Tag Archives: Anne Waldman

Women of Naropa Event

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Bombay Gin editorial board would like to invite you to Thursday’s Women of Naropa Reading!

Along with the earth-shaking Anne Waldman, the night will include performances by Lisa Birman, HR Hegnauer, Maureen Owen, Andrea Rexilius, Laura Wright, and a collaboration between Michelle Naka Piece and Ariella Ruth.

Attendees will also enjoy readings by Bombay Gin’s own editor-in-chief J’Lyn Chapman and editor Jade Lascelles, as well as a collaborative performance by Bombay Gin editors and Jack Kerouac School (JKS) students June Lucarotti and April Joseph.

This event offers a rare opportunity for JKS students to share the stage with celebrated faculty, providing an exciting showcase. The audience will be graced by performances from additional JKS students Erin Likins, Rachel Newlon, Elizabeth J. Sparenberg, and a collaboration between Elyse Brownell and Tiara Lopez.

Please join us this Thursday at 7:30 PM in the Performing Arts Center on Naropa University’s Arapahoe campus. The event is $5 for Naropa students and faculty and $8 for the public.  All proceeds go to Bombay Gin and Friendship Bridge, “a nonprofit, non-governmental organization that provides microcredit and education to Guatemalan women so that they can create their own solutions to poverty for themselves, their families and their communities.” Together we can help make the community a better place and join Anne Waldman in keeping it “safe for poetry.”

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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 bgin@naropa.edu.

Can’t wait to see you there!

–Heather

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Calling all Front-Range Writers

J’Lyn Chapman here, writing from Chicago, Illinois, where I am about to celebrate Thanksgiving with friends and family. Per usual, my Chicago friends have been trying to tempt my husband and I to move to Chicago from Boulder, Colorado. For my husband, this would be a move back, as he grew up in Skokie, a suburb of Chicago. For me, it would mean a first-time move. Ironically, perhaps, I grew up in Colorado, and only moved away briefly and unhappily to attend graduate school in Florida. When I met my husband five or so years ago, I had been fondly dreaming of moving to Chicago, where I thought that surely I would be much happier. The neighborhoods, the train, the bloodymaries at the Matchbox, the many universities, and the literary scene appealed to me. I had attended a short residency at Wave Poetry’s Poetry Farm in southern Wisconsin, through which I met the mostly Chicago-based poets Lisa Fishman and Richard Meier. At the time, I had some good writer friends living in the area: Joshua Marie Wilkinson at Loyola University and Danielle Dutton and Marty Riker just a little south in Champaign-Urbana. When Josh recorded a video of me reading at the Art Institute for his video series Rabbit Light Movies, where I also discovered the Thorne Miniature Rooms, I felt like I needed to be here, in Chicago.

Of course Josh, Danielle, and Marty have moved away in the last year as people tend to do, but in those five years, I also found a very happy life in Boulder. I’ve been advising and teaching at Naropa University in what is now considered the Jack Kerouac School for nearly four years and have recently begun serving as the editor-in-chief of Bombay Gin. A few weeks ago, we hosted a fundraiser that demonstrated to me that I am not only part of a supportive community of students and faculty, but I also live in a gracious and considerate community of businesses that donated their goods and services to help out our program.

It’s absurd to list here the incredible opportunities that JKS has offered me. In addition to the consistently fantastic Summer Writing Program and working with writers like Michelle Naka PierceBhanu Kapil, and Anne Waldman, Reed Bye, and Jack Collom, I also get to bask in the wider community of Colorado’s Front Range. As the yearly 4×4 Reading Series makes manifest,  four writing programs anchor the Front Range; with these writing programs come dynamic writers and students, who operate presses and reading series.

I confess a failed attempt to list and link to all of these. Perhaps as today’s meal settles and the volume of the family’s teasing increases, I’ll sneak back to the computer and begin to list just a few of the many things that make Colorado’s Front Range a fertile ground for innovative writing. The point, however, is that even when Colorado’s maddening sun gets to me (some occasional cloud cover and rain is good for the mind and vegetation), I’m thankful I chose to live in Boulder, Colorado.

It is out of my and the Bombay Gin board’s appreciation for our fecund writing  and arts community that we invite Colorado’s Front-Range writers and artists to submit to the spring issue of Bombay Gin. Submissions are open until February 15, 2012. For more details, click on the Submissions link above. We look forward to seeing this community come together in the pages of our next issue.

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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!

Best,

-Heather

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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 hngoodrich@gmail.com 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!

-Heather

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