Poet Alice Notley Named Allen Ginsberg Visiting Fellow


alice-notleyBOULDER, Colo. (January 30, 2012) -- Naropa University and the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics announce that renowned poet Alice Notley has been selected as the 2011-2012 Allen Ginsberg Visiting Fellow at Naropa University, February 21-25, 2012.

The Allen Ginsberg Visiting Fellowship is distinguished from other visiting programs by its intensive week of the Fellow's reading, instruction, and direct contact with students, who are given access to the writer's expertise, including a weekend practicum and poetry chat. Community-wide events are incorporated into the Fellow's one-week stay, including a reading, a lecture relating to the development of poetry/prose in the 20th and 21st centuries, and a book signing. The Allen Ginsberg Visiting Fellowship is made possible by the generous support of the Committee on Poetry, founded by the late Allen Ginsberg.

Alice Notley was born in 1945 in Bisbee, Arizona, and raised in Needles, California. She received her BA from Barnard College in 1967 and her MFA from the Writers' Workshop at the University of Iowa in 1970, where she met her first husband, poet Ted Berrigan. In the early 1970s, Notley and Berrigan lived in various cities in America and England before settling in New York City's Lower East Side in 1976. The pair held a continuous "salon/workshop" in their apartment on St. Mark's Place from 1976 until Berrigan's death in 1983.

During the 1980s, Notley remained active in New York City. A review in the New York Times Book Review called Notley "the most authentic and effective poet in many years to emerge from the Lower East Side division of what is loosely called 'the New York School.'" In 1988, Notley married British poet Douglas Oliver, and in 1992, they moved from New York to Paris, France. Oliver passed away in 2000, and Notley continues to live in France.

Alice Notley is the author of more than twenty-five books of poetry and prose. Since 1970, Notley has been a full-time poet, supporting herself through poetry-connected activity including readings, publication, part-time teaching of creative writing, grants, and awards. Once associated with the second generation of the New York School, Notley has become a poet with a completely distinctive voice. Her latest books are Songs and Stories of the Ghouls (Wesleyan, 2011); Culture of One (Penguin, 2011); In the Pines (Penguin, 2007); Alma, or The Dead Women (Granary, 2006); and Grave of Light: New and Selected Poems, 1970-2005 (Wesleyan, 2006), winner of the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize from the Academy of American Poets.

The Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics was founded in 1974 by Allen Ginsberg and Anne Waldman. The School is comprised of the Core Writing Seminars, a BA in Writing and Literature, an MFA in Writing and Poetics, a low-residency MFA in Creative Writing, and the internationally renowned Summer Writing Program.

The Jack Kerouac School emphasizes innovative approaches to the literary arts. Our programs problematize genre while cultivating contemplative and experimental writing practices. Each year, we invite over 60 guest writers and artists, including the Allen Ginsberg Visiting Fellow and the Leslie Scalapino Memorial Lecturer in Innovative Poetics. This distinguishing feature fosters an intensely creative environment for students to develop their writing projects in conversation with a community of writers.