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…
Geoff Bylina is currently pursuing a BA in Writing & Literature and a BA in Performance from Naropa University. He recently released a self-published chap book as the inaugural publication of his own press, Dig It! Press, which has several other publications in the works(on hold until after finals). His current projects explore supplementary possibilities, reflections, outlines/maps/topography/cartography, marginalization, math, biology, community and the city. And probably some other things.
The piece performed in this video is also a component of a performance piece written and directed by Geoff that will be shown this Friday and Saturday night (7:30 pm all shows) at Naropa’s Performing Arts Center as a part of a night of short works inspired by the poetry of Aracelis Girmay, Tara Hardy and Patricia Smith.
June Lucarotti is an MFA candidate at the Jack Kerouac School.