Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Day of the Dead Beats 2008
to Midnight at the Way Out Club
http://www. myspace. com/wayoutclub
(Performers plus one guest gain free admittance)
2525 S Jefferson Ave
St Louis, MO 63104
St. Louis, MO. - On Saturday, November 1, at 8 PM, local literature lovers will crowd into the hallowed Way Out Club to celebrate the poetry of the Beat Generation in the eleventh annual "Day of the Dead Beats" reading. The event is open to those interested in the poetry, writing and spirit of The Beat Generation. Doors will open at 7 p.m.
Since 1997, the year both Allen Ginsberg and William S. Burroughs passed into the afterlife, the local "Day of the Dead Beats" evening has carried the torch for the radical and transcendental literary subculture pioneered by the Beat poets.
By far the largest yearly Beat celebration in the region, "Day of the Dead Beats" invites local writers, actors, musicians and personalities to give live readings of the works of authors such as
Diane Di Prima, Ann Waldman, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Herbert Huncke, Kenneth Patchen, Bob Kaufmann, Jack Kerouac, Charles Bukowski, Gregory Corso, Michael McClure, Kenneth Rexroth and Philip Lamantia.
The line-up is stacked with some of St. Louis' better known writers, both young and more-established. Joining in on the fun for only the second time will be a few of the Get Born readings poets, including Brock Walker, Joe Wetteroth, Erin Wiles and Ken Brown and writer, editor, record-producer and movie director, Chris King.
Other returning luminaries will be: Michael Castro, Philip Gounis, K. Curtis Lyle, Ann Haubrich, Chris King, Bob Wilcox, Agnes Wilcox, Greg Hazleton and the event organizer since 2004—Brett Underwood.
The event, started by Paul Thiel and others in 1997 following the deaths of Allen Ginsberg and William S. Burroughs, has continued every year since.
Its title is a play on words incorporating the Mexican holiday, "Day of the Dead" ("Día de los Muertos") and is a sort of remembrance of those who are gone but not forgotten
This year's performers:
Kenneth Brown—William S.
Michael Franklin---Reading Gregory Corso’s “Bomb”.
Greg Hazleton ----Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Ann Haubrich does Jack Kerouac.
Brock Walker reading Gary Snyder
Curtis Lyle reads Bob Kaufmann
Bob Wilcox…reads Allen Ginsberg.
Bob Putnam== Herbert Huncke.
Phil Gounis reads Jack Micheline
Chris King---Kenneth Rexroth
Agnes Wilcox---Diane DiPrima
Brett Underwood---Charles Bukowski
Erin Wiles---Anne Waldman
Joe Wetteroth--=Kenneth Patchen
Michael Castro reading from Philip Lamantia
World Famous Tractor Pull starring Riley of the Dirty 30s will play at Midnight http://www. myspace. com/jlriley until close.