New Book Review by JKS Student Ella Longpre


Cinema of the Present by Lisa Robertson
Coach House Books, October 2014
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Lisa Robertson’s works inhabit the charged space between poetic intricacy and essayistic inquiry. A slight shuddering movement between forms can be tracked from work to work, from the hybrid-creature Xeclogue, to the poetry collection Magenta Soul Whip, and then up to the essays—the aporias—of Nilling. This characteristic oscillation of form can be distilled, too, from line to line: a statement questions while it revives; it can be read as a note on the archaeology of address, or recited as an ode. But if the ode wore velvet, or some other provocative material, such as resin.

Read the full review here.

ella-longpre-photoElla Longpre is a writer and musician living under a mountain. Her work can be found here.

New Book from JKS Faculty Andrea Rexilius


“I am a girl, and what does it feel like to be a girl. It feels like a hand over your mouth. A hand over your mouth and on your thighs. Some say it is the sound of a rabbit before it is caught. It is the sound of the sky before it comes crashing down.” -Andrea Rexilius

Congratulations to JKS Core Faculty Andrea Rexilius on the release of her latest book New Organism: Essais (Letter Machine Editions, 2014).


Andrea Rexilius is the author of Half of What They Carried Flew Away (Letter Machine, 2012), To Be Human Is To Be A Conversation (Rescue Press, 2011) and Séance (Coconut Books, 2014). She teaches Writing & Poetics at Naropa University’s Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics.


SWP Artist in Residence

We are excited to have Ruth Ellen Kocher join us for the Summer Writing Program during Week I (June 14-21) Disparities, Exigencies, Identity, Lineage. Join us!

Kocher p.c. Patricia Colleen Murphy

New book from JKS alumnus Jonathan Montgomery!

pizzasandmermaid_bookmockupCongratulations to JKS alumnus Jonathan Montgomery on his latest book Pizzas and Mermaid. In Pizzas a mysterious sickness forces Jonathan to stop nighttime cabdriving and go back to his old job at The National Pizza Chain and it’s shitty! They do things like make him wear a uniform and mix pizza sauce and try to keep up with the suspicious ‘estimated delivery time.’ Meanwhile he encounters the strange old ladies and children of daytime cabdriving and also it’s time to unite the tribes of The Boulder Poetry Scene and take over the continent just like Genghis Khan would’ve. Can Jonathan get healthy, discover the source of NPC’s bullshit policies, and pay his past due Best Buy Credit Card in time to help lead the local poetry community to fulfill its destiny?

And in Mermaid Jonathan thinks the coast is clear and returns full time to his old taxi shift only to be ambushed by a series of fantasy beings. Mermaids, fairies, and unicorns! Jonathan is looking for success in the usual fields of money, love, and art, but the mythic creatures keep getting in the way. Beasts, sorceresses, and giants! Also the cab smells, the town is flooding, and David Byrne of the Talking Heads is getting old. Will these tragedies and freakish encounters lead Jonathan on a journey to discover his True Love? Or are the patterns that hold him back too irresistible to quit?

North American Review accepting submissions to its Bicentennial Creative Writing & Literature Conference

cropped-4-30-website-header-imageThe North American Review, the longest-lived literary magazine in the United States, is pleased to announce that it is now accepting submissions to its Bicentennial Creative Writing & Literature Conference, to be held on the campus of the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, IA, June 11-13, 2015. The editors invite proposals for individual papers, pre-formed panels (3-4 panelists), or roundtable discussions (4-6 participants).

  • Critical papers, panels, and roundtables may be submitted on any literary or cultural topic, theme, author, art work, or text that has some connection (broadly conceived) to the North American Review. Group society proposals are welcome.
  • Creative Writing proposals may include readings of your own creative work, explorations of the craft and theory of writing, or discussions of creative writing pedagogy, the publishing world, the professionalization of creative writing, or creative writing as a discipline in the university.

Visit to upload your submission.

Deadline for submissions is January, 16, 2015.

Review of What Where Series: Maureen Owen, Stephen Graham Jones, and TC Tolbert, October 28, 2014

By Jennifer van Alstyne

Andrea Rexilius introduced our fourth and final What Where Series Reading of 2014. Maureen Owen is the author of nine books of poetry, including Edges of Water (Chax Press, 2013) Erosion’s Pull (Coffee House Press, 2006). American Rush: Selected Poems was a finalist for the L.A. Times Book Prize. Owens’ language created a juxtaposition of concrete language and imagist depictions of the body creating very intentional choices for soundwork. I particularly enjoyed her long titles, such as “Weren’t We Also Written in that Order or Saturated So?” We are always pleased to have Owen, former JKS faculty and a longtime friend of the University, return.

Stephen Graham Jones is the author of 16 novels and six story collections, most recently, Floating Boy and the Girl Who Couldn’t Fly (ChiZine Publications, 2013) and After the People Lights Have Gone Off (Dark House Press, 2014). At the start of his reading, Jones said, “Every time you get a new favorite poem, your head changes. It ripples.” Words have the power to change us. Jones read from a piece called “How to Know You’re A Killer” which included number seven:

“Another way you know you’re killer through and through is that you can’t stop with the lists, they’re everywhere, and they’re all so necessary, they’re all so perfect, so elegant, so right, they each take so many drafts to get them that right, but the main way you know you’re a killer is that you’re not on a single one of these lists.”

This was followed by a short piece on final girls in horror movies. “This,” he said, “is a baptism in blood.” Jones teaches in the English department at the University of Colorado – Boulder.

TC Tolbert is the author of Gephyromania (Ahsahta Press, 2014), Conditions/Conditioning (New Lights Press, 2014) I: Not He: Not I(Pity Milk, 2014), spirare (Belladonna, 2012), and territories of folding (Kore Press, 2011), He is also co-editor of Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics (Nightboat, 2013) with Trace Peterson, who presented at the Jack Kerouac School’s Queer Poetics Symposium in Spring 2014. Tolbert’s reading was a bit unconventional in the best possible way. He invited the audience to form a triangle with the stage and read with three audience members, each at a corner of the triangle. Tolbert tore down the wall between audience and performer, echoing his poem: “to break a singular thing that is also plural.” Polyphony filled Naropa’s Performing Arts Center as Tolbert’s colloquial but exact language allowed for a shared moment. Tolbert gave a talk in the 2014 Writer’s in Community Class and can be found here for Naropa students, faculty, and staff.

Thank you to our guests for providing a wonderful ending to our 2014 What Where Series. For a listing of our other JKS 40th Anniversary Events, please click here.


Jennifer van Alstyne has been published in the Eunoia Review, Crack the Spine, Midwest Literary Magazine, The Monmouth Review, The Foundling Review, Paper Nautilus, Poetry Quarterly, and Whiskey Traveler. Her collection, “Scansioned Music: A Glenn Gould Collection”, was published in Crossroads 2013 for which she was the winner of the Jane Freed Grant. She is currently an Associate Editor for Something On Paper and Book Reviews Editor for Bombay Gin.