Julie Carr is the author of six books of poetry, most recently 100 Notes on Violence (Ahsahta, 2010), RAG (Omnidawn, 2014), and Think Tank (Solid Objects, 2015). She is also the author of Surface Tension: Ruptural Time and the Poetics of Desire in Late Victorian Poetry (Dalkey Archive, 2013), and the co-editor, with Jeffrey Robinson, of Active Romanticism (University of Alabama Press, 2015). A chapbook of prose, The Silence that Fills the Future, was recently released as a free pdf from Essay Press. Objects from a Borrowed Confession (prose) will be out from Ahsahta in 2016. Carr’s co-translation of Leslie Kaplan’s Excess-The Factory is due out from Commune Editions in 2018. Carr was a 2011–12 NEA fellow and is an associate professor at the University of Colorado in Boulder in the English department and the Intermedia Arts Writing and Performance Ph.D. She regularly collaborates with dance artist K.J. Holmes and is the co-founder of Counterpath Press and Counterpath Gallery.
CAConrad’s childhood included selling cut flowers along the highway for his mother and helping her shoplift. He is the author of 9 books of poetry and essays, including ECODEVIANCE: (Soma)tics for the Future Wilderness (Wave Books), the winner of the 2015 Believer Magazine Book Award. He is a Pew Fellow and has also received fellowships from Lannan Foundation, MacDowell Colony, Headlands Center for the Arts, Banff, and Ucross. For his books and details on the documentary The Book of Conrad (Delinquent Films, 2016), please visit his website.
Aisling Daly is a graduate of the MFA in Creative Writing and Poetics at the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics and a former Writing Fellow at the Naropa Writing Center and a Core Writing Seminar Instructor at Naropa University. Her writing is influenced by interests in traveling, nature, art and horses. Daly moved to Colorado from Ireland and is enjoying her experience immensely. Currently, she is working on a manuscript inspired by a 2013 wildfire in the San Juan mountains.
Lauren DeGaine is a cross-genre writer, music festival journalist, and printmaker-in-training, who explores language, place, and the body through her work. Originally from Palm Springs, CA, Lauren now lives in Victoria, BC, where she is traveling the country in a van while writing and preparing application materials for MFA programs in Canada and the US. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Writing and Literature from Naropa University’s Jack Kerouac School in Boulder, Colorado in 2013. Her work has been published in ineffable, Betty and Kora, and Fest 300.
Megan Heise is a writer, performer, artist, and pedagogue based in Boulder, CO. Her creative work has been published in ink & coda and Antinomies, and her first chapbook, Quasar #6, was recently published by Eggtooth Editions. A Creative Writing and Poetics MFA candidate at Naropa University’s Jack Kerouac School for Disembodied Poetics, she works at the Naropa Writing Center, teaches courses in writing and writing pedagogy, and is active in anti-racist social justice movements. Megan enjoys studying queer and feminist theories, and creating hybrid, “genre queer” works exploring a/sexuality, mental illness, repression and expression, and the emotional undercurrents of life.
Caroline Hinkley is a photographer and Professor of Practice in the Cinematic Arts Department, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque. She is a transdisciplinary academic and artist who holds two MFAs (Claremont Graduate University and California Institute of the Arts). Over a period of fifteen years, Caroline made multiple treks (pilgrimages) to Tibet, Zanskar, and Ladakh to photograph the remote and sacred landscapes of the Buddhist Himalaya. Her latest work has emerged from recent trips to Iceland where ideas of ephemerality, loss, and impermanence arise in “searching the subject” of massive glacial movements and colossal forces of ice. In the past year, she began examining “the idea of north” in a winter artist residency in Kronstadt, Russia and as the sole artist presenting at a climate change conference in Norway. She is currently showing work in the 2016 Berlin Foto Biennale.
Vincent Katz is the author of twelve books of poetry, including Swimming Home (Nightboat Books, 2015). He edited and wrote the introduction to Poems to Work On: The Collected Poems of Jim Dine (Cuneiform Press, 2015). Katz is the editor of Black Mountain College: Experiment in Art (MIT Press, 2002; reprinted 2013) and the author of The Complete Elegies of Sextus Propertius (Princeton University Press, 2004), winner of the 2005 National Translation Award from the American Literary Translators Association. He has taught at Naropa University, The School of Visual Arts, and Yale University School of Art. He lives in New York City, where he curates Readings in Contemporary Poetry at Dia Art Foundation.
Jade Lascelles is a poet, editor, and letterpress printer currently based in Boulder, Colorado. She serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the Jack Kerouac School literary journal, Bombay Gin, and is a founding member of the Precipice publishing collective. In addition to a career in the publishing industry, she teaches courses on writing and small press publishing and manages the Harry Smith Print Shop at Naropa. Her work has been featured in publications such as Gesture and Periodical. Her manuscript, Proximate Seams, and a co-edited anthology from Precipice are both forthcoming.
Michele Lorusso was born on 1994 at the Mexican Pacific coast of Puerto Vallarta. He transferred from studying at Casa Lamm in Mexico City to Naropa University in Boulder, where he now resides. He is a writer, a poet, an analogue photographer and an 8mm cinematographer. He has been published by Lammadame, a literary gazette from Mexico City. In 2015 at Sayulita, Mexico, he exposed at the Gallery Pachamama with Charlotte Hodges a series of photographs captured in Colombia and printed on recycled wood, titled Eterno Paisa.
