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: http://horselesspress.com/2012/01/01/richard-froude-creative-nonfiction-qa-at-naropa-university/

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: http://allegrezza.blogspot.com/2011/03/daily-glance-kollectiv-series-michelle.html. 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 Fencehttp://tearsinthefence.wordpress.com/, a short review here: http://nerdsinbabeland.com/archives/3783 and a review forthcoming in February from here: http://www.thenervousbreakdown.com/. 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: http://www.oup.com/us/catalog/general/subject/LiteratureEnglish/Poetry/American/?view=usa&ci=9780823243044.

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: http://horselesspress.com/2012/01/01/richard-froude-creative-nonfiction-qa-at-naropa-university/.

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: julia_loveintention@hotmail.com. 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(http://www.spdbooks.org/Producte/9781609640750/a-wombshaped-wormhole.aspx), and long past the presence of common: by Say It With Stones Press, 2011 (http://sayitwithstones.com/?page_id=333). Reviews of womb-shaped wormhole have been published at Big Other (http://bigother.com/2012/01/17/guest-post-carrie-hunter-jj-hastain-and-the-biomimetic-unicorn/) and at Counterexample Poetics (http://www.counterexamplepoetics.com/2011/10/womb-shaped-wormhole-blazevox-books.html). Reviews of long past the presence of common: have been published at (http://jaiar and nravine.wordpress.com/2012/01/20/review-jj-hastains-long-past-the-presence-of-common/), The Red Fez (http://www.redfez.net/nonfiction/319), at (http://robmclennan.blogspot.com/2011/10/jj-hastain-long-past-presence-of-common.html), and at HtmlGiant (htmlgiant.com/reviews/it-takes-two-baby/).

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

Interview with our own Julie Kazimer!

Our very own Julie Kazimer, Finance and Registration Manager for the Summer Writing Program, was interviewed by Boulder Weekly about her forthcoming book. Read the interview here:


Congratulations, Julie!

Interview with our own Julie Kazimer!

Our very own Julie Kazimer, Finance and Registration Manager for the Summer Writing Program, was interviewed by Boulder Weekly about her forthcoming book. Read the interview here:


Congratulations, Julie!

Staff and Faculty News

Straight Reflection
Straight Reflection

Keith Kumasen Abbott’s two brush paintings, “Straight Reflection” and “Enso Reflection,” appeared in Buddhadharma: The Practitioner’s Quarterly Fall 2011.

Enso Reflection
Enso Reflection

We are delighted to announce that Lisa Birman, SWP Director, became an American citizen on August 24th. Congratulations, Lisa!

Junior Burke co-wrote the screen play American Reel and produced the soundtrack for it as well. It was shown at Director Quentin Tarantino’s New Beverly Cinema in Los Angeles on December 8, 2011.

Book cover for Schizophrene

Bhanu Kapil was a featured writer/teacher this summer at the AROHO retreat at Ghost Ranch, New Mexico. She made a sequence of visits to [Jean Genet and the Chrysallis] at UC Santa Cruz. She gave a reading with Claudia Rankine, as part of their collaboration on race: “Stories of Extreme Girlhood.” She read at the Condensary Reading Series in Oakland with David Buuck. Kapil gave a talk on migration and narrative, in response to an exhibit of Jim Goldberg’s photographs, at the San Francisco MOMA; she also performed during that week as a “unicorn” in the Stein exhibit. In Los Angeles, she performed at the MAK Center at the Schindler House as part of a conference on Voyeurism, “Both Sides and Center,” curated by Teresa Carmody and Amina Cain of Les Figues Press. This fall, Kapil was a visiting poet at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and a visiting fiction writer at Brown University. She was also a featured speaker at the &NOW conference at the University of California at Sand Diego: a conference on innovative thinking, writing, and art/performance practices. Critical essays were accepted to Almost Island (an experimental writing journal base in India and edited by Vivek Narayan), Conversations in a War-time Cafe (an anthology of responses to the last ten years of U.S. engagement in Iraw and Afghanistan, edited by Sena Labrador y Manzano), and ELN (connected to the conference on “Self” at CU next spring, curated by Julie Carr). Currently, Kapil is interviewing the Bay Area painter Luke Butler for an upcoming issue of SHIFTER magazine and was recently interviewed for a feature on her work in BOMB magazine’s online “Bomblog.” Her fourth book, Schizophrene, was released on September 6th.

