Beat Generation Poet to Speak at SUNY Oswego

OSWEGO — SUNY Oswego’s Living Writers Series will host Beat Generation poet Charles Plymell at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29, in the Campus Center auditorium.

Plymell was an early member of the Beat Generation poets and writers who became prominent in the ’50s in New York City speaking out against mainstream American values. Most of Plymell’s work reflects his life and the Beat Generation attitude.

Born in Kansas, Charles Plymell moved to San Francisco where he lived with Beat Generation luminaries Allen Ginsberg and Neal Cassady. During his time in that fertile creative scene, Plymell printed the first copies of Zap Comix featuring Robert Crumb and published many influential underground books.

He was recruited by leaders of the Johns Hopkins Writing Seminars to earn his master’s degree in writing. Some of his works from more than four decades as an active writer include “The Last of the Moccasins,” “Hand on the Door Knob” and “The Trashing of America.”

Plymell publicly opposed the Endowment of the Arts, calling it a politicized, unjust system feeding on mediocrity and self-contradiction. His interviews appeared the New York Times and Washington Talk. Plymell has not received federal or state funding to pursue his creativity since.

He and his wife, Pam, founded Cherry Valley Publishing and have published works by Ginsberg, William S. Burroughs, Dick McBride and Robert Peters.

Plymell’s appearance at SUNY Oswego will be free and open to the public. For more information, call 312-2609.