beat literature.

About the Author, Anne Waldman

Anne Waldman is an internationally renowned poet, performer, and Distinguished Professor of Poetics at Naropa University's Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics. She is the co-editor of Civil Disobediences: Poetics and Politics in Action and the author of over forty books, including In the Room of Never Grieve and Vow to Poetry: Essays, Interviews, & Manifestos. A poet and map librarian, Laura Wright holds an MFA from Naropa University where she has also been a guest faculty member of the Summer Writing Program. She is the author of Part of the Design and has translated work by Henri Michaux.

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