Category Archives: Outings & Events

Front Range Writers & Artists Release Party

Release Party Announcement

We are pleased to announce the release party for our Front Range Writers & Artists issue of Bombay Gin. Celebrate our writing community and join us for an evening of readings and performances by some of the contributors of this issue. This event is free and open to the public, and we will be serving sweets and refreshing beverages.

Pick up a copy of Bombay Gin 38.2: Front Range Writers & Artists for $12. We’ll also be selling bundles of back issues from $5 to $10, as well as chapbooks from the Kavyayantra Press.

If you have any questions about the event, leave me a comment or send an email to

Can’t wait to see you there!


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Women of Naropa Reading

It is astonishing to consider that the Bombay Gin editorial staff is putting the finishing touches on issue 38.2. Yet, before we look forward to our June 10 release party and the 2012 Summer Writing Program, the end of the semester brings us yet another opportunity to raise some money, this time for both the journal and the Women’s Bean Project, an organization that helps women break the cycle of poverty and unemployment by teaching them job readiness and life skills for entry-level jobs through employment in their gourmet food production and handmade jewelry manufacturing businesses.

Each spring semester, the generous Lark Fox, an alumna of JKS, works with Bombay Gin and JKS to organize the Women of Naropa reading. The wonderful Anne Waldman will read as well as Lisa Birman, Bobbie Louise Hawkins, Diana McLean, Michelle Naka Pierce, Maureen Owen, Bhanu Kapil, J’Lyn Chapman and Danielle Vogel and current Naropa students, including our very own Alice Virginia and Katie Ingegneri! Please join us this Friday at 8 pm in the Goldfarb Student Center: $5 for students and $8 for non-students. All the proceeds will go toward Bombay Gin and the Women’s Bean Project.

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NWC Reading, March 20th!

Greetings all ya’ll; least likely to write blog entries editor here, Alice Virginia!

Let’s get down to business: 

Naropa Writing Center Reading

March 20th :: 6:30pm

Admin Conference Room :: Arapahoe Campus 

:: work by the likes of ::

Rachel Palmateer

Luke Davison

M. Elyse Brownell

Lindsay Miller

Stephani Nola

Charlotte Annie

Heather Goodrich

Kirstin Wagner

Chris Shugrue

Jenna Kotch

Come support and rah rah rah!

Luke Davison at his last reading.

–Alice Virginia

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in our own ink-drenched way

Today we’re talking about Julia Seko! (If you’ve encountered Julia in the print shop, you understand the exclamation point; she is a whirlwind of creative energy.) Julia is a book artist who teaches Letterpress at Naropa University, and she is one of FOUR printers featured in Bombay Gin 38.1.

In honor of Alice Notley’s residency at Naropa this week as our 2012 Allen Ginsberg Visiting Fellow, I give you this sneak preview of the broadside Julia’s class printed last fall, using Notley’s poem, Two of Swords.

peeking inside

As you can see, this is not your standard (flat and frame-able) broadside. At our first Monday night meeting in the shall-we-say warm Harry Smith print shop last August, Julia introduced the 7 of us– eager new printers– to Alice Notley’s poem.

The title comes from the two of swords tarot card, and if you’ve spent enough time at Naropa (with, for example: Bhanu Kapil or Selah Saterstrom) you know tarot cards are an art form of their own; some designer decks are intricately handcrafted. Our class brainstormed: how could we incorporate strong tarot card imagery into the piece, without being too literal?

We settled on using a tarot card shape with rounded edges, and we printed bold red X’s on the interior to symbolize crossed swords.

Two of Swords, inside detail

The X is mimicked on the cover of the piece by the diagonal lines of the title.

front, Alice Notley broadside

For about a month, we worked together as a class to decide on the paper, ink, alignment, and other design details– but the overall peek-a-boo format was Julia’s idea, and I’m glad we followed through with it. The finished product is certainly unique. And now you can have your own copy, signed by Alice Notley!

Two of Swords, detail

Jade and I will be selling this broadside at Alice Notley’s reading on Friday night, along with new copies of Bombay Gin. Our local poetry bookstore, Innisfree, will be there selling Notley’s books.

letterpress detail

Alice Notley at Naropa University:

Tuesday, February 21 @ 8:15 pm: Lecture, Shambhala Hall

Thursday, February 23 @ 3:15 pm: Poetry Chat, Performing Arts Center

Friday, February 24 @ 7:30 pm: Reading (and signing), Performing Arts Center

On your way to these nighttime events, be sure to look for our unofficial print shop mascot, Rocky, near the compost and recycling bins.

-Stephani Nola

Rocky supervises

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Welcome Back, We Missed You

This holiday break has been exceptionally long. It felt endless. Perhaps because I read Jane Eyre for the millionth time, along with every essay about Dora’s Case, and the fact that when it snowed I became obsessed again with the falling snow in “The Dead.”

Or maybe I’m all-too-aware, along with my peers, that this is our last semester with Bombay Gin and our time as graduate students is half over. Thankfully, there’s a lot of work to do. Hopefully that won’t go by too quickly.

Alas! Enough melancholy. I have great news:

Bombay Gin, Threshold: Tenuous Preposition Of, is back from the printers! 

I haven’t yet snuck a peek, but I know the boxes have arrived. A release party for this issue is in the works. In the next week, I’ll have more solid details so you can mark calendars and celebrate this fantastic issue with us!

And in other excellent news: we are accepting submissions for our Front Range Writers issue. Deadline is February 15.

Mail submissions to:

Bombay Gin
Naropa University
Jack Kerouac School
2130 Arapahoe Ave
Boulder, CO 80301

We look forward to reading your work!


