New Chapbook by JKS Alumni Lesléa Newman

Lesléa Newman (Certificate in Poetics, 1980) is pleased to announce her latest poetry chapbook, I REMEMBER: HACHIKO SPEAKS published by Finishing Line Press. I REMEMBER: HACHIKO SPEAKS consists of poems in the voice of Hachiko, Japan’s famous Akita who waited 10 years at Shibuya train station hoping for his master’s return. All poems are written in form. “Hachiko, a dog tied inextricably to the pulse and heart of his owner, waited for a miracle for a decade. In these deftly crafted stanzas, Lesléa Newman resurrects the devoted Akita and reintroduces us to a voice that redefines faith.”—Patricia Smith, author of BLOOD DAZZLER, National Book Award Finalist, 2008. Order at:

JKS Alumni Has First Full-Length Book Published

Jai Arun Ravine‘s first full-length book, “แล้ว and then entwine,” was published by TinFish Press ( Jai is also a staff writer for Lantern Review (

Bombay Gin Release Party: February 12

Please join us at 6:00 pm on Sunday, February 12 at the Dark Horse’s upstairs bar for the 38.1 Bombay Gin release party.

In honor of our latest issue, in which all content is paired with companion pieces, and the upcoming national holiday of companionship, we are hosting an open-mic reading for, that’s right, companions. Find a poet, artist, musician, compadre, or partner with which to perform. Bonus points for dressing in pink or red. Readings should be 5 minutes or less and slots are limited, so SIGN UP NOW by emailing

We’ve also concocted a drink special just for the release party. The upstairs bar will be serving *Gin-sbergs* at a special price! The Dark Horse is a 21-and-over bar, so bring your id.

We can’t wait to share our newest issue with you and to see what comes from your beautiful companionships!

Sarah Elizabeth Schantz: Literary Contests, Agents, and More

In the past year, Sarah Elizabeth Schantz has been a finalist and/or honorary mention for literary competitions hosted by New Letters, Zoetrope, Hunger Mountain and The Cream City Review. She won first place for a fiction contest hosted by Third Coast. Third Coast nominated her winning story for the 2011 Pushcart Prize and Best New Stories from the Midwest (the story takes place in Kansas). Sarah hasn’t yet heard back from the Pushcart Prize, but she was just selected for the 2011 Best New Stories from the Midwest anthology. She was also a finalist for Alligator Juniper and another story of hers will appear in their Spring 2012 issue. Through her selection via Zoetrope, she has received the attention of an agent at Georges Borchardt in NYC. The publication of the winning story in Third Coast has gotten the attention of an agent at the Rees Literary Agency in Boston. Both agents are interested in the novel she is working on right now.

Jack Collom Reading

Jack Collom, poet-in-residence at the Boulder Public Library, will read with Anselm Hollo and two guests on Saturday, February 19 at 2 pm in the Pulse Point at Boulder Public Library. For more info, click here.

January 2012 Faculty and Staff News

Horse Less Press has published a transcript of a Q&A with JKS alum Richard Froude conducted by Erik Anderson‘s Art of Nonfiction class (in the Kerouac School’s low-residency MFA program) in Fall 2011. Here’s the link:

Bhanu Kapil participated in several conferences and presentations in 2011: Panelist (2 panels), AWP conference, Washington DC; Featured Speaker, &Now Conference, San Diego; Performer, Both Sides and Center: Symposium on Voyeurism curated by Les Figues Press; Lecture/Performance, Stein Exhibit, SF MoMA; Featured Writer, AROHO retreat, Ghost Ranch; Visiting Fiction Writer, Brown University; Visiting Poet, University of Lafayette (September 2011); Visiting Writer/week-long residency, Temple University ; Visiting Writer, UC Santa Cruz; Co-organizer/Presenter: Movement, Somatics, Writing: an Arts-based Research Symposium, University of Michigan. She also gave readings/performances as a part of the Condensary Series in Oakland, the Multifarious Array Series in Brooklyn and the Titmouse Magazine release party in Denver. She will appear at several upcoming events in Spring 2012: Featured presenter, World Association of Cultural Psychiatry conference, London, UK; readings at the University of Arizona and Boise State University; and a performance/reading in Delhi, India.

She has several new publications: Schizophrene (Nightboat, 2011) — a full-length prose work; also, a chapbook excerpt of a novel, BAN, was published as part of a “prose event” with Vanessa Place and Eileen Myles in Washington DC (Belladonna, 2011).  Her work also appeared nationally and internationally in anthologies and literary journals.  Some of these were: Witness, Tinge, esque, P-Queue, Everyday Genius and Titmouse; and four new anthologies: “I’ll Drown My Book”: Conceptual Writing by Women, edited by Laynie Browne, Caroline Bergvall and Vanessa Place (Les Figues Press); HarperCollins Book of English Poetry by Indians, edited by Sudeep Sen (HarperCollins India); It is Almost That, an art/text anthology edited by Lisa Pearson (Siglio Press); and Encyclopedia Project: Vol 2, edited by Tisa Bryant, Kate Schatz and Miranda Mellis (Encyclomedia). Three of her books — The Vertical Interrogation of Strangers, Incubation: A space for monsters, and humanimal — were on the best-seller list for 2011 at Small Press Distribution.

