An exploration of City Light’s role as a cultural hub where literature meets art and music.
Moderated by Peter Maravelis with Anastasia Aukman, John Mathias, Lewis Watts, Laura Whitcomb, and Paul Yamazaki
City Lights has played a vital role over the decades in connecting the literary world to its creative counterparts. It has served as a hub where artists crossed paths with poets and writers, who then, in turn, frequented the city’s jazz clubs, alternative music venues, and art galleries. These cultural junctions were places where the African American, Japanese, Filipino, Latino, and European communities came together, despite the prevailing segregation of the times. The cross-pollination led to groundbreaking work and the strengthening of community ties. Here’s a chance to learn about City Lights’s deep connections to the mid-20th-century art and music scenes.