Allen Ginsberg’s Chicago: Poetry, Protest, and Performance, 1959-1975 | Newberry

Allen Ginsberg’s Chicago: Poetry, Protest, and Performance, 1959-1975

Led by John Suiter. Six sessions, 5:45 – 7:45 pm
Tuesday, February 12, 2019
Tuesdays, February 12 – March 19

5:45 – 7:45 pm

This seminar has been cancelled

Cost and Registration Information

Early Registration Price (January 8 at 9 am** – January 25 at 4 pm): $220
Regular Registration Price (January 25 at 4 pm – first day of class): $242

** Registration opens online at 9 am. Phone registration will be accepted starting at 10 am.

Members, seniors, and students get a 10% discount.

This seminar has been cancelled

Seminar Description

No writer of the Beat Generation had as much influence on the literary life of Daley-era Chicago as the poet-provocateur Allen Ginsberg. Chicago likewise did a great deal to spread Ginsberg’s fame and secure his place in American letters. In this course, we will read and discuss the historic events, poems, essays, interviews, courtroom dramas, and personal collaborations that fed this fruitful cultural symbiosis of city and poet.
Six sessions. E - $220, L - $242

Writer-photographer John Suiter is author of Poets on the Peaks: Gary Snyder, Philip Whalen & Jack Kerouac in the North Cascades. He is currently writing a biography of the Pulitzer prize-winning poet Gary Snyder. He has also written extensively about Allen Ginsberg and his poetry.

Materials List


  • A selection of shorter materials distributed by the instructor

First Reading:

This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program. Learn more about our registration procedures.