Remembering Vincent Zangrillo • Empty Mirror

Last week when I logged into Facebook, I was saddened to see the post below, posted by Sensitive Skin.

Vincent was a writer who attended The Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University, where he studied with Gregory Corso and Allen Ginsberg, and William S. Burroughs. Later on, he and Corso were roommates in New York City.

In 2018, Vincent contributed a long essay, The Ghost Sonata to Empty Mirror — a tale about Gregory Corso and some of the folks he and Vincent knew in New York City. The previous year, Marc Olmsted reviewed Vincent’s short story collection about being a junkie in New York, Dime Bag: Stories 1978–1986 at Empty Mirror. In that review, Olmsted says, “Zangrillo attended Naropa University (then Institute) in its heyday (Gregory Corso his primary mentor), and is now a regular practitioner of Zazen. The road of excess has led to the palace of wisdom. Fortunately, he had learned how to write it down.”

In addition to publishing Dime Bag, Sensitive Skin published essays, reviews, and an interview with Vincent in its magazine. You can find them here.

Vincent sent me a few Corso-related things — essays and photos — that haven’t yet been published. I’m thinking about whether or not I’ll do that now.

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