Significant Others: The Women Beats

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The Poetry Deal: A Film with Diane di Prima ©Melanie La Rosa

The Poetry Deal: A Film with Diane di Prima ©Melanie La Rosa

Though largely overlooked and comparatively unknown, the contributions of the female writers, artists, activists of the Beat Generation men—Anne Waldman, Joanne Kyger, Joan Vollmer, Hettie Jones, Diane di Prima, and Carolyn Cassady, among others—were a significant literary force field in the movement's revolution.

Other than being muses, wives, and girlfriends to the likes of Kerouac, Burroughs, and Cassady, what were their contributions to the canon? Did they embrace the freedoms of sex, drugs, and the open road as wholly as their male peers? Why were they not as celebrated as they should have been, despite the merit of their collective voices?

We'll delve deeply into Brenda Knight’s award-winning Women of the Beat Generation: The Writers, Artists and Muses at the Heart of a Revolution, and write poems inspired by these extraordinary women artists.

Teaching Artist: Lissa Kiernan
Suggested donation: $25