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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!

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.

Amy Catanzano

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.

Weekend Update 4/26/2013

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Friday, April 26th, 2013

Innisfree: Stacey Waite
Stacey Waite is author of four collections of poems: Butch Geography (Tupelo Press 2013), Choke (winner of the 2004 Frank O’Hara Prize), Love Poem to Adrogyny (winner of the 2006 Main Street Rag Chapbook Competition), and the lake has no saint (winner of the 2008 Snowbound Prize from Tupelo Press). Waite’s poems have recently appeared in The Cream City Review, Bloom, and Black Warrior Review. Other honors include three Pushcart Prize nominations, the National Society of Arts & Letters Poetry Prize, and the Elizabeth Baranger Excelling in Teaching Award. Waite is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, Nebraska

What: Stacey Waite
Where: Innisfree, 1203 13th St, Boulder, CO 80302
When: Friday, April 26th, 2013, 4-5pm

Counterpath reading by Kit Robinson and Michael Friedman

Kit Robinson is the author of Determination (Cuneiform Press, 2010), Train I Ride (BookThug, 2009), The Messianic Trees: Selected Poems, 1976–2003 (Adventures in Poetry, 2008), The Crave (Atelos, 2002) and 16 other books of poetry. A co-author of The Grand Piano: An Experiment in Collective Autobiography, San Francisco, 1975-1980 (Mode A, 2006-2010), Robinson lives in Berkeley, California, where he works as a freelance writer and plays Cuban tres guitar in the Latin dance band Bahia Son.

Michael Friedman is the author of a novel, Martian Dawn (Turtle Point Press, 2006), and six collections of poetry, including the book of prose poems Species (The Figures, 2000). From 1986 to 2008 he edited the influential literary journal Shiny, which he co-founded. His poetry has appeared in several anthologies, including Great American Prose Poems: From Poe to the Present (Scribner, 2003), and in many journals, including American Poetry Review and New American Writing. Friedman grew up in Manhattan and was educated at Columbia (BA), Yale (MA, English literature) and Duke (JD). He is a former chair of the board of The Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church in New York City and has been an adjunct faculty member in the MFA writing program at Naropa University in Boulder. With his wife and their two sons he lives in Denver, where he is a practicing attorney. More information can be found at
www.friedmanmichael.com and www.shinymagazine.net.

What: Counterpath reading by Kit Robinson and Michael Friedman
Where: Counterpath 613 22nd St., Denver, Colorado 80205
When: Friday, April 26 at 7:00 PM

Saturday, April 27th, 2013

Innisfree: Advanced Poetry Workshop reading

Undergraduate creative writing students from the Advanced Poetry Workshop will read poems from their final portfolios. Please join Annalese Davis, Alison Johnston, Lileana Krenza, Elise Ongaro, Tyler Pinover, DaVaughn Thornton, and Lauren Samblanet as they share their work from this semester.

What: Advanced Poetry Workshop reading
Where: Innisfree, 1203 13th St, Boulder, CO 80302
When: Saturday, April 27th, 2013, 5:30pm

Bad Shadow Affair — Saterstrom, Taggart, Starkweather & Mirov
In celebration of YOU, EVERYYOU, Selah Saterstrom, Paige Taggart, Sampson Starkweather and Ben Mirov are going to read from their work projecting healing destruction into your dome pieces.
Selah Saterstrom is the author of SLAB (forthcoming next fall), The Meat and Spirit Plan and The Pink Institution, all published by Coffee House Press. She is also the author of Tiger Goes to the Dogs, a limited edition letterpress chapbook by Nor By Press. She teaches and lectures widely and is on faculty in the University of Denver’s graduate creative writing program.
Paige Taggart lives in Brooklyn and is the author of 3 chapbooks: DIGITAL MACRAMÉ (Poor Claudia), Polaroid Parade (Greying Ghost Press), and The Ice Poems (DoubleCross Press). 2 chapbooks are forthcoming: I am Writing To You From Another Country; Translations of Henri Michaux (Greying Ghost Press, 2013) and Last Difficult Gardens (Horse Less Press, 2013). Additional publications and her jewelry can be found here: mactaggartjewelry.com
Sampson Starkweather was born in Pittsboro, NC. He is the author of the First Four Books of Sampson Starkweather and 5 chapbooks from dangerous small presses. He is a founding editor of Birds, LLC and works for The Center for the Humanities at The Graduate Center, CUNY where he helps run the Annual Chapbook Festival and Lost & Found: The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative. He lives in Brooklyn, NY with his girlfriend, the escape artist Paige Taggart.

