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The Beat Thing: A Tribute to the Beats

On the evening of May 9, there will be a gala concert at St. John the Divine Church. San Fracisco Beat poets Michael Rothenberg and David Meltzer from San Francisco will perform as well as Jim Christy, Holland’s Hans Plomp, and the poetry collective Speakeasy. Music will be provided by Noah Becker on sax and the band Light Sweet Crude.

Joanne Kyger sends her regrets. She was scheduled to appear but can't make it due to a dental emergency.

Church of St John the Divine, 1611 Quadra Street
Saturday, May 9, 7:30pm-10pm
$5.00 admission.

David MeltzerDavid Meltzer was born in Rochester, New York. Meltzer came to prominence with inclusion of his work in the anthology The New American Poetry 1945-1960. One of the key poets of the Beat generation, Meltzer is also a jazz guitarist and Cabalist scholar and the author of more than 50 books of poetry and prose. 2005 saw the publication of David’s Copy: The Selected Poems of David Meltzer, which provides a current “overview” of Meltzer’s work. Meltzer’s Beat Thing (La Alameda Press) is his epic poem on the Beat generation. His other books include No Eyes, poems on Lester Young, and a book of interviews, San Francisco Beat: Talking with the Poets (City Lights Books). Meltzer teaches at the New College of California in the Poetics Program which was originally founded by Robert Duncan. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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Michael RothenbergMichael Rothenberg is an American poet, songwriter, editor, and active environmentalist in the San Francisco Bay Area. Born in Miami Beach, Florida, he moved to California in 1976, where, in 1989, Rothenberg and artist Nancy Davis began Big Bridge Press, a fine print literary press, publishing works by Jim Harrison, Joanne Kyger, Allen Ginsberg, Philip Whalen and others. Rothenberg is editor of Big Bridge, a webzine of poetry. He is also co-editor and co-founder of Jack Magazine and editor for the Penguin Poet series. His books include Unhurried Vision, Paris Journals, What The Fish Saw, Nightmare Of The Violins, Man/Woman, a collaboration with Joanne Kyger, and Favorite Songs. His songs have appeared in the films Shadowhunter and Black Day, Blue Night.
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Hans PlompHans Plomp was born in Amsterdam in 1944. After his studies he became a teacher, but he gave up regular jobs for good when his first novel De Ondertrouw (The Banns Are Up) was successful. He took an active part in the playful Dutch Provo Revolution of the Sixties, which made Amsterdam one of the hippest places on the planet. Hans Plomp has traveled extensively, especially in India, where he spent five years. In 1982 he toured the U.S. with a group of Dutch poets, performing with Anne Waldman, Diana di Prima, Allen Ginsberg, Gregory Corso, Amiri Baraka, Ira Cohen and many other kindred artists. He has published novels, short stories, poetry and essays. His book Tantric Picnic: Tales of India is being launched at the Pacific Festival of the Book.

Jim ChristyJim Christy is a writer, artist and tireless traveller. The author of twenty books, including poetry, short stories, novels, travel and biography, Christy has been praised by writers as diverse as Charles Bukowski and Sparkle Hayter. His travels have taken him from the Yukon to the Amazon, Greenland to Cambodia. He has covered wars and exhibited his art internationally. Raised in inner-city Philadelphia, he moved to Toronto when he was twenty-three years old and became a Canadian citizen at the first opportunity. A resident of British Columbia’s Sunshine Coast for many years, he currently resides in Toronto.

Light Sweet CrudeLight Sweet Crude is a folk rock band who perform songs written by Canadian poets Leonard Cohen and Linda Rogers. Their new album Ruin and Beauty features songswith lyrics by Linda Rogers, music by Chris Trygg. Band members are Chris Trygg, vocals, Jake Glabraith, bass and pedal steel, Rick van Krugel, mandolin, Andy Graffiti, drums, and Richard Baker, lead guitar.

Speakeasy is a Victoria-based poetry collective committed to the art of spoken word/performance poetry among other forms of literature.

Noah Becker is a multi talented visual artist and jazz saxophonist. Mr. Becker appears on numerous recordings and exhibits his art internationally in galleries and museums. His art was featured in "How Soon is Now" opening in Feb. 2009 at the Vancouver Art Gallery.

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