Book Beat and Poets & Writers, Inc. are pleased to present an evening of latter-day beat poetry hosted by ML Liebler on Thursday, July 18 at 6:30-7:30pm in Book Beat (26010 Greenfield Rd. Oak Park, MI 48237). Featured poets are: Andy Clausen, David Cope, Rod Torreson & Robin Eichele. Books will be available for purchase and signing at the event. Please call Book Beat (248) 968-1190 for any further information.
Andy Clausen is the author of 14 books of poetry, including 40th Century Man: Selected Verse 1996-1966 (Autonomedia, 1997), Without Doubt (Zeitgeist Press, 1991, introduction by Allen Ginsberg) and was coeditor of Poems for the Nation (Seven Stories Press, 2000), a collection of contemporary political poems compiled by the late poet Allen Ginsberg.
In 1968, he signalled the intensity of his energetic spoken word recital for which he would become known and would affect the generation of latter-day beats as well as many writers of Generation X when he performed naked save for an American flag tie at the Conference Of Small Magazine Editors and Publishers in Berkeley. The following month, when Allen Ginsberg caught a glimpse of Clausen at the Rolling Renaissance readings in San Francisco, he thought he was seeing the young Neal Cassady. Allen Ginsberg not only called him the “Future of American Poetry” but in the introduction to Without Doubt, said he would take a chance on a “President Clausen.”
Clausen has taught at Naropa University and given readings and lectures at many universities, prisons, poetry conferences, and cafes at home and around the world. He has worked for poetry in the schools agencies in California, New Jersey, Colorado and New York. He is presently working on memoirs of his friendship and adventures with Allen Ginsberg, Gregory Corso and many others of the Beat Generation.
David Cope has published seven books of poems: Quiet Lives (1983, foreword by Allen Ginsberg); On The Bridge (1986); Fragments from the Stars (1990); Coming Home (1993); Silences for Love (1998), and Turn the Wheel (2003), and Moonlight Rose in Blue (2010). He is the 2011-2014 Grand Rapids Poet Laureate, and has won the 1988 literature award, American Academy/Institute of Arts & Letters and the 1977 Pushcart Prize. Editor & publisher, Big Scream poetry magazine, 1974-present, Nada Poems, 1988, and Sunflowers and Locomotives: Songs for Allen, elegies for Allen Ginsberg, 1998. He teaches Women’s Studies, Shakespeare, drama, and creative writing at Grand Rapids Community College.
Rodney Torreson is the author of four books, his most recent being The Secrets of Fieldwork, a chapbook of poetry published by Finishing Line Press in 2010. His twofull-length books are A Breathable Light (New Issues Press, 2002) and The Ripening of Pinstripes: Called-Shots on the New York Yankees (Story Line Press, 1998). The poet laureate of Grand Rapids from 2007-2010, he is co-director of Through the 3rd Eye, an online website which promotes the poetry of young people in the greater Grand Rapids area.
Robin Eichele is a poet and co-founding member of the Detroit Artist Workshop, who also ran the Detroit Artist Workshop press. He has been translating dreamstates “for more than a few years, discovering the words left behind for me to transcribe and share.” Visit his website at: http://robineichele.wordpress.com