Kerouac Symposium

Jack Kerouac

Memory Gardens: The Kerouac Symposium 40 Years Later
Join us as we recognize the genius of Jack Kerouac and the Beat Writers with a celebration commemorating the first ever academic conference on Kerouac and the Beats, hosted by Salem State College on April 4-5, 1973. Participants in this year's symposium will include Salem State University students and faculty, as well as noted Kerouac scholars and artists who collaborated with Kerouac throughout his lifetime. Events will take place both on campus and at downtown Salem locations, including the Peabody Essex Museum and the Gulu-Gulu Cafe. The symposium will also serve as a kick off to the opening of the 2013 Mass Poetry Festival being held in downtown Salem, May 3-5.

All Kerouac Symposium events are free and open to the public.

Schedule of events:

May 2, 8 pm
Bebop and Beats: An Evening of Music and Beat Poetry
Join Salem State University students and faculty for a reading of poetry by Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg and Gregory Corso, as well as music from the artists who inspired the Beat Generation Writers. Special guest reading by Laura Boss, editor of Lips poetry magazine and a contemporary of Gregory Corso.
Gulu-Gulu Café, 247 Essex Street, Salem.

May 3, 11 am - 1 pm
Kerouac and the Beats Panel Discussion
Panelists will include Gerald Nicosia, Kerouac scholar and author of the critical Kerouac biography Memory Babe and Matt Theado, Gardner-Webb University faculty member, beat scholar and author of The Beats: A Literary Reference. They will be joined by Ann Douglas, Parr Professor Emerita of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. Salem State University,  Marsh Hall 210

May 3, 4 - 6:30 pm
Pull My Daisy screening featuring  composer David Amram
Join composer David Amram as he discusses his role in Jack Kerouac’s film, Pull My Daisy. Mr Amram composed and performed the music for the film and was a close friend of Jack Kerouac. Morse Auditorium, Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex Street

This event is sponsored by the Salem State University Foundation in conjunction with the College of Arts and Sciences, English Department and Center for Creative and Performing Arts.