Read on, Write on: Naropa University Summer Writing Program

Good Evening fellow outriders!

Precipice Collective has long been inspired by the JKS-SWP experience and would like to celebrate the writing, conversation, and activism that happens in this shared space. Gift Economy (an SWP 2011 coin — for the archives) is central to our publishing model. Put to practice, we would like to connect authors with writers—to meet at the face of the page—to meet each other half way…the edge. So, we are offering the JKS Disembodied Discount to SWP attendees (past and present): 50% OFF Precipice—Writing at the Edge. This anthology contains work from CA Conrad, Ronaldo V. Wilson, Jen Hofer, Laura Mullen, Petra Kuppers (20+ writers) that have shared the archives and call of Naropa.

Precipice—Writing at the Edge is an ecosomatic reader and interactive workbook including 25 readings and 25 somatic writing labs to encourage conversation at/with/of/through/on the edge. It holds contemplative space for examining atrocity—archival violence (the gap in edges), charnel ground (the fertile in destruction), ecological grief (the debt and loss in systems)—and in creating this shared site (“sites of atrocity” as defined by Kirsten Kaschock) the edge of against can be discussed, lived, shared, witnessed.

Membranes rely on gradients for change. Join us, here, in a space of action potential [shift, reach, rupture, absorb, engulf, splice, expose, suture] and manifest the charge in against.

JKS Disembodied Discount: 50% OFF Precipice: Writing at the Edge


Read on, write on, share with us:

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Chapbooks for Change Project

The composition is the thing seen by every one living in the living they are doing, they are the composing of the composition that at the time they are living is the composition of the time in which they are living – Gertrude Stein, “Composition as Explanation.”

Chapbooks for Change invites student writers to examine intersectionality and intertextuality through research, writing, and publishing: words matter, how can words hold the space for change?  

In the 17th and 18th centuries, chapbooks were paper leaflets distributed to share everything from children’s stories and folk tales to political or religious views.  They delivered “information” to the masses – a transmitter of “popular” culture for the populous.  They created public spaces on the page.  Today, chapbooks are the “demo-tapes” or “first collections” of the poetry world – an introduction, extended, held, passed.  In a time of “alternative” facts, hash tags, and paid “fake” news, this project uses the chapbook to hold a space for contemplation, remediation, and investigation.  It creates a pocket of time to turn over – paper-page-hand-word – an invitation to sit with and sift through. 

Using the principles of gift economy, guerilla distribution, and eco-linguistics, writers have positioned copies of their chapbooks throughout the Bryant University Library.  This tactic is a response to the current conversation on borders, boundaries, migration, and immigration – how does the undocumented document move through/in/of/with?  What role does intertextuality play in the finding and reading of the text?  Coordinates are created at the intersection of the critical and the creative, the poetic and the political; a reorientation is possible.  Each chapbook has a QR code so that readers can “check in” or rather “check out” the text.  The reader is then encouraged to find a new public space for the chapbook: another place in the library, another library, a bench, a bus, a .  Readers will be able to track the travel – to see the trace – to watch the language, the information move. 

If you have found one of our chapbooks, check-in here: where are you; when are you?

Comments welcome.