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Cinema Curiosa presents: Ferlinghetti – A Rebirth of Wonder

April 5 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm| Main Library (Traverse City)

This incisive and entertaining portrait of American poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti explores his vital role as a catalyst for numerous literary careers and for the Beat movement itself. Interviews with Ferlinghetti and others reveal a rich mélange of characters and events that unfolded in postwar America, including the publication of Allen Ginsberg’s Howl, William S. Burroughs’ Naked Lunch, and Jack Kerouac’s On the Road. In 1953 Ferlinghetti opened City Lights Bookstore, which quickly evolved into an iconic institution symbolizing social change and literary freedom. Six decades later, it is still going.

Featuring Lawrence Ferlinghetti; Allen Ginsberg; Pulitzer Prize winner Gary Snyder; Dennis Hopper; former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins; Dave Eggers; Anne Waldman; Obie Award winner Michael McClure; PEN Open Book Award winner Amiri Baraka; Bob Dylan & more.

“Rousing! A wide-ranging knockabout jamboree.” – CSM

“He was not just present at the creation of the Beat Generation, he was also one of its midwives.” – The New York Times

“A pleasure.” – The Village Voice

“Refreshing and revealing.” – This Week in New York

“A thoughtful vividly shot film…set against the turbulent background of post-war America and the rise of beat culture.” – Billy Collins, Poet Laureate of the United States (2001-2003)


April 5
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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Main Library (Traverse City)
610 Woodmere Ave
Traverse City, MI 49686 United States
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