in Honor of Kerouac’s Centennial Birthday
Announces Partnership with Jack Kerouac Estate
THE JACK KEROUAC HOUSE OF ST. PETERSBURG launches its 2022 calendar on March 12 with a celebration for the 100th birthday of its namesake, famous author and Beat pioneer Jack Kerouac. Kerouac lived with his wife Stella and his mother Gabrielle in the house at 5169 10th Ave N from 1967 until his death on October 21, 1969. The Jack Kerouac House of St. Petersburg Inc. is a private, non-profit corporation dedicated to the preservation of Kerouac’s last home in the Disston Heights neighborhood of St. Petersburg and the promotion of local arts, artists, and culture.
“We are excited to share the space with the people of greater St Petersburg and fill the house with the creative energy that this community embodies. Our non-profit has been hard at work and the house is looking great. We look forward to our future collaborations with the Kerouac Estate and hope that Jack is smiling down on our efforts; we certainly feel his spirit in the house,” said Ken and Gina Burchenal, Board of Directors JKHSP.
THE JACK KEROUAC HOUSE OF ST. PETERSBURG announces partnership with the Estate of world-renowned writer and artist, JACK KEROUAC. Plans include collaborating with SAL PARADISE MEDIA, the content development arm of the JACK KEROUAC ESTATE.
“Florida was a second home to Jack Kerouac if you really think about it. In fact, his second most popular novel "The Dharma Bums," which possessed what the New York Times called "exhilarating power and originality," was created in the Sunshine State. And while it is well known that Jack Kerouac died in St. Petersburg, Florida, what's more consequential really is life he lived, the friends he found, the home he adored. It seems to me that the folks of The Jack Kerouac House of St. Petersburg's main aspiration is to ensure that Kerouac's time here is not eclipsed by the darkness but remembered for the light, and we fully support them, and will be working with them in this beautiful endeavor," said Jim Sampas, Literary Executor of the Jack Kerouac Estate.
On the centennial of Jack Kerouac’s birth, the Kerouac house will hold an open house from noon to 6pm, so the community can become acquainted with the property and the charitable organization that maintains it. There will be tours of the house, music, readings, refreshments, and more. At 7pm the party will shift to the Flamingo bar at 1230 9th St N, Kerouac’s favorite watering hole. At the Flamingo there will be live music provided by some of St. Petersburg’s finest performers, poetry readings, and general merry making.
Free tickets for the open house can be acquired by click HERE. For all media inquiries please reach out to Ken Burchenal at firstname.lastname@example.org
Jack Kerouac was an American novelist, poet, and icon of the Beat movement whose most famous book, On The Road (1957), still has broad cultural influence. In his work, he challenged conventional form and was part of the most important literary and artistic movement of the 1950s.
ABOUT THE JACK KEROUAC HOUSE OF ST PETERSBURG
The Jack Kerouac House of St. Petersburg Inc. is a private, non-profit corporation dedicated to the preservation of author Jack Kerouac’s last home in St. Petersburg, Florida and the promotion of local arts, artists, and culture. While the Kerouac house will not be a museum per se, it will be used as a gathering place/cultural space for various cultural and educational activities such as poetry readings, streaming events, lectures, seminars, meetings, and other events consistent with its mission to enrich the culture of St. Petersburg.
Kerouac lived with his wife Stella and his mother Gabrielle in the house at 5169 10th Ave N from 1967 until his death on October 21, 1969, although Kerouac had lived in central Florida off and on for over a decade. Throughout his adult life Kerouac alternated between a quiet, domestic life with his mother and the restless wandering that made him famous in his most popular novel On the Road. His house at the corner of 10th Ave N and 52nd St was the last place he came off the road.
The Jack Kerouac House of St. Petersburg hopes to provide a place for current artists, scholars, and other creatives to do what they do best: enrich the cultural life of our city. As St. Petersburg’s cultural renaissance continues to expand, we hope the house will be a resource for local cultural groups and producers.
ABOUT SAL PARADISE MEDIA
Sal Paradise Media is the content development arm of the Jack Kerouac Estate. Its goal is to keep Jack’s spirit alive for future generation.
The Los Angeles Times has called Sal Paradise Media co-founder Jim Sampas "the thinking person's producer [who has a] reputation for sticking out of the pack." He has produced numerous projects receiving coverage in such major news outlets as People Magazine, Newsweek, CNN, The New York Times, Time Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, Entertainment Weekly, and Rolling Stone, and his projects have appeared on such radio programs as National Public Radio's Weekend Edition, Morning Edition, Here and Now, All Things Considered, The Westwood One's Jim Bohannon Show, and US Government's Voice of America.
Sal Paradise Media co-founder Sylvia Cunha is a music industry professional with over 20 years of experience in marketing, promotions, and event creation. She has worked with many well-known bands, festivals, and venues. Her main focus has always been to connect fans with artists, authors, personalities, and brands through unique experiences. Sylvia currently handles all aspects of marketing and development for the Jack Kerouac Estate.