Category Archives: Open Submissions

New Alumni Zine!


Hello Naropa greats,

I am writing to inform you, excitedly, that Ryan Hartman and I (both Naropa grads) have embarked on a project called Bear Head Zine. We’re currently accepting submissions (via for our first issue, to debut September 2014, in an effort to share the poetry, prose, art and photography of creative people who live and/or work in Boulder, or have done so in the past, and feel voiceless due to the notorious bubble.

Submissions should theoretically aim to describe the Boulder experience, either from inside or outside the bubble, but creative work simply done by folks currently living and/or working in this polarizing, beautiful place is more than welcome.

Please direct students and other interested parties to


Adam Perry

Amiri Baraka Folio

The Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics’ literary journal, Bombay Gin: Issue 41, will include a commemorative folio on Amiri Baraka. We invite you to submit letters, remembrances, essays, poetry, and prose inspired by Amiri. Deadline is August 15, 2014.

Call for Submissions: WALL OF WATER

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WALL OF WATER is to be a multi-volume anthology exploring water and flooding through book, performance, and digital forms. We are looking for all genres of writing, sound, performance, visual art, and multimedia to create a multi-dimensional view of the influences of water. A series of three books will be created with interwoven live performance and online media. We look forward to seeing your work; please use the following formatting to email your submission:

+ Submit electronically via PDF.
[note: any supporting material necessary may be included using links (youtube, vimeo, soundcloud…)]

+ Use the following format for email subject line and PDF name:

+ Include the following information in the body of your email:
full name + title + phone number + email address + short biography

+ Our email :

Please email us with any questions, ideas, or concerns.

Ariella Ruth

Weekend Warrior 11/8/13

Weekend Warrior 12/7

This week, we invite you to write a creative writing prompt! Be it poetry or prose, directions for a hybrid text, an (anti) memoir, fiction or non, the choice is yours!

your writing prompt for possible publication on!

Happy writing!

Weekend Warrior 9/20/2013

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This week’s writing prompt comes from The Edge of Anything, an anthology of transcriptions from the margins of books on bookshelves of writers. This anthology is interested in submissions that address marginality both in the material sense, that is, text written by a reader in the blank space bordering the printed area on a page in a book, as well as in the sense of occupying space at a border, either geographically, politically, or socially.

Here’s a definition of margin from OED:

margin (n.)

1. An edge and the area immediately adjacent to it; a border.

2. The blank space bordering the written or printed area on a page.

3. A limit in a condition or process, beyond or below which something is no longer possible or acceptable.

4. An amount allowed beyond what is needed.

5. A measure quantity or degree of difference.

6. Economics:

                a. The minimum return that an enterprise may earn and still pay for itself.

                b. The difference between the cost and the selling price of securities and commodities.

                c. The difference between the market value of collateral and the face value of a loan.

7. An amount in money, or represented by securities, deposited by a customer with a broker as a provision against loss on transactions made on account.

8. Botany: The border of a leaf.


Submission Guidelines

Deadline: 19 October 2013

1. You identify as a writer or others identify you as such.

2. Find one book on your bookshelf, one that has your writing in the margins. Please do not create new margin notes for this project; we are interested in the found, the accidental and the detritus of reading. Please choose a text or margin notes that you feel relate to the definition of marginality and the above notes on our curatorial vision for The Edge of Anything.

3. Scan 1-3 pages from that book (600dpi, 24bit color). 

4. Transcribe your notes from the margin. If you are submitting multiple scanned pages, please let us know whether your transcription should be read as a single poem/piece, or multiple pieces.

5. Email your scans, your transcription, and your bio to, with the subject line: THE EDGE OF ANYTHING .


Lunamopolis No. 2!

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luna back

Poets for Living Waters

Poets for Living Waters is a poetry action begun in 2010 as a response to the Gulf Oil Disaster of April 20, 2010, one of the most profound man-made ecological catastrophes in history. While devastating, could that extreme event be best understood as merely a partial manifestation of a widespread but at least somewhat limited consciousness producing global ecological crisis?

Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh suggests that in response to the contemporary situation, we refrain from appeals to effective argument but rather stir affective compassion: “We should not talk in terms of what they should do, what they should not do, for the sake of the future. We should talk to them in such a way that touches their hearts…” This artistic initiative contributes to this latter conversation, motivated by the belief that poetry helps return us to our senses.

If you would like to submit work for consideration, please send 1-3 poems, a brief statement of ecopoetics, a short bio, and credits for any previously published submissions to

Editors: Wendy Babiak, Amy King, and Heidi Lynn Staples

Poets for Living Waters –