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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 Live @ KJHK 2015

Joe Schoonover-Guitar; Sam Goodell-Keys; Lucas Parker-Bass; Taylor Babb-Drums

Joe Schoonover Trio Live @ KJHK 2015

Joe Schoonover-Guitar; Joel Stratton-Bass; Matt Leifer-Drums

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.

Equality House, Topeka, KS FaceBook page.

19th Century Kansas Traveling Shows & Minstrel and Medicine Shows -- Creating a Market for the Blues, both by Pat O'Connor

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

National 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.

Kansas Preservation Resources


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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