Week Three Workshops & Faculty
Week Three: Kulchur Connections and Beyond
July 15-July 21 2013
Meena Alexander was born in India. Her poetry has been anthologized, translated and set to music. Her most recent book of poetry is Quickly Changing River; a new volume Birthplace with Buried Stones is forthcoming. Poetics of Dislocationappears in the Michigan Poets on Poetry series. She has received awards from the Guggenheim and Fulbright foundations and the Arts Council of England. She lives and works in New York City.
Tim Atkins is the author of Horace, 1000 Sonnets, Petrarch (three volumes), Folklore, and Honda Ode (a Japanese translation of On the Road). Editor of the long-running online poetry journal onedit, he teaches at the University of East London, and is London correspondent for Lungfull! magazine.
- University of Southampton British Electronic Poetry Centre
- Meshworks / The Miami University Archive of Writing In Performance
Omar Berrada & Sarah Riggs
Omar Berrada directs the library and translation center at Dar al-Ma’mûn in Marrakech. Previously, he hosted shows on French national radio and public programs at the Centre Pompidou, and curated Tangier’s International Book Salon. He translates American poetry and philosophy into French, and has recently edited, with Erik Bullot, Expanded Translation – A Treason Treatise (Sharjah Art Foundation, 2011) and, with Yto Barrada, Album – Cinémathèque de Tanger (Virreina/LDC, 2012).
Sarah Riggs, the author of Autobiography of Envelopes (Burning Deck, 2012), 60 Textos (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2010), Waterwork (Chax Press, 2007), and Chain of Minuscule Decisions in the Form of a Feeling (Reality Street Editions, 2007), has (co-)translated from the French poets Isabelle Garron, Marie Borel, Etel Adnan, Ryoko Sekiguchi, and Oscarine Bosquet. A member of the bilingual poetry collective Double Change (www.doublechange.org), and founder of the interart non-profit Tamaas (www.tamaas.org), she lives in Paris, where she teaches at NYU-in-France.
Lisa Birman is the author of For That Return Passage – a Valentine for the United States of America, and co-editor of Civil Disobediences: Poetics and Politics in Action. Her work has appeared in Floor Journal, Milk Poetry Magazine, Trickhouse, and not enough night. Lisa was the Director of The Kerouac School’s SWP for over a decade and teaches for Naropa’s MFA in Creative Writing.
Junior Burke is a novelist, dramatist and lyricist. His novel, Something Gorgeous, which explores the world behind Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, will be republished in 2012. A set of his first studio recordings tentatively titled With You in Rockland, is being readied for release on the Di-Tone label. He has taught at the Kerouac School since 1999, originated its MFA Creative Writing (low/res) degree program, and served as Chair of Writing & Poetics from 2006 to 2010.
Victor Hernández Cruz
Víctor Hernández Cruz was born in the small mountain town of Aguas Buenas, Puerto Rico. Reading the beats and Afro American poets and writers he began to write as a teenager, producing his first booklet Papo Got His Gun in 1966. Some of these poems made it into Evergreen Review, poems along with a spread of photos. It opened up a new level of audience; Random House published volume called Snaps in 1968. He currently writes in both Spanish and English and divides his time between Puerto Rico and Morocco where his wife and son live. His poems have been translated into the Dutch, German, French, Greek, Turkish and Chinese.
Tonya Foster is the author of poetry, fiction, and essays that have been published in a variety of journals from Callaloo to The Hat to Western Humanities Review. She is the author of A Swarm of Bees in High Court (Belladonna Press) and co-editor of Third Mind: Creative Writing through Visual Art. A recipient of fellowships from New York Foundation for the Arts, Macdowell Colony, the Mellon and Ford Foundations, she teaches in Bard’s Language & Thinking Workshop and is a student at the CUNY Graduate Center in the doctoral program in English.
C. S. Giscombe’s recent poetry books are Prairie Style and Giscome Road. His prose books are Into and Out of Dislocation and (forthcoming) Back Burner. Prairie Style was awarded a 2008 American Book Award by the Before Columbus Foundation; Giscombe is the 2010 recipient of the Stephen Henderson Award in poetry, given by the African-American Literature and Culture Society. He is a long-distance cyclist. He teaches poetry at the University of California, Berkeley.
Bhanu Kapil & Andrea Spain
Bhanu Kapil is the author of five books of experimental writing, most recently Notes for a novel not yet written: Ban. She teaches year-round in the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics.
Andrea Spain’s work investigates philosophies of time, materiality and becoming. Her manuscript Postcoloniality and Event, explores the role of time, memory and perception in the postcolonial present. She teaches literature and cultural theory at Mississippi State University. Bhanu and Andrea have been in symbiotic conversation about the event, Elizabeth Grosz and the form a book might take [never take] since 1995. They co-taught a class on Francis Bacon, Deleuze and triptych forms in a prior Summer Writing Program.
M. NourbeSe Philip
M. NourbeSe Philip is a poet, essayist, novelist and playwright living in the space-time of the City of Toronto. Her most recent work, Zong!, is a genre-breaking poem which engages with ideas of the law, history and memory as they relate to the transatlantic slave trade. Her honours include the Pushcart Prize, the Casa de las Americas prize for She Tries Her Tongue; Her Silence Softly Breaks and fellowships from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller (Bellagio) Foundations.
Michelle Naka Pierce & Chris Pusateri
Michelle Naka Pierce is the author of Continuous Frieze Bordering Red (2012), awarded Fordham University’s Poets Out Loud Editor’s Prize; She, A Blueprint (2011); Beloved Integer (2007); TRI/VIA (2003); and several chapbooks. Pierce has collaborated with artists, dancers, and filmmakers and performed internationally. Her work has been translated into French, Spanish, Japanese, and Hebrew. Born in Japan, Pierce currently teaches in and directs the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University.
Chris Pusateri is the author of several books of poetry, most recently Common Time (Steerage Press, 2012) and Molecularity (Dusie, 2011). His work appears in many journals in the US and abroad, including Chicago Review, Fence, Jacket, Verse and others. A librarian by trade, he has lectured on poetry and poetics at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Wittenberg University, University of New Mexico and the École Polytechnique in Paris.
Eleni Sikelianos’ next book of poems is The Loving Detail of the Living & the Dead.
Mary Tasillo is an internationally exhibiting artist working in printing, text, zines and artist books, with a focus on art in public spaces. She is co-proprietor of The Soapbox: Independent Publishing Center, a do-it-yourself art space in West Philadelphia featuring a zine library and community-accessible printing facilities. As half of the collaboration “Book Bombs,” she creates prints, publications, and interactive art experiences for distribution in the streets.
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