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 emerge in the 21st Century? 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…
Santiago Giraldo Anduaga is a Permaculture design and writing and literature student at Naropa University. The son of a contract pilot, Santiago traveled all around South America and has lived in Peru, Guatemala, Bolivia, Colombia, and the United States. This lifestyle allowed Santiago to experience everything from the beauty of the Andes Mountains, to the social and environmental injustices that developing nations face on a daily basis. This perspective eventually led Santiago to foster a desire for righteous action, and a life of dedication, service, and stewardship to nature with the guidance of Naropa University’s Environmental Studies program. As a lifelong poet, Santiago’s dedication to fine arts and a minor from the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics has allowed him to merge his desire for social and environmental change with creative art to embody nature’s splendor and put in perspective the current destructive path of our culture. The slam poem Just Breathe attempts to embody these elements of the human-nature relation as a moving and self-realization piece.
Written by Sarah Maskevich