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 second annual 30/30 Poetic Vision, featuring daily experiments 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…
Award winning poet Michelle Naka Pierce is the author of four chapbooks and four full-length books, including TRI/VIA (Erudite Fangs/PUB LUSH, 2003) co-authored with Veronica Corpuz; Beloved Integer (Bootstrap/PUB LUSH, 2007); She, A Blueprint (BlazeVOX, 2011) with art by Sue Hammond West; and Continuous Frieze Bordering Red (Fordham, 2012), awarded the Poets Out Loud Editor’s Prize. Pierce has collaborated with artists, dancers, and filmmakers and has performed her work internationally, most recently in France and in Japan. Her work has been translated into French, Spanish, Japanese, and Hebrew. She teaches in and directs the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics.
Sue Hammond West is a painter and mixed media artist with a hunger for experimentation. She combines art making with the energy of Buddhism and yoga philosophy. She has taught at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago; Harshaw Creek, Arizona; Steamboat Springs Mixed Media Painting School; and Lill Street Studios in Chicago. Her exhibitions include Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art; Boulder Public Library; Leady Art Center, Kansas City; Beacon Street Gallery, Chicago; and University of Notre Dame Isis Gallery. Her first book She, A Blueprint (BlazeVOX, 2011) with poetry by Michelle Naka Pierce is a text/image collaboration; her other publications include Inquiring Mind, Shambhala Times, Not Enough Night, Sous Rature, Foursquare, and Mandorla. Hammond West has received awards from the NEA; the Indiana Arts Commission; and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Currently associate professor at Naropa University and director of the School of the Arts, she teaches and researches contemporary art forms and how to infuse art with a palpable transforming presence.