Monthly Archives: June 2012

Naropa Summer Writing Program 2012 in Full Swing

Good morning!  Allow me to introduce myself:  I’m Chris Shugrue, and I’m the new Web Content Editor for Bombay Gin.  Week 3 of Summer Writing Program is in full swing, and amazing faculty and student readings are happening all week.  Did I mention the readings are free and open to the public? 

Naropa SWP Schedule of Readings, Week 3, June 25-June 30, 2012

All readings free and open to the public

Location: Performing Arts Center (PAC) 2130 Arapahoe Avenue

Tuesday, June 26

7:30-10pm Faculty Reading: Tisa Bryant, Julie Carr, Jack Collom, Samuel R. Delany, Joanne Kyger

Wednesday, June 27

7:30-10pm Student Reading                  

Thursday, June 28

7:30-10pm Faculty Reading: Noah Eli Gordon, Junior Burke, Edwin Torres, Clark Coolidge, Anselm Hollo

Friday, June 29

7:30-10pm Student Reading

Saturday, June 30

7:30-10pm Faculty Reading: Lisa Birman, Selah Saterstrom, Michelle Ellsworth, Brian Evenson

Be on the lookout for other SWP news and events as the week progresses.

-Chris Shugrue


I serve him some erotics I want him to try the tempo & to sing with me

…a line from Anne Waldman’s poem “Sprawl,” which was inspired by Danielle Dutton’s novel S P R A W L. Both women will be in Boulder next week for Week 2 of the Summer Writing Program. Of course, Anne is already here and she read at the 38.2 Bombay Gin Release Party last Sunday.

Anne Waldman glowing.

It was a success. We sold a bunch of the new journal, which you can now buy on our website and at Small Press Distribution.

Outgoing Associate Editor Heather Goodrich and Incoming Associate Editor Eric Fischman

Reed Bye reading from “Fire for Thought”

Bobbie Louise Hawkins reading from “Adages”

There were current and former Naropa students, Lindsay Miller and Mark DuCharme.

Lindsay Miller rocking it.

Mark DuCharme reading from “Distress: A Folk Tale”

And there were those writers from Colorado’s Front Range who are entirely new to Naropa.

Mike Salisbury reading from “The Front Range”

Nils Michaels reading a poem.

Felicia Zamora reading from “Death’s Dowry”

Thibault Raoult reading from “Treenage Hymns”

There were others too: Katherine West and Chris Kondrich. The very helpful 2012-13 Bombay Gin board helped set up the event: Sally Smith, June Lucarotti, Brenna Lee, April Joseph, Eric Fischman, and Chris Shugrue.

June Lucarotti decorating.

If you attended the reading, thank you. If you bought the new issue or a back issue: thank you very much. We look forward to another exciting year.

Our talented photographer, Mark Curci, and Reed Bye.

–J’Lyn Chapman

The Bombay Gin: Getting Fancy & Official

It seems this year has been a process of making Bombay Gin more official. Not legitimate, but official and professional. Not only have we put together two fantastic journals (tomorrow: 38.2 release party!) but we have also done a lot of legwork to make Bombay Gin visible in person and online.

For starters, we have a blog.

Tada: this has been one of the best ways to talk to you, dear readers, because we cannot do what we do without you. Thank you. But really, a blog is necessary these days. And, of course, the blog’s feet are necessary: Facebook and Twitter. Yes, the other “BombayGinJ” tweeter is an impostor. We are TheBombayGin. Officially. Thankyouverymuch.

At AWP this year we had a small presence, but we’re hoping to change that next year because we’re getting a fantastique banner (to share with the Jack Kerouac School and The Kavyayantra Press) for our book table. That and we also purchased a book display. Yes, many no-brainer things. But it takes time and money to get.

We’re going to start selling tote bags and stickers. Or giving away the stickers, I’m not sure. We are  considering T-shirts, too. Some of the designs we’re thinking about involve: knuckle tats, elephants, hot4bgin, j’adorebg, the period table of elements, and something involving Gertrude Stein.

All the sketches look incredible and you will see, very soon, what we have in store for you.

Now, my dears, I must go and enjoy my last day to play before the Summer Writing Program starts. (BTW: Have you seen the line-up?!? Amazing faculty and lecturers!)


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The Hotcake Issue, Threshold: Tenuous Proposition Of

Before the Front Range issue sweeps us away, I should update you on the state of “Threshold: Tenuous Proposition Of.”

This issue sold like hotcakes. Our first run sold out immediately. At the time,  AWPwas less than a month away and we need issues to sell there.

Bombay Gin 38.1

My issue of Bombay Gin 38.1, Threshold: Tenuous Proposition Of. Please don’t ask to buy this off me because I won’t sell it…

So: we did a second print run. Again, hotcakes.

When I was setting up the Bombay Gin table at the Violence & Community Symposium reading, there were no issues left. Dunzo, threshold. Not to worry, I told myself, we still have at least 30 issues at Small Press Distribution (unless they sold).

Well, no. Not quite.

As of today, we have 16 Threshold issues left. Hotcakes.

And, before opening my big blog mouth, I had to double check there were absolutely no more issues tucked away in the Bombay Gin office. Good news: Diana McLean found our last TWO issues!

Overall, we have 18 issues left (unless more sell on SPD while I type…). Get your copy of “Threshold: Tenuous Proposition Of” or someone will…

All of this success is due to you, dear readers, for your generosity and reception of Bombay Gin. Thank you all so much for all that you do for us whether you contributed to this issue, helped us fund raise, bought an issue, supported our  release party, submitted work, ad infinitum.

Thank you. This is all for you.


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