Joffre Stewart

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Joffre Stewart (born 1925) is an American poet, anarchist, and pacifist known for his early participation in the early Beat movement.[1] Stewart is based in Chicago; he is mentioned in Allen Ginsberg's Howl.

Stewart's book Poems and Poetry was published by the Every Now and Then Publishing Cooperative in 1982. Stewart received a B.A. from Roosevelt University in 1952.

Stewart is known for his anarchist politics, his long-time participation in the North American anarchist movement, including his involvement in the Industrial Workers of the World and Chicago Area War Resisters Support Group, and was a regular contributor to the Bulletin of the Social Revolutionary Anarchist Federation (SRAF).

On April 29, 1994, Stewart was arrested while trying to attend a poetry reading at the Barnes & Noble bookstore in downtown Evanston, Illinois, after being mistaken for a vagrant, and spent 11 days in jail.[1]


  1. ^ a b Ben Joravsky (July 7, 1994). "Poetic Injustice: the arrest and imprisonment of Joffre Stewart". Chicago Reader. 

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