Naropa University 2018 Summer Writing Program

Gimme Shelter

Week 3 :: Abolition & Epic ::
(June 23–29)

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Eileen Myles :: 

Eileen Myles came to New York from Boston in 1974 to be a poet, subsequently a novelist, public talker and art journalist. A Sagittarius, their twenty books include evolution (poems), Afterglow (a dog memoir), a 2017 re-issue of Cool for You, I Must Be Living Twice/new and selected poems, and Chelsea Girls. Eileen is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, an Andy Warhol/Creative Capital Arts Writers grant, four Lambda Book Awards, the Shelley Prize from the PSA, and a poetry award from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts. In 2016, Myles received a Creative Capital grant and the Clark Prize for excellence in art writing. In 2019 they'll be teaching at NYU and Naropa University and they live in New York and Marfa, TX.


joshua clover sitting at table in restaurant


Joshua Clover ::

Joshua Clover is author of six books and has been translated into a dozen languages. His most recent books are the poetry collection Red Epic and Riot.Strike.Riot: The New Era of Uprisings, a political economy of insurrection. He founded Commune Editions with Juliana Spahr and Jasper Bernes, and edits the series Singles for Duke University.


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Tongo Eisen-Martin ::

Tongo Eisen-Martin was born in San Francisco and earned his MA at Columbia University. He is the author of someone’s dead already (Bootstrap Press, 2015), nominated for a California Book Award; and Heaven Is All Goodbyes (City Lights, 2017), which received a 2018 American Book Award, a 2018 California Book Award, was named a 2018 National California Booksellers Association Poetry Book of the Year, and was shortlisted for the 2018 Griffin International Poetry Prize.

Eisen-Martin is also an educator and organizer whose work centers on issues of mass incarceration, extrajudicial killings of Black people, and human rights. He has taught at detention centers around the country and at the Institute for Research in African-American Studies at Columbia University. He lives in San Francisco.


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Ariana Reines ::

Born in Salem, Massachusetts, poet, playwright, and translator Ariana Reines earned a BA from Barnard College, and completed graduate work at both Columbia University and the European Graduate School, where she studied literature, performance, and philosophy. Her books of poetry include The Cow (2006), which won the Alberta Prize from Fence Books; Coeur de Lion (2007); and Mercury (2011). Her poems have been anthologized in Against Expression (2011) and Gurlesque (2010). Known for her interest in bodily experience, the occult, new media, and the possibilities of the long or book-length form, her most recent collections is A Sand Book published this year by Tin House.

Reines’s first play Telephone (2009) was performed at the Cherry Lane Theater and received two Obie Awards. A re-imagining of its second act was featured as part of the Guggenheim’s Works+Process series in 2009, and the script was published in Play: A Journal of Plays in 2010. Reines’s translations include a version of Baudelaire’s My Heart Laid Bare (2009); Jean-Luc Hennig’s The Little Black Book of Grisélidis Réal: Days and Nights of an Anarchist Whore(2009); and Tiqqun’s Preliminary Materials Toward a Theory of the Young-Girl (2012).

Reines has taught at Columbia University and the European Graduate School, and was the Roberta C. Holloway Lecturer in Poetry at the University of California-Berkeley in 2009, the youngest poet to ever hold that position. She has traveled to Haiti multiple times as part of the on-going relief efforts there.


Edwin Torres


Edwin Torres ::

Edwin Torres is the author of eight books of poetry, including XoeteoX (Wave Books, 2018), Ameriscopia (University of Arizona Press), Yes Thing No Thing (Roof Books), The PoPedology Of An Ambient Language (Atelos Books), and editor of the forthcoming anthology, Out Of Each Other: An Anthology Of The Body In Language (Counterpath Press). He has performed worldwide and taught his process-oriented workshop, "Brainlingo: Writing The Voice Of The Body," across the nation. Anthologies include: What is Poetry? (Just Kidding, I Know You Know): Interviews from the Poetry Project Newsletter (1983­–2009), American Poets in the 21st Century: The New Poetics Vol. 2, Angels of the Americlypse: New Latin@ Writing, Post-Modern American Poetry Vol. 2, and Aloud: Voices From The Nuyorican Poets Café.


