The poet, publisher, and activist Lawrence Ferlinghetti, born in Yonkers, New York, in 1919, has received the Robert Frost Memorial Medal and the first Literarian Award of the National Book Foundation. He is the subject of Christopher Felver's new film documentary, Ferlinghetti: A Rebirth of Wonder. Nancy Peters is an American writer as well as the former editor-in-chief of City Lights Books, which she co-owns with Lawrence Ferlinghetti.
"A brave man and a brave poet." -- Bob Dylan "Ferlinghetti is a national treasure, and his voice has become part of our collective conscience. Ferlinghetti is the foremost chronicler of our times, continually in the front lines." -- Library Journal "Lawrence gets you laughing, then hits you with the truth." -- Francis Ford Coppola "Combining a Whitmanesque celebration of the earthy with a nod to the surrealist tradition, Ferlinghetti blasted his way into public consciousness with the 1958 publication of A Coney Island of the Mind, marking him as one of the Beat poets, though his more refined poetic sensibility showed just how different he was from what 'Beat' came to mean." -- Publishers Weekly