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The General Ridiculousness of Trying to Define Asian American Anything

JKS alumn Jai Arun Ravine is a text-based artist working in video, movement and performance. Most recently they are the author of a book of experimental poetics, แล้ว AND THEN ENTWINE (Tinfish Press, 2011); the creator of a film project on Thai and Thai American trans-masculinities, TOM/TRANS/THAI, which screened at the Bangkok Art & Culture Centre (Bangkok, Thailand) and the Sabina Lee Gallery (Los Angeles); and the creator of a multi-media performance on identity tourism, THE PACKAGE TOUR, which was staged at Subterranean Arthouse (Berkeley) and the African American Art & Culture Complex (San Francisco). A recipient of fellowships from ComPeung, Djerassi and Kundiman, Jai is a staff writer for Lantern Review.

This video was created for a collaborative presentation on “Interchange, Transformation, Exuberance: North Asian American Poetry, Performance, and New Media” curated by Sueyeun Juliette Lee with Ray Hsu, Tung-Hui Hu and Cynthia Arrieu-King for the Fall Convergence on Poetics at the University of Washington, Bothell on September 29, 2012.

Through dialogues and collaborative writings engaged in prior to the conference, we discussed many things, among them what Juliette phrased as “the general ridiculousness of trying to define Asian American anything” and the kind of commodification of the category “Asian American” in regards to literature and popular culture and the constant tagging of identities and outliers. We were looking toward possibilities of being and what Juliette called an “exuberance” of “Asian American” beings/aesthetics/cultural productions.

Inukshuk Collective Boulder: Body. Earth. Word


After a short hiatus, JKS alumni initiative Inukshuk Collective Boulder is back with their first eco-poetic event of the fall/winter season. This is a healing ceremony of sorts. Healing the trauma of our fire-damaged canyon. Healing any injuries, both mentally and creatively, which can arrive when our community experiences disaster. Making a physical and artistic connection to the parts of earth we press our feet to. A meeting in the middle of the scar. Please join them for a ceremony featuring poets and indigenous land rights activists. Guest poets include Marcelo Games, Burt Rashbaum, Mary Parker, Jenna Kotch, Ariella Ruth, Cody Spyker, Andrea Bogue, and April Joseph. Additional work from Inukshuk founders Kristen Park and Jess Hagemann will also be featured, along with an eco-somatic exercise led by Jade Lascelles. Please bring any words or rituals you would like to share. Paper and writing instruments may be helpful, as they hope for this event to inspire action of the written word.

What: Inukshuk Collective Boulder: Body. Earth. Word
Where: Directions (from downtown Boulder): Head north on Broadway. Turn left on Mapleton Ave. Continue past Sanitas (the road then becomes Sunshine Canyon Road) and proceed for 2.45 miles. Our site is located behind a guard rail below a light green house numbered 7400. Look for the Inukshuk marker.
When: Sunday, October 28, 2012, 12:00pm until 1:30pm
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Something on Paper

JKS is launching a new online poetics journal, edited by J’Lyn Chapman and Michelle Naka Pierce:

Something on Paper is an online poetics journal of scholarly utterance and conversation, archiving the critical work happening in the Jack Kerouac School as well as engaging with a broader community of writers, critics, and pedagogues. Each issue hosts cutting-edge literary/multimedia discourse and performs the liminal space between critical and creative texts. Our aim is to document the praxis of poetic exchange.

The journal will also have a book review section. If you’d like to submit your recently published innovative book (any genre) for book review consideration, please mail it to:
Something on Paper
Jack Kerouac School
Naropa University
2130 Arapahoe Avenue
Boulder, CO 80302