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CAConrad ::

CAConrad's 9th book is titled While Standing in Line for Death, which has been recently named a finalist for the Kingsley Tufts Prize. Among their other titles is The Book of Frank which is now available in 9 different languages. They have received fellowships from Pew, Lannan, Banff and RADAR, and their book ECODEVIANCE won the 2015 Believer Magazine Book Award. Publishers Weekly says, "Conrad consistently surprises, and few, if any, American poets are doing more visionary, disorienting, and wonderful work today.”


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Sarah Riggs ::

Sarah Riggs is a writer and artist, born in New York where she is now based, after having spent over a decade in Paris.  Before directing Six Lives: A Cinepoem, she produced The Tangier 8 at the Cinémathèque de Tanger in Morocco, which was screened at the Berlin Film Festival and the Tate Modern Museum among other international venues. She is the author of five books of poetry in English: Waterwork (Chax, 2007), Chain of Minuscule Decisions in the Form of a Feeling (Reality Street, 2007), 60 Textos (Ugly Duckling, 2010), Autobiography of Envelopes (Burning Deck, 2012), and Pomme & Granite (1913 Press, 2015) which won a 1913 poetry prize. She is the author of the book of essays Word Sightings: Poetry and Visual Media in Stevens, Bishop, & O’Hara (Routledge, 2002), and has translated and co-translated six books of contemporary French poetry into English, including most recently Oscarine Bosquet’s Present Participle (La Presse).  She is the director of the international arts organization Tamaas ( which has ongoing projects in performance, translation, and artistic collaboration in Morocco and France. She is also a member of bilingual poetry association Double Change ( Sarah Riggs is currently teaching at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn after years of teaching at the NYU and Columbia programs in Paris, and before that at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where she got her Ph.D. in literature. Inspired by filming the dance of Stéphane Bouquet, choreographed by Mathilde Monnier for the Essaouira section of Six Lives, she is  doing a residency on a Casablanca rooftop mixing film, dance and poetry with La Source du Lion in 2015.


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Omar Berrada :: 

Omar Berrada is a writer, translator, and curator, and the director of Dar al-Ma’mûn, a library and artists residency in Marrakech. Previously, he organized public programs at Centre Pompidou, hosted shows on French national radio, ran Tangier’s International Book Salon, and co-directed Dubai’s Global Art Forum. He is editor, with Erik Bullot, of Expanded Translation – A Treason Treatise, a book of verbal and visual betrayals; and, with Yto Barrada, of Album – Cinémathèque de Tanger, a multilingual volume about film in Tangier and Tangier on film.  His translations include books by Jalal Toufic, Stanley Cavell and Joan Retallack. His poetry was published in Wave Composition, Asymptote, Seedings, and the University of California Book of North African Literature, among others. He recently edited The Africans, a book on migration and racial politics in Morocco, and curated ‘Black Hands’, a solo show of M’barek Bouhchichi’s work at Kulte Gallery in Rabat. In 2016 he curated exhibitions at the Marrakech Biennale and at Witte de With in Rotterdam, centering on the work and archive of writer and filmmaker Ahmed Bouanani, whose posthumous history of Moroccan cinema he is currently editing. In 2017 Omar was the guest curator of the Abraaj Group Art Prize and a co-editor of Sharjah Biennial’s web journal He curated the 2018 editions of the 1-54 Forum, in New York and Marrakech. Currently living in New York, he teaches at The Cooper Union where he co-organizes the IDS Lecture Series.


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Brad O’Sullivan :: 

Brad O’Sullivan is a letterpress printer and mechanic by default. He’s a writer, teacher, analog enthusiast, and proprietor of Smokeproof Press, a letterpress workshop in Boulder, where he employs his Tetris skills at arranging glorious heavy metal machinery. He wears pencils, plays typewriters and guitars, and relishes collaborations with writers, artists, musicians, and publishers.



Joan La Barbara reading at podium in black outfit


JOAN LA BARBARA, composer, performer, sound artist, and actor, is renowned for her unique vocabulary of experimental and extended vocal techniques, influencing generations of composers and singers. Awards and honors: Foundation for Contemporary Arts John Cage Award (2016), Guggenheim Fellowship and The American Music Center’s Letter of Distinction for her significant contributions to contemporary American music. Commissions include works for multiple voices, chamber ensembles, orchestra, interactive technology, and soundscores for dance, video and film, including a voice and electronics score for Sesame Street broadcast worldwide since 1977 and co-composing cues with Jóhann Jóhannsson for “Arrival” (2016).