This Thursday, July 12, join Gary Snyder and special guests to celebrate the release of a new compilation of poems by the legendary and mysterious Beat writer, Lew Welch.

In 1948, Lew Welch began attending Reed College in Portland, Oregon, where he became roommates with Gary Snyder and Philip Whalen, met William Carlos Williams, was inspired by and eventually wrote his thesis on Gertrude Stein. After various stints in advertising in New York and Chicago he would find himself back on the West Coast and become an integral part of the Beat scene and the San Francisco Renaissance. He stayed with Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Gary Snyder on and off again there, and in 1971 he would walk out of Snyder's house in the California woods, carrying a rifle and leaving behind an apparent suicide note, his body never to be found.

This new release, by City Lights Books, the most extensive edition of Welch's writing to be published, chronicles the full sweep of his extant works, and will be the only volume still in print.

Gary Snyder's foreward alone is worth a read, and can be accessed for free on the City Lights page.

Also in attendance: Joanne Kyger, Tom Killion, and surprise guests. The event will be held at 6pm in the Koret Auditorium of the San Francisco Public Library, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA, 94102, 415-557-4400.


Guard the Mysteries! 

Constantly reveal Them!

-Lew Welch


photo credit: jay galvin via flickr via creative commons