Exhibition Dates: October 5 – October 29, 2012

Conference Dates: October 19 & 20, 2012

Location: 521 1st Street, Davis, CA 95616


“I don’t know of anyone else who is doing this level of interdisciplinary collaboration between the visual, musical and literary arts. It’s the great work.”

-Joyce Jenkins, Poetry Flash


“Those for whom the San Francisco Beat phenomenon is merely the stuff of legend can get a taste of the real thing in an all-day conference sponsored by the John Natsoulas Gallery in Davis.”

-Kenneth Baker, San Francisco Chronicle


Experience an intimate two-day festival filled with poetry readings and painting improvisation set to the rhythm of live jazz. Hosted by the John Natsoulas Center for the Arts, this is a unique opportunity for attendees to experience exclusive performances, a thorough collection of Beat art, and later meet firsthand with the world-renowned poets, jazz musicians, and painters of the Beat Generation.

This 5th annual event is the premier collaborative conference in the region, convening on the evening of October 19th and extending the entirety of October 20th. Both days are free to the public. Saturday is focused on Jazz mixed with performance painters and poets on two stages on the corners of 1st and E.

A concurrent gallery-wide exhibition of Beat art will include paintings from the some of the most intriguing artists of the era. Our two live venues will feature the artists working at a rapid pace in a public venue- a unique and exclusive privilege for the audience. This event will include 150 jazz musicians, 20 diverse visual artists, and acclaimed performers.

Additionally, the Jack Kerouac Annual Poetry contest will be held offering the winner the chance to read their poetry at the conference. See the official rules and guidelines.

Contact: Nancy Resler