Naropa at 40: The Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church


The Jack Kerouac School at Naropa University is celebrating its 40th year on the planet. Founded by Anne Waldman, Allen Ginsberg and Diane di Prima, the vision of an interactive, cross-genre, contemplative zone for writing and poetics has flourished and thrived all of these years. Celebrate with some of the people who made and continue to make it “the zone” that it is!

With Anne Waldman, Ed Sanders, Samuel R. Delany, Mei-mei Berssenbrugge, David Henderson, Brenda Coultas, Bob Holman, Erica Hunt, Eileen Myles, Anne Carson & “Currie, Randomizer,”Lewis Warsh, Edwin Torres, Julie Patton, Fast Speaking Music and more TBA. Hosted by Stacy Szymaszek.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014
8:00 PM
The Poetry Project

131 E 10th St.
New York, New York 10003
$8 general / $7 students and
seniors & $5 or free for members

Another Naropa at 40 event is taking place at The Graduate Center/Center for Humanities, co-presented by The Poetry Project:

2 Panels:
1-3pm: History, Lineage & Archive and Pedagogy
Featuring: Alan Gilbert, David Henderson, Vincent Katz, Rachel Levitsky, Eileen Myles, Jena Osman, and Anne Waldman (Moderator).

3:30-5:30pm: Performance & Outcomes in the Anthropocene
Featuring: Ammiel Alcalay (Moderator), Anselm Berrigan, Erica Hunt, Tracie Morris, Michelle Naka Pierce, and Anne Waldman.

RSVP here.

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Please join us at Counterpath on Friday, October 3, 2014, at 7 p.m., to help celebrate the publication of  recent JKS guest Mark Amerika’s new book with Counterpath, Locus Solus, an event that will be combined with the opening of Albert Chong’s exhibit “The Photomosaics.” Books will be on sale.

Exactly a century ago, French author Raymond Roussel published Locus Solus. The book went on to influence some of the major figures of 20th century art and literature, including Marcel Duchamp, Alain Robbe-Grillet, John Ashbery, and Harry Mathews. Now the visual artist, novelist, and media theorist Mark Amerika has performatively remixed Roussel’s text for his own ends.

Mark Amerika’s work has been exhibited internationally at venues such as the Whitney Biennial of American Art, the Denver Art Museum, the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, and the Walker Art Center. In 2009–2010, The National Museum of Contemporary Art in Athens, Greece, hosted Amerika’s comprehensive retrospective exhibition entitled UNREALTIME. In 2009, Amerika released Immobilité, generally considered the first feature-length art film ever shot on a mobile phone. He is the author of many books including remixthebook (University of Minnesota Press, 2011, and his collection of artist writings entitled META/DATA: A Digital Poetics (MIT, 2007). His latest art work, Museum of Glitch Aesthetics (, was commissioned by the Abandon Normal Devices Festival in conjunction with the London 2012 Olympics. The project was recently remixed for his survey exhibition, Glitch. Click. Thunk, at the University Art Galleries at the University of Hawaii. Amerika is a professor of art and art history at the University of Colorado at Boulder. In Fall 2013, he was the Labex-H2H International Research Chair at the University of Paris 8. More information can found at his website, and at his twitter feed @markamerika.

News from Alumna Marissa Perel


Hello Friends,

The time has come.

I am pleased to present the premier of More Than Just a Piece of Sky, an evening length, multidisciplinary performance at the Chocolate Factory Theater in partnership with the Queer New York International Art Festival September 17-20 2014 at 8 PM.

Read a preview blurb in TimeOut!

As some of you might know, I received a charmingly abrasive call from Barbra Streisand’s manager a while back because apparently uttering the name Yentl is enough for the Hollywood mafia or whomever to come after you. Even if you consider yourself to be a poet or conceptual artist or choreographer (ahem) and you are performing in Queens. While the name of the performance is derived from a B side track on the Yentl album, all recognizable traces sort of dissolve there. This work is an original, it is haunted and haunting, it is abstract, spooky, and its queerness resides in our language, dancing, and ways of relating.  This performance mines personal and cultural exile as a site for the exploration of gender and sexuality, knowledge and power, and ability and disability.

I launched a Kickstarter  to bridge the gap in funding between my own resources and the theater’s support. My goal is to raise $3,500 in 14 days! I care about supporting the amazing team of artists that are part of the production as fully as possible. There are many fun, personalized rewards packed in there for lovers of poetry, tarot, and bodywork.

Here is a direct link to the campaign:

Feel free to pass the link to any friends or colleagues who would like to contribute.

The campaign features a wonderful video about our process by Marin Media Lab (click to view).

Here’s a little more about More Than Just a Piece of Sky and featured collaborators:
As dancers, Lindsay Reuter (Yentl) and Jumatatu Poe (Avi) read and recite my original poetic script, they engage in meticulous and vulnerable dances that we have worked together to create. As they talk and move, they trace their relationships to the multiplicity of genders within themselves, seeking a space and a refuge to express their desires and find their own forms of spirituality and power. The dancing is accompanied by original scores composed by Jon Moniaci and Shawn Hansen with a unique vocal cover by Miguel Gutierrez, and video design by Nicholas Steindorf.

