St. Petersburg, Florida
Welcome to the website for Florida 501(c)3 Non-profit Organization, The Friends of Jack Kerouac, formally known as The Friends of the Jack Kerouac House, Inc founded in 2013.
Events in 2018: Kerouac Night at the Flamingo Sports Bar hosted in March and October. Guest Readers at Wordier Than Thou’s Roast of Jack Kerouac hosted at The Studio@620. Poetry Contest organized by Keep St. Pete Lit with performances during October’s Kerouac Night. Hosting of a Graphic Design Contest won by Florida artist Daniel Lamparelli
Events in 2019: Vendor Table at Localtopia Festival hosted by Keep St. Pete Local. Guest Speaker at Wordier Than Thou’s Roast of Ernest Hemingway. Kerouac Night in March at the Flamingo Sports Bar. Performance Reading of Allen Ginsburg’s HOWL by Bob Devin Jones, Becca McCoy, Peter Meinke, and JoEllen Schilke on April 16th as part of Keep St. Pete Lit’s SunLit Festival hosted at The Old Key West Bar.
Spirit of Kerouac Festival in October featuring six events such as Kerouac Night at the Flamingo Sports Bar, a presentation during Nerd Night at the Iberian Rooster, Kerouac themed Art Exhibit and Auction at The Studio@620, Poetry Reading and Vendor Market at Black Crow Coffee Grand Central, a Screening of On The Road at Green Bench Brewery.
Events in 2020: Guest Speaker with Wordier Than Thou at Flying Boat Brewery. Guest Speaker in February at Wordier Than Thou’s Tampa Bay Publishing Conference hosted at Creative Pinellas. Vendor Table at Localtopia Festival hosted by KSPL. March Events canceled due to COVID-19.
Virtual Events in October of 2020: Postcard tutorial for Ghost of Kerouac fan-mail, a Zoom discussion of Satori in Paris (Kerouac’s novel about his quest to France in search of his family roots) as part of Wordier Than Thou’s Wordplay Festival. Two readings of adventurous children’s books, Kinderguide’s version of On The Road, and Bob Devin Jones narrating the Maurice Sendak classic, Where the Wild Things Are.
A tribute to the unique Mexican holiday Day of the Dead with an online poetry showcase (hosted at the Studio@620) called “Dia de los Vagabundos” which featured an ofrenda complete with a neon sugar skull made by Noble Glass and Neon, local artist interviews with Robyn Crosa and Daniel Barojas along featured poets reciting works from Beat Generation writers along with their own original poems.
Events in 2021: Vendor Table at Localtopia Festival hosted by Keep St. Pete Local in February. Co-hosted an Intuitive Painting Lab in March with John Gascot founder of Diversity Arts Inc at Studio5663 in Pinellas Park. We kicked off the Spirit of Kerouac Festival beginning with poetry open mic on Kerouac’s birthday, March 12th, at Hops and Props. At Green Light Cinema we hosted screenings of the 1952 cult classic “Pull My Daisy,” a Robert Frank film with music by David Amram and narration by Kerouac (followed by Q & A with the audience and panelists from our Board Members.) The weekend of events culminated in the maiden bicycle voyage of the “Tour de Kerouac” with help from the St. Pete Bike Co-op.
At the end of March we helped sponsor Wordier Than Thou’s event at The Studio@620, a reading of Kerouac’s play “Beat Generation” by an all-female cast in honor of Women’s History Month.
In October we hosted Kerouac In Azul: A Celebration of Mexico City Blues at The Studio@620 with live music, selected readings from Kerouac’s 242 Cantos, and original poetry. Videos of the performance can be found on our Youtube Channel; Friends of Jack Kerouac.
Join us for Bi-Monthly Poetry Open Mics: Every 2nd Monday at The Studio Public House 2950 Central Ave from 6-8pm.
And each 3rd Thursday of the Month at the Flamingo Sports Bar 1230 MLK St N. from 6-8pm.
Visit our About Us section in the Menu tab for our new mission statement, board members and current goals.