Photos by Anisah Ali, Garen Lavender, Swanee, Erika Hodges
My mother bites her nails, and I am not like her. I am the skin around her. — How Ginsberg can I bed? — I am here and you are here but we are nowhere to be found. — Looked at the map unfolded on his lap. “Empire of ideas.” — I want to tell you I am coming. Please don’t Super Nova yet. — If learn is synonymous with teach, how is student not synonymous with teacher? — Remember who owned the land we now occupy.
These are all lines from the Student & Alumni reading on Saturday afternoon. Their voices on the foreground to the exhibit hall hum, the culmination of four days worth of book mongering, poetry-promoting, free-speech protesting, heritage, vigil and vigor.
It was an inspiring long weekend, which began with our first visitor to our table of the weekend, Alice Notley, garbed in a white scarf with sky-blue owls on it. Between her and other old friends to bright, new faces inquiring to our graduate programs we had such visitors as to make us full on Community. And what we brought to give away, we gave it all– issues 41 & 42 of Bombay Gin, select broadsides and anthologies, ex libris stickers, and other sweet swag.
And although everything happened at once, and we were sad not to see you all, Summer Writing Program is right around the corner to reunite our tribe of Bodhisattvas.
Jack Kerouac School Founder, acclaimed author, and distinguished educator Anne Waldman has been presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award in the Thirty-Sixth Annual
American book Awards! As always, we are incredibly honored to have such an amazing woman not just in our school, but in our presence.
Anne Waldman from New York City’s Greenwich Village is a celebrated poet, performer, professor, editor and cultural activist , a former director and founder of The Poetry proj…ect at St Marks’s Church In-the- Bowery and co-founder with Allen Ginsberg of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University, in Boulder, Colorado where she is a Distinguished Professor of Poetics and Artistic Director of The Summer Writing Program. Although a generation younger, Allen Ginsberg often referred to Anne Waldman as his “spiritual wife” and she has been designated a “countercultural giant” by Publisher’s Weekly. She is the author of over forty books of poetry, including the book-length hybrid narrative poem Manatee/Humanity ( Penguin Poets 2009), and the feminist 1,000 page epic The Iovis Trilogy: Colors in the Mechanism of Concealment (Coffee House 2011)which is the winner of the 2012 PEN Center USA Award for Poetry. Her books of essays include Vow to Poetry, and Outrider. Other recent poetry books include Gossamurmur, (Penguin Poets 2013). Jaguar Harmonics (Post-Apollo Press 2014) and Cross Worlds: Transcultural Poetics (Coffee House 2014), co-edited with Laura Wright. Her forthcoming book is Voice’s Daughter of A Heart Yet To Be Born, 2016. She is known for her magnetizing public performances and frequently collaborates with musicians and dancers, including Meredith Monk, Thurston Moore and her son Ambrose Bye. Waldman is the recipient of the Shelley Memorial Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship (2013-14) and is a Chancellor of The Academy of American Poets. She has recently received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Before Columbus Foundation, 2015. She has presented her work in festivals all over the world, most recently in India, Morocco, Italy, Finland, Germany and France.
Her extensive Archive resides at the Hatcher Graduate Library at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Her website is http//www.annewaldman.org.