Continuing His Legacy: Coffee & Poetry at Jack’s House
The Jack Kerouac House of St. Petersburg Will Host a Monthly Reading of Local Poets
The Jack Kerouac House in St. Petersburg, Florida is proud to host and curate a monthly poetry reading of local and prominent out-of-town poets in Jack’s House. (See information below regarding the Jack Kerouac House.) The monthly reading will start on February 18, 2024, from three to six p.m. It will continue on the third Sunday of the month.
Lifetime Beat Poet Laureate Larry Jaffe will be hosting the event to further Jack’s legacy as one of the foremost Beat Poets. Jaffe has been creating and hosting readings for over 30 years including the Autry Museum of Western Heritage, and the Poetic License series of weekly readings in Los Angeles. Additionally, he helped spearhead the UNESCO Dialogue Among Civilizations poetry project around the world.
As Jack most appropriately stated: “I saw that my life was a vast glowing empty page and I could do anything I wanted.” Jaffe said that “our purpose is to give our local poets the opportunity to be heard and, like Jack implied, fill up those empty pages of life!”
The reading will consist of an open mic for local poets and a featured poet. There will of course be coffee as well as other light refreshments.
About the Jack Kerouac House in St. Petersburg
The Jack Kerouac House of St. Petersburg Inc. is a private, non-profit corporation dedicated to the preservation of author Jack Kerouac’s last home in St. Petersburg, Florida and the promotion of local arts, artists, and culture. While the Kerouac house is not a museum per se, it is used as a gathering place/cultural space for various community activities such as poetry readings, streaming events, lectures, seminars, meetings, and other events consistent with its mission to enrich the (counter)culture of St. Petersburg.
Kerouac lived with his wife Stella and his mother Gabrielle in the house at 5169 10th Ave N from 1967 until his death on October 21, 1969 although Kerouac had lived in central Florida off and on for over a decade. Throughout his adult life Kerouac alternated between a quiet, domestic life with his mother and the restless wandering that made him famous in his most popular novel On The Road. His house at the corner of 10th Ave N and 52nd St was the last place he came off the road.
The Jack Kerouac House of St. Petersburg hopes to provide a place for current artists, scholars, and other creatives to do what they do best: enrich the cultural life of our city. As St. Petersburg’s cultural renaissance continues to expand, we hope the house will be a resource for local cultural groups and producers.
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