The Poetry Project


Michael McClure: East Coast Memorial & Tribute

© Harold Adler

Please join The Poetry Project and City Lights as we celebrate and remember Michael McClure, poet and beloved friend.

Featuring readings and remembrances from: Ammiel Alcalay, David Brazil, Garrett Caples, Francesco Clemente, David Henderson, Bob Holman, Mary Norbert Korte, Filip Marinovich, Amy Evans McClure, Jackson Meazle, Uche Nduka, Lee Ranaldo, Ed Sanders, Declan Spring, Amber Tamblyn, and Jeffrey Yang

Michael McClure (1932-2020) was an award-winning American poet, playwright, songwriter, and novelist. After moving to San Francisco as a young man, he was one of the five poets who participated in the Six Gallery reading that featured the public debut of Allen Ginsberg's landmark poem “Howl.” A key figure of the Beat Generation, McClure is immortalized as Pat McLear in Jack Kerouac's novels The Dharma Bums and Big Sur. He also participated in the 60s counterculture alongside musicians like Janis Joplin and Jim Morrison. He taught for many years at California College of the Arts and lived with his wife, Amy, in the San Francisco Bay Area.

This event follows a series of celebrations for Michael McClure's life and work. Here is the registration link for the launch of Michael McClure's final book on May 8 with Anne Waldman and Eileen Myles; and here is the registration link with West Coast celebrants and friends in tribute to McClure.

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