Farewell John Dorfner
by Jerry Cimino The Beat community lost a long time contributor and good friend this week. John Dorfner, of Raleigh, North Carolina, passed away after a long illness. John is survived by his wife Diane, daughters Jolie and Jamie, his grandchildren and other family members. My first contact with John was in 1991 when he […]
Irving Rosenthal dies at 91
ving Rosenthal (October 9, 1930 – April 22, 2022), writer, underground publisher, and editor of Big Table, died Friday at Friends of Perfection (Kaliflower), the San Francisco commune he founded in 1967.
North Beach Remembers Jack Hirschman
On Saturday, a multitude from North Beach and beyond came out to pay their respects to our dearly departed poet, Jack Hirschman. Beginning at Specs’, a second line procession featuring the North Beach Brass Players marched north up Columbus to Grant Ave, pausing at the Caffe Trieste for readings from the Revolutionary Poets Brigade. The […]
Jack Hirschman, in Memoriam
Jack Hirschman, poet and tireless revolutionary activist, has set down his pen for the last time. He was 87.
In Memoriam, Michael Horovitz
Michael Horovitz, poet, preeminent champion of the avant garde, and the liberation of poetry in the UK, has died. He was 86. Horovitz was born in Frankfurt (then Nazi Germany) in 1935, the youngest of ten siblings, and moved with his family to Britain two years later. In London, his father, Dr. Avraham Horovitz, was […]
Gary Snyder: Warmly Remembering Lawrence Ferlinghetti
My first night in North Beach, (at 18) roaming the night streets on a layover from Oregon, I heard of Larry Ferling. He had recently arrived in town it was said, and was looking into buying the little bookstore at the corner of Broadway and Columbus. I got my ride back to Portland. I returned […]
David Amram Remembers Lawrence Ferlinghetti
by David Amram
We first met in 1956 when his Pictures of the Gone World was first published, and one of my joys in life was being able to see him every time I came back to San Francisco.
Lawrence Ferlinghetti, in Memoriam
Lawrence Ferlinghetti, poet, painter, and founder of City Lights Booksellers & Publishers in San Francisco, died last night. He was 101.
Friends and Family Remember Al Hinkle
On Sunday, January 27th, friends and family of the late Al Hinkle gathered in San Jose, California to remember “The Last Man Standing.” Al’s claim to fame in the world of the Beat Generation was his inspiration for the character “Big Ed Dunkel” in Jack Kerouac’s 1957 novel On the Road, but to family and […]
Al Hinkle: Last Man Standing Passes Away at 92
by Jerry Cimino Al Hinkle, a central and beloved personality of the Beat Generation, passed away on December 26, 2018. He was 92 years old. Al was born on September 4, 1926. He grew up in Denver and was a childhood friend of Neal Cassady. When they were 12 years old, Al and Neal attended […]
On William S. Burroughs 103rd Birthday
William S. Burroughs would’ve been 103 today.