About the event

Lost & Found General Editor Ammiel Alcalay will lead a discussion on the Beat elements of the Lost & Found: The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative research project at the Bower Poetry Club, 308 Bowery, New York, New York 10012.

For Beat & Beyond, scholars from the Lost & Found: The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative will perform a choral reading of selections from our publications, read by a group of former and present student editors, and engage in a discussion about the work we have done and the work to come:

Claudia Moreno Parsons on Amiri Baraka & Ed Dorn: Selections from the Collected Letters 1959-1960

Megan Paslawski on Michael Rumaker: Selected Letters

Alex Wermer-Colan on William S. Burroughs: The Travel Agency is on Fire

Öykü Tekten & William Camponovo on Gregory Corso: Naropa Lectures 1981 (parts I & II)

Founded in 2009 by poet, novelist, critic, translator, scholar and City Lights author Ammiel Alcalay, Lost & Found: The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative is a unique publishing and pedagogical venture that explores the legacy of the Beats and the New American poetry writ large.

Each year, through the Center for the Humanities at the City University of New York’s Graduate Center, Lost & Found publishes a series of student-edited chapbooks drawn from archival materials.

Characterized by its careful attention to the interplay of poetry, poetics friendship and politics, Lost & Found has extended the legacies of the Beats and the New Americans into new territories and for new readers. Working in personal and institutional archives located throughout the country.