F290. A Tribute to William S. Burroughs

Room 615/616/617, Washington State Convention Center, Level 6
Friday, February 28, 2014
4:30 pm to 5:45 pm


This is a tribute to honor William S. Burroughs, one of the most notable American novelists of the 20th century, on the 100th anniversary of his birth. Burroughs was an influential member of the Beat Generation and Postmodernist movement. He wrote eighteen novels including his most well-known and controversial novel, Naked Lunch, which was published in 1959. His work has continued to shape popular culture in music, television, film, and literature.



Ira Silverberg has worked in the literary world for nearly thirty years. Among the positions he's held are Literature Director of the National Endowment for the Arts, Editor in Chief of Grove Press, and Publisher and founding co-editor of High Risk Books/Serpent's Tail.

Anne Waldman is the author of more than forty books, including Fast Speaking Woman and Vow to Poetry, a collection of essays, and The Iovis Trilogy: Colors in the Mechanism of Concealment, an epic poem and twenty-five-year project. With Allen Ginsberg, she co-founded the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University, where she is a Distinguished Professor of Poetics. She received a 2013 Guggenheim Fellowship, the Poetry Society of America’s Shelley Memorial Award, and she has recently been appointed a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets.

Chuck Palahniuk is an American novelist and freelance journalist, who describes his work as transgressional fiction. He is best known as the author of the award-winning novel Fight Club, which  was made into a feature film.

Alex Dimitrov is the author of Begging for It, a book of poems, and American Boys, a multimedia poetry echapbook.


February 7–10, 2024
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