1998 - 1999 Season
editor Ed Ward is the author of three books of poetry: ladywho, citysight
and soloists. Recipient of a Colorado Arts Award for Poetry in 1979 and
the 1998 Westword Best Poetry Reading award, he is the long-standing host at the
Friday Night Poetry Reading series at The Mercury Cafe.
Robert Duncan, author of The Opening of the Field, Roots and Branches, Bending the Bow and Ground Work: Before the War, was said by Lawrence Ferlinghetti to have had the finest ear this side of Dante. Like Dante, he was poet of cosmic imagination, insisting on the force of love and revelations of the mythological in the everyday world. He will be the subject of a lecture entitled "The Ill-kept Garden: Robert Duncan's The Opening of the Field" by Naropa University Kerouac School of Poetics visiting writer Lisa Jarnot.
is the author of Heliopolis (rem press, 1998), Sea Lyrics (Soho
Letter Press, 1996), and Some Other Kind of Mission (Burning Deck, 1996).
She is writing a biography of the American poet Robert Duncan.
Anne Waldman is the author of more than thirty books of poetry and the distinguished professor of Poetics at Naropa University. She also serves on the faculties of the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe and the Schule für Dictung in Vienna when not performing her work around the globe. The two recent volumes of her 648 page postmodern, feminist epic mythologue Iovis will be the subject of a lecture by Akilah Oliver, who will explore the use of poetry as a feminist and subversive dialogue.
Akilah Oliver is the author of the forthcoming
book of poems, The She Said Dialogues. Oliver has co-developed multicultural
poetry and performance curriculum as an artist-in-residence at the Beyond Baroque
Literary Arts Center in Venice Beach, and currently teaches a course entitled
"Poetry as a Subversive Dialogue" at Naropa.
Alice Notley is the author of numerous books of poetry, including How Spring Comes, At Night The States, and the double volume Close to Me and Closer and Desamere, The Descent of Alette, and most recently, Mysteries of Small Houses. A two-time NEA grant recipient and winner of numerous awards and grants, she is concerned with creating a body of work reflective of an original, breathtakingly inventive feminine voice in poetry that is resistive to easy categorization. A truly distinctive American voice, Alice Notely is an integral force in the second-generation of New York School of Poetry.
Boulder poet, essayist, and cultural scholar Patrick Pritchett
is the author of Ark Dive. His essay on the work of Anselm Hollo will be
featured in Thus Spake the Corpse. His poems have appeared in New
American Writing, Rhizome, Mirage, Bombay Gin and River City, among
others. His book reviews have been published in the American Book Review, LA
View, and the Boulder Daily Camera.
Carla Harryman is the author of many books, including Vice, Animal Instincts, Memory Play, and There Never Was a Rose Without a Thorn. Currently residing in Michigan, she was active in creating the Poet's Theater in San Francisco. Her work, which challenges commonly accepted notions of genre and narrative, will be the subject of a lecture by Laura Wright entitled "New Narratives: The Work of Carla Harryman."
Laura Wright has an MFA from the Jack Kerouac School of
Disembodied Poetics. Her work has appeared in various magazines, including Bombay
Gin, Fell Swoop, Gass, and Kiosk. Current projects include translation
of a book by Henri Michaux. Her thesis was on the work of Carla Harryman.
Inventor of the word "postmodern," Charles Olson is best known for his theory and practice of the "projective" as a means of energizing the verse line. The subject of a talk entitled, "Rush and Push: Charles Olson and the Postmodern Style in Poetry," Olson said, "The distinction here is between language as the act of the instant and language as the act of thought about the instant."
Reed Bye is the author
of several books of poems; most recently, Passing Freaks and Graces. He
holds a Ph.D. from the University of Colorado with dissertation on modernist prosody.
Currently, he is Chair of the Deparment of Writing and Poetics at The Naropa University.
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