The 2017 Lowell Celebrates Kerouac Experience

Thanks to everyone that came out to Lowell for the 2017 LCK Festival. We had a good time and hope you did, too. We're going to collect words and images and anything from the folks that attended the event and share them with the world. If you have something you'd like to share, please give us a shout at We're happy to give you the right attribution and link back to you, wherever you are.

See you on the road.

Results of the 2017 Lowell High School Poetry Contest

Congratulations to the 2017 student winners of the Lowell High School Poetry Contest, held on October 6:

First Place: Mableun Ntoro, $250.
Second Place: Willow Kelley, $250.
Third Place: Pearl Ojinka, $100.

Speaking of students, we had two students visitors to the festival were working on their college senior projects:

Washington Post: Driving the Beat Road

Check out the recent five-part story by Jeff Weiss in The Washington Post: "Driving the Beat Road".

2017 LCK Events and Anniversaries

Jack Kerouac's 95th birthday will celebrated on 11 March in Lowell. On 11 March at 2:00pm, there will be a panel discussion on "The Unknown Kerouac" with Professors Todd Tietchen and JC Cloutier at Pollard Memorial Library, Community Room on Merrimack Street.

The 2017 Lowell Celebrates Kerouac Festival will be held from 5-9 October in Lowell. There will also be a Kerouac Memorial Walk on 21 October.

Three anniversaries that will be celebrated at the festival:

Next LCK meeting: Thursday, December 15

The next LCK planning meeting will be held at 7:00pm on Thursday, December 15 at Cappy's Copper Kettle in Lowell (245 Central St.). For more information or to get involved with LCK, email

Next LCK meeting: Thursday, November 17

The next LCK planning meeting will be held at 7:15pm on Thursday, November 17 at the Pollard Memorial Library in Lowell (401 Merrimack St.). For more information or to get involved with LCK, email

Alive with the Dead / A Fly on the Wall with a Camera

Susana Millman, the official unofficial photographer for the Grateful Dead recently published a book: Alive with the Dead / A Fly on the Wall with a Camera. She'll be touring the northeast in November, including a stop at Vinyl Destination in Lowell on Friday 18 November at 7:30pm.

Please see the attached schedule for all of her tour dates.

Dispatches from the 2016 LCK Festival

Winners of 2016 Lowell High School Poetry Contest:

  • 1st place: Hailey Tran
  • 2nd place: Eddy Olu
  • 3rd place: Primena Oeur

Dave Morgan, a poet from Bolton, England, placed 3rd in Italian poetry competition in September. His poem entitled: "Let's Go Jack."

From Brian Hassett, in the Jack Kerouac group on Facebook:

Beat Museum looking to establish a permanent home in San Francisco

Hi all. Our friends at The Beat Museum are looking for help to establish a permanent home in San Francisco. Please read below for more information. Also consider joining their mailing list to get updates as they come out.


Dear friends, supporters, benefactors, would-be benefactors and True Believers -

The time has come to place a stake in the ground and I'm asking you to collectively help me decide what will become of The Beat Museum.

Jack Kerouac Award for Poetry and Literature, Morano Calabro, Italy

The Indetto dall’Associazione Culturale Orion (Orion Cultural Association) in Morano Calabro, Italy, is hosting a international competition called the Jack Kerouac Award for Poetry and Literature. The deadline for submissions is 10 August 2016. The award ceremony will take place Saturday 10 September 2016 in the Municipal Auditorium in Morano Calabro.

There are three categories for non-Italian authors:


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