Michael McClure Memorial Tribute
Sunday, May 9th, 3:00 p.m. PT / 6:00 p.m. ET, Event will be held on Zoom. Click the link in the event description for info.


A memorial tribute to 

Michael McClure

with readings and remembrances

by Margaret Randall, George Herms, Cedar Sigo, Paul Nelson, Lyn Hejinian, Amy McClure, and more TBA

This is a virtual event that will be hosted by City Lights on the Zoom platform. You will need access to a computer or other device that is capable of accessing the internet. If you have not used Zoom before, you may consider referencing Getting Started with Zoom.


Event is free, but registration is required.

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On the one-year anniversary of the passing of our dear friend, the great American poet Michael McClure, we present an all-star tribute with many special guests!

This event is happening the day after the book release party for Michael's final book Mule Kick Blues and Last Poems with Anne Waldman and Eileen Myles. Register for that event here, too!



Michael McClure (1932-2020) was an award-winning American poet, playwright, songwriter, and novelist. After moving to San Francisco as a young man, he was one of the five poets who participated in the Six Gallery reading that featured the public debut of Allen Ginsberg's landmark poem "Howl." A key figure of the Beat Generation, McClure is immortalized as Pat McLear in Jack Kerouac's novels The Dharma Bums and Big Sur. He also participated in the 60s counterculture alongside musicians like Janis Joplin and Jim Morrison. He taught for many years at California College of the Arts and lived with his wife, Amy, in the San Francisco Bay Area.