As some of you may know, I don’t spend all of my time getting paid by newspapers like Westword and Boulder Weekly to be a hopeless music geek. This fall I’m graduating from the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University, a Buddhist-inspired Liberal Arts college whose writing & literature program was founded in the early 1970’s by Allen Ginsberg, Anne Waldman, Gregory Corso and William Burroughs. Such diverse, talented, intelligent and brave creative writers as Bhanu Kapil, Michelle Pierce and Maureen Owen have been my guides at Naropa (teaching me about hybrid prose, experimental forms, and walls of words, respectively)…and all three of those fabulous women writers were kind enough to write blurbs for the back of my poetry collection Fotographs of Bones, which was released by Monkey Puzzle Press earlier this year.
Former Naropa student Nate Jordon, Editor (or Monkey) in Chief at Monkey Puzzle, has been perhaps the single most hard-working and integral figure in the Boulder independent publishing scene for the last few years. Now approaching its 8th edition, Monkey Puzzle Magazine has been selling a solid 400-500 copies an issue, handling thousands of submissions from several continents, and in truth serving as Naropa’s official literary journal. Nate also began an increasingly successful run of solo books this year with Fotographs of Bones, which Irene and I presented at May’s Green Panda Poetry Conference in Cleveland, and later Travis Cebula’s Some Exits.
As Nate gets ready to unveil Monkey Puzzle Press’ newest solo book (Diane Klammer’s Shooting the Moon), he’s urged me to request that readers of Beautiful Buzz take a couple stray minutes to review Fotographs of Bones on Amazon.com. It’d really mean a lot in terms of visibility, and I can’t begin to tell you how much Nate Jordon deserves the support.
If you’re interested reading (and/or buying and/or commenting on) Fotographs of Bones, check out some Youtube videos of the book-release party we held at Saxy’s Cafe in Boulder back in April. There was music from Nate Cook of Ego vs Id; Joyce Joseph; Nara Bauer; Fabio Fina; and Nate Antar, along with readings from my book by many amazing Boulder poets, including Irene Joyce, who (unbeknownst to anyone but her and I) was already joyfully carrying our daughter who is due in December: