Happy Birthday, Allen Ginsberg!

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Happy birthday to groundbreaking Beat poet Allen Ginsberg.

He would have been 87 today.

Celebrate by re-reading “Howl,” or, if you’re in the Bay Area, by visiting an exhibit of his photography at the Contemporary Jewish Museum.


Lauren O'Neal is an MFA student at San Francisco State University. Her writing has appeared in publications like Slate, The New Inquiry, and The Hairpin. You can follow her on Twitter at @laureneoneal. More from this author →