Beat & Beyond Festival


If you’re anywhere near New York next weekend, you should be thinking about going to the Beat & Beyond Festival. From Friday, June 3rd to Wednesday 6th the Howl! Happening Gallery is hosting a “Six-Day Celebration Honoring the Poets, Musicians, Bookstores, and Significant Individuals Whose Voices and Energy Transformed America Forever.” The line-up for this series of events is an impressive who’s who of Beat knowledge, including two Beatdom Books authors – Eliot Katz and John Tytell.

Here are some of the others who will be in attendance, according to the website:

David Amram
Steve Cannon
Len Chandler
Ann Charters
The Fugs
John Giorno
Peter Hale
David Henderson
Bob Holman
Joyce Johnson
Hettie Jones
The Last Poets
Michael McClure
Bill Morgan
Margaret Randall
Bob Rosenthal
Ed Sanders
Peter Stampfel
Steven Taylor
John Tytell
Anne Waldman
Regina Weinreich

June 3rd would have been Allen Ginsberg’s 90th birthday, and it will be celebrated in style. Here are some of the planned events for each of the days. Click the links for more details from the Howl Arts website:

Friday, June 3rd: Happy Birthday, Allen!

Saturday, June 4th: A Day of Remembrance and An Evening of Concerts

Sunday, June 5th: A Curriculum of the Soul and Panels and Book Launches

Monday, June 6th: Film and Performance Festival and Slam-Bang

Tuesday, June 7th: How to Make a Happening, and a Musical/Poetry Hybrid

Wednesday, June 8th: A Gathering

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David S. Wills is the founder and editor of Beatdom literary journal and the author of Scientologist! William S. Burroughs the Weird Cult.He travels a lot and currently lectures in China. He also runs an ESL website. You can read more about and by David at his blog, or on Tumblr.

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