On Thursday, the Pittsburgh Contemporary Writers Series will host an evening with poet and activist Anne Waldman, the author of 40 books and the recipient of the 2013 Guggenheim Fellowship and the Poetry Society of America's Shelley Memorial Award.
Ms. Waldman is associated with the poets and writers of the Beat Generation, but she came of age in what is often referred to as the Second Generation of the New York School in the mid-1960s -- a school heavily influenced by the Beats.
Ms. Waldman became a friend of Allen Ginsberg, whom she considered a mentor. The two accompanied Bob Dylan during his legendary Rolling Thunder Revue concert tour in the mid-1970s and appeared in Mr. Dylan's four-hour-long film "Renaldo and Clara."
Ms. Waldman is the co-founder of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University and a founding member and director of the Poetry Project. She's won nearly every major literary award.
Her extensive collection of correspondences with Ginsberg, William S. Burroughs, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Ken Kesey, Robert Creeley and other literary giants from the last century is archived at the University of Michigan's Special Collections Library in Ann Arbor.
The event begins at 8:30 at the Frick Fine Arts Auditorium on Schenley Plaza in Oakland and is free and open to the public. For more information, visit pghwriterseries.wordpress.com or call 412-624-6508.