Matt Pincus’ Book Review Mania!

Congratulations to JKS MFA candidate Matt Pincus on his recent reviews!

Let Go and Go On and On by Tim Kinsella on BookSlut

Louis XXX by George Bataille on Pank’s Website

The Whack-Job Girls by Bonnie ZoBell on Pank’s Website

Cunt Norton by Dodie Bellamy in RainTaxi

What’s the Deal by Rod Smith on the Volta 365 Blog

OK Tony by Cyrus Console on the Volta 365 Blog

533055_1647225774565_458872365_nMatt Pincus was born and raised in San Diego, CA. He received a B.A. from Pitzer College in English and World Literature and is currently an M.F.A. candidate at Naropa University’s Writing and Poetics program. He is a review contributor for PANK, the Volta 365 blog, RainTaxi and Bookslut.

Poetry Teachers NYC Presents Poetry & Performance Workshops in May at Shetler Studios

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Class I: Turning Poetry into a Multimedia Experience (10AM-12PM) 

Taught By: Thomas Fucaloro & Todd Anderson

Is performance poetry just about walking on stage and reading your poem in a booming voice or can it be more? Can it also inspire in a visual way not just auditory? Can we use media or images or film to add another layer to what we have written. In this workshop we will focus on getting around performance stereotypes and work on developing your words as visuals using Video and computers. We will be looking at the visual text of a poem making the audience read not listen. How does composing it this way change your process? We will focus on and workshop on the technology you need to do this which will be held by Todd Anderson and then we will be going through performance techniques because as visual as you are there is still room to enhance performance and that part will be led by Thomas Fucaloro. We will also be examining classic poetry to enhance stage performance. We will be looking at Shakespeare, Dylan Thomas and more. 

Class II: The Moment of Creation (12:15PM-2:15PM) 

Taught By: Caitlin Gill

“The unknown becomes a friend, absurdity is worn well, fear is gently smiled at. The making-a-fool quality is always present when you stand at the edge of the empty space and…willingly take the first step.” – Barbara Dilley. 

“Continuous present and beginning again, and using everything.” – Gertrude Stein 

What happens when we sit still? What happens when we move from sitting still? When does it happen? The decision from stillness to movement? The act from mind to the moment of creation? In this three week course, we’re going to explore making our art from a place of stillness/movement with these questions in mind. It’s an exploration. An experiment. We will employ all of the curiosity in our artist bodies and perhaps try something new. Something weird. Something scary. Something beautiful. Something.

We will make the studio and our time together a sacred space. Everything is welcome. We will work as an ensemble to support eachother in the vulnerable space of process. Whether you’re creating something new or working on an existing project, we’re learning how to create while being with others and using their strengths to support our own process. We’re also learning how to be with our fellow artists on their journeys from a place of openness and support.Most importantly, we will play. And we’ll see what comes of these curious endeavors.

Class III: From Page to Stage  (2:30PM-4:30PM) 

Taught By: Dan Dissinger, Aimee Herman & Megan DiBello 

Our three-instructor approach is the unique experience which sets this class apart. Get to know your own writing through performance. Challenge yourself to Revive, React, and Represent your work! In addition to receiving writing prompts and weekly assignments, students are challenged to get to know their own work through performance, both in class and on stage. Students are also encouraged to contribute to open discussion of one another’s writing and readings. The three instructors also address the needs of individual students, focussing in on writing craft, performance style, and self-editing.

 

Register here!

Mehfil Massive: South Asian Religions Remixed Through Poetry and Music: APRIL 23 at USC

Join JKS Faculty Bhanu Kapil , Kaya Press, and the USC Visions & Voices Arts & Humanities, and Initiative for a night of incredible artistic collaboration: Legendary South Asian musicians and poets will come together to celebrate and investigate the rich diversity of South Asian spiritual influences. From ghazals set to music and sung throughout the Muslim world to Rabindranath Tagore’s Nobel Prize–winning Gitanjali (Prayer Offering of Song), collaborations between poets and musicians have been a staple of South Asian religious life for centuries. In Mughal courts, nightly mehfils brought these performers together and elevated their collaborations to high art. This tradition will get a 21st-century update in a landmark evening featuring performances by internationally renowned diasporic South Asian artists including Sufi-influenced rock guitarist Salman Ahmad, vocalist and ten-string double-violin master Gingger Shankar, Mumbai-based dubstep DJ Bandish Projekt and hip hop artist and producer Brooklyn Shanti in collaboration with award-winning poets Kazim Ali, Tarfia Faizullah, Bhanu Kapil, Mandeep Sethi and Amarnath Ravva.The evening will be hosted by comedian/writer/performance artist D’Lo.

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FREE POETRY AND MUSIC CONCERT | Wednesday April 23, 2014 | 7:30 — 9:30 p.m. | Bovard Auditoirum, University of Southern California (3551 Trousdale Parkway Los Angeles, CA 90089)

RSVP HERE:

http://web-app.usc.edu/ws/eo2/calenda…

30/30 Poetic Vision: Day Twenty Two

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Inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, National Poetry Month is now held every April, when schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets throughout the United States band together to celebrate poetry and its vital place in American culture. Thousands of organizations participate through readings, festivals, book displays, workshops, and other events.

In honor of this month, Naropa’s Jack Kerouac School is launching its second annual 30/30 Poetic Vision, featuring daily experiments by JKS students, staff, and faculty. Our community members were asked to contemplate and engage with text as visual and audio mediums. What forms emerge in the 21st Century? How has technology changed the way we view, perform, and transmit poetry? These are a few of the questions that will be explored over the next thirty days. We hope you’ll join us on this journey.

