Reed Bye to Perform at Trident!


Federico Garcia Lorca writes: “The duende … is a power, not a work. It is a struggle, not a thought. I have heard an old maestro of the guitar say, ‘The duende is not in the throat; the duende climbs up inside you, from the soles of the feet.’ Meaning this: it is not a question of ability, but of true, living style, of blood, of the most ancient culture, of spontaneous creation.” According to the critic Brook Zern, a performance of someone with duende will “dilate the mind’s eye, so that the intensity becomes almost unendurable… There is a quality of first-timeness, of reality so heightened and exaggerated that it becomes unreal…”

Debut novel from JKS Alumna Sarah Elizabeth Schantz!


Hello Friends, Writers, Editors, Presses, Family and Everyone Between or on the Fringes!


I am so terribly excited to announce the release of my first novel, Fig, from Simon & Schuster. While you will have to wait to read the book until April 7th, 2015, it is available for preorder now (both the hard cover and the ebook). Preordering a book from any author is about the best way you can support them. Want to know why? Let me count the ways: 


1. It shows bookstores that there is a demand for the book 2. It shows my current publisher that there is an interest increasing my chances of being able to sell them my next book, Roadside Altars 3. It shows ALL publishers that there is an interest in my book thus increasing my chances considerably to not only sell my next book, but to get a way bigger advance 4. It creates the necessary buzz for a book to do well.


Here is a link to the Simon & Schuster page where you could buy Fig and read an interview of me if you’d like:

But you can also buy Fig from all the major distributors: Powells, IndieBound, BooksaMillion, Amazon, etc. Or you could go to your local independent bookstore and ask them to preorder it for you (this is not only an incredibly kind gesture toward me, but toward those lovely booksellers who deserve your business). Another option would be to ask your local library to stock Fig too. Otherwise, the other amazing way to support me and Fig is to buy the book within the first week of its release. Obviously, you will help me tremendously just by buying it whenever you get around to buying it.


Thank you so much for your support and enthusiasm. I will write again when I know about release parties, readings, and other events. I truly hope that you are all doing extraordinarily well.


My very best,


Sarah Elizabeth Schantz



Fig, April 2015

(McElderry, a division of Simon & Schuster)

Apocalyptic Summer: The New Creative Writing Workshop from (W)rites of Passage ~ Sarah Elizabeth Schantz and Julieanne Combest


Hello Friends, Community, and Fellow Writers:


I am terribly excited to announce the next workshop in the seasonally-inspired series, (W)rites of Passage taught by myself, Sarah Elizabeth Schantz, MFA and Julieanne Combest, MFA. Summer Apocalypse will explore the terrain of the following four subjects/themes:


1. Borderlands (Saturday, August 2nd, 2014 from 11:00 am to 2:15 pm)

2. Utopia (Saturday, August 9th, 2014 from 11:00 am to 2:15 pm)

3. Suburbia (Saturday, August 16th 2014 from 11:00 to 2:15 pm)

4. Apocalypse (Saturday, August 23rd, 2014 from 11:00 am to 2:15 pm followed by an optional salon from 2:30 to 4:00 pm)


Where: East Boulder, 75th & Jay (you will get the address when you register)


Cost: $200.00 for all four weeks or $60.00 per individual workshop. You can take one, two, three or all four. Coffee, tea and snacks will be provided.


Space is limited so please reserve your seat now. Limited scholarships are available. 


For more information, or to register, go to: or email us at: or call: 720-231-0893


Have a lovely summer and may the only apocalypse be the ones you write about. 


P.S. For those of you interested in buying my debut novel, Fig, it is now available for preorder only (hardcover or ebook comes out April 7th, 2015). Preordering Fig is about the most amazing thing any of you could ever do for me. However, because it is only available at Amazon as of now (this will change), I understand if you’d like to wait. Or you could go to your local bookstore and preorder it from them and that would be incredibly fabulous of you to do as well! Thanks for your support in advance.




Sarah Elizabeth Schantz



Fig, April 2015

(McElderry, a division of Simon & Schuster)

Vivian Divine Is Dead: New Book From JKS Alumna Lauren Sabel


Congratulations to Lauren Sabel on her new book, Vivian Divine Is Dead.

Originally from the Rocky Mountains, Lauren Sabel has returned to the cool mountain air of Boulder, Colorado after living in several wonderful cities that she will always love and continue to visit year after year.

Lauren learned to mind dig while getting her MFA in Creative Writing from Naropa, a Buddhist college in Boulder, Colorado. Before Naropa, Lauren studied film in Rome, where she developed her love of crypts and other beautiful creepy things. She also worked in the film industry in New York and San Francisco, focusing mainly on film festivals, as she can never pass up a good party. In San Francisco she worked for Chronicle Books, where she was inducted into the fascinating world of book publishing.

Interested in the JKS MFA in Creative Writing & Poetics Program?

