2014-2015 Allen Ginsberg Visiting Fellow Kevin Killian

We are pleased to announce our 2014-2015 Allen Ginsberg Visiting Fellow, Kevin Killian.

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Lecture: The Color in Darkness, Friday, February 6 at 7:30 PM

Reading:  Monday, February 9 at 7:30 PM

Where: Performing Arts Center, 2130 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, CO 80302

Cost: Free

Reserve a seat: http://jks-visiting-fellow.eventbrite.com

Contact: agoldberg@naropa.edu; 303-546-3581

Kevin Killian’s visit will begin on Friday, February 6 with a lecture titled The Color in Darkness. The following Monday, February 9, Killian’s events will continue with a reading, and a book signing will follow, during which his limited edition signed broadside and books will be for sale. The broadsides will be sold for $10 each, and all sales for the broadsides and books will be cash only. Both events are free and open to public.

Kevin Killian is one of the original members of the New Narrative movement as well as a queer scholar, the editor and biographer of the American poet Jack Spicer (1925-1965), the head of the San Francisco Poets Theater since the late 80s, and an accomplished poet, novelist, art writer, and critic in his own right. Group formations, however, are his specialty. He has taught writing at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco for the past decade, and he is in the Hall of Fame of people who write reviews for Amazon, having completed over 2,500 of them in recent years.

The Allen Ginsberg Visiting Fellowship is distinguished from other visiting programs because of its intensive nature. The Fellow’s visit includes a reading, instruction, and direct contact with students, who are given access to the writer’s expertise, including a weekend practicum. Community-wide events are incorporated into the Fellow’s stay, including a reading, a lecture relating to the development of poetry/prose in the 20th and 21st centuries, and a book signing. The Allen Ginsberg Visiting Fellowship is made possible by the generous support of the Committee on Poetry, founded by the late Allen Ginsberg.

Naropa University welcomes participants with disabilities. Please contact Jen Szabo at jszabo@naropa.edu or 303-245-4622 to inquire about accessibility and discuss disability accommodations needed to participate fully in this event.

Forthcoming work from JKS Alumna Megan Marsnik

lhertzel_1418403833_Meg-1It is with great pleasure that we announce the winner of the Star Tribune’s search for their third summer serial–Megan Marsnik, JKS alumna, St. Paul resident, English teacher at Southwest High, proud daughter of the Iron Range, and a lovely, strong, lyrical writer.

Her first novel (working title: “Underground”) will be published in daily installments in the Star Tribune over the course of the summer of 2015. It will also be available as an e-book.

Learn more here.

New Work from JKS Faculty in Dusie

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Congratulations to JKS school dean Michelle Naka Pierce, whose work appears in the latest edition of Dusie, an online poetry journal featuring the work of emerging as well as established poets (or translations of) from around the world. Dusie features what can only be loosely defined as modern poetics with a penchant for the experimental on a somewhat bi-annual basis.

Read the new edition here!

Award winning poet Michelle Naka Pierce is the author of eight titles, including Continuous Frieze Bordering Red (Fordham, 2012), awarded the Poets Out Loud Editor’s Prize, and She, A Blueprint (BlazeVOX, 2011), with art by Sue Hammond West. She is the editor of Something on Paper, the online poetics/multimedia journal and curated the inaugural [DIS]EMBODIED POETICS conference. Pierce is professor and dean of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University. Born in Tokyo, Japan, she has lived in Albuquerque, Austin, Yokohama, London, and currently lives outside of Boulder with the poet Chris Pusateri.

Naropa University’s Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics Announces Fellowship Recipients

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December 2, 2014 (Boulder, CO)—Naropa University’s Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics announces the recipients of its Anne Waldman, Allen Ginsberg, and Anselm Hollo Graduate Fellowships. Awarded annually to incoming MFA Creative Writing & Poetics students, the fellowships fully cover tuition and fees for the two-year program and provide an $8,000 stipend and graduate instructor position.

Naropa University also announces that it is accepting applications for its 2015 fellowships. To be considered for these fellowships, applicants must submit an application to the MFA in Creative Writing & Poetics program, as well as a three-page cover letter, and a ten-page critical writing sample. The fellowship application is included within the admissions application for the MFA Creative Writing & Poetics program. These materials must be submitted by the priority deadline of December 15, 2014. Apply to Naropa’s MFA Creative Writing & Poetics program online at naropa.edu/mfa-writing.

“The fellowships of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics provide a unique opportunity to honor our founders, Allen Ginsberg and Anne Waldman, as well as beloved faculty member Anselm Hollo, whose fellowship was made possible by the generous donation of Jane Dalrymple-Hollo,” said Dean of the Jack Kerouac School, Michelle Naka Pierce. “In addition, they elevate the profile of the MFA in Creative Writing & Poetics. We are delighted to support promising writers such as Cait, Heather, and Alex and upcoming writers in the future, as these fellowships are awarded annually. JKS is ‘the academy of the future,’ as Anne Waldman calls it. Our program not only nourishes writers creatively and intellectually, it also fosters awareness of embodied writing/life practices that extend beyond the degree.”

The recipient of the Anne Waldman Graduate Fellowship is Caitlin Turner. She is interested in the intersection between politics, poetics, and pedagogy. Other research areas of interest include democracy and pedagogy, activist writing, and proletarian literature. When not writing or studying, Turner enjoys arguing about geopolitics with strangers on the Internet, preferably while listening to a really good record.

