Monthly Archives: January 2013

Anselm Hollo 1934-2013


Naropa University is very sorry to announce that Professor Anselm Hollo passed away yesterday morning following a long illness. Anselm was one of the pillars of the Jack Kerouac School and a great friend to Naropa and beloved mentor to hundreds of students and inspiring poet to countless readers around the world.

“Naropa University has lost an extraordinary professor and friend,” shares Naropa President Charles Lief. “Anselm exuded European culture, Beat truth telling, and ordinary human kindness and grace; He was a fearless and outspoken poet-warrior and will be greatly missed by our community and the big world he so profoundly touched.”

“Anselm Hollo arrived at Naropa in 1985 at a very key time in the development of our year-round MFA program. He brought his vast knowledge of surrealism, European poetics, experimental poetics, and translation to the classroom and deftly took students through those poetic paths,” says Anne Waldman, Core Professor, Co-founder of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, and Artistic Director, Summer Writing Program. “A much loved member of the large and distinct community of Front Range poets, we will all keep strong the memory of the twinkle in his blue eyes, his wry sense of humor, and deep and resonant laugh. We are in gratitude for the panoramic poetics wisdom he generously shared with us these many years. We loved him and his poetry.”

“Professor Anselm Hollo was an inspiring poet, translator, teacher. His work has influenced many writers both inside and outside the classroom. His engagement with the written word generated beautiful verse, humorous speech, and exceptional space around language,” says Michelle Naka Pierce, Director of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics. “The faculty, staff, and students of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics have lost a vivid example of a writer today. Anselm Hollo “fought the hungry ghosts here on Earth” and will be deeply missed.”

Anselm’s wife Jane Dalrymple-Hollo and children Kaarina and Tamsin were with him during what Jane described as a peaceful death. Naropa has lost another of our treasures, who will be greatly missed. A memorial for Anselm is being planned for some time next week. Details will be announced.


Win Andrea Rexilius’ Half of What They Carried Flew Away

As Bombay Gin eagerly awaits our January 25th release party for issue 39.1, there is still time to win some of the books reviewed in the issue. In collaboration with Letter Machine Editions, we are pleased to announce a second book for our book giveaway:

Andrea Rexilius’ brilliant Half of What They Carried Flew Away

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Issue 39.1, in keeping with the theme of contemplative as transgressive, includes a provocative review of Half of What They Carried Flew Away by Ginger Teppner. Ginger is currently working on her MFA in the Low Residency program at Naropa University, and her forthcoming work includes Yew Journal and Upstairs at Duroc.

Below is an excerpt from Ginger’s review:

Some people fear movement away from what is comfortable, fear contradiction. Rexilius is not afraid. She embraces paradox by dispersing time. Time is always now despite perception; time is open—open as noun. She writes, “They come to the open between each breath.” In essence, she creates a system of being which chooses to stay in one place (form) while transitioning seamlessly in(to) another. There is no need for preparation. Time is both visible and a multiple of itself—both witness and the observed. To accept this discrepancy is to trust Rexilius when she directs us, the readers, to investigate how we normally look at the world. Looking, apparently, is not the same as seeing. In this era when separation and discontinuity (instability) reign supreme, the possibility of existing in wholeness while alone but not isolated (stability) allows catharsis.

Excited to read more? Come get a copy of 39.1 on January 25th!

For a signed copy of Half of What They Carried Flew Away, please leave a comment below telling us why you’re interested.

The window to enter this giveaway will close at Midnight MST on Thursday, January 17th, and the winner will be randomly chosen through

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Bombay Gin Announces Release Party for Issue 39.1

We are pleased to announce the release party for Issue 39.1. Celebrate our writing community and join us for an evening of readings and performances by some of the contributors to this issue. This event is free and open to the public:

Bombay Gin 39.1 Release Party

Friday, January 25, 7 p.m.

Goldfarb Student Center (basement of the Admin Building next to Allen Ginsberg Library)

Naropa’s Arapahoe Campus

2130 Arapahoe Avenue

Boulder, CO 80302

Performers Include:

Anna Avery

Reed Bye

Matthew Cooperman with Aby Kaupang

Angel Dominguez with Jason Burks

HR Hegnauer, Serena Chopra, and Michelle Auerbach

Robert Snyderman with Sam Knights

Promises to be a great night! Hope to see you there.


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