Thursday, February 25, 2010

Naropa Summer Writing Program 2010

Naropa have announced their 2010 Summer writing Schedule, and it's a stellar lineup as usual. The entire program runs from June 14-July 11, and participants can enroll for the full four weeks, or any of the individual weeks within the month. If you've never attended one, we here at Ginzy Central highly recommend trying it out. Whether you're a poet or not, it's a unique opportunity to meet, interact & study with some of the more important poets living, & a good excuse to spend a few summer weeks in Boulder Colorado.

Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics June 14–July 11, 2010
Credit and noncredit programs available
Poetry - Fiction - Translation - Letterpress Printing
Week One: June 14–20
Poet or Assassin?
Charles Alexander, Junior Burke, Julie Carr, Linh Dinh, Steve Evans, Thalia Field, Ross Gay, Bobbie Louise Hawkins, Laird Hunt, Stephen Graham Jones, Bhanu Kapil, Joanne Kyger, Jaime Manrique, Jennifer Moxley, Jennifer Scappettone, David Trinidad, & Others.
Week Two: June 21–27
Planet News: Investigating Eco-Ethos-Eros

Jane Augustine, Sherwin Bitsui, Caroline Bergvall, Ed Bowes, Jack Collom, Samuel R. Delany, Jon Davis, Santee Frazier, Alan Gilbert, Allison Hedge Coke, Michael Heller, Brenda Hillman, Helen Howe Braider, Lisa Jarnot, Layli Long Soldier, Tracie Morris, dg okpik, Daniel Pinchbeck, Evelyn Reilly, Elizabeth Robinson, James Stevens, Mary Tasillo, Orlando White, & Others.
Week Three: June 28–July 4
Great Divides & Common Ground
Erik Anderson, Sinan Antoon, Sherwin Bitsui, Xi Chuan, Dolores Dorantes, Jack Hirschman, Jen Hofer, Anselm Hollo, Bob Holman, Brian Kiteley, Semezdin Mehmedinovic, Murat Nemet-Nejat, Akilah Oliver, Margaret Randall, Damion Searls, Julia Seko, & Others.
Week Four: July 5–11
Public Space: Performance & Small Press Publishing

Penny Arcade, Amiri Baraka, Laynie Browne, Ambrose Bye, Douglas Dunn, Danielle Dutton, Brian Evenson, Colin Frazer, Joanna Howard, Allan Kornblum, Rachel Levitsky, Michelle Naka Pierce, Julie Patton, Martin Riker, Selah Saterstrom, Patricia Smith, Steven Taylor, Anne Waldman, & Others.

Interview with Carolyn Cassady

Thanks to Steve Silberman for catching this unpublished interview by Barnaby Smith, conducted almost three years ago in anticipation of the new edition of Carolyn's memoirs, Off The Road: Twenty Years With Cassady, Kerouac and Ginsberg. Smith was never able to find a home for the interview and so's posted it on his blog Bunyip Voodoo:

Last One Standing: Carolyn Cassady Interviewed

"Once every so often something genuinely worthwhile graces these pages, and this is one of them.

Around two-and-a-half years ago I was sent a press release by publishers Black Spring Press, announcing that Carolyn Cassady was re-surfacing from rural Berkshire to promote the new edition of her memoirs, Off The Road: Twenty Years With Cassady, Kerouac and Ginsberg. I asked for an interview, got it, then could find no publications willing to take the feature, for lots of different reasons. In my chaotic life back then I subsequently seemed to lose the confounded interview transcript, only for it to turn up again recently. Here below, therefore, is an edited presentation of the interview.
Read interview >>

2012 update - links to this and other Carolyn Cassady interviews and commentary may be found here

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Beat Memories: The Photographs of Allen Ginsberg May 2–September 6, 2010

The show at the National Gallery opens May 2 and continues through the Summer. The core of the exhibition is some 35 prints donated to the National Gallery by a private collection, but will also include an extensive collection of the original drugstore prints, revealing how these images we've come to see as gallery prints were first viewed by Allen & friends. The Curator, Sarah Greenough, is the curator behind Robert Frank's Looking In: Robert Frank's The Americans which also originated at the National Gallery. A fully illustrated catalogue with some 100 images, an essay by Greenough and a 1991 interview with Allen will be available beginning in April.

