One of the key figures of the Beat movement in San Francisco in the 1950s, Lawrence Ferlinghetti has been the co-owner of City Lights Books since 1953. The first poet laureate of San Francisco, he is the author of more than 30 books of poetry, including A Coney Island of the Mind, The Secret Meaning of Things, A Far Rockaway of the Heart, and How to Paint Sunlight: Lyric Poems and Others, 1997-2000.
"oh to have been at this reading!"
Patti Smith was an aspiring poet, not yet launched into the world of rock and roll. Judy Linn was just beginning her work as a photographer. The two met through their boyfriends, Peter Barnowsky and Robert Mapplethorpe. Paging through Patti Smith 1969-1976, The Kitchen Sisters discovered that Judy not only photographed Patti, she had made little Super-8 movies too, as the two young women created a world together.