John Suiter documented Kerouac-related locales in Lowell over a five-year period, from 1988 until 1993. Photographs from “Kerouac’s Lowell” were first published in Bostonia magazine, the Independent (London), and in the books, Angel-headed Hipster by Steve Turner and Suiter’s own Poets on the Peaks. A gallery of the images was published in A Jack Kerouac CD-ROMnibus (Penguin Electronic, 1996).

In 1991 he received a culture grant from the U.S. Department of the Interior to create an exhibit of his Lowell pictures. That show, called Rumors of Kerouac, opened at the Whistler House Museum on Worthen Street in July, 1993. In September ’93, it moved to the Boott Mills. Over the next several years, Rumors of Kerouac was shown at the Kenmore Gallery of the New England School of Photography, the Washington Square Gallery at NYU, Salem State College, and the Amerikahaus Gallery in Frankfurt, Germany. It has been presented as a slide show at numerous Beat literature gatherings, including the UMass Lowell’s “Beat Attitudes” conference in 1999 and the 2006 Tanner Symposium at Utah State University, Logan.

Selected prints from Rumors of Kerouac are in the permanent collection of the National Park Service at Lowell. The entire body of work is housed in the Special Collections of the Merrill-Cazier Library, Utah State University, Logan, Utah.

Suiter lives in Chicago. He is the author of Poets on the Peaks: Gary Snyder, Philip Whalen & Jack Kerouac in the North Cascades. He is currently working on a biography of Gary Snyder.

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All of the photographs and text in “Kerouac’s Lowell: A Life on the Concord & Merrimack Rivers” are registered with the U.S. Copyright Office and may not be reproduced in whole or in part in any media without the express written permission of John Suiter.

<<    Self portrait during work on Rumors of Kerouac / Comm Ave, Boston, Summer 1991
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