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Who among us doesn’t like FREE STUFF? Or “light refreshments?” Or those local writers we’ve been talking about lately?

The Jack Kerouac School will host a BA/MFA fall graduation reading on Friday, December 9th in PAC at 7:30 PM. Reception with light refreshments to follow.

Where the magic happens..

Bombay Gin will be there to hand out (FREE!) back issues. Just in time for the holiday season and conveniently sized to slip into a suitcase for delivery to your favorite mom, professor, library, shelter, gym, airplane seat-back-pocket…

Are you holding a grudge against back issues? 

Sure, they might not be the newest books edited on Arapahoe Avenue–but with a list of past contributors like this, you can’t go wrong with retro. (See: Allen Ginsberg, Anne Waldman, Robert Creeley, Ted Berrigan, Alice Notley, Gary Snyder, Akilah Oliver..)

Ready for some more name-dropping?
Here’s an almost-official list of Naropa graduates reading for us tonight.

Congratulations to:

Kaleigh Wraye
Stuart Shannon
Alan Wraye
Renee Crake
Sherri Pauli
Ania Chapska

And here’s some advice from fellow writer, Ron Koertge.

See you tonight! Light refreshments! Free stuff! Front Range writers!


Friday 12/9/11 at 7:30 PM
Performing Arts Center
Naropa University
2130 Arapahoe Avenue


Tis the season for “Congrats, Grads!” balloons..

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Jack & Gin Tonight at Bacaro

In only a few hours, the Jack & Gin fundraiser-open mic-party begins.

Bacaro Venetian Tavern (921 w. Pearl St.) at 7 p.m.

Come. Drink. Be merry. Celebrate Jack Kerouac and Bombay Gin by sipping Jack & Gin. There’s also an open mic, so come with work to read, if you like.

Don’t worry if you haven’t purchased raffle tickets yet because we’ll be selling them at the door for $10. If you’re planning on getting a ticket and don’t for whatever reason, you’ll be kicking yourself later.

We’ve had an outpouring of donations from local businesses and authors:  two tickets to Elephant Revival at the Boulder Theater, five yoga classes at The Yoga Pod, signed broadsides from Jack Collom, Harryette Mullen and Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and gift cards to Buffalo Exchange, Trident, OmTime, Southern Sun Pub and Ozo Coffee.

Not to mention, we also have signed copies of books from Laird Hunt, Anne Waldman and Michelle Naka Pierce. And: we’re also giving a rare copy of Sara Veglahn’s chapbook.

Ultimately: please come, even if you do not purchase a raffle ticket or read at the open mic. Either way, we’ll be happy to have your support.

Hope to see everyone who can make it tonight!



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Buy Tickets & Books Before They Sellout

Bombay Gin heats up this week:

Every day this week, we will be outside the Naropa Cafe from 11 to 3, talking to Naropans about the Jack & Gin party and selling raffle tickets. Stop by and see us.  We’ll have books for sale. In case you haven’t gotten the last two issues, be sure to pick them up before they’re gone! Plus, they’re at discounted prices for students.

We’re still talking with local Boulder businesses about donating items for our raffle.  Dear and most lovely readers, if you’re a Boulder business owner and would like to support local growth via donations to Bombay Gin, please email me: Or if you’re out of town (or state or country) and would like to donate, don’t hesitate to email.

And, last but not least, we’re proofreading all content this week. In addition to the authors mentioned in previous previous posts, we’re also featuring work from: Dodie Bellamy, Ronaldo V. Wilson, Erin Morrill, Christina Mengert, Lara Durback and more! This issue is going to be phenomenal. We cannot wait for it to come out.

Also, I want to wish Ariella Ruth, a former editor extraordinaire, a wonderful and very happy birthday!

Happy Halloween,


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Jack & Gin Party: Bombay Gin Fall Fundraiser

Exciting news…we’re throwing a Jack & Gin party at Bacaro, Nov. 6 from 7 to 9 pm!

Join us for an evening to celebrate Jack Kerouac and Bombay Gin. There will be an open mic, music, lovely company and, of course, drinks.

Support Bombay Gin -- get raffle tickets while you can!

The Jack & Gin party is our fall fundraiser, for which we’ve received donations from Boulder businesses:  The Yoga Pod, Southern Sun Pub, Bead for Life, Ozo Coffee and many more! Donations range from $75 to $25 in gifts and gift certificates. Other donations include: signed broadsides from the Kerouac school, Anne Waldman’s new 720-page-book “The Iovis Trilogy”, signed copies of books by Michelle Naka Pierce, and more.

How do you score these amazing gifts?

Buy raffle tickets. As many as your heart desires.

$5 in advance or $10 at the door.

Buy tickets at:

  1. Chesnut House on the Arapahoe Campus. See the lovely Diana in the front office.
  2. Bombay Gin will have a table outside the Naropa Cafe during H
    alloween week.
  3. Ask any of the Bombay Gin editors for one, two or more tickets.
  4. For all of you out-of-towners interested in donating, please email me (Heather Goodrich)  at and we can talk donations.

And, if you can’t buy tickets, no sweat. We still want you to come. Bring friends, work to read or just yourself. What better way is there to support Bombay Gin and Jack Kerouac than sippin’ jack & gin?

We look forward to seeing you there!


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4X4 Reading Naropa University + Free Giveaways

Brush up on your Beats and join Bombay Gin at Naropa’s 4X4 Reading on October 13th at 7:30 PM in the Performing Arts Center (Arapahoe Campus). Bombay Gin will be giving away free issues to audience members who can answer trivia questions about our Rocky Mountain writing lineage.

Naropa University, CU, CSU, and DU will showcase students from their writing departments. Naropa will be represented by Matt Wedlock.

We look forward to seeing you tomorrow night!

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