WordStage Literary Concerts Presents The Literary Legacy of the Beat Generation

WordStage Literary Concerts Presents The Literary Legacy of the Beat GenerationLike the French Impressionist artists of Paris, the Beat writers were a small group of close friends first, and a movement later. The term "Beat Generation" gradually came to represent an entire period in time, but the entire original Beat Generation in literature was small enough to have fit into a couple of cars.

The core group consisted of Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, and William S. Burroughs, who met in the neighborhood surrounding Columbia University in uptown Manhattan in the mid-40's. They picked up Gregory Corso in Greenwich Village. They then migrated to San Francisco where they expanded their group consciousness by meeting Lawrence Ferlinghetti, owner of the famed City Lights Bookstore who first gave them a public forum and then became a publisher of many of their works.Most of them struggled for years to get published. Their moment of fame began with a legendary poetry reading at the Six Gallery in San Francisco.

After the first wave of Beat writers became famous, a second wave followed. Some later arrivals to the crowd include Diane DiPrima and LeRoi Jones - aka Amiri Bakara. The "latter day beats" added some much needed cultural diversity, as well as an infusion of new ideas, writings from the feminine point of view and fresh talent to the core of white male friends that were the "classic beats."

The program will feature poetry and prose from this core group perfromed by Jeffrey Grover* - Agnes Herrmann* - Paul Slimak* and Tim Tavcar and will feature a newly composed Soundscape by Master Percussionist, Paul Stranahan.

The performance will take place at The Wright Chapel of the Lakewood Presbyterian Church - 14502 Detroit Ave. at Marlowe in Downtown Lakewood, OH Friday, April 21, 2017 at 7:30 PM.

Admission is a suggested donation of $10 - but WordStage maintains its policy of "Pay What You Can" in order to make their performances accessible to anyone who is interested in atending.

For more information visit our website at www.wordstageoh.com or call 216-712-6926.

*Denotes members of AEA * the professional Actors' Equity Association.

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