The Friends of the Jack Kerouac House are committed to serving the community of St. Petersburg

The Friends of the Jack Kerouac House are committed to serving the community of St. Petersburg, FL as well as preserving the legacy of Jack Kerouac. As stewards of the Kerouac legacy in St. Pete, Friends of the Jack Kerouac House has substantial event planning, arts management and historic preservation experience. This collective knowledge and the skills of the many community scholars and experts who have offered their expertise ensure that the programs laid out will come to fruition successfully.

Kerouac in St. Pete
  1. 1Preserve the integrity of the house as a historic resource connected to 20th century literature.
  2. 2Educate the public and facilitate study of Jack Kerouac and his style of writing.
  3. 3Link St. Pete and Kerouac on the world’s literary stage permanently.

Open the Kerouac House as a writing residency program and using the house for small scale events, such as literary readings, which will serve to promote the residency program as well as the overall vision of Friends of Jack Kerouac House.

Small tours will be conducted on a by-appointment only system, minimizing disruption to residents in the neighborhood.

Working with local organizations, Friends of the Jack Kerouac House will implement a series of events designed to showcase the importance of Kerouac as a 20th century writer.

For the past five years, Pete Gallagher and Pat Barmore have worked with the Flamingo Bar to host a musical celebration of Kerouac’s life in St. Petersburg. Held every October, in honor of Kerouac’s death at St. Anthony’s hospital a few blocks away, the celebration draws numerous noted musicians and fans. In 2013, Friends of the Jack Kerouac House will expand the celebration to include a film screening of Pull My Daisy, Kerouac’s only film. Attending the screening will be scholar and musician David Amran, composer of the film and a frequent speaker on Kerouac’s life and work.