Academic journal article Journal of Beat Studies

Letter from the Editors

Academic journal article Journal of Beat Studies

Letter from the Editors

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Ten years ago, the Beat Studies Association (B SA) was formed, and five years ago, the BSA entered into a relationship with Pace University Press to publish the first-ever scholarly journal devoted to Beat Generation writers and art. It is with gratitude that we have continued this important scholarly work and are proud to introduce the fourth volume of the Journal of Beat Studies. This volume contains essays on Gary Snyder, William S. Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, Diane di Prima, ruth weiss, Helen Adam, and Joanne Kyger, along with reviews of scholarly works on Ken Kesey, Elise Cowen, Philip Whalen, Burroughs, and Greenwich Village. Of particular interest is our new Beat Studies Interview, which will become a regular feature in each volume. Our inaugural interview with playwright Rochelle Owens was conducted by Amy Friedman, a long-time Beat scholar and a member of the BSA editorial board. As was the case with volume three, we have continued the Beat Index, a compendium of current Beat scholarship nationally and internationally. The Index wouldn't exist without the work of Harrison Todd and Nan Denette, English majors from The College of Wooster, who serve as our research assistants. As readers can see by simply perusing the Index compiled by Harrison and Nan, scholarly interests in the Beats is alive and well. …

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