"A Tribute to Jack Kerouac" April 4-5, 1973
"A Tribute to Jack Kerouac" was held as part of the Arts Festival at Salem State College in 1973. It is generally thought to be the first academic symposium on the life and work of Jack Kerouac. April 4th featured readings by Beat poets Allen Ginsberg and Gregory Corso and a showing of the film "Pull My Daisy." On April 5th a panel discussion featuring Ginsberg, Corso, John Clellon Holmes, and Peter Orlovsky was held. The Symposium was free-wheeling, as befit the times, and became legendary over the years as the Beat Writers gained in popularity.
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