Cover Image for "Curses"

Julie Kazimer’s urban fairytale novel, CURSES!  A F**ked-Up Fairytale from Kensington Books will be released in March 2012. In the meantime, Julie is teaching an E-Publishing workshop at the Colorado Gold Conference and continues to work on the second, currently untitled novel in the F**ked Up fairytale series due out in 2013.

Book cover for She, A Blueprint

Michelle Naka Pierce’s third book She, A Blueprint, with art by Sue Hammond West, is now available (BlazeVOX, 2011). Her fourth book, Continuous Frieze Bordering Red, which documents the migratory patterns of the hybrid as she travels the floating borders in Rothko’s Seagram murals, has been awarded the 2010-2011 Poets Out Loud Editor’s Prize (Fordham University Press, forthcoming 2012).

Anne Waldman has recently published her magnum opus, The Iovis Trilogy: Colors in the Mechanism of Concealment from Coffee House Press and has numerous reading/performances coming up at various venues: New York University, The Poetry Project, Toronto New School of Writing, The University of California in Berkeley, California College of the Arts, City Lights/San Francisco Poetry Center, the Unitarian Church in San Francisco and at The Rubin Museum, where she will be joined by musicians Ha-Yang Kim and Ambrose Bye. She has recently been appointed a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and was involved with their Poets Forum in October in New York City. Her collaboration Soldatesque (catalogue published by BlazeVOX) with artist Noah Saterstrom was on exhibit at the Poetry Center in Arizona this fall, and she was present for a reading and panel about the work.

Faculty and Staff, we want your buzzworthy news! If you’ve published a book, won an award, or done something else you’d like to share with our community, send updates to dmclean@naropa.edu.

December 2011 Alumni Updates

Jim Cohn’s book Sutras & Bardos: Essays & Interviews on Allen Ginsberg, The Kerouac School, Anne Waldman, The Postbeat Poets & The New Demotics, published in April 2011 by the Museum of American Poetics Publications, has been reviewed by Jonah Raskin. “Perhaps no one in the United States today understands and appreciates the poetic durability and the cultural elasticity of the Beats better than Jim Cohn,” Raskin writes. Cohn’s book provides insights into the private lives of Ginsberg, Waldman, Berrigan, and others, as teachers and as poets, and revelations about the intimate world of poetry at Naropa.

John Oughton, who attended the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics in summers around 1979-1980, has now published five books of poetry (most recently Time Slip from Guernica Editions), and over 400 articles, reviews, blogs and interviews.  He is now Professor of Learning and Teaching at Centennial College in Toronto.  He recently reunited with Anne Waldman, for whom he acted as a graduate assistant, during her visit to Toronto.  Interviews they co-conducted with William Burroughs and Robert Duncan have been published as chapbooks and chapters in anthologies.

Karl Schmieder, founder of Messaging Lab and co-founder of Brudge 6, recently had his book, The Columbus Circle of Time (authored as Karlos Laws), chosen as an Editor’s Choice by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Online Writer’s Workshop. He has also been awarded the Mercury Silver Award and the Big Apple Award for professional writing in health care.

If you’ve got news, we’d love to hear from you! The Kerouac School cherishes its familial connections. Keeping in touch with students and alumni strengthens our ties to our community. Send updates to dmclean@naropa.edu.

not enough night

not enough night, the Kerouac School’s online zine, launched its 14th issue on November 21st! This Fall 2011 issue is dedicated in memory of New York poet Paul Violi and features Allen Andre, recipient of Naropa’s annual Margaret Randall Poetry Prize from the Academy of American Poets, Monica Antonie’s photographs of poets, works by Cheryl Fish, poems from Shane Clements, Kate Greenstreet’s poetry videos, recent works by Julia Carr, work by Caitlin Scholl, and poetry from Jasper Lotus Hawkins. Audio versions accompany several of the text pieces. An issue not to be missed! Earlier issues are archived and available at the zine website: www.naropa.edu/notenoughnight/.