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Harry Smith Print Shop Highlight!

Interested in the JKS Harry Smith Print Shop? The summer writing program is a great chance to explore this unique resource! Space still available. Register now!

Weekend Warrior 5/3/2103

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From Michelle Naka Pierce and Andrea Rexilius’ Experiment, Innovation, and Community course:

Write a description of yourself in: 1st person / 2nd person / 3rd person / future self. Use these different viewpoints to see the different sides of your personality. i.e. What you tell people about yourself. What you hide from other people. What other people notice about you that you refuse to recognize. What you and others don’t know about yourself (hence, future self). –Laura Keck

Bring in a historical document that you want to change or integrate into. Starting with the first line count four lines down. This is your first line. Then write your own corresponding line. Continue this process. Taking five lines of historical text and five original lines into one cohesive piece. –Mikiel Ghelieh

Happy Writing!

J’Lyn Chapman with Danielle Dutton on The Conversant

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In late April 2012, students in my undergraduate Introduction to Feminist Theory class at Naropa University read Danielle Dutton’s SPRAWL. With literature written by women as our guide, we explored feminist thought in its historical and philosophical contexts as well as in its application. The course was organized around several books, including Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre, Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God and Dutton’s SPRAWL. We read these novels over an atypically long period so that we could do both close readings of the texts and apply multiple theories to produce multiple readings. Simultaneous with our reading of SPRAWL, students read Simone de Beauvoir, Lyn Hejinian and Sherry B. Ortner, but one will also recognize in their questions the influence of other courses they were taking at the time, such as Experimental Women Writers.

Jack Kerouac School BA students Emily Ashley, Anna Avery, Ali Baker, Kiwi Barnstein, Eric Cooley, Lauren DeGaine, Taylor Estape, Jackie Gardea, Yasamine Ghiasi, Caroline Jacobs, Erin Likins, Carolyn Ripple, Ella Schoefer-Wulf and Sofia Stephenson participated in the interview. It has been lightly edited for publication.

Read the interview here.

30/30 Poetic Vision: Day 30!

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Inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, National Poetry Month is now held every April, when schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets throughout the United States band together to celebrate poetry and its vital place in American culture. Thousands of organizations participate through readings, festivals, book displays, workshops, and other events.

In honor of this month, Naropa’s Jack Kerouac School is launching its first annual 30/30 Poetic Vision, featuring daily poems by JKS students, staff, and faculty. Our community members were asked to contemplate and engage with text as visual and audio mediums. What forms emerge in the 21st Century? How has technology changed the way we view, perform, and transmit poetry? These are a few of the questions that will be explored over the next thirty days. We hope you’ll join us on this journey.

Jack Kerouac School. WRITING THINKING BEING. The experiment continues…

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Noah Christie is an MFA candidate in the Jack Kerouac School.

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Amy Catanzano is the author of Multiversal (Fordham University Press), recipient of the PEN USA Literary Award in Poetry and the POL Prize; iEpiphany (Erudite Fangs Editions), published by Anne Waldman’s independent imprint; and a forthcoming volume of cross-genre fiction, Starlight in Two Million: A Neo-Scientific Novella, recipient of the Noemi Press Book Award for Fiction. She currently teaches at Chatham University in Pittsburgh. Previously, she taught in Naropa’s Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics and is teaching week 4 of this year’s Summer Writing Program.

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Kyle Pivarnik is a multi-media artist, musician, and writer. His film collaborations with Michelle Naka Pierce have been shown at the Co-Kisser Film Festival at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and the Lex-ICON conference in Paris. His writing has been featured in Boston Literary Magazine and Bombay Gin. He is the founder of Literary Libations, a multi-media press.

30/30 Poetic Vision: Day 29

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Inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, National Poetry Month is now held every April, when schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets throughout the United States band together to celebrate poetry and its vital place in American culture. Thousands of organizations participate through readings, festivals, book displays, workshops, and other events.

In honor of this month, Naropa’s Jack Kerouac School is launching its first annual 30/30 Poetic Vision, featuring daily poems by JKS students, staff, and faculty. Our community members were asked to contemplate and engage with text as visual and audio mediums. What forms emerge in the 21st Century? How has technology changed the way we view, perform, and transmit poetry? These are a few of the questions that will be explored over the next thirty days. We hope you’ll join us on this journey.

Jack Kerouac School. WRITING THINKING BEING. The experiment continues…

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Caitlan Mitchell is a first year MFA student in the Jack Kerouac School, hailing from the East Coast. She seeks to evoke the Goddess and to channel the divine mother energy into her writing and her every day.

30/30 Poetic Vision: Day 28

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Inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, National Poetry Month is now held every April, when schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets throughout the United States band together to celebrate poetry and its vital place in American culture. Thousands of organizations participate through readings, festivals, book displays, workshops, and other events.

In honor of this month, Naropa’s Jack Kerouac School is launching its first annual 30/30 Poetic Vision, featuring daily poems by JKS students, staff, and faculty. Our community members were asked to contemplate and engage with text as visual and audio mediums. What forms emerge in the 21st Century? How has technology changed the way we view, perform, and transmit poetry? These are a few of the questions that will be explored over the next thirty days. We hope you’ll join us on this journey.

Jack Kerouac School. WRITING THINKING BEING. The experiment continues…

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Christina Nicole has lived in Boulder, Colorado for over two years while pursuing her undergraduate degrees at Naropa University in Writing and Poetics and Contemplative Psychology with concentrations in Somatic Psychology and Health and Healing. She draws inspiration for her creative pursuits from the phantasmagoric corners of her mind and observes colonies of micro lifeforms that dwell under medium-sized rocks to gain insight into the genuine meaning of living in existence with Other. Christina seeks to mutate the abstract creative mind with language and concepts from the dianoetic left by further examining the corpus callosum and writing with the intent to bridge seemingly unlike fields into union.

30/30 Poetic Vision: Day 27

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Inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, National Poetry Month is now held every April, when schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets throughout the United States band together to celebrate poetry and its vital place in American culture. Thousands of organizations participate through readings, festivals, book displays, workshops, and other events.

In honor of this month, Naropa’s Jack Kerouac School is launching its first annual 30/30 Poetic Vision, featuring daily poems by JKS students, staff, and faculty. Our community members were asked to contemplate and engage with text as visual and audio mediums. What forms emerge in the 21st Century? How has technology changed the way we view, perform, and transmit poetry? These are a few of the questions that will be explored over the next thirty days. We hope you’ll join us on this journey.

Jack Kerouac School. WRITING THINKING BEING. The experiment continues…

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Rambler, troubadour, dissident tablet, unsuppressed badass, mugwump agitator, active verbiator, incontinent spirit, heretical accountant, america addict, knowledge sharer, provider when asked of free literature, radical cowabunga royal ranto this then here Matt Clifford is a middle aged carpenter teen wife candy poet eating journals off the bathroom floor publishing the results on a golden scroll. Matt Clifford won it all, won it all.