Interviews on her writing process appeared on two online sites: Bomblog and html giant.

This Spring, at Naropa, she is co-curating a symposium as part of the Jack Kerouac School: Violence and Community. This will be a two-day event involving installations, panel talks, and performances/readings by four visiting writers from different regions of the U.S.

Michelle Naka Pierce‘s third chapbook was recently published: Symptom of Color (Dusie, 2011). A short review appears here: Her third book was recently published: She, A Blueprint (BlazeVOX, 2011) with art by Sue Hammond West. There’s an extensive review out in the latest edition of Tears in the Fence, a short review here: and a review forthcoming in February from here: Her fourth book, Continuous Frieze Bordering Red (Fordham University Press, forthcoming 2012) was awarded the 2010-2011 Poets Out Loud Editor’s Prize. It documents the migratory patterns of the hybrid as she travels the floating borders in Rothko’s Seagram murals. She has a book signing on March 2 at AWP in Chicago and will be a featured reader for the Red Rover Series on March 3 in Chicago. She also has a book release reading on March 28 in NY with Mei-Mei Berssenbrugge. Location: 12th Floor Lounge, Fordham University, Lincoln Center, 113 West 60th Street. Reception and book signing to follow. Here’s a link to info about this book:

Andrew Schelling  recently published From the Arapaho Songbook (poetry, La Alameda Press, 2011) and  The Oxford Anthology of Bhakti Literature (Oxford University Press, 2011), which was reviewed in numerous Indian newspapers and journals. He also has recent or forthcoming work in: Matter Journal, Manoa Journal, The Platte River Review, Spoon River Poetry Review, Tricycle: the Buddhist Review, Interim, Jacket2. He will give a poetry reading with Rebecca Eland, Norman Fischer, and Steven Ratcliffe at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 13th at Moe’s Books in Berkeley, California. He will also participate in a panel titled “Quo Anima: Women Poets & Spiritual Search” at AWP in Chicago (March 1-4). Also at AWP, he will be part of a poetry reading with the Spoon River Poetry Review, which he has joined as a contributing editor. On March 26, he will be in Delhi, India to deliver a presentation at the India International Center for his collection The Oxford Anthology of Bhakti Literature. On April 1 – 2,  he will teach a workshop on Poetry, Movement, and Buddhist Imagery in Bir, India.

Anne Waldman, co-founder and Distinguished Professor of Poetics at the Kerouac School, has recently published The Iovis Trilogy: Colors in the Mechanism of Concealment (Coffee House Press, 2011), her 25 year epic poem on war and patriarchy, and Soldatesque/Soldiering (Blaze VOX 2011), with visuals (a frieze of paintings) by artist Noah Saterstrom and a preface by Bill Berkson. Her CD, The Milk of Universal Kindness (with production and music by Ambrose Bye) came out in 2011 with Fast Speaking Music productions. Anne will be reading and performing at Butler University in Indiana February 7-8, 2012, for the DIA Foundation Feb 23 in New York City, and doing readings with L’Etage and Kelly Writers House in Philadelphia Feb 27-29th.  There will be a reading and panel focusing on her work at the City University of New York on March 8th. She will be reading at the Counterpath Gallery in Denver on April 26, and participating in the 20th anniversary program of  The Schule fur Dichtung (The School for poetry) in Vienna, Austria,  May 30-June 3, a program inspired by Anne Waldman and Allen Ginsberg’s vision of The Jack Kerouac School at Naropa. Visit the Website Fast Speaking Music for a more complete schedule of her readings and performances, and work with Ambrose Bye.

January 2012 Alumni Updates

Horse Less Press has published a transcript of a Q&A with Richard Froude conducted by Erik Anderson’s Art of Nonfiction class (in the Kerouac School’s low-residency MFA program) in Fall 2011. Here’s the link:

j/j hastain is putting together an anthology of queer nudes (images along w body poetics statements) to come out (in color!) w Knives Spoons and Forks Press in 2013. Contact email for further information: j/j’s intent with this project is the queer body made visible. j/j has also recently published two books: womb-shaped wormhole by BlazeVOX [books], 2011(, and long past the presence of common: by Say It With Stones Press, 2011 ( Reviews of womb-shaped wormhole have been published at Big Other ( and at Counterexample Poetics ( Reviews of long past the presence of common: have been published at (http://jaiar and, The Red Fez (, at (, and at HtmlGiant (

Clotilde Wright had a poem published in American Tanka in June and has five haiku forthcoming in the June 2012 issue of Lynx, AHApoetry.