Michelle Naka Pierce, Naropa University Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics School Director, at Small Press Traffic in San Francisco

Pierce will be joined by Meg Day and JKS alumni Jai Run Ravine

Small Press Traffic LogoBoulder, Colo (September 25, 2012) -- Michelle Naka Pierce, winner of the 2012 Poets Out Loud Editor,s Prize and Director of Naropa University,s Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, will be reading at Small Press Traffic in San Francisco, Sunday, October 7, 2012. Pierce will be joined by poet Meg Day and text-based artist Jai Arun Ravine, JKS alumni.

Michelle Naka Pierce Reading and Conversation
When: Sunday, October 7, 2012, 5:00 p.m.
Where: Small Press Traffic, Literary Art Center at California College of the Arts, 1111 8th Street, San Francisco CA, 94107
Price: Free and open to the public

Born in Japan, Michelle Naka Pierce is the author of seven titles, including She, A Blueprint (BlazeVOX, 2011) with art by Sue Hammond West and Continuous Frieze Bordering Red (Fordham, 2012), awarded the Poets Out Loud Editor's Prize. Pierce has collaborated with artists, dancers, and filmmakers and performed her work internationally, most recently at La Kunsthalle in France. Pierce is associate professor and director of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa.

Since 1974 Small Press Traffic (SPT) has been at the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area innovative writing scene, bringing together independent readers, writers, and presses through publications, conferences, talks, and their influential reading series. Small Press Traffic Literary Arts Center promotes and supports writers from all over the globe--particularly those who push the limits of how speaking and thinking about the world. The Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics was founded in 1974 by Allen Ginsberg and Anne Waldman. The School consists of the Undergraduate 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, a four-week convocation of writers, artists, activists, and editors. Our programs emphasize innovative approaches to literary arts while cultivating contemplative writing practices. Each year, we invite more than sixty 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.

Naropa University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Naropa University is a private, nonprofit, nonsectarian liberal arts institution dedicated to advancing contemplative education. This approach to learning integrates the best of Eastern and Western educational traditions, helping students know themselves more deeply and engage constructively with others. The university comprises a four-year undergraduate college and graduate programs in the arts, education, environmental leadership, psychology and religious studies.