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Updates about the magazine and its websites.

Exciting New Books Coming in 2017

I’m delighted to announce that Beatdom Books has agreed to publish new titles by John Tytell and Robert Johnson. John Tytell wrote one of the first serious books about the Beat Generation, Naked Angels, in 1976 and we published a collection of his interviews and essays in 2014. Robert Johnson’s The Lost Years of William S. Burroughs: The Beats in South Texas was a huge influence on me and inspired me to write my own book, Scientologist! William S. Burroughs and the ‘Weird Cult’. I’m truly honored to be tasked with editing and publishing their new books. Continue Reading…

Call for Submissions: Beatdom #18

We are now open to submissions for Beatdom #18. The topic is FAMILY – meaning that we will consider essays, short stories, poetry, and artwork relating to the Beat Generation and the subject of family. We are willing to consider the topic in the widest sense, but if you have something slightly outside of the idea of family, please send us a query before submitting any work. Preference will be given to submissions that are on-topic, and as always we devote 80% of page space to essays. We pay $50 for all essays published in the journal. We will be reading submissions from now until March 1st, 2017. See the submissions page for more information.

What Should We Write About For Beatdom #18?

It is time to choose the topic for the next issue of Beatdom, and in keeping with the way we’ve made this decision in previous years, we’re going to ask our readers for ideas. Please respond in the comment section below, on our Facebook page, on Twitter, or in the Goodreads discussion group. Or, if you prefer to do it privately, you can e-mail the editor. Continue Reading…

Rain Taxi Reviews The Poetry and Politics of Allen Ginsberg

There is a review of Eliot Katz’s new book, The Poetry and Politics of Allen Ginsberg, in the latest issue of Rain Taxi.

”Katz’s analysis is readable and enjoyable while offering a scholarly view of Ginsberg’s most influential poems, including “Howl,” which appropriately gets a full chapter here. Katz is able to explicate the originality with which Ginsberg converted his political views into poetry, making them resonate powerfully to his audiences.

Previous biographies and books about Ginsberg’s life and work have appeared, but The Poetry and Politics of Allen Ginsberg is the first that explicitly analyzes Ginsberg’s political poetry and dissects his progressive influence on our culture. Katz’s book is a lively read regarding the poet of poets who shaped the political views of a generation.”

Rain Taxi Review of Books Continue Reading…

Tech Troubles

This website was hit by a major attack on Monday night. All 1,000 posts, 2,000 images, and 9 years of work were wiped out. We have been so far unable to recover the data and will most likely have to build a new site from scratch. This could take weeks. Please be patient, and follow Beatdom on Facebook, Tumblr, or Twitter to keep up to date with our progress. Thanks for understanding.

*UPDATE: It has proven impossible to recover the lost data. We will attempt to add all major articles from previous issues of Beatdom. This is going to take a long time. We will start with recent posts and work our way back, but a huge amount of material will prove impossible to replace.

Beatdom #17 Now on Sale

We are delighted to announce the release of Beatdom #17 – the POLITICS issue. This latest issue marks the ninth anniversary of the founding of Beatdom Literary Journal – a great milestone for a small publication. This time we’re bringing you essays related to the topic of politics and literature, with a focus on Beat writers who are less frequently featured in the pages of Beatdom.  Continue Reading…

Beatdom Goes to North Korea

In May we will release Beatdom #17 – the POLITICS issue. Although we have not yet finalized and announced the essays that will be included in the issue, the submissions received have been of an incredible high standard and we’re certain that this will be the best issue yet.

On the topic of politics, Beatdom editor, David S.Wills, recently visited North Korea and wrote a short essay on a) why we shouldn’t believe what we read in the media, and b) why we shouldn’t judge a country by its government. Read the full story here.

Call for Submissions: Beatdom #17

A few weeks ago we asked our readers for advice on the topic for Beatdom #17. Today, we are announcing that the topic will be politics. We believe that this will, like our previous areas of study, allow for a wide scope in terms of submissions. We hope that contributing writers can examine the Beats as political or apolitical in interesting and imaginative ways. Continue Reading…

What Should We Write About For Beatdom #17?

In the past, Beatdom has covered many topics with our themed issues. Since we converted from general Beat-themed issues to specific themes with Beatdom #6, we have looked at the following:

#6 – Travel

#7 – Music Continue Reading…

The Poetry and Politics of Allen Ginsberg

To celebrate the sixtieth anniversary of the Six Gallery reading – at which Allen Ginsberg first read from his poem, “Howl” – Beatdom Books is delighted to announce the latest in its series of Beat Generation studies, The Poetry and Politics of Allen Ginsberg, by Eliot Katz. Continue Reading…