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Neeli Cherkovski, Tate Swindell, Thomas Antonic and Michael Fischer

Neeli Cherkovski Neeli Cherkovski is the author of many books of poetry, including Elegy for My Beat Generation and In The Odes: Confucius and Ezra Pound. He was the coeditor of Anthology of L.A. Poets (with Charles Bukowski) and Cross-Strokes: Poetry between Los Angeles and San Francisco. Cherkovski also wrote biographies of Lawrence Ferlinghetti and […]

‘Overthrowing Capitalism’ Anthology Release

Join the Revolutionary Poets Brigade for the release of their latest anthology, Overthrowing Capitalism Vol. 5. Readings by contributors, and books available for sale.

Gerd Stern @ 90

Gerd Stern joins the circle of Beat nonagenarians this year, and we’re hosting a gathering to celebrate! Gerd has worn many hats over the last 90 years, from Beat poet to psychedelic media artist, and most recently, was vindicated as the poet who did not lose the Joan Anderson Letter over the side of his […]

Previous Events

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 […]

The Dylan-Kerouac Connection

with Michael Goldberg and Johnny Harper Veteran music journalist Michael Goldberg is a former writer and editor for Rolling Stone and numerous other publications. His brilliant essay “Bob Dylan’s Beat Visions” appears as a chapter in the new book Kerouac on Record, which explores Jack Kerouac’s relationship to music—the music he was inspired by, and […]

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 […]

Misti Rainwater-Lites, Jon Bennett, John Dorsey, Victor Clevenger, & William Taylor, Jr.

Misti Rainwater-Lites is the author of Bullshit Rodeo. Discounted, her most recent full-length poetry collection, is available on Paroxysm Press. Indio is her favorite beer. Jon Bennett writes and plays music in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood. You can find more of his work on Pandora and Spotify, or by connecting with him at John […]

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. Kim Shuck Marguerite Munoz Paul Corman-Roberts Bill Gainer MK Chavez Raina De Leon Preeti Vangani Amelia Alvarez Maw Shein Win (F) Terry Adams Diane Mooney Dale Jensen (SAT) Alexandra Naughton Anne Cheliek […]

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 […]

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