Allen Ginsberg with his own portrait of William S. Burroughs, New York, NY, 1986
Perhaps the most prominent poet of the Beat movement, as well as a photographer and important counter-cultural figure of the 1950s, ‘60s, and ‘70s, Allen Ginsberg (1926–97) was born into a Jewish family in Newark, New Jersey, and grew up in nearby Paterson. He is the author of the Beat classics Howl and Other Poems (1956), Kaddish and Other Poems (1961), and, with William S. Burroughs, The Yage Letters (1963). He received the 1969 National Institute of Arts and Letters Award, the National Book Award for Poetry for The Fall of America: Poems of These States, 1965–1971 (1972), and the 1979 National Arts Club Medal of Honor for Literature. In 1974, he co-founded the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at the Naropa Institute in Boulder, Colorado. Other works include Reality Sandwiches (1963), As Ever: Collected Correspondence of Allen Ginsberg and Neal Cassady (1977), Straight Heart’s Delight: Love Poems and Selected Letters, with Peter Orlovsky (1980), Collected Poems, 1947–1980 (1984), Allen Ginsberg Photographs (1991), Honorable Courtship: The Journals of Allen Ginsberg (1994), and Selected Poems, 1947–1995 (1996). His life and work have been the subject of the recent films Howl (2010), starring James Franco as Ginsberg, and Kill Your Darlings (2013), with Daniel Radcliffe portraying the acclaimed poet.
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On Monday, September 30, Robert Giard fellow Molly Landreth engaged in a freewheeling conversation with art history professor James Saslow at a capacity filled forum at the City University Graduate Center. Ms. Landreth spoke in great detail about the work that led to her 2010-11 Giard fellowship winning multi-platform visual survey "EMBODIMENT: A Portrait of Queer Life in America."
Sarah Schulman was born in New York City in 1958 and attended Hunter High School. She has a Bachelor of Arts from the Empire State College of the State University of New York. She is a novelist, playwright, screenwriter, nonfiction writer, AIDS historian, journalist, and active participant citizen. Among her best known novels are After Delores (1988) and Rat Bohemia (1995). She has won numerous awards and fellowships, including a Guggenheim for playwrighting and 2 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowships for fiction. Among her non-fiction publications are: The Gentrification of The Mind: Witness to a Lost Imagination (2012); Ties That Bind: Familial Homophobia and Its Consequences (2010); Stagestruck: Theater, AIDS, and the Marketing of Gay America (1998); and My American History: Lesbian and Gay Life During the Reagan/Bush Years (1994). She is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of English at the College of Staten Island of he City University of New York.
Jose Sarria, 1999.
José Julio Sarria (1922-2013) was a drag performer and activist for LGBTQ civil rights who is largely credited as being the first gay man in the United States to run for public office.