[Jack Kerouac opposite Tompkins Park, New York City, Fall 1953. c. Allen Ginsberg Estate 2010]

In the first scholarly exhibition of American poet Allen Ginsberg's photographs, all facets of his work in photography will be explored. Some 70 works on display will range from the 1950s "drugstore" prints to his now celebrated portraits of Jack Kerouac and William S. Burroughs, snapshots of Ginsberg himself taken just before he achieved literary fame, and his later portraits of the Beats and other friends made in the 1980s and 1990s. Full story >>

Friday, February 12, 2010

Jim Carroll reciting "8 Fragments for Kurt Cobain"

We realize most of you couldn't make it to the St. Mark's Church memorial reading for Jim Carroll - for geographical but also snowstorm reasons - so here's a clip our friend Laki Vazakas tracked down, this one of Jim reading ""8 Fragments for Kurt Cobain." Thurston Moore gave it a beautiful read Wednesday

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

SS Amra

It was this time of year that Allen & Peter took the 10 day journey from Mombasa arriving in Bombay on February 15, 1962. They sailed on the SS Amra, a ship built for BI (British India Steam Navigation Company LTD, London), originally as a Burma mailship, but post-war was commissioned to Bombay/East Africa routes. In I Celebrate MyselfBill Morgan describes the ship as 'full of six hundred vomiting Indian families fleeing east Africa because of the country's (Kenya's) upcoming independence." Though Allen and Peter were in the crowded hold, the ticket was only $50, and they were near the hatch that afforded them some fresh air. 

Check here for more info than you ever thought you'd need to know about the British-India Shipping Line and the SS Amra.

Monday, February 8, 2010

William S. Burroughs Cut-ups with Brion Gysin & Antony Balch

Burroughs would have been 96 years old last Friday, February 5. Here are a few cut-up collaborations in commemoration.
[2014 update - a more extensive posting on the Cut-ups may be accessed here]

For some more background info on Burroughs' Cut-up collaborations with Gysin and Balch, check Rob Bridgett's Bright Lights Film essay "An Appraisal of the Films of William Burroughs, Brion Gysin, and Anthony Balch in terms of Recent Avant Garde Theory."

Tuli Kupferberg Benefit T-shirts & Cartoons

The benefit for Tuli was a huge success, with a full house, and brilliant output from all the musicians who donated their time & inspiration. For those of you who couldn't make it but still want to contribute, Tuli's friends & family have a few choice items for sale on their blog that include t-shirts from that night as well as some of Tuli's personally signed cartoons, all just a few clicks away at and for a great cause too. Donations are also being accepted through The Fugs website.

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Thursday, February 4, 2010

Allen Ginsberg - Prague's King of May

Allen's Czech translator, Josef Rauvolf, happened to locate this one for us. We've seen bits of footage from that day, but none with some of the actual sound as you get here. Allen comes on as May King at around 1:30. Keep in mind this is the first traditional May Day celebration - where students elect a May King (Kral Majales) to rule over a bacchanal each May day - that the Communists allowed since their takeover in 1945. The Communists had instead used the date for huge Soviet style labor parades, but student protests & clashes with police in recent years had led the Czech president to test the original formula in 1965 in an attempt to placate them. And so, in returning to the earlier tradition, students were allowed to elect a King, nominating Allen. The exposure and high profile of the event no doubt played a huge role in Allen's expulsion from Czechoslovakia later that week. See video >>

2012 update - see additional posting of this here, and, more importantly, an expanded updated posting here

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Jim Carroll Memorial Reading @ St Mark's Church NYC February 10, 2010

[Jim Carroll backstage at the Public Theater, New York City, September 1984. c. Allen Ginsberg Estate]

Jim Carroll Memorial Reading

Wednesday February 10, 2010, at St. Mark's Church, 2nd Ave & 10th Street, New York City. 8pm
Poet, autobiographer and musician Jim Carroll (1949-2009) was a consistent and brilliant presence around the Poetry Project since he first read here in 1968. We will never forget his kindness, his generosity or his humor. Please join us as some of his closest friends pay tribute to him. With Bill Berkson, Todd Colby, Anselm Berrigan, Richard Hell, Lenny Kaye, Thurston Moore, Lee Ranaldo, Patti Smith, Anne Waldman and others TBA. FREE

update - reading took place in a snow-storm but for more Jim Carroll - see here