About Jan Kerouac

Jan Kerouac, daughter of Beat Generation novelist Jack Kerouac, was born in 1952 in Albany, New York. Raised on the Lower East Side of New York, she traveled extensively in Mexico and South America in her teenage years and early twenties. Returning to live with her mother Joan Haverty Stuart in Washington State in the late 1970's, she completed her first novel BABY DRIVER, which was published in 1981 by St. Martin's.

Her second novel TRAIN SONG was published by Henry Holt in 1988. She has also published and read her poetry at a wide variety of places, and she has taken part in a number of the symposiums on the Beat writers, including the Amsterdam Poetry Festival in 1983, the ON THE ROAD celebration at the Naropa Institute in 1982 and the dedication of the Jack Kerouac Memorial in Lowell in 1988. She was a featured speaker at the international Beat Generation conference at NYU in May, 1994, and she continues to speak out, despite her bad health, about the need to preserve her father's entire archive in a library or a museum.

She is currently working on her third novel, PARROT FEVER. A I 10,000-word excerpt is available as a collector's chapbook, signed and numbered, in an edition of 135, for $50 each plus $3 postage and handling. Make checks payable to Jan Kerouac Benefit Fund, 11 Palm Ave., Corte Madera, CA 94925.

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