Here On the Edge: World War II, Conscientious Objectors On the Oregon Coast, and Seeds of the Sixties

City Lights in conjunction with Litquake present a panel discussion with Steve McQuiddy, Vladimir Dupre, and Steve Dickison, celebrating McQuiddy’s recent book Here on the Edge (Oregon State University Press), the story of a World War II conscientious objectors camp on the Oregon Coast. This Civilian Public Service (CPS) Camp #56, home to the Fine Arts Group at Waldport, became a center of activity for artists and writers from across the country. After the war, camp members went on to participate in the San Francisco “Poetry Renaissance” of the 1950s, which heavily influenced the Beat Generation of Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg, and led the way to Ken Kesey and his Merry Pranksters, and the 1960s radical upheavals epitomized by San Francisco’s Summer of Love.