JKS WTB Square

If you’re interested in learning more about the MFA in Creative Writing & Poetics at the Jack Kerouac School, please join us on Wednesday, June 25, between 4:00-5:30 PM in Sycamore 8140; stop by anytime. We’d love to chat with you about our exciting new curriculum and are still accepting applications for fall 2014 matriculation. Refreshments will be served. We hope to see you there!


Michelle Naka Pierce, MA, MFA Director, Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics


June 20: Kundiman Public Reading w/ Marilyn Chin, Eugene Gloria, & Michelle Naka Pierce at Lincoln Center for Kundiman’s 11th Annual Retreat

Come celebrate Kundiman’s 11th Annual Poetry Retreat as Marilyn Chin, Eugene Gloria, & Michelle Naka Pierce share work with 2014 Kundiman Retreat Fellows. Free and open to the public. Reception to follow!

Award winning poet Michelle Naka Pierce is the author of four chapbooks and four full-length books, including TRI/VIA (Erudite Fangs/PUB LUSH, 2003) co-authored with Veronica Corpuz; Beloved Integer (Bootstrap/PUB LUSH, 2007); She, A Blueprint (BlazeVOX, 2011) with art by Sue Hammond West; and Continuous Frieze Bordering Red (Fordham, 2012), awarded the Poets Out Loud Editor’s Prize. Pierce has collaborated with artists, dancers, and filmmakers and has performed her work internationally, most recently in France and in Japan. With J’Lyn Chapman, she is the editor of Something on Paper, an online poetics journal: She teaches in and directs the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University. Currently, she lives in Colorado with the poet Chris Pusateri.

Marilyn Chin is an award-winning poet and the author of Revenge of the Mooncake Vixen, Rhapsody in Plain Yellow, The Phoenix Gone, the Terrace Empty and Dwarf Bamboo. Her writing has appeared in The Norton Anthology of Modern and Contemporary Poetry. She was born in Hong Kong and raised in Portland, Oregon. Her books have become Asian American classics and are taught in classrooms internationally. Marilyn Chin has read her poetry at the Library of Congress. She was interviewed by Bill Moyers’ and featured in his PBS series The Language of Life and in PBS Poetry Everywhere.

Eugene Gloria earned his BA from San Francisco State University, his MA from Miami University of Ohio, and his MFA from the University of Oregon. He is the author of three books of poems — My Favorite Warlord (Penguin, 2012), Hoodlum Birds (Penguin, 2006) and Drivers at the Short-Time Motel (Penguin, 2000). His honors and awards include a National Poetry Series selection, an Asian American Literary Award, a Fulbright Research Grant, a San Francisco Art Commission grant, a Poetry Society of America award, a Pushcart Prize, and a 2013 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award. He was appointed the Arts & Sciences Distinguished Visiting Writer at Bowling Green State University for the 2013 spring semester. He teaches creative writing and English literature at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana.

Friday, June 20th, 7:00 pm
Fordham Lincoln Center 113 W. 60th Street (at Columbus Avenue)
12th Floor Lounge
Free and open to the public.
Co-sponsored with Fordham University.

Figues Camp: Empire of the Senseless


1st Annual
July 17-20, 2014
Big Bear, California

Empire of the Senseless

Scholarships now available! See Admissions Process for more information.

Les Figues Camp is a 4-day / 3-night (July 17-20) writing engagement with workshops, talks, readings, and conversations led by Les Figues Press editors, authors and guests. Hosted at a family-owned compound of original log cabins in Big Bear, California, Figues Camp provides intensive and intimate conversations about writing and the social imaginary.

Featured faculty and guest readers include: Lucy Corin, Prageeta Sharma, Matias Viegener, Teresa Carmody, Vanessa Place, Elena Karina Byrne, and Melissa Buzzeo.

Workshops meet for two sessions, from 10:00-12:30. Workshops are limited to six participants. While workshops leaders have proclivities toward particular genres (Melissa—lyric; Teresa—narrative), the groups are not genre-bound. In the afternoons, all campers participate together in craft workshops led by a featured faculty member. In the evenings, after a sit-down dinner, campers give a reading of their work along with faculty members.

The tuition for attending Figues Camp is $995 ($750 for current students; $500 scholarship campers). Tuition includes all camp activities (workshops, talks, and readings) plus lodging and nightly dinners. [Note: Each camper will have her/his own bed (unless campers request otherwise), but campers will be sharing rooms/space with other campers. Also, campers will be responsible for their own breakfast and lunch; a refrigerator is available.]

Proceeds from Figues Camp will help establish the Kathy Acker Fellowship at Les Figues Press. The Kathy Acker Fellowship will be a 9-month, part-time paid position supporting an emerging writer/artist, literary editor, or arts organizer. Kathy Acker Fellows will learn the ins-and-outs of small press publishing while also completing a creative/curatorial project, to be presented in the Spring.

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