Gonzo Fest Photos 2016 – ’18

Gonzo Fest 2018, like in 2017, will take place in the Louisville Free Public Library. I was fortunate enough to be invited to participate this year on a Hell's Angels panel. Last year as well I was Skyped into a panel, consisting of hip, learned Ron Whitehead, poet, former professor and HST friend; Hunter's son Juan; William McKeen, head of journalism studies at Boston University; myself; and Rory Feehan, author of a brand-new PhD dissertation on "the Hunter Figure" in Ireland. What a group. What a skilled moderator, Michael Lindenberger (Dallas Morning News). What a blast. A highly insightful back-and-forth. I was asked what it was like to work with Hunter on Hell's Angels, in itself was an early Gonzo event. You can read about it in Hunter's own words in long extracts from his letters to me in Keep This Quiet! As Gonzo Fest 2018 explains, "The LFPL is the largest library system in Kentucky, comprised of 18 branch locations serving more than 3 million visitors per year."

Literary Panel Louisville - Gonzo Fest 2017

Below are photos from Gonzo Fest Louisville, April 2016. Juan Thompson presented his new book, Stories I Tell Myself. Watch for more news to come!

Juan Thompson, Margaret Harrell, a firing range
Juan Thompson teaches me to shoot at the firing range
An Unexpected Moment

Downstairs at the Brown Hotel

The Brown Lobby - Louisville 2016
Ron Whitehead and Jinn Bug
Ron Whitehead and Jinn Bug
Margaret Harrell with Juan Thompson, Deb Fuller, and Laila Nabulsi at the Gonzo Fest Louisville 2016
Me with Juan Thompson, Deb Fuller, and Laila Nabulsi at the Gonzo Fest Louisville 2016
Doug Brinkley and Deb Fuller at Gonzo Fest 2016
Doug Brinkley and Deb Fuller at Gonzo Fest 2016
Molly Hankins from LA. Laila Nabulsi's fabulous assistant at the Gonzo shooting range - perfectly safe
Molly from LA.
Laila Nabulsi's fabulous assistant at the Gonzo shooting range
- perfectly safe
Margaret and Laila Nabulsi, producer of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
Margaret and Laila Nabulsi, producer of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

FROM HERE ON ARE FROM 2014:

It’s May 2, 2014. I’ve been remiss. Below are some photos from the Gonzo Fest in Louisville. Here is a link to Jinn Bug's beautiful collection of photos from the  Brown Hotel dinner.

Margaret A. Harrell speaking at reception for the Keep this Quiet Book Series at Carmichael's Bookstore - GonzoFest 2014 introduced by Ron Whitehead
Me at Carmichael's -Carmichael's Bookstore
A GonzoFest Featured Reading
Margaret Harrell, Eduardo Ritter, James Mohan
Margaret Harrell, Eduardo Ritter, James Mohan This is a late-arriving souvenir of the Gonzo Fest, sent in by Edouardo Ritter.
Bradley James Weber at the Gonzo Fest 2014
Bradley James Weber at the Gonzo Fest 2014. Behind the camera is Nick Storm of Storm Generation Films. Nick was the official photographer of the Gonzo Fest. Bradley James Weber won the literary contest of the festival for the first chapters of a book in progress, Fear and Loathing of the Undead.

 

Ron Whitehead, outlaw poet, at the Gonzo Fest 2014
Ron Whitehead, outlaw poet, at the Gonzo Fest 2014
Frank Messina Reading at GonzoFest 2014, “one of the most widely recognized young poets living in America today.”(Playboy)
Frank Messina Reading at GonzoFest 2014, “one of the most widely recognized young poets living in America today.”(Playboy)
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