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…
Rachel Newlon is an MFA Candidate at Naropa University. She obtained her BA in English from Metropolitan State University in Denver and is looking forward to graduating from Naropa in July 2013. She has had the pleasure of being published online (Horse Less Press, OVS, Foliate Oak Literary Journal, The Conversant) as well as in print (Tenement Block, Up the River Journal, OVS, Bombay Gin). She also had the pleasure of interviewing Richard Froude on Fabric and Suzanne Scanlon on Promising Young Women. She has been married for 17 years, has three amazing young boys, and looks forward to writing and teaching at the university level.