On Saturday, June 22, 2019, from 2–4 p.m., Hugo House and Western Bridge will present an afternoon program celebrating the work of famed Beat poet and LGBT icon Allen Ginsberg. The festival will feature an extraordinary lineup of poets, writers, and artists, including Dorothea Lasky, Rae Armantrout, Ron Silliman, Sadie Dupuis, Ryo Yamaguchi, Laura Da’, Andrew Schelling, and Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore.
Allen Ginsberg was a poet, philosopher, and social activist best known for his 1956 book, Howl and Other Poems, which triumphed in censorship trials and became a symbol of the Beat generation and the San Francisco renaissance. Today, “Howl” is one of the most widely read poems in the world. Countless contemporary writers—some of whom will perform at the festival—cite his work as a major influence on their own.