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Barnes and Noble Downtown

151 Merrimack Street
Lowell, MA 01852
(978) 458-3939


Lowell Celebrates Kerouac!

P.O. Box 1111
Lowell, MA 01853-1111
Lowell Celebrates Kerouac! Inc. (LCK!) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote a better understanding and appreciation of Jack Kerouac's life and literature. Founded in 1985, LCK! sponsors literary programs year round, including a festival in the first weekend of October. They also produce a spring program tied to Kerouac's March 12th birthday, as well as other educational and cultural activities. LCK! volunteers help maintain Kerouac Park and Jack Kerouac Commemorative in Downtown Lowell.


Pollard Memorial Library

401 Merrimack Street
Lowell, MA 01852
The Pollard Memorial Library is Lowell's gateway to knowledge, meeting the information needs and enriching the quality of life in our community. The mission of the library is to provide diverse collections, state of the art technology, appealing programs and multiple services to Lowell's population. The library offers children of the community an active library program stressing the value of reading and communicating. Students of all ages are provided with information and services to support all academic levels. In addition, the Pollard Library operates a large Literacy Volunteers program that has provided free, confidential one-on-one tutoring for hundreds of Greater Lowell residents since 1984.


Jack & Stella Kerouac Center for American Studies 
The Jack and Stella Kerouac Center for American Studies was founded in 2005 with generous support provided by Kerouac Estate Executor John Sampas. Its purpose is to strengthen the interdisciplinary study of American culture by facilitating ties between the fields of English, History, Philosophy, Cultural Studies, Art, Music, Sociology, and Economics at UMass Lowell, in the New England region and beyond.


Brew’d Awakening Coffeehaus

61 Market Street
Lowell, MA 01852
Brew’d Awakening hosts a Reader’s Series, a Music Night and Poetry Open Mic and Slam on a regular basis. Check their Calendar for event times and listings.


Eggroll Café

110 University Avenue
Lowell, MA. 01854
The Eggroll Cafe hosts an Open Mic at their venue and encourages all artists to participate in the Open Mic - musicians, songwriters, acoustic artists, poets, comedians, and more. Please check their Calendar for the scheduled Open Mic Nights and other events.


The Lowell Poetry Network



The Jack Kerouac Conference on Beat Literature (Biennial) 
The Jack Kerouac Conference on Beat Literature is a biennial scholarly conference devoted to the works of Lowell native Jack Kerouac and other Beat Generation authors, artists, musicians, and film makers.


New England Poetry Conference 
Founded in 2005, the New England Poetry Conference features poetry readings and public discussions about poetry. The 2008 conference took place in February on the South Campus of UMass Lowell and included discussions of Robert Frost's visual influences in the 1930s as well as paper presentations on the poetics of Denise Levertov, George Oppen, Diane Di Prima, Kenneth Koch, and other post-War poets. The conference also featured readings by New-England area writers and contributors to the recently published anthology French Connections: A Gathering of Franco-American Poets.


The Bridge Review 
The Bridge Review: Merrimack Valley Culture is an on-line journal about the culture of the Greater Merrimack Valley of Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire. The journal explores the interwoven concepts of place, nature, culture, and society. Based at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, the journal includes writing, visual art, music, video clips, and other creative and scholarly works relevant to our bio-region.


Vyü Magazine: Music, Photography, Poetry, Art, Design 
Vyü Magazine is an online journal that chronicles the art community in Lowell, Massachusetts and beyond.


Bootstrap Productions 
Bootstrap Productions is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit publishing company that promotes the integration of multi-dimensional art forms and experiments into fine press publishing.
The organization seeks to introduce the general public to experimental and contemporary art and writing; to stimulate public interest in the work of new, struggling and relatively unknown artists; and to benefit the community generally by promoting the appreciation of contemporary art and writing.


Shakespeare’s Monkeys 
Shakespeare's Monkey Revue is an international literary journal dedicated to excellence. Submissions of all genres (under 3000 words) will be considered, however their primary focus is creative writing with emphasis on poetry and short prose.


Loom Press 
Established in 1978, Loom Press publishes books by emerging writers and artists from the New England area. In addition to poetry, Loom Press titles range from documentary photography to cultural studies.


Massachusetts Poetry Festival 
The Massachusetts Poetry Festival, founded in conjunction with the Massachusetts Poetry Outreach Project, is an annual festival established to celebrate the array of literary talent throughout the Commonwealth. By bringing together poetry groups from across the state, they aim to present an enriching festival that reflects the spectrum of writing in Massachusetts.