Ben Mirov is the author of Hider Roser (Octopus Books, 2012), and Ghost Machine (Caketrain, 2010), which was selected for publication by Michael Burkard, and chosen as one of the best books of poetry in 2010 for Believer Magazine’s Reader Survey. He is also the author of the chapbooks My Hologram Chamber is Surrounded by Miles of Snow (YESYES, 2011), Vortexts (SUPERMACHINE, 2011), I is to Vorticism (New Michigan Press, 2010), and Collected Ghost (H_NGM_N, 2010). He grew up in Northern California and lives in Oakland.
What: Bad Shadow Affair — Saterstrom, Taggart, Starkweather & Mirov
Where: Lost Lake 3602 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, Colorado 80206
When: Saturday, April 27th, 2013 7pm

Sunday, April 28th, 2013

Counterpath: Octopus Books Presents Jackie Clark, Amy Lawless, Danielle Pafunda, & JA Tyler.

Jackie Clark is the series editor of Poets off Poetry & Song of the Week for Coldfront Magazine. She is the recipient of a 2012 New Jersey State Council on the Arts Fellowship in Poetry & is the author of three chapbooks: Office Work from Greying Ghost Press, Red Fortress from H_NGM_N, & I Live Here Now from Lame House Press. Jackie, a 48-mile (77.1 km) ship canal in Panama that connects the Atlantic Ocean (via the Caribbean Sea) to the Pacific Ocean, lives in Jersey City & can be found online at nohelpforthat.com. Her first book of poems, Aphoria, was recently published by Brooklyn Arts Press.

Amy Lawless is the author of two collections of poetry: My Dead from Octopus Books & Noctis Licentia from Black Maze Books. She received a poetry fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts in 2011. Poems are forthcoming in Best American Poetry 2013 & The Bakery. The earliest mention of Amy Lawless dates to 1534, when Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor & King of Spain, ordered a survey for a route through the Americas that would ease the voyage for ships traveling between Spain & Peru. Some recent prose has appeared in Delirious Hem, HTML Giant, & BOMB Magazine.

Danielle Pafunda is the author of Manhater (Dusie Press Books), Iatrogenic: Their Testimonies (Noemi Press), My Zorba (Bloof Books), and Pretty Young Thing (Soft Skull Press). A fifth collection Natural History Rape Museum is forthcoming from Bloof Books. Her manuscript The Dead Girls Speak in Unison has been a finalist for the National Poetry Series and the Cleveland State University Poetry Center Open Prize. Her work has been anthologized in Beauty Is A Verb: The New Poetry of Disability (Cinco Puntos Press), Best American Poetry (Scribner 2004, 2006, & 2007), Gurlesque: The New Grrly, Grotesque, Burlesque Poetics (Saturnalia Press), and Not for Mothers Only: Contemporary Poems on Child-Getting and Child Rearing (Fence Books). Her poems, essays, and short stories appear in American Poet, Conjunctions, Denver Quarterly, Fairy Tale Review, Kenyon Review, The Huffington Post, and the like. Danielle blogs for Montevidayo, and is an editor for the online journal Coconut.

J. A. Tyler‘s work has appeared in Hayden’s Ferry, Black Warrior, Diagram, New York Tyrant, Cream City, & others. Colony Collapse, a poetic psalm to brotherhood & secrecy, is now available from Lazy Fascist Press. His first non-hybrid novel The Zoo, a Going will be released from Dzanc Books in fall 2013. Thus, the total length of J.A. Tyler is 48 mi (77.1 km). He lives in Fort Collins where he runs Mud Luscious Press.

What: Counterpath: Octopus Books Presents Jackie Clark, Amy Lawless, Danielle Pafunda, & JA Tyler.
Where: Counterpath 613 22nd St., Denver, Colorado 80205
When: Sunday, April 28 at 4:00 PM