Naropa University 2015 Summer Writing Program



Cedar Sigo was raised on the Suquamish Reservation in the Pacific Northwest and studied at The Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at the Naropa Institute. He is the author of eight books and pamphlets of poetry, including Language Arts (Wave Books, 2014), Stranger In Town(City Lights, 2010), Expensive Magic (House Press, 2008), and two editions of Selected Writings(Ugly Duckling Presse, 2003 and 2005). He has taught at The Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe and will be the visiting writer at St Mary's College in Spring 2015. He lives in San Francisco.

Lecture: Tuesday June 16: 3:00-4:00pm
Reading: Tueday June 16: 7:30pm



Mei-mei Berssenbrugge was born in Beijing and grew up in Massachusetts. She is the author of 12 books of poetry, including Empathy, Four Year Old Girl, I Love Artists: New and Selected Poems, and Hello, the Roses. She has collaborated with many artists, including Kiki Smith and her husband, Richard Tuttle. She lives home in northern New Mexico and New York City.

Writer’s Chat: Thursday June 25: 4:30-5:30pm
Reading: Thursday June 25: 7:30pm


Richard Tuttle is an American postminimalist artist known for his small, subtle, intimate works. His art makes use of scale and line. His works span a range of media, from sculpture, painting, drawing, printmaking , and artist’s books to installation and furniture. He lives and works in New York City, Abiquiú, New Mexico, and Mount Desert, Maine.

Lecture: Thursday June 25: 1:00-2:30pm, “What Sanskrit Means to Me”


James Sherry is the author of 10 books of poetry and prose. He is editor of Roof Books and president of the Segue Foundation, Inc. in New York City. In 2011 he joined the Occupy Alternative Bank subgroup and remains active in that group. He lives in New York City with his wife, Deborah Thomas, publisher of Extra!, the magazine of Fairness And Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR).

Reading: Thursday June 25: 7:30pm



Jack Collom is an American poet, teacher and essayist. His twenty-five books include Blue Heron & IBC, The Fox, Arguing with Something Plato Said, Red Car Goes By: Selected Poems 1955-2000, Exchanges of Earth and Sky and Situation Sings (with Lyn Hejinian). His latest book of poems, Second Nature, won the 2013 Colorado Book Award for Poetry. He has been anthologized in countless magazines and collections in the United States and abroad, from Best Poems of 1963 to The Best American Poetry 2004.

Panel: Monday June 22nd, 1-2:30pm
Reading: Wednesday July 1st, 7:30-9:30pm

Special Film Events: Sunday June 28th

Cine-Poet ics

Naropa University’s Performing Arts Center

FREE and open to the community

A special event with three films relating to the dance between

language (often endangered) and image

12:00–2:30 p.m.: "Language Matters" by Bob Holman


3:00–5:00 p.m.: "Gold Hill" by Ed Bowes & "Six Lives: A Cinepoem" by Sarah Riggs

Q & A with filmmakers Ed Bowes & Sarah Riggs



Eliot Weinberger is the primary translator of Octavio Paz into English. His anthology American Poetry Since 1950: Innovators and Outsiders (1993) was a bestseller in Mexico, and his edition of Jorge Luis Borges’s Selected Non-Fictions (1999) received the National Book Critics Circle prize for criticism. His publications include the collection of essays Karmic Traces: 1993-1999 and a translation of Bei Dao’s Unlock (with Iona Man-Cheong), both published by New Directions in 2000. He is the editor of The New Directions Anthology of Classical Chinese Poetry (2003).

Lecture: Thursday July 2: 1:00-2:30pm
Reading: Thursday July 2: 7:30-10pm



Tom Hayden is an American social and political activist, author, and politician, who is director of the Peace and Justice Resource Center in Culver City, California.

Lecture: Thursday July 9: 12:45-2:30pm Followed by a short reception in the Student Lounge (2:45-3:15pm

Additional Guests

Dharma Arts Presenters: Reed Bye, Judith Lief, Robert Spellman, and Giovannina Jobson

MFA Lecturers: Eric Baus, J’Lyn Chapman, Richard Froude, and Sara Veglahn

Meditation Instructor: Giovannia Jobson

Recording Studio: Ambrose Bye & Max Davies

SWP Textbook: CrossWorlds: Transcultural Poetics (Coffee House Press, 2014)