Kurt Hemmer is the editor of the Encyclopedia of Beat Literature (Facts On File, 2007) and a Professor of English at Harper College in Palatine, Illinois. He teaches courses on literature and film, literature and art, crime literature, the Beat Generation, the Lost Generation, and existentialism. With filmmaker Tom Knoff he has produced several award-winning films: Janine Pommy Vega: As We Cover the Streets, Rebel Roar: The Sound of Michael McClure, Wow! Ted Joans Lives!, Keenan, and Love Janine Pommy Vega.
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