City of Topeka, Shawnee County, Kansas
Beats in Kansas: A Literary Cosmic Vortex
Seminar, Sun., 2-4 pm.
April 7, 2019
Wichita Public Library, Wichita, Kansas
The heartland has known the Beat writers from cradle to grave -- Michael McClure and Charles Plymell were born in Kansas, and William S. Burroughs spent his last years and died in Lawrence. In between, Allen Ginsberg and Gary Snyder made significant trips to the state. Other Kansas figures include Bruce Connor, Dennis Hopper, James Mechem, Roxie Powell, Jim McCrary, Wayne Propst, Glenn Todd, Alan Russo, John Fowler, Justin Hein, Bob Branaman, Ronald Johnson, and Burroughs' heir James Grauerholz, to name a few. The karmic connection between Beat figures and Kansas influences the literary communities to this day. George Laughead's website Beats In Kansas was launched in 2002. Sponsored by Humanities Kansas.
Kerry Wynn, Washburn University Map of Kansas Literature Project Director, will spend some time introducing the new map of Kansas authors;
Troy James Weaver, Wichita writer, will give a reading, with brief comments about how the Beats influence his work;
Denise Low, former Poet Laureate Kansas, will talk about Beats in Kansas: The Lawrence-Wichita Magnetic Pole
George Laughead, founder Beats in Kansas website, will give Beat Memoir with Artifacts, Beat life from 1963-2019
Featured Topeka Music
Wild Eye Live @ KJHK 2017 (Ross Williams)
Wild Eye Part 2 Live @ KJHK 2017
Joe Schoonover Flor de Lis by Djavan. Standing Room Only, 2015.
LoudLight, Progressive pro-voting and student voter registration group based in Topeka. Davis Hammet is director.
Mark Dunn's Flint Hills: Mark Dunn shares with you his view of the Flint Hills in all their moods -- easily one of the most beautiful places on the face of the earth; KanColl Graphics
Register of Historic Places Nomination: Bowker House -
Located southeast of the Kansas Statehouse, this two-story limestone
residence was built in 1866 by Reverend Samuel Bowker to serve as a
boarding house for students of Lincoln College (Washburn University). It is the only extant resource associated with
Lincoln College and is believed to be one of the oldest continuously
inhabited residences in Topeka.
Shawnee County KS Web Sites
Art and Theater
In Kansas Kansas Art Centers, Kansas Art Galleries, KS Art
- Denise Low, Kansas Poet Laureate
- Beats In
Kansas The Beat Generation in the Heartland
Ronald Johnson. ['Anybody can make Paris holy, but I can make Topeka holy.' Jack Kerouac]
- William Burroughs Photo Gallery (1914 - August 2, 1997) Beats In Kansas 2004
- The Collective Art
- Cooking In Kansas KS Recipes, cowboy, pioneer cooking, hamburger history
Hocker Center for the Performing Arts, Topeka
- Mulvane Art Museum of
Washburn University, Topeka
- Alice C.
Sabatini Gallery, Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library, Topeka
- The Kansas Guidebook
for explorers, by Marci Penner. A tour of every organized city in the state. 432-page book with 400+ color photos and 3,597 entries.
Events and Festivals
History Web Directories
State and National
- WWW-VL: History: W3 Search
Engines Internet search engines worldwide,
search engine tips,
website tools, virus and spyware protection.
Schools and Universities
Visitors and Tour Groups
Old West Kansas
Books and Articles
Northeast Kansas Towns
Site maintained by George Laughead, AAM Small Museums & Technology. Site established 1993. Thanks to Lynn H. Nelson, author of "HNSource, the first history site on the WWW." and WWW-VL: History First site on the World Wide Web Virtual Library.
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