Week Four Workshops and Faculty
Third Mind: A Poetics of Performance, Cooperation and Affinity
July 22-July 28 2013
Christian Bök is the author not only of Crystallography (1994), a pataphysical encyclopedia nominated for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award, but also of Eunoia (2001), a bestselling work of experimental literature, which has won the Griffin Prize for Poetic Excellence. Currently, Bök is working on an unusual project, entitled The Xenotext—a genetically engineered poem, designed to persist forever in the genome of an unkillable bacterium. Bök teaches English Literature at the University of Calgary.
Ambrose Bye, composer/musician/producer grew up in the environment of The Jack Kerouac School, graduated from The University of California, Santa Cruz and was trained as an audio engineer at the music/production program at Pyramind in San Francisco. Working primarily with poets, he has produced four albums with Anne Waldman. Most recently he produced, Harry’s House, a compilation from recordings done at Naropa University.
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.
Jack Collom was born in Chicago in 1931 and grew up in small town Illinois. Much walking and bird watching in the woods. Moved to Colorado in 1947, studied Forestry. Wrote first poems while stationed in Libya. Time in Germany. Twenty years factory labor, now for nearly forty years a freelance teacher of poetry, all ages. MA University of Colorado. Twenty five books/chapbooks of poetry, three books on/of children’s writings. Interested in nature. Thinks the world is funny. Prizes and awards. Married to writer Jennifer Heath and is the father of four grown children.
LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs is a writer and musician and the author of TwERK (Belladonna, 2013). Her poetry has been published in Ploughshares, Jubilat, Fence, Rattapallax, Nocturnes, and LA Review. She has received awards from Cave Canem, Harvestworks Digital Media Arts Center, VCCA, New York Foundation for the Arts, Harlem Community Arts Fund, Jerome Foundation, Barbara Deming Memorial Grant, and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. She lives in Harlem.
What the tongue and the ear wants you to deal with. Sound and voice as praxis. The natural and the artificial as kinfolk. When blood memory and wandering becomes both revolutionary and problematic. Should any of this be included in a conversation surrounding art as social practice? Readings: Clarence Major, Edwin Torres, Barbara Jane Reyes, Lisa Linn Kanae, James Thomas Stevens w/ Caroline Sinavaiana, Norman H. Pritchard, Cathy Park Hong, Kamau Brathwaite, Jayne Cortez, Nicomedes Santa Cruz, M. NourbeSe Philip.
Erica Hunt & Marty Ehrlich
Erica Hunt is a poet, essayist and author of Local History, Arcade, as well as two poem chapbooks, Piece Logic and Time Flies Right Before the Eyes. Publications include BOMB, Boundary 2, Conjunctions, Poetics Journal, Tripwire, Recluse, various anthologies and the Politics of Poetic Form. Hunt has received awards from the Foundation for Contemporary Art, the Fund for Poetry and the Djerassi Foundation.
Marty Ehrlich is a multi-instrumentalist and is considered one of the leading figures in experimental or avant-garde jazz. He has performed with a who’s who of contemporary composers including Muhal Richard Abrams, Bobby Bradford, Anthony Braxton, Andrew Cyrille, Jack DeJohnette, Anthony Davis, Mark Dresser, Marianne Faithful, Don Grolnick, Julius Hemphill, and John Zorn. He appears on over 100 recordings with these and other composers. As an ensemble leader, he has made 25 recordings of his compositions for ensembles. Recent projects include a work for large ensemble, “Trumpet in the Morning.”
Laird Hunt is the author of five novels. His fiction, translations, reviews and essays have appeared in The Believer, Bookforum, the Wall Street Journal, McSweeney’s among many other places. He is currently on faculty in the creative writing program at the University of Denver and is the editor of The Denver Quarterly.
Thurston Moore is founder in 1980 of NYC rock group Sonic Youth. He records and performs as a solo artist as well and has worked collaboratively with Merce Cunningham, Cecil Taylor, Lydia Lunch, and Glen Branca. He has composed music for films by Olivier Assayas, Gus Van Sant, and Allison Anders. His writing has been published through various imprints. He runs the Ecstatic Peace records + tapes label, edits the Ecstatic Peace Poetry Journal, and is chief editor of the poetry imprint Flowers & Cream. He was on faculty at the 2011 and 2012 Naropa University summer writing programs. The apprenticeship is never and always over.
Brad O’Sullivan is the founding member of underscore, a typewriter band. He’s a writer, teacher, letterpress printer, bike tinkerer, and proprietor of Smokeproof Press, a letterpress workshop in Boulder, Colorado. He lives with Lisa, Finn, a couple of dogs and some chickens, and is happiest when his hands are dirty and he’s solving some sort of problem.
Cecilia Vicuña is a poet, artist and filmmaker from Chile. She performs and exhibits her work internationally. The author of 20 poetry books, she co-edited The Oxford Book of Latin American Poetry, 2009. Her most recent books are: Spit Temple, Selected Oral Perfomances by Cecilia Vicuña, edited by Rosa Alcalá, UDP, 2012. Chanccani Quipu, Granary Books, 2012, Sabor a Mí, Chain Links, 2011.
Anne Waldman is a poet, performer, professor, editor, cultural activist. Author of more than 40 publications of poetry, her most recent books include The Iovis Trilogy: Colors in the Mechanism of Concealment (Coffee House Press 2011) which won the PEN USA 2012 Award for Poetry, Soldatesque/Soldiering (Blaze [Vox] 2012) and Gossamurmur (Penguin Poets 2013). She has worked extensively with video movie writer and director Ed Bowes, and producer/musician Ambrose Bye. She has written the libretto for the opera Cyborg on the Zattere, with music by composer Steven Taylor, a piece taking on the “knot” of Ezra Pound’s poetry and politics. She is a recipient of the Shelley Memorial Award for Poetry and has been deemed a “counter-cultural giant” by Publisher’s Weekly. She is a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets.
Ronaldo V. Wilson is the author of Narrative of the Life of the Brown Boy and the White Man (University of Pittsburgh, 2008), winner of the Cave Canem Poetry Prize and Poems of the Black Object (Futurepoem Books, 2009), winner of the Thom Gunn Award and the Asian American Literary Award in Poetry. Co-founder of the Black Took Collective, Wilson is also a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Literature Department at U.C. Santa Cruz.
Anne Carson & Robert Currie
Anne Carson was born in Canada and teaches ancient Greek for a living, sometimes at NYU.
Robert Currie is an artist and sometime randomizer living and working in New York City and Ann Arbor.
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