Category Archives: Bombay Gin

Bombay Gin Journal Now Accepting Submissions!

bgIs it possible to articulate a program that will ensure the survival of the disappearing and the decaying? Submissions for Bombay Gin 42: Reprogramming the Wilderness are now open!

Read the full call and our submission guidelines at the Bombay Gin submittable page.

Deadline is August 15, 2015.

Bombay Gin Fall 2014 Reading Series

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The first reading in the Bombay Gin Fall 2014 Reading Series will take place Thursday, September 11, at 7pm, at Innisfree Poetry Bookstore & Cafe, featuring Reed Bye, Sara Veglahn, and Mathias Svalina— and an open mic.

All Bombay Gin Reading Series events will take place at Innisfree. Readings are planned for October 9, November 13, and December 11.

Be on the look out for more announcements!

Recuperation: Bombay Gin 40th Anniversary Release Party, March 6, 2014

By Jaclyn Hawkins

The Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics is in the midst of a celebration—we have arrived at our 40th year anniversary as an institution for writers, a home comprised of words, a school situated in the flood plains of Boulder that seeks “Recuperation” after September’s gushing rains and have found such within this year’s Bombay Gin.

The release party for the 40th issue of our school’s student-led literary journal was one of thankfulness, recuperation, and remembrance of Naropa’s beloved Anselm Hollo, who passed in January 2013. Angel Dominguez, senior editor of Bombay Gin, opened the evening with a “bundling of photons, the forming of rhizome, the becoming of a community above the chaos,” and a recalling of Anselm’s words in the playing of “Three Letters to the New Century,” a lecture given at Naropa in April of 2001. Few eyes remained dry throughout the room.

Aurora Smith found recuperation in the winding roads of a former lover, a bottle of Malbec on Christmas, and taking the guardrails with us in the search for reconciliation. Heather VandeRiet found recuperation in the reading of her father’s poem, written forty years ago, in which we traveled inner space, burning our hands, and hung up between past and future and the unsureness of where we left our memory. Jennifer Van Alstyne read from her working collection on Hurricane Sandy, seeking recuperation in the blackouts of a city, traveling “Up the Coast,” the hauntingly beautiful coast of the dead, and also, sharks. Brandon Petty found recuperation in his typewriter, the late nights that lend towards poetry of Kentucky homelands and the trajectory to Colorado.

Eric Fischman lent us laughter in the telling of his translation course with Anselm; “I was trying to come up with a word other than slave or servant, but someone you get to do things for you. Anselm exclaims, ‘a pawn! A pawn! It’s a pawn!’” He shares with us a learned secret: “drink your food and eat your water,” and found recuperation in the eating of a pomegranate seed. Jenifer Dorsey offered recuperation in her twelve glimpses throughout the country, uncovering the restlessness in searching for home, finding the land of memories in the rear view mirror. Hannah Kezema taught us waiting, and found recuperation in just wanting to love everyone, in glassy forms of night, and asking, “are we changed?” Janelle Fine didn’t see the self in dresses, found recuperation in dressing up not in a dress, and let things look back in a way that made us want to do the same. Mark DuCharme ended our evening with remembrance of Anselm, asking if the dead need poetry, reminding us that this planet is not a shadow, constructing a story of our futures and leaving out our deaths.

Congratulations to those students and staff whose hard work provided us a collection of recuperative texts and a lovely 40th anniversary issue of Bombay Gin.


Jaclyn Hawkins is an MFA candidate at the Jack Kerouac School at Naropa University. On the verge of entering her thesis semester, she is seeking to archive decay through documentary poetry and map the genre of Ecopoetics.

Bombay Gin 40th Anniversary Party Tonight!


Please join us tonight for the Bombay Gin 40th Anniversary Release Party! 7:30 PM in the Student Center (basement of Wulsin Hall).



Bombay Gin 40!

Our 40th Anniversary issue, featuring a memorial folio on Anselm Hollo, and with the larger theme of Recuperation (in the wake of a Boulder flood, structural damage to our embodied Arapahoe House–again disembodied) is here!

Order yours today, or set up a subscription. Our 41st issue will consider activism, collaboration, performance, and feature a memorial folio on Amiri Baraka.


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.

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