Jack Kerouac School. WRITING THINKING BEING. The experiment continues…

gvg-225x300Georgia Van Gunten loves to ride her bike downhill into the wind while screaming at the top of her lungs. She has been arrested for disorderly conduct. She calls herself a poet, which you may or may not agree with. There are quite a few schoolyard beatings in her childhood. She once ate roadkill off a workbench, it was delicious. Her kneecaps look like they’ve been attacked by rabid squirrels from a lifetime series of bicycle crashes. She has had stitches on her face, she was also once bitten in the face by an ancient Doberman. Georgia Van Gunten is probably insane. She has two dogs and a cat and she collects books and bones and teeth and old identification cards.

Author of His Own Creative Vision

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Check out the JKS Alumni highlight of Michael Shaun Conaway(MFA, 1993) in the new Naropa Magazine!

by Lisa Birman

Reflecting back on his Naropa days, Michael Shaun says, “There was such a quality of living in the clothes you work in. There was an integrated experience of what you were working on personally, what you were working on at school, and what you experienced … My experience at Naropa showed me that in order to be fully expressed as an artist and creator, my work and philosophy had to be aligned.”

Excited about the recent launch of a Film and Media Studies minor, Michael Shaun wants to see Naropa embracing cutting-edge paradigms of communications and providing more exposure to entrepreneurship training. More than anything, he hopes that anyone inspired by his story will see the same possibilities and more for themselves.

Check out Michael Shaun’s work at Storyworks and NCite. You can also read about his filmwork and see a clip of the documentary Guardians of the Seed at Watermoon Films. 

Read the full article here!

Let Them Eat Cake: Across the Threshold: A Reading Hosted by the Naropa Writing Center

By Joseph Navarro

Sure, there were gluten- free snacks. Let them eat cake. People spoke of getting tattoos of semicolons. Let them eat cake. There was even an event flyer with a picture of a Nazi German V2rocket, falling on London. Let them eat cake. And to be honest, the amount of emails sent by Jennifer Kay Dorsey and Ariella Ruth , probably annoyed the NSA. Let them eat cake. Sarah Richards-Graba’s Ikebana exhibit almost stole the show. Let them eat cake. Christopher Kepple’s interior design prowess, created an atmosphere conducent to all Post-Modern-Avante-Hybrid-Experimental-Van-Poetics-Beat oriented readings. Let them eat cake. The Naropa Writing Center hosted a reading titled Across the Threshold, which opened with some of Naropa’s finest BA writers. Let them eat cake. Jade Cruz Quinn and Tyler Lyman touched on cats and creeks while taking the audience on a semiotic voyage of imagery and emotion. Let them eat cake. Their work set the pace for a night of aesthetic solidarity. Let them eat cake. H.J. VandeRiet, Brent Zionic, and Chris Kepple followed. Let them eat cake. The trio represented the eclectic nature, endemic to current first-year cohort’s literary repertoire. Let them eat cake. Humor was a large part of the evening, which accentuated an eager audience. Let them eat cake. The closing act featured Naropa’s upcoming graduates, from the Religious Studies and Creative Writing programs respectively. Let them eat cake. Austin Pick, Elizabth Knauz, Jenifer Kay Dorsey, Matt Clifford and Sarah Richards-Graba rounded out the night with a mixture of grace and poetics, a true representation of the Beat legacy so dear to this institution. Let them eat cake. The five brought an emotional candor to the evening which made one reminisce of City Lights Bookstore in the 60’s. Let them eat cake. The 2014 NWC reading featured a packed house, a lineup of committed artists, and a finale of cake. Cake. Cake. Cake. And they ate cake; Ashley Margaret Waterman and Janelle Fine put on a performance which will echo through these hallowed halls, for years to come. Let them eat cake. The coup de grace of an evening dedicated to all that is writing. Let them eat cake. The sacrifices we make for our work, is what defines us as artists. Let them eat cake. We will continue to write and spread all that is art. Let them eat cake. As for everyone else, LET THEM EAT CAKE!

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Joseph Navarro is an MFA candidate at the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University.

30/30 Poetic Vision: Day Twenty-one

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Inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, National Poetry Month is now held every April, when schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets throughout the United States band together to celebrate poetry and its vital place in American culture. Thousands of organizations participate through readings, festivals, book displays, workshops, and other events.

In honor of this month, Naropa’s Jack Kerouac School is launching its second annual 30/30 Poetic Vision, featuring daily experiments by JKS students, staff, and faculty. Our community members were asked to contemplate and engage with text as visual and audio mediums. What forms emerge in the 21st Century? How has technology changed the way we view, perform, and transmit poetry? These are a few of the questions that will be explored over the next thirty days. We hope you’ll join us on this journey.

Jack Kerouac School. WRITING THINKING BEING. The experiment continues…

momma and tTyler Lyman is a Junior Writing and Poetics student at the Jack Kerouac School for Disembodied poetics. He is currently in the process of compiling and self-publishing a book of short prose and poetry, “The America Book.” Tyler is interested in mixing the voices of published, heard voices with those of younger, up-and-coming writers across the country. He moved from New York to Boulder in August, enjoys hiking, writing, and snowboarding. Tyler’s inspirations are E.E. Cummings, Emily Dickinson, Philip K. Dick, and Kurt Vonnegut amongst others.