Gordon Ball is professor of English and fine arts at Virginia Military Institute, and an expert on the Beat Generation and film. He was a close friend of Allen Ginsberg, about whom he has written extensively, and has edited two volumes of Ginsberg's journals, including "Journals: Early Fifties, Early Sixties." His book, "Allen Verbatim: Lectures on Poetry, Politics, Consciousness," was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. He has published two memoirs, "66 Frames" and "East Hill Farm: Seasons with Allen Ginsberg," as well as short stories and a book of prose poems, "Dark Music." He is also a celebrated independent filmmaker and photographer and is advisor to the VMI chapter of the Sigma Tau Delta English Honors Society. Funding for this event is provided by the Dee Hull Everist Visiting Speaker Series.