Poet, essayist, and multimedia artist Dawn Lundy Martin is the author of three books of poetry and three chapbooks. Of her latest collection, Life in a Box is a Pretty Life (Nightboat Books 2015), Fred Moten says, “Imagine Holiday singing a Blind alley, or Brooks pricing hardpack dandelion, and then we’re seized and thrown into the festival of detonation we hope we’ve been waiting for.” Associate Professor in the English Department at the University of Pittsburgh, Martin is a member of the three-person performance group, The Black Took Collective. She is a member of the global artist collective, HOWDOYOUSAYYAMINAFRICAN?, the group that withdrew its work from the 2014 Whitney Biennial to protest the museum’s biased curatorial practices. Martin is currently working on a hybrid memoir, some of which appears as the essay, “The Long Road to Angela Davis’s Library,” published in the December 2014 New Yorker magazine. Martin was also, most recently, the editor of “On Race and Innovation,” a dossier featured in boundary2: AN INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF LITERATURE AND CULTURE.
Born in the Mekong Delta and raised in the Washington, D.C. area, Hoa Nguyen studied Poetics at New College of California in San Francisco. Author of four full-length books of poetry, her titles include As Long As Trees Last and Red Juice: Poems 1998-2008. Her book, Violet Energy Ingots was selected by Publishers Weekly as one of the top ten poetry books published in the fall of 2016. Nguyen teaches at Ryerson University’s Chang School, Miami University’s low-residency MFA program, the Milton Avery School for Fine Arts at Bard College, and in a long-running, private poetics workshop. She can be found on the web.
Sandeep Parmar is a BBC New Generation Thinker, a poet and a scholar of British and American modernist literature. She received her PhD from University College London and an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia. She has published two books of poetry: The Marble Orchard and Eidolon, and scholarly works on modernist women writers Nancy Cunard, Hope Mirrlees, and Mina Loy. Her edition of Mirrlees’s poetry appeared from Carcanet in 2011, and she’s currently editing the Selected Poems of Nancy Cunard (Carcanet, 2016). She teaches in the English department at the University of Liverpool where she is Co-Director of the Centre for New and International Writing. Her poetry, essays, and reviews have appeared in the Guardian, Financial Times, Poetry Review, and the Times Higher Education.
Chris Pusateri is a poet, critic, and librarian. Born in the American Midwest during the year of the Watergate burglary, he has since lived in London, Mexico City, Kingston (Jamaica) and a host of American outposts. He is the author of ten books of poetry, including Anon (BlazeVOX, 2008) and Common Time (Steerage, 2012), which was shortlisted for the Colorado Book Award. A regular contributor to literary periodicals, his work has appeared in American Letters & Commentary, Chicago Review, Fence, The Iowa Review, Verse and many others.
Heather Sweeney recently earned an MFA in Creative Writing and Poetics at the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University. Her poetry has been published in Dusie, Shampoo, canwehaveourballback?, Summer Stock, and Bombay Gin. She lives in San Diego with her husband and beloved dog, Dexter.
Ginger Teppner is a wolfish poet mother inhabiting a human body that resides in the central-most county of Florida, otherwise known as the sunshine state or the lightning capitol of the world, depending on perspective. She received an MFA in Creative Writing from Naropa University. Publications include: Upstairs at Duroc, Shambhala Times, Yew Journal, Not Enough Night, and Metropolitan. She currently teaches Language Arts to high school students with learning challenges at The Vanguard School.
Peter Valente is the author of A Boy Asleep Under the Sun: Versions of Sandro Penna (Punctum Books, 2014), which was nominated for a Lambda award, The Artaud Variations (Spuyten Duyvil, 2014), Let the Games Begin: Five Roman Writers (Talisman House, 2015), Street Level (Spuyten Duyvil, 2016), and the chapbook, Forge of Words a Forest (Jensen Daniels, 1998). He is the co-translator of the chapbook, Selected Late Letters of Antonin Artaud, 1945–1947 (Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs, 2014). In 2010, he turned to filmmaking and has completed 60 shorts to date, 24 of which were screened at Anthology Film Archives.
Jennifer van Alstyne has been published in the Eunoia Review, Midwest Literary Magazine, The Monmouth Review, The Foundling Review, Paper Nautilus, Poetry Quarterly, and Whiskey Traveler. Her collection, Scansioned Music: A Glenn Gould Collection, was published by Crossroads in 2013 for which she was the winner of the Jane Freed Grant. She holds a BA from Monmouth University and an MFA from Naropa University, where she was the Jack Kerouac Fellow. She is currently a graduate fellow in Linguistics at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette.
Anne Waldman is a poet, performer, professor, editor, and cultural activist. She is the author of over forty books of poetry, including the book-length hybrid narrative poem Manatee/Humanity (Penguin Poets 2009) and the feminist epic The Iovis Trilogy: Colors in the Mechanism of Concealment (Coffee House 2011), which is the winner of the 2012 PEN Center USA Award for Poetry. Other recent books include Gossamurmur (Penguin Poets 2013), Jaguar Harmonics (Post-Apollo Press 2014), and Cross Worlds: Transcultural Poetics (Coffee House 2014), co-edited with Laura Wright. Waldman is the recipient of the Shelley Memorial Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship (2013–14) and is a Chancellor of The Academy of American Poets. She has recently been given a long-life achievement award by the Before Columbus Foundation (2015). Former Director of The Poetry Project at St Mark’s Church in the Bowery in New York, she is also the co-founder with Allen Ginsberg of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University, where she is a Distinguished Professor of Poetics and Artistic Director of the Summer Writing Program.
Karolina Zapal‘s writing interests include expounding on the multifarious voices of middle-class America. She’s also attentive to exploring her childhood in Poland, which occurred in the shadows of a dictatorship. These interests led to her creative works Giving Voices and Polalka. She graduated from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign in 2015, where she studied molecular and cellular biology and creative writing. She won the grand prize in the Undergraduate Creative Writing Awards in 2015. She is now pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing & Poetics from the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, where she received the Anselm Hollo Fellowship.