I spend the duration of the performance in a glowing bed, designed by John Taylor. While stationed there, I hold a vigil over the performers and talk with them about their lives and choices. Our stories intersect in video interviews edited by Kristiana Weseloh. As the characters seek to be unwritten and re-written, we develop a strange intimacy like that of muse and artist, child and parent, lovers, or queer family. Lighting design by Elliott Jenetopulos, costume design by Stephen May, and eagle-production-manager-eye by Lillie De.

Thank you for taking the time to read! Your support means the world to me.

Sending love and power in this Fall season –



JKS Alumn Pirooz Kalayeh is a filmmaker, artist, and author. His films include SHOPLIFTING FROM AMERICAN APPARELTHE HUMAN WAR, and BRAD WARNER’S HARDCORE ZEN. His novel THE WHOPPER STRATEGIES details an advertising executive’s journey to package Enlightenment in a Box. His fourth feature ZOMBIE BOUNTY HUNTER M.D. is currently in post-production with ILIKENIRVANA. He lives with his wife in Los Angeles and South Korea. He interviews various entertainers and artists on his blog, Shikow. 


These are the dilemmas for the crew in ZOMBIE BOUNTY HUNTER M.D. 

A struggling film company documents the onset of a real zombie outbreak to get hits and pay their rent.

Movie Website:
Label Website:

After posting the first gory attacks, the film crew is convinced they are going to be rich megastars, but Internet commenters describe the clips as “fake” and “unrealistic.” Determined to get hits by any means necessary, the production company enlists the help of a Zen priest, a soap opera actress, and a Hollywood stuntman to help them get the hits they need to survive.

The fundraiser has some pretty great perks, such as artwork by Jeffrey Brown (DARTH VADER & SON) digital downloads of the soundtrack featuring SPINDRIFT, autographed books by Brad Warner, and DVDs, Blu Rays, and flash drives with all kinds of extras.


Our hope is to raise $5000 from September 1st – October 31st to  pay for our final sound mix, submit to 25 film festivals, and cover travel and promotions at the festivals.

We are aiming to play 2-3 festivals before being released virtually. This is a realistic goal we believe we can achieve with your help.

If we reach our stretch goal of $10,000, we will be able to arrange a tour of the film at select theaters around the country.

Contribute here!

Bhanu Kapil & Jibz Cameron at the Poetry Project


Wednesday, September 24, 2014 @ 8:00 pm

Bhanu Kapil teaches through the monster at The Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics in Boulder, Colorado — and through the unicorn at Goddard College in Vermont.  She is the author of five full-length works, most recently a novel of the race riot derived from performances and talks in India, the U.K. and throughout the U.S: Ban en Banlieue (Nightboat Books, October 2014).

Jibz Cameron is a performance/video artist and actor who lives and works in New York City. Her work as alter ego Dynasty Handbag has been seen such institutions as The New Museum, The Kitchen,  MOMA, Joe’s Pub, PS122, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, RedCat, OUTFEST, SXSW Film Festival and Performa ’07, ’09, ’11, as well as many international dives both great and small. She has been heralded by the New York Times as “the funniest and most pitch perfect performance seen in years”. In addition to her work as Dynasty Handbag, she has also been seen acting in work by The Wooster Group, The Residents, Kalup Linzy, Susan Lori-Parks, among others.  She is an adjunct professor of Performance and Theater studies and Comedy Theory at TISCH NYU. She is currently in development on a television series with Electric Dynamite.

100 Thousand Poets for Change Marathon Reading & Food Drive

Please join us on Friday, September 26 at 5:00 PM in the Student Union (lower level of Wulsin Hall) for our second annual 100 Thousand Poets for Change Marathon Reading & Food Drive!

For those interested in reading, please arrive by 4:45 PM to sign up. Each reader will get 5 minutes, and all JKS students, staff, and faculty are welcome to read. This event is open to the public.

Please bring a nonperishable food item for admittance to this event. All food items will be donated to the Naropa Food Bank. This event is a great way to give back to your community!

Please see  below for the event flyer and information about the Naropa Food Bank.

For more information, please contact Jennifer van Alstyne at

Naropa Food Bank

100 Thousand Poets 2014

Naropa University welcomes participants with disabilities. Please contact Ariella Ruth at 303-546-3581 or to inquire about accessibility and discuss disability accommodations needed to participate fully in this event.

JKS Fall 2014 Events

Below is the link to the Jack Kerouac School event schedule for Fall 2014-Spring 2015, as well as our Fall events flyer. We hope to see you at our exciting events this school year!

Fall 2014 Events Flyer

Naropa University welcomes participants with disabilities. Please contact Ariella Ruth at 303-546-3581 or to inquire about accessibility and discuss disability accommodations needed to participate fully in these events.