New digital chapbook from JKS student!


Congratulations to JKS student Jade Cruz Quinn on the digital release of her chapbook « gills in rain gutters »!

« gills in rain gutters » was hand-bound and printed at Kavayayantra Press at Naropa University on a Vandercook proofing press. The cover was designed by the author. It was created using a hand-carved linoleum block with a custom-mixed ink.

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Bhanu Kapil in the Bay Area This Weekend!


JKS Faculty Bhanu Kapil will be featured at two events in the Bay Area this weekend:From Trauma to Catharsis: Performing the Asian Avant-Garde and the Hearts Desire Reading Series. Details below!

From Trauma to Catharsis: Performing the Asian Avant-Garde

August 22-24, 2014

3rd Floor, California Institute of Integral Studies, 1453 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

This three-day symposium hosted by the MFA Program at California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS), brings internationally recognized writers, scholars, and students of the Asian Avant-Garde together in an experimental and creative setting. In keeping with the university’s mission of forging understanding between East and West, participants will recover, examine, and place in historical context themes of miscegenation, aggression, and privilege within this global diaspora. We will explore the mental and aesthetic health of this community, from its beginnings in individual writers to its articulation as a movement, albeit one whose artistic integrity remains loosely defined and misunderstood by the much larger experimental poetic community.

Hearts Desire Reading Series: Bhanu Kapil, Margaret Ronda & Stephanie Young

Thursday, August 21, 2014 – 20:00

THE OMNI :: 4799 Shattuck Avenue, Oakland, California more


Bhanu Kapil lives in Colorado where she teaches writing and thinking at Naropa University’s Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, as well as Goddard College’s low-residency MFA. She is the author of a number of full-length works of poetry/prose, including The Vertical Interrogation of Strangers (Kelsey Street Press, 2001), Incubation: a space for monsters (Leon Works, 2006), humanimal [a project for future children] (Kelsey Street Press, 2009), Schizophrene (Nightboat, 2011), and Ban en Banlieue (Nightboat, 2014).

Congratulations to Sarah Brooks!

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Congratulations to MFA in Creative Writing Sarah Brooks on two recent publications: an essay published in the local Flatirons Literary Review, and a novella, The Beginning of Us, published by Riptide! 2014!

Sarah Brooks was born and raised on a farm in Iowa, traveled through Europe and Central America, and lived in Alaska for a decade before she moved to Colorado to live near her family. When she’s not writing late at night, she raises her beautiful, sassy six-year-old daughter Mitike; teaches middle schoolers how to love writing and reading; and hikes in the mountains.
Sarah holds English and religion degrees from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa; an MAT from the University of Alaska Southeast; and (nearly — in one more semester) an MFA in Creative Writing from Naropa University in Boulder. Published mostly as an essayist (in Sinister Wisdom, Room, The English Journal, and Iris Brown, among other places), Sarah writes the lesbian fiction she wishes she could read.