Saturday, Oct 24, 2020 3:00 PM - 11:45 PM
Beast Generation culture exploded in the San Francisco Bay Area in the late 2000s. By 2012, we, Beast Generation writers, lived a never-ending literary feast. We gathered in the Mission, at the street corners (16th and Mission), in a former voodoo and black magic temple Viracocha, Octopus Literary Salon in Oakland, in the bars like Amnesia and Make Out Room or Nick’s Lounge in Berkeley. They read poetry and prose, played music and acted at festivals and happenings like Saturday Night Special, Quiet Lightning, LitCrawl, Literary Death Match, and took road trips to read with poets in Seattle, Portland, Cleveland, Pittsburg, Albuquerque and New York. It was a loud and fun family, with a sense of purpose and belonging.
The Beast Crawl was born in 2012 in Oakland CA to establish an annual gathering of this tribe in one region at one time in the East Bay (pig latin for “Beast”) to celebrate the merging of homegrown literary talent with the other kindred Beasts across the world.
By 2020, with many of the venues closed or out of business, festivals and readings canceled by the pandemic, depression, fires and smoke, the Beasts might have lost a platform but not their voice. We will join forces again on October 24, 2020, and speak up online. Join us for a whole day marathon on a YouTube channel of one of San Francisco’s oldest indie bookstores, Globus Books. The city will live up to its tradition: LitCrawl and Bay Area Poetry festival will be bringing more voices to you that very day. Let’s read like it is 2012!
With a week before the historic election, our country, state and city face a political, economic and environmental crisis. The arts, literature and poetry are here to do what they always do: offer humanity. Our land is on fire, the plague is near and tyrants are at large but our spirits soar and are invincible. Long live Poetry!
Cassandra Rockwood-Rice Ganem
Vernon Keeve III
Vanessa Rochelle Lewis
John Alfred Panzer
Lauren Dissident Parker
Cybele Zufolo Siegel
William Taylor Jr.
Keeley Ann Tulloh
Maw Shein Win