Emory and Atlanta poets to present readings of 'Howl' and original poetry

Published 10-16-2017

by Emory Libraries

This first edition of "Howl and Other Poems" by Allen Ginsberg is one of only 25 copies. Credit: Rose Library at Emory University.

Local poets and members of the Emory community will participate in poetry readings and a group recitation of Allen Ginsberg’s “Howl” on Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Emory University’s Woodruff Library. The event, open to the public at no charge, will take place in the Jones Room on level 3 of the library.

Emory faculty and students will perform “Howl,” with local poets reading their own works that were influenced by Beat writers or the themes of “Howl” (such as mental illness, paranoia, freedom and confinement, and spirituality). The Emory community includes faculty, professors, visiting professors, staff members, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate and undergraduate students.

Confirmed poets and readers include Jericho Brown, Emily Leithauser, Nathan Blansett, Christeene Alcosiba, Paige Sullivan, Marlo Starr, Caroline Crew, Bill Fogarty, and Alysia Nicole Harris.

“Howl” was the subject of a 1957 landmark obscenity trial, and Ginsberg’s trial notes are featured in the exhibition “The Dream Machine: The Beat Generation & the Counterculture, 1940-1975,” now on display in the library’s Schatten Gallery.

The event is sponsored by the Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library. Parking is available in the Fishburne deck. For disability-related accommodations, please contact Maya Cody at 404-727-7620 or maya.cody@emory.edu in advance.

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