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…
Bobby Taylor is a current MFA candidate in the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics. He is from East Tennessee and has spent the last twenty years carrying his wares of words and music to Nashville’s Music Row. A recent Grammy nominee, and an Equity actor, Bobby realized the convergence of two life-long dreams when he performed in the 1998 Off-Broadway production of Smoke on the Mountain while simultaneously having his first hit song climb to the number 2 position on the Billboard charts. Bobby was invited to reprise his Off-Broadway role at the Merrimack Repertory Theater in Lowell in 2001 and has since been challenged by the legacy of Kerouac and the Beats to stretch his need to create into new mediums.
Maureen Owen is a poet, editor and publisher currently living in Denver, CO. She is the author of ten poetry titles, most recently Erosion’s Pull from Coffee House Press. Erosion’s Pull was a finalist for the Colorado Book Award and the Balcones Poetry Prize. She currently teaches at Naropa University, both on campus and in the low-residency MFA Creative Writing Program, and is editor-in-chief of Naropa’s on-line zine “not enough night.” Her title Edges of Water is forthcoming from Chax Press. She can be found reading her work on the PennSound website.