J’Lyn Chapman’s essays and prose poems have been published in Conjunctions, Fence, Sentence, and American Letters & Commentary, among other journals. Calamari Archive published the chapbook, Bear Stories, and in early 2016, they published the full-length collection, Beastlife. Her long essay, A Thing of Shreds and Patches, was a recipient of the Essay Press Chapbook Contest. Essay Press also published her pedagogy of conversation chapbook, The Form Our Curiosity Takes. She is Assistant Professor in the Jack Kerouac School at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado.
Born in Japan and raised in the US, Michelle Naka Pierce is the author of nine titles, including Continuous Frieze Bordering Red (Fordham, 2012), awarded the Poets Out Loud Editor’s Prize, and She, A Blueprint (BlazeVOX, 2011). Pierce has collaborated with artists, dancers, and filmmakers, and has performed her work internationally. Pierce served as dean of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics from 2011–2015. She is the director of the Naropa Writing Center & Core Writing Seminars and professor and co-chair of Creative Writing & Poetics at Naropa University. Currently, she is working on an erasure/recovery project surrounding “estranged citizenship.”
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.
Ariella Ruth is a poet born on the Devil’s Night in Boston. She received her BA from The New School and her MFA from the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University. Her work has appeared in Epiphany, Bombay Gin, Gesture Literary Journal, Yew Journal, The Ocean State Review, and elsewhere. She had a poem published on a sandstone monolith as part of the City of Boulder, Colorado’s Downtown District and the Library and Arts Department’s West Pearl Poetry Project. Ariella Ruth works at the Center for the Study of World Religions at Harvard Divinity School.
Aisling Daly is a graduate of the MFA in Writing and Poetics at the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics and former Writing Fellow at the 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.
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.
Kristiane Weeks-Rogers is a Hoosier with a passion for the arts, something that Indiana is not famous for. She’s dabbled in all writing forms, but poetry and creative nonfiction are her niches. She recently graduated with her MA in Poetry at Indiana University in South Bend with the Graduate Student Excellence Award in 2015, received her BA from Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida, and has since been writing about the ghosts who have followed her from the past landscapes. This path has led her to Colorado, where she is now attending Naropa University’s Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics for the MFA in Creative Writing and Poetics.
Karolina Zapal’s writing interests include expounding on multifarious voices of middle-class America. She’s also attentive to exploring her childhood in Poland, which was in the shadows of a dictatorship. These interests lead to her creative work: “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.
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