Sam Abrams, a 1960's Beat poet in New York City, will discuss poetry and read some of his own at this general meeting of Just Poets. Abrams was associated with LeRoi Jones and Amiri Baraka’s Yugen Magazine group in the early 1960's and, along with Joel Oppenheimer, was among the first teachers in the St. Marks Poetry Project. He was a close associate of poets Allen Ginsberg, Ed Sanders, and Paul Blackburn, and was a member of the “Angry Arts” anti-war poets’ collective. His poetry has been widely published in magazines and anthologies, and among the volumes he has written and edited are the collections Barbara, The Post-American Cultural Congress and The Old Pothead Poems. He has been a longtime Professor of English at Rochester Institute of Technology and is now Professor Emeritus. From his opposition to the Vietnam War to his recent forceful letters to the editor of the Democrat & Chronicle, Sam Abrams has never failed in his duty to give the government and his fellow citizens the benefit of his advice.
As usual, there will be a workshop after Abrams' presentation.
Just Poets welcomes anyone interested in reading and writing poetry to its meetings.