Michela Alioto-Pier dedicates plaque commemorating HOWL 50th
October 7, 2005
Supervisor Alioto-Pier, San Francisco Public Library representatives,
and local merchants today will dedicate a bronze plaque commemorating
the first public reading of Allen Ginsberg's Howl at the former
Six Gallery at Union and Fillmore in the Marina District.
On October 7, 1955, six young unknown poets gathered at the Six
Gallery At Union and Fillmore. Packed into a back room, each poet
presented one Work to an attentive audience. Second to last, Allen
Ginsberg read a poem he had completed only a few days prior to
the event unaware of the national Impact it would have. Ginsberg
completed his first public full-length reading of HOWL in a chant
that hypnotized and roused the audience.
"Howl, Ginsberg, and the Beat Poets helped define the character
and personality of twentieth century San Francisco and through
the power of their words, helped change the nation and the world,"
Alioto-Pier will unveil a bronze plaque that will be laid in
front of The Live Furniture store, the former home of the Six
WHO: Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier
WHAT: Plaque dedication memorializing the first public
reading of Howl
WHEN: October 7, 2005, 1:00 p.m.
WHERE: 3115-3117 Fillmore Street, San Francisco
For more information, contact Rob Black at (415) 554-7752.