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11th Annual Beat Museum Poetry Festival

in association with 100 Thousand Poets for Change Two days of poetry and music, produced by Fred Dodsworth, Paul Corman-Roberts, and Marguerite Munoz. List of readers coming soon!

William Taylor, Jr. & John Dorsey

William Taylor, Jr. William Taylor Jr. lives and writes in the Tenderloin neighborhood of San Francisco. His work has been published widely in journals across the globe, including The New York Quarterly, The Chiron Review, and Catamaran Literary Reader. He is the author of numerous books of poetry and An Age of Monsters, a collection […]

PW Covington – Reading & Workshop

Join us for a reading and poetry workshop with PW Covington. PW Covington‘s writing is fueled by the Beat tradition of the American highway and the lives of the men and women surrounding him on the edges of society. His poetry comes from war-ravaged Somalia airfields and from south Texas ranches, from homeless Tenderloin alleyways […]

‘Kerouac on Record’ with Michael Goldberg & Johnny Harper

Michael Goldberg is the author of “Bob Dylan’s Beat Visions (Sonic Poetry),” and interviewed Richard Meltzer for the recently released collection Kerouac on Record, edited by Simon Warner and Jim Sampas. He will be joined by musician Johnny Harper, performing covers of 1960s-era Bob Dylan songs.

Book Launch: ‘Vexation, Amplitude’ by Tom Stolmar

Join Tom Stolmar and friends in celebrating the release of his new poetry collection, Vexation, Amplitude. Long overdue, this collection of Tom Stolmar’s poems bottles his impulse-driven barely containable talent for stringing words together that convey unexpected emotional truths laced with comedy of the highest and lowest orders. In some poems, Stolmar appears to have […]

Previous Events

Lowell High School Creative Writing Club Anthology Release

The Lowell High School Creative Writing Club returns to the Beat Museum for their annual anthology release. Students will read selections from the book, and copies will be available. Come check out some local talent from a new generation of young writers! Hosted by Nicole Henares

Return to the Peoples

presented by World Poetry MovementMedellin, Colombia The Revolutionary Poets BrigadeSan Francisco Corporatism is the fascism that is manifesting in governments throughout the world by producing nationalist and populist leaders of negation and powerful military forces bent on war. Like students murdered en masse in schools in the U.S., like the tsunami of women jailed as […]

Starting from San Francisco: The Baby Beat Generation and the Second San Francisco Renaissance

Join Third Mind Books to celebrate the release of Starting from San Francisco: The Baby Beat Generation and the Second San Francisco Renaissance, a Beat literary reunion and reading with: Thomas Rain Crowe Neeli Cherkovski Kaye McDonough Jack Hirschman Philip Daughtry Sharon Doubiago Clive Matson B. Alexandra Szerlip Anne Valley-Fox Jim Dallesandro and Joe Provenzano […]


Celebrating ruth weiss at 90 and the Women of the Beat Generation ruth weiss just turned 90, and we’re gathering a few of her friends together for a very special performance to celebrate! Join us for a Saturday afternoon featuring: Cathy Cassady Eldest daughter of Carolyn Cassady and editor of Carolyn’s newly published book Travel […]

Laborfest: Revolutionary Poets Brigade

The dystopian world we live in will be challenged by words and music that will bring solidarity and unity of all working people. Poets: Mahnaz Badihian Lisbit Bailey Kristina Brown Pauline Craig John Curl Diego De Leo Agneta Falk Maria Cristina Herrera Martin Hickel Jack Hirschman Karen M. Magoon Rosemary Manno Sarah Menefee Barbara Paschke […]

Opening Reception – ‘The Beat Scene’: Photographs by Burt Glinn

The Beat Scene: Photographs by Burt Glinn $39.95 Preorder Now! Don’t miss the opening reception of The Beat Scene: Photographs by Burt Glinn, at the Beat Museum! These brilliant images, captured by Magnum photographer Burt Glinn in New York and San Francisco in 1959 and 1960, offer an intimate look into the lives and times […]

Haight-Ashbury Literary Journal

The Haight-Ashbury Literary Journal celebrates its 2018 edition. Featuring readers: Andrena Zawinski Eileen Malone Kim Shuck Alice Rogoff Cesar Love K.R. Morrison Stephen Kopel Rocio Ramirez

Long Shot & Works by Danny Shot

appearing with Jack Hirschman Jessica Loos and Niko Van Dyke Works honors the longtime Long Shot magazine, credo of “Writing from the Real World.” This collection of poems traverses a course from the swamps of New Jersey to the endless possibilities of the open road, with rest stops along the way to visit with family […]

Cathy Cassady: Travel Tips for the Timid

Travel Tips for the Timid by Carolyn Cassady $17.99 Add to cart Join us for an afternoon with Cathy Cassady, eldest daughter of Neal and Carolyn Cassady, and editor of the newly published Travel Tips for the Timid, written and richly illustrated by Carolyn. For many years, and somewhat unbeknownst to her children until after […]

‘Nearing the Exit’: Poems by Herbert Gold

Novelist, memoirist, essayist, Herbert Gold returns to his earliest form of literary expression, poetry—here in a publishing first, Nearing the Exit. In these poems 94-year-old Gold visits his past and future, with a tip of the hat to the theme of his recent book Still Alive: A Temporary Condition (2008, republished as Not Dead Yet, […]

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