| Mar 31, 2014
| 10:27 AM
Robert LaVigne, an artist and set designer whose subjects and collaborators included many of the central figures of the Beat movement, including Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and Robert Creeley, died Feb. 20 in Seattle. He was 85.
LaVigne had been in...
| Apr 7, 2014
| 5:36 PM
For 16 months, Bay Area rapper Deandre Mitchell — better known as Laz Tha Boy — has been sitting in a jail cell faced with a decision no artist should have to make: whether to defend his innocence at trial, knowing his music likely will be...
| Mar 17, 2014
| 12:13 PM
James Franco went on Jimmy Fallon's "The Tonight Show" to talk about theater and film, but he got sidetracked by poetry. His new collection, "Directing Herbert White," is coming from Graywolf Press on April 15.
"I know how an actor writing poetry...
| Mar 14, 2014
| 11:00 AM
Emily Dickinson's "authentication" test for a poem was: "If I feel physically as if the top of my head was being taken off." I admit that I have not experienced that precise brain-bomb, but I have felt something close to it: a tingling shudder-on-the-...
| Mar 12, 2014
| 9:05 AM
Claremont Graduate University announced Wednesday that Afaa Michael Weaver is the recipient of the $100,000 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award for his collection "The Government of Nature." The award, one of the nation's most substantial poetry prizes, is...
| Mar 10, 2014
| 8:13 PM
Charles Bukowski was known for his drinking as much as his poetry.
So maybe, the man Time magazine once described as "the laureate of lowlife," would have approved of a 20th-anniversary memorial held in his honor at the dimly lighted King Eddy Saloon on...
| Mar 25, 2014
| 10:15 AM
A trove of two dozen unfinished Bob Dylan songs written circa 1967 during his “Basement Tapes” period is being completed by an all-star band assembled by producer T Bone Burnett and including Elvis Costello, Marcus Mumford and My Morning...
| Mar 8, 2014
| 10:00 AM
When Charles Bukowski died in San Pedro 20 years ago, the obituaries in the next day's papers typically began with some iteration of Time magazine's stock description of the writer as the "laureate of American lowlife." In the decades since, the drinking,...
| Mar 24, 2014
| 6:26 PM
Justin Bieber has been lowering the behavior bar lately (against stiff competition) in the struggle for top slot in the Annoying Celebrity Act-Out stakes. He's been accused by a next-door neighbor of egging a house in Calabasas, arrested on DUI charges in...
| Mar 24, 2014
| 12:38 PM
He published Allen Ginsberg and gave the Beat Generation a literary home, won a landmark anti-censorship case and still runs an independent bookstore in San Francisco. Happy 95th birthday, Lawrence Ferlinghetti!
Ferlinghetti was born on March 24, 1919....
| Mar 22, 2014
| 7:00 AM
"The aim of the poet is to inform or delight, or to combine together … both pleasure and applicability to life."
These words of the Roman poet Horace remain encoded in our cultural DNA. Even after the artistic revolutions incited by the...