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George Koumantzelis photographed this historic event at the Smith Baker Center in June 1988, on the eve of the dedication of the Jack Kerouac Commemorative. More than 1,000 people attended what was described as the most important poetry reading in America of that year. Shown here on stage are Allen Ginsberg reading (center) and seated to his left, Lawrence Ferlinghetti. I can’t tell who is seated to Ginsberg’s right. It may be Robert Creeley.  Photo by George Koumantzelis (c) 1988.