San Francisco writer Michael McClure gained fame at the very start of his career as one of the five poets who read at the legendary Six Gallery event in 1955, where Allen Ginsberg first read 'Howl'.
A key member of the Beat Generation, which is often dated from that night at the Six, and of the California arts scene and counterculture of the 1960s and '70s, McClure has published extensively as a poet, playwright, essayist, novelist and songwriter. He is known for the highly original, visionary quality of his writing as well as for his dynamic poetry performances.
McClure was a close friend of Jim Morrison, frontman of The Doors, and was responsible for mentoring and promoting Morrison as a poet. In recent years McClure has collaborated and performed and recorded with many musicians, notably Ray Manzarek, former Doors keyboardist, and the minimalist composer Terry Riley.
Now in his eighties, McClure continues to write and perform his work regularly. His most recent books are Mephistos and Other Poems (City Lights, 2016) and Persian Pony (Ecstasis, 2017).
Michael McClure's extensive archive is held in the Contemporary Literature Collection in Special Collections & Rare Books (W.A.C. Bennett Library, SFU Burnaby).
McClure's Vancouver appearance comes on the occasion of the publication of his new book of poems, 'Persian Pony' (Ekstasis Press). Copies will be available for purchase and signing by the author.
This event is free to attend. Refreshments will be served.