Tuesday, September 13, 2011

HOWL: Allen Ginsberg & Beyond--A Fundraiser for KFCF 88.1

For Immediate Release

Howl: Allen Ginsberg and Beyond: A Fundraiser for KFCF 88.1FM is an event commemorating the anniversary of Howl's first public reading (October 7, 1955) and the ruling of the landmark censorship case indicting Lawrence Felinghetti (publisher and owner of the famous City Lights Bookstore/Press in SF) and Allen Ginsberg (Oct. 4, 1957) of which, the poet/publisher won.
Where: Machinists Union 544 W. Olive Ave. Fresno, CA 93728 (Across from DMV)
When: October 7, 2011, 7pm-10pm

Realizing the famous poem's impact on the ARTS, Fresno poets, visual artists, and KFCF are collaborating in this one of a kind event!
Local poets/writers will kick the evening off with a reading of the famous poem, “Howl” by Allen Ginsberg.
Participating Writers/Poets:
Marisol Baca: Fresno City College instructor and author of “Revalato”.
Nick Belardes: Author of the first literary Twitter novel, “Small Places” (2010) and an illustrator for a NY Times best selling novel, “West of Here” by Jonathon Evison West.
Lee Herrick: Author of “This Many Miles From Desire (World Tech Communications 2007) and teaches English at Fresno City College
Bryan Medina: Founder of the Inner Ear Poetry Jam/ The Beatdown Slam, making the event one of the longest running poetry open mics in the country!
Michael Medrano: Author of “Born in the Cavity of Sunsets” (2009 Bilingual Press) and is host of the literary arts interview show, Pakatelas, which airs every 2nd & 4th Thursdays at 3pm on KFCF 88.,1 FM.
Patricia Wakida: Associate Curator of History at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles. She is also at work on the biography on Shig Murao, longtime employee/mgr of City Lights Books and the one who sold the copy of Howl that initiated the charges in the first place. Wakida will do a short 15 minute slide presentation on that Shig Murao.

Visual Arts

Fresno visual artist, Aileen Imperatrice, will curate a group of 4-6 renown artists who will have work in response to issues involving censorship. The art will be displayed around throughout the venue.
*After the reading, we will watch the landmark film, HOWL, starring James Franco as Allen Ginsberg.
Food and beverages will be available. Donations will be appreciated.
Admission: $10/$5 for students w/ valid student I.D.

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