The recipient of the Allen Ginsberg Graduate Fellowship is Heather Sweeney. Her poetry and book reviews have been published in Dusie, Cutbank, Shampoo, and canwehaveourballback?. When she is not in Boulder, Sweeney lives in San Diego with her husband and beloved dog, Dexter.

The recipient of the Anselm Hollo Graduate Fellowship is Alexandra Thompson. With a background in the arts and in business, Thompson’s work has been published in magazines, websites, and other publications, both in print and online. She is a graduate of Temple University and a member of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious academic honors society. Thompson is currently working on completing a book of poetry. In her spare time, she enjoys learning how to code and exploring the outdoors.

The Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics was founded in 1974 by Allen Ginsberg and Anne Waldman and offers a BA in Creative Writing & Literature, an MFA in Creative Writing & Poetics, a low-residency MFA in Creative Writing, as well as the internationally renowned Summer Writing Program (SWP). Emphasizing innovative approaches to the literary arts, the Jack Kerouac School’s programs problematize genre while cultivating contemplative and experimental writing practices. Each year the school invites more than sixty guest writers and artists, including the Allen Ginsberg Visiting Fellow and the Leslie Scalapino Lecturer in Innovative Poetics.

About Naropa University (www.naropa.edu): Located in Boulder, Colorado, Naropa University is a private liberal arts institution offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Celebrating its 40th Anniversary in 2014–2015, Naropa University is a leader in contemplative education, an approach to learning and teaching that integrates Eastern wisdom studies with traditional Western scholarship. Naropa University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

New e-chapbook from Michelle Naka Pierce!

SS CoverCongratulations to JKS dean Michelle Naka Pierce and alumna Yasamin Ghiasi on their new e-chapbook, Exposure

Read the chapbook on summer stock!

Award winning poet Michelle Naka Pierce is the author of eight titles, including Continuous Frieze Bordering Red (Fordham, 2012), awarded the Poets Out Loud Editor’s Prize, and She, A Blueprint (BlazeVOX, 2011), with art by Sue Hammond West. She is the editor of Something on Paper, the online poetics/multimedia journal and curated the inaugural [DIS]EMBODIED POETICS conference. Pierce is professor and dean of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University. Born in Tokyo, Japan, she has lived in Albuquerque, Austin, Yokohama, London, and currently lives outside of Boulder with the poet Chris Pusateri.

Yasamin Ghiasi received her MFA from the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College and her BA from the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics. Her work has appeared in several journals, including Bombay Gin, Monkey Puzzle, and Fuzzle Against Junk. She is the author of Stalker,  a chapbook in conversation with Tarkovsky’s deep materialism (Three Weeks Press, 2012). She is the recipient of the Margaret Randall Poetry Prize from the Academy of American Poets. Ghiasi is a mother, poet, and lives with her daughter in Boulder, CO.

 

Remembering Allan Kornblum, 1949-2014

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A message from Coffee House publisher, Chris Fischbach, is below.

In 1972, Allan bought a letterpress for $35 at auction, put it in Anselm Hollo’s garage, and founded Toothpaste Press. By 1984, Toothpaste had relocated to Minnesota and become Coffee House Press. Today, we celebrate Allan’s  legacy: more than 400 books published, innumerable careers begun and nurtured, and every dog-eared page and underlined passage he brought to a reader.

Allan’s influence extended beyond the books he worked on—for forty-two years he championed new voices and new publishers and fought tirelessly to get them the attention they deserve. It was a lifetime of service not only to literature but also  to the field of publishing, of which he was a devoted scholar. Whether it was choosing just the right font, navigating the changing marketplace of bookselling, or understanding the historical pattern of the changes in printing technology, his wisdom and devotion were unmatched.

I worked for and with Allan for almost twenty years. He hired me first as a letterpress intern, guided me as an editor, and trained me to be a publisher. He was not only a mentor—he was a friend and a father figure, and I wouldn’t be who I am without him. I will miss him.

William Carlos Williams’s “The Descent” was a poem that meant a great deal to both of us. Cinda read it to Allan last night, and I’m remembering him in these lines today:

Memory is a kind
of accomplishment
a sort of renewal
even
an initiation, since the spaces it opens are new places
inhabited by hordes
heretofore unrealized
of new kinds—
since their movements
are toward new objectives
(even though formerly they were abandoned).

There will be a public celebration of Allan’s life in the new year. We hope you’ll join us to remember him then.

To make a gift in Allan’s memory, click here.

BA/MFA Fall Graduation Reading, December 12, 2014

The Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics presents the BA/MFA Fall Graduation Reading. Come celebrate with our graduating students as they complete their journeys at Naropa!

BA-MFA Graduation Reading Fall 2014

Friday, December 12 at 7:30 p.m.
Naropa University’s Performing Arts Center (PAC)
2130 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder
Refreshments will be served.

FREE and open to the public.

For more information, please contact Ariella Ruth at 303-546-3581 or agoldberg@naropa.edu

Naropa University welcomes participants with disabilities. Please contact Ariella Ruth at agoldberg@naropa.edu before December 9 to inquire about accessibility and discuss disability accommodations needed to participate fully in this event.

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