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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS FOR BOMBAY GIN 39.2

Bombay Gin is taking submissions from February 1, 2013 through April 1, 2013.

In her introduction to the she said dialogues: flesh memory, Akilah Oliver offers the following definition of “flesh memory”: “the body’s truths and realities… everything that we’ve ever experienced or known, whether we know it directly or through some type of genetic memory, osmosis or environment.” Recognizing “the multiplicity of languages and realities” the bones hold, we can begin to identify the “demons” that haunts us. Grounded in dance and performance art, flesh memory becomes an embodied practice, an expression of culture and ancestral memory, as when Akilah writes, “this text is situated in the on-going work I’ve been doing in performance with the concept of flesh memory as it relates to a critical interrogation of the African American literary/performative tradition.”

With the late Akilah Oliver’s spirit and thought in mind, Bombay Gin invites submissions for issue 39.2 that explore “flesh memory.” We encourage contributors to extend Akilah’s “flesh memory.” Consider the following:

…what the body knows that the mind can’t hold, the DNA-memory of 500,000 years of human experience and 4 billion years of life on Earth, thinking is one way of knowing the world, the other is being…

…the memory of trauma, through repetition and the reinforcement of patterns, the body learns loneliness, self-destruction, body memory is paved into neural and muscular pathways….

… neuroplasticity—through consistent, positive action, dance, body work, we can heal the mind’s trauma that lies trapped in the body; like everything else, it is a matter of practice and patience, trial and error, repetition…

…how has the world impressed itself upon the body, how does the body hold its experiences? what does the body know? how do we return to the body? what does it mean to write from the body? how might flesh memory access the feral space below and beyond reason, the animal instinct and animal body?

We welcome manuscripts of fiction, essays, poetry, and cross-genre work. Poetry submissions should be comprised of 3-5 poems; prose and cross-genre manuscripts should generally consist of no more than 15 pages. Accompany each manuscript with a self-addressed stamped envelope for reply, and mail it to the following address:

BOMBAY GIN
NAROPA UNIVERSITY
JACK KEROUAC SCHOOL
2130 ARAPAHOE AVE.
BOULDER, CO 80302

Please support the journal in which you want your work published.  Bombay Gin can be purchased through SMALL PRESS DISTRIBUTION, on our website, or by sending a check for $12.00, made out to BOMBAY GIN. Thank you for your interest in our magazine.

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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 Fundraiser Success

Thank you everyone who supported the Jack & Gin fundraiser with their presence, prize donations, and raffle ticket purchases. With your help, we raised over $400 to assist with production costs for our upcoming  issues!

We had a great turn out filled with Kerouac School students, faculty, alumni, and friends. The gin and tonics were flowing, the prizes were plentiful, and our open mic featured impersonations of Ayn Rand, Jack Kerouac, and our upcoming Lenz lecturer Gary Snyder. I personally won a free yoga class and a signed copy of Anne Waldman’s The Iovis Trilogy in the raffle drawings. Score!

Here’s a few snapshots of the fun:

Faculty member Reed Bye presents some of his morning poems.

Poetry and Prizes!

Associate Editor Kristen Park gives us a bit of Jack & Gin

Now we editors must get back to the proofreading process so we can get this awesome issue in your hands. Be sure to check back here for details on our release party in early 2012!

Jade

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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: hngoodrich@gmail.com. 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,

-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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Welcome to Bombay Gin

Hello readers, friends and writers!

Welcome to the news blog of Bombay Gin, the literary journal of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University.

We decided to start a group blog, and every two weeks a new editor will blog, so you all can keep up with Bombay Gin outings & events, as well as news and other info about our community.

We look forward to talking with you!

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