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
Honored guests will include Patrick O'Connor, David Quick, and Dr. Jay Price, WSU History Dept Chair.
City of Wichita, Sedgwick County, Kansas
New: LoudLight, Progressive pro-voting and student voter registration group based in Topeka. Davis Hammet is director and spokeperson.
Bruce Conner Memorial, "ON BRUCE CONNER (may he rest in peace) AND ASSORTED KANSAN COHORTS," by poet Daniel Abdal-Hayy Moore, 2008, Beats In Kansas
Alison Streiff Scott and George Laughead, Wichita Vortex location; camera held by Neal Smith; August 2009.
Expanded Charles Plymell section at Beats in Kansas
New Robert Branaman section at Beats In Kansas
Register of Historic Places Nomination: Kaufman Building -
Built in 1924, the Kaufman Building is significant for its
association with Wichitaï¿½s role as a wholesale wheat-trading center
during the 1920s and as an example of architect-designed early
twentieth-century fireproof commercial construction. Local entrepreneur
Hilbert Kaufman commissioned the building in 1922 and hired the
architecture firm of Eberson and Weaver, a Chicago-based firm, to design his
Sedgwick County KS Web Sites
Art, Music and Theater
- Artists In Kansas Kansas
Art Centers, Kansas Art Galleries, KS Art Museums
- Beats In
Kansas The Beat Generation in the Heartland
KS Beatniks, with
Wichita related links to Beat Vortex, Charles Plymell, Bruce Conner, Roxie Powell, James Johnson,
Michael McClure, James Mechem, Moody Connell, Lee
- City Arts Wichita,
Wichita/Sedgwick County Arts & Humanities Council, Wichita
- Cooking In
Kansas Cookbooks, recipes, pioneer, cowboy cooking
- Fisch Haus
of Decorative Painters, Wichita
- Steckline Gallery, Newman College, Wichita
- Mark S. Walker, Wichita
- Mary Werner, Artist, Steckline Gallery, Director of Visual Arts, Newman University
- Wichita Arts,
Division of Arts and Cultural Services, Wichita
- Wichita Art
- former Wichita Center for the Arts,
Wichita-Sedwick County Historical Museum,
Wichita Public Library, WSU Libraries
- Wichita Symphony Orchestra
- The Wichita Group by James Johnson, 1950s [Bruce Conner, Michael McClure, Enrique Riveron, David Bernard, Rex Hall, Jim Davis, Skip Harwick, Robert Kiskadden]
Wichita Vortex Beats in Wichita, 1940s-60s, by Lee Streiff [off-line, archive.org copy]
- Kansas Compassionate Care Coalition
- 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
- WWW-VL: History: Search
Engines Internet search engines, search tips, website tools.
Visitors and Tour Groups
Schools and Universities
Old West Kansas
Books and Articles
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