A Celebration of Beat Poetry and Music
What Is The Kerouac Effect? » A Simple Guide to Putting On Your OWN Kerouac Effect Event
The Kerouac Effect is essentially an annual Celebration of Poetry & Music, the joining of the two art forms, a celebration of that aspect of Beat Poetry and of course a celebration held on the birthday of Jack Kerouac, March 12th (it's ok to have it at a close date if it really doesn't work, but best if it is that one because we're trying to do it internationally on the date)
T.K.E 2013 was the first time we ran internationally and the first time we brought in the 'Blind Date' pairing.The event was run as series of 'musical marriages' or 'blind dates' between musicians and poets.
The poets and musician pairings will be drawn from a hat 7 weeks beforehand and will be asked to come up with about 15 mins or maybe 2 poems (all depending on how many pairs you have and how long your night is). there are no hard and fast rules as to how long these should be and i'll leave it up to the individual organisers as to how they run their nights. Bear in mind though, that you don't want one pairing to take up all the stage time to the detriment of others.
The initial Pairing should be done 7 weeks beforehand on or around Jan 22nd. again this is at the organisers' discretion but i think it is important to make sure that people have enough time to meld musically and poetically: there are no hard rules that only the poet write the words or only the musician write the music.
If thepoet and musicians can't "work it out" or don't get on, then they should contact the event organisers and pull out but with such broad guidelines, there shouldn't be too much in the way of problems with this. As an organiser you can try to mediate or maybe look for other poets or musicians or offer to swap people around, but from my experience of running 'Dirty Wordz live sessions' in Auckland, people love it.
We also have a facebook community page.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read all this and I hope that you are interested in bringing the concept to your area. If you have any problems/questions/suggestions please don't hesitate to contact me, just don't leave it to the last minute and expect miracles from me.
Jack was human with human faults and I am too.
Most of all please enjoy your The Kerouac Effect. It is supposed to be fun and that is surely how Jack would have wanted it.
The Kerouac Effect