Peter Orlovsky, a Life in Words

"Peter Orlovsky was the secret heart of the Beats. He wrote and roamed among them. This book contains unknown fragments of their world—the words of their orphaned angel."Patti Smith, Singer/Songwriter

Peter Orlovsky, a Life in Words: Intimate Chronicles of a Beat Writer

Book Launch with Editor Bill Morgan and Special Guests

Peter Orlovsky & Allen GinsbergSunday, June 22, 2014 at 4:00 p.m.
Performing Arts Center, Arapahoe Campus, 2130 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder
Free and open to all. Online registration is now closed for this event, but plenty of  tickets are still available at the door - we hope to see you there!

Until now, the poet Peter Orlovsky, who was Allen Ginsberg's lover for more than forty years, has been the neglected member of the Beat Generation. Orlovsky's story is a refreshing departure from the established history of the Beats as depicted by his more famous companions. His was a complicated life, filled with contradictions—though best known as Ginsberg's lover, Orlovsky was heterosexual and always longed to be with women. His spirit was prescient of the flower children of the sixties, especially his inclinations toward devotion and love. In the end, Orlovsky's use of drugs took its toll on his body and mind and he slipped into his own hell of addiction and mental illness, silencing one of the most original and inspiring voices of his generation.

Bill Morgan is an American writer, known for his work as an archivist and bibliographer for popular figures such as Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Abbie Hoffman, and Timothy Leary. Morgan was Allen Ginsberg's personal archivist and bibliographer. Over their twenty-year relationship, Morgan became quite close to Ginsberg and wrote his biography, I Celebrate Myself: The Somewhat Private Life of Allen Ginsberg (2006). Morgan has written extensively on the Beat generation and its key figures.


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