December 2011 Alumni Updates

Jim Cohn’s book Sutras & Bardos: Essays & Interviews on Allen Ginsberg, The Kerouac School, Anne Waldman, The Postbeat Poets & The New Demotics, published in April 2011 by the Museum of American Poetics Publications, has been reviewed by Jonah Raskin. “Perhaps no one in the United States today understands and appreciates the poetic durability and the cultural elasticity of the Beats better than Jim Cohn,” Raskin writes. Cohn’s book provides insights into the private lives of Ginsberg, Waldman, Berrigan, and others, as teachers and as poets, and revelations about the intimate world of poetry at Naropa.

John Oughton, who attended the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics in summers around 1979-1980, has now published five books of poetry (most recently Time Slip from Guernica Editions), and over 400 articles, reviews, blogs and interviews.  He is now Professor of Learning and Teaching at Centennial College in Toronto.  He recently reunited with Anne Waldman, for whom he acted as a graduate assistant, during her visit to Toronto.  Interviews they co-conducted with William Burroughs and Robert Duncan have been published as chapbooks and chapters in anthologies.

Karl Schmieder, founder of Messaging Lab and co-founder of Brudge 6, recently had his book, The Columbus Circle of Time (authored as Karlos Laws), chosen as an Editor’s Choice by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Online Writer’s Workshop. He has also been awarded the Mercury Silver Award and the Big Apple Award for professional writing in health care.

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