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Anne WaldmanKeith Kumasen Abbott (Associate Professor, Writing & Poetics). This summer Rail Arson’s Plastic Monkey site ran a long review of Keith Abbott’s memoir Downstream from Trout Fishing in America: a Memoir of Richard Brautigan. The Western Washington University Libraries Special Collections has gathered an archive of Abbott’s publications as part of their Western Collection. Two brush paintings by Abbott appeared in Buddhadharma: The Practitioner's Quarterly Fall 2011: “Enso Reflection” and “Straight Reflection.”

Richard Brown (Associate Professor, Contemplative Education) lectured at Pennsylvania State University’s Prevention Research Center speaking on “Contemplative Observation in Mindful Teacher Education.” He also lectured at their School of Education on “Contemplative Pedagogy.” In the spring he represented Naropa and Garrison Institute’s Leadership Council for the Initiative in Contemplation and Education at two invitation-only symposiums: “Advancing Contemplative Practice in Education: Getting to Scale” and “Mindful Teaching: Conceptualization and Measurement.” Richard contributed a chapter, “The Mindful Teacher as the Foundation of Contemplative Pedagogy” to the SUNY book Meditation and the Classroom, edited by Judith Simmer-Brown and Fran Grace. Also this year he gave a conference presentation on “The Art of Teaching and Parenting” in Sun Valley, Idaho; and presented a program on “The Spiritual Development of Children and Adolescents in the Shambhala Buddhist Tradition” at the Boulder Shambhala Center. 

Jeanine M. Canty, PhD (Director, School of the Natural and Social Sciences, and Associate Professor, Environmental Studies) presented at the Rocky Mountain Sustainability Summit at the University of Denver in February. Her presentation was entitled “Race, Oppression, and Environmental Justice: Linking Social and Ecological Sustainability.” In April, she was a panelist at American Society for Environmental History Conference in Phoenix, AZ, speaking on Putting Social and Ecological Literacies into Practice: Environmental Studies, the Humanities, Education, and Sustainability in a Dangerous World and was also a panelist at Colorado University’s: Food and Environmental Justice Week, speaking about Women and Environmental Justice. In June, she presented at the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education (NCORE) held in San Francisco called Solidarity and Compassion: Teaching Diversity for Worldview Transformation. Dr. Canty put together a roundtable dialogue called “Race, Environment, and Sustainability for the Sustainability Journal of Record,” which will be published in two parts in their upcoming editions. 

Barbara Dilley (University Professor of the Arts) taught workshops in Marfa, TX; New York City; Boulder, CO; and Seattle, WA.  Based in experimental dance forms mingled with Naropa Arts practices, the workshops were attended by many alumni.  In October she was honored by the Carson-Brierly Dance Library in Denver, CO, as a "Living Legend of Dance in Colorado.” 

Tina Fields, PhD (Core Candidate and Coordinator of MATP-Ecopsychology) was an invited Inner Circle participant in SEED Institute’s Language of Spirit Dialogues, held this August in Albuquerque, NM; a conference that brought together Indigenous and Western thinkers to discuss the impacts of technology on our essential humanness. She is also a contra dance caller and song leader whose recent gigs include the Colorado Harvest Moon Festival and the upcoming New Year’s Eve dance in Palo Alto, CA. She served as singer and improvisational musician for this year’s Buddha’s Birthday Celebration at Green Gulch Zen Center. Dr. Fields is featured in the 2011 edition of Who’s Who of American Women. 

MacAndrew Jack, PhD (Director, Graduate School of Psychology, and Associate Professor, Contemplative Psychotherapy) taught the first round of students in the Counseling degree program  collaboration between Naropa and the Royal university of Bhutan for one month at Samtse College of Education, in Samtse, Bhutan. He also co-led a mindfulness retreat for twenty faculty and staff of the Royal University of Bhutan at Paro College, Paro, Bhutan. 

Anne Parker, PhD (Professor, Environmental Studies) and Candace Walworth, PhD (Associate Professor, Peace Studies) participated in the third annual faculty institute, “Teaching Peace in the 21st Century,” at the University of Notre Dame from June 19–24, 2011. The purpose of the Institute is to engage in substantive discussions with leading thinkers regarding the contemporary parameters of peace studies as it relates to praxis, research, and teaching. 

The new book by Michelle Naka Pierce (Director, Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, and Associate Professor, Writing & Poetics) and Sue Hammond West (Director, School of the Arts, and Associate Professor, Visual Arts) is She, A Blueprint. A collaborative hybrid text with collage art, the book explores the ideas of liminal space in architecture and the body. Their inspiration for the book developed out of their mutual interest in Gordon Matta-Clark’s “building cuttings” and his thinking about “anarchitecture.” Their document operates under the assumption that the sentence and the image are structural surfaces and that the writer or visual artist can inhabit the space between words and syntax, between shape and color. They explore notions of mutable space and places of interruption to build, cut, and reconfigure their constructions. In addition, this collaborative project embodies a “third mind” quality yet extends the “intangible force” between collaborators into feminist perspectives. Creating collages from language and text from visual art results in a blueprint of pattern and swerve—a kind of clinamen for poetic and artistic practice. Available at

adjunct faculty & staff lecturers

Pat Cronin (Adjunct Faculty, Visual Arts) who is teaching Primitive Pottery at Naropa, had a three-person show at Zip 37 Gallery in Denver; the opening was held on Friday, September 16, and ran through Sunday October 2, 2011. Pat exhibited wood, raku, saggar, and pit-fired ceramic sculpture. 

Brigitte Mars (Adjunct Faculty, Contemplative Psychology) had her fifteenth book published: The Country Almanac of Home Remedies. She taught at an herb school in Iceland called Heilseimestraskollin (and yes, there was volcanic ash in the air on some days!). She also returned to teach Herbal Medicine at Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, New York, and Kripalu in Lenox, Massachusetts. She also taught for the first time at Shambhala Mountain Center. Brigitte still blogs for Huffington Post and Care2. Learn more about her workshops, as well as see videos and articles at


Julie Kazimer’s (Finance and Registration Manager, Summer Writing Program) urban fairytale novelCURSES! A F**ked-Up Fairytale is scheduled for release from Kensington Publishing on March 1, 2012. In addition, her novel Holy Socks & Dirtier Demons will be released from Champagne Books in April of 2012. Julie has also presented workshops on e-publication, criminal profiling, and selling commercial fiction at the Pikes Peak Writers Conference this past April as well as at the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Conference in September.