Writers Workshop Celebrates National Poetry Month

This Friday, Writers’ Workshop students celebrate national poetry month by hosting their annual Beatnik Cafe.

Beatnik Cafe is an all day event where students relive vintage American poetry and imitate Beat poets such as Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg and William Burroughs. The Beat Generation were a movement of young people in the 1950s who rejected conventional society and favored Zen Buddhism, modern jazz, and  free sexuality. The Beat Generation refused to conform to the white picket-fenced life style that most were a part of. They broke barriers and believed their words and art had a powerful message.

Students will keep the role of a Beatnik and perform throughout the day. Only junior and senior English classes will attend beatnik due to the small space of the little theatre.

Also, Out of Hand will be selling the literary art magazine for a dollar outside of Beatnik Cafe.