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“The only thing that can save the world is the reclaiming of the
awareness of the world.”

Allen Ginsberg (1926 – 1997) is best known for his leading role in the 1950s Beat Generation, and as the voice of the counterculture, anti-establishment, pro-planet, pro-love movement of the 1960s. His wild drug-induced antics, his joyful, childlike naiveté, his refusal to be anything less than completely authentic, and his solemn, profound spirituality influenced millions of poets, and he dedicated his life to helping others investigate their soul through writing. An enthusiastic world traveler, he advocated peace, free speech, gay rights, and the importance of experiencing the spectrum of emotions as the best way to appreciate the divinity of Life.

The Allen Ginsberg Literary Community Contribution Award is given each year in recognition of a New England author or poet who not only has accumulated a distinguished body of work, but who has supported the local writing community by tirelessly promoting the work of others.


on Saturday, May 14 from 1:00 - 3:00 PM

Gloria Mindock is founding editor of Cervená Barva Press, and one of the USA editors for Levure Littéraire. She is the author of La Portile Raiului (Ars Longs Press) translated into the Romanian by Flavia Cosma, Nothing Divine Here (U Soku Stampa, Montenegro) and Blood Soaked Dresses (Ibbetson Street Press). Her fourth book, Whiteness of Bone, is forthcoming in 2016 by Glass Lyre Press. Gloria has been published in numerous literary journals abroad and in the USA. Her poetry has been translated and published into Serbian, Romanian, Estonian, French, and Spanish. She has work forthcoming in Gargoyle and the We are You Project Anthology. Gloria has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize many times and in December 2014, she was awarded the Ibbetson Street Press Lifetime Achievement Award. Gloria teaches workshops and holds events in the Cervená Barva Press studio located in the Arts for the Armory building in Somerville, MA.

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