Naropa University 2016 Summer Writing Program

Week Two

Joy HarjoJoy Harjo is an internationally known poet, writer, performer, and saxophone player of the Mvskoke/Creek Nation. She is the author of eight collections of poetry including the most recent Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings, and the memoir Crazy Brave, as well as the collection of essays and interviews Soul Talk, Song Language. Her many writing awards include the 2015 Wallace Stevens Award from the Academy of American Poets for proven mastery in the art of poetry; a Guggenheim Fellowship; the New Mexico Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts; the Rasmuson United States Artist Fellowship; and the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America. She is Professor of English and American Indian Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma. 

Jennifer Elise FoersterJennifer Elise Foerster is the author of Leaving Tulsa, published by the University of Arizona Press in 2013. A member of the Mvskoke Nation, Jennifer is an alumna of the Institute of American Indian Arts and the Vermont College of the Fine Arts. She has received a Lannan Foundation Writing Residency Fellowship, was a Wallace Stegner Fellow in Poetry at Stanford University, and is currently pursuing her PhD at the University of Denver. // Jennifer Elise Foerster



 Week Three  

Enrique Celaya

Enrique Martinez Celaya is an artist and author who was also trained as a physicist. His work has been exhibited and collected by major institutions around the world. He is the founder of Whale & Star Press and the author of books in philosphy, poetry, and art, as well as scientific papers. Martinez Celaya is the Roth Family Distinguished Visiting Scholar at Dartmouth College. // Enrique Martinez Celaya




Richard Tuttle

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



Week Four

Pauline Oliveros


Pauline Oliveros is a composer and improviser. Recent compositions include The Mystery Beyond Matter, 2014 commissioned by Quiet Music Ensemble Cork, Ireland. Concerto for Bass Drum and Ensemble, commissioned by International Contemporary Ensemble, and performed in New York at Lincoln Center in August 2013. Her work has been recognized by many awards, including the William Schuman Lifetime Achievement Award, the GigaHertz Award, and the John Cage Award. Oliveros is the founder of Deep Listening®. Through her Deep Listening practice, she has facilitated numerous workshops and intensives throughout the world leading to collaborations across many disciplines. // Pauline Oliveros

Claudia LaRoccoClaudia La Rocco  is the author of The Best Most Useless Dress and petit cadeau, and the editor-curator of Danspace Project’s PLATFORM 2015: Dancers, Buildings and People in the Streets. Her collaborators include the choreographer Michelle Ellsworth, the performance company Findlay//Sandsmark, and the musician/composer Phillip Greenlief, with whom she created animals & giraffes. She is On the Boards’ writer-in-residence, and has been presented by The Kitchen, The Walker Art Center, The Whitney Museum of American Art, et al.  

Clark Coolidge


Clark Coolidge is the author of more than forty books of poetry and other, including Space, Solution Passage, The Crystal Text, At Egypt, Now It’s Jazz: Writings on Kerouac & The Sounds, The Act of Providence and most recently 88 Sonnets, and A Book Beginning What And Ending Away. His Selected Poems 1962–1985 is forthcoming in 2016 from Station Hill Press. He is a drummer and with Thurston Moore, he released the album Tiny People Having a Meeting. He also drums with the free jazz band Ouroboros.