FOLIO: JKS Faculty Reading to Celebrate Recent Publications

Please join us for FOLIO: JKS Faculty Reading to Celebrate Recent Publications on Monday, March 11 at 7:30 p.m. in PAC. With readings by Reed Bye, Junior Burke, Jack Collom, Michelle Naka Pierce, and Andrea Rexilius. Do you want to know more about our faculty readers? Get a sneak peak at their bios below.



Junior Burke is a novelist, dramatist and lyricist.  He is the author of Something Gorgeous, originally published in 2005.  The work explores the background of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby.  Upon publication, the UK’s Historical Novels Review stated effusively that: “Junior Burke’s narrative is compelling and richer in both characters and plot than the original.” At the beginning of 2013, a revised version was published on Kindle, Nook, and all manner of electronic media. Burke collaborated on two musical theatre works to be produced this year, contributing lyrics (and co-authoring the book) to the music of composers Brian and Erin Schey.  The first to be produced will be Mythos, based on seven Greek myths, set for the weekend of August 9thand 10th at the Bisgrove Theater in Auburn, New York.  One October Midnight, based on stories by Edgar Allan Poe, will be presented the weekends of October 18thand 19th, and 25th and 26th at The Palace Theater in Hamilton, New York, and will be given a special October 31st midnight performance at The Auburn Public Theater in New York.  The work has also been accepted for production at Auburn’s Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival. Tonight he will read from the newly-revised version of Something Gorgeous.

Reed Bye’s latest book is Catching On, well, it’s called Catching On. It was published by Nate Jordan’s Monkey Puzzle Press, and he will read from it tonight. Reed also has a CD of original songs, Broke Even, in the works that should be coming out soon, depending on how good it sounds.

Jack Collom is a poet, essayist, and creative writing pedagogue and has taught Creative Writing freelance for nearly forty years. Most of his pupils are children of all ages, teachers, and college students. Collom is Adjunct Professor at Naropa University (where he received the 2001 President’s Award for faculty), teaching Eco-Lit for over twenty straight years, as well as leading the Community Writing Outreach program. He’s author of 25 books and chapbooks of poetry and three CDs; he’s also responsible for three collections of writings by children, all published by Teachers & Writers Collaborative, New York. In 2001, Tuumba Press (California), issued a 500-page volume, Red Car Goes By, as his Selected Poems. In 2012, Instance Press released his book, Second Nature. He has twice been awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Poetry Fellowship. In 2012 he was granted a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Poetry Award. A “Day” was celebrated for him (2001) in his longtime home, Boulder, Colorado.

Michelle Naka Pierce is the author of Continuous Frieze Bordering Red (2012), awarded Fordham University’s Poets Out Loud Editor’s Prize; She, A Blueprint (2011) with art by Sue Hammond West; Beloved Integer (2007); TRI/VIA (2003), co-authored with Veronica Corpuz; and several chapbooks. Pierce has collaborated with artists, dancers, and filmmakers and performed internationally. Her work has been translated into French, Spanish, Japanese, and Hebrew. Born in Japan, Pierce currently teaches in and directs the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University.

Andrea Rexilius is the author of Half of What They Carried Flew Away (Letter Machine, 2012) and To Be Human Is To Be A Conversation (Rescue Press, 2011). For four years she was editor of the Denver Quarterly. She has worked with elementary and high school students as a program coordinator and poetry instructor for Writers in the Schools, America Scores, and After School Matters, and has taught literature and creative writing at Regis University and University of Denver. She currently teaches BA & MFA courses at Naropa University’s Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics where she also coordinates the JKS Summer Writing Program. With Eric Baus, she co-edits Marcel Press.