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Wednesday, Nov 27 2013

A major catalyst for the San Francisco Renaissance and a huge inspiration to the Beat generation, Kenneth Rexroth is undeniably one of the most important voices in the development of a Bay Area literary culture. Host of a regular series of salons that brought together many of the area's otherwise disparate stars and popularized the house reading, as well as integrated literary discussions with those on politics and the larger social sphere, Rexroth became host of a long-running, groundbreaking weekly show on KPFA that further broadcast his critical reviews of literature, both local and international. MC of the famous "Howl" debut reading, Rexroth will be celebrated by a trio of esteemed poets who knew him well: David Meltzer, Ken Knabb, and Kim Stanley Robinson, with a discussion and readings from his work. Part of City Lights' yearlong 60th anniversary jamboree, this will be an evening as rich for its historical context as for the work being shared; the influence and importance of Rexroth's work is felt by many who will no doubt be there to testify.

Tue., Dec. 10, 7 p.m., 2013

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