30/30 Poetic Vision: Day 1

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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 first annual 30/30 Poetic Vision, featuring daily poems by JKS students, staff, and faculty. Our community members were asked to contemplate and engage with text as visual and audio mediums. What forms does modern poetry lend itself to? 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…


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Georgia 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.


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAElizabeth J. Sparenberg comes to JKS from Seattle, WA. She has been writing award winning plays, poetry and short stories since childhood. She is currently clogged with ideas and projects and needs to just sit down and complete a manuscript! Everything she writes is dedicated to her beautiful son Robin. Her favorite letter is R.

One thought on “30/30 Poetic Vision: Day 1”

  1. Georgie, your poem and the reading are beautiful and powerful. I see you in that poem.
    I am also collecting teeth these days- for the stories they tell about the past.

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