A successful poet and artist in his own right, Lawrence Ferlinghetti is best remembered as the co-founder of San Francisco’s City Lights Bookstore,–a forum and home for members of the beat movement since it’s opening in 1955, and for the publishing house that came to be associated with it. It was Ferlinghetti who first published Allen Ginsberg’s “Howl” as well as works by many other Beat writers. He has remained active as an artist and publisher. He will be 95 years old in March.
His book of poems A CONEY ISLAND STATE OF THE MIND continues to have a following. Here is a reading of poem #11.
“A Brief Biography of Lawrence Ferlinghetti” http://www.citylights.com/ferlinghetti/
“San Francisco Poet: Larwrence Ferlinghetti” http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/entertainment-july-dec02-ferlinghetti_12-27/