Naropa University has snared singer-guitarist Thurston Moore of famed New York art-rock band Sonic Youth to teach a workshop at the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics' Summer Writing Program next summer.
The program, which runs June 13 through July 10, has brought in big-name poets and artists in the past, but Moore -- along with musician DJ Spooky -- are two of the more well-known celebrity guest teachers in recent years.
What: Workshops, lectures, panels, readings and special events on poetry, fiction, translation and letterpress printing
When: June 13--July 10
Where: Naropa University, 2130 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder
Enroll: Any student 18 and older can take the Summer Writing Program for noncredit, graduate or undergraduate credit. Non-Naropa students can apply beginning in February.
"I think (Thurston) will convey his passion for poetry to his students, and will give a sense of the delicate collaboration between words and music in his own work," said Anne Waldman, who co-founded the Jack Kerouac School with Beat poet Allen Ginsberg in 1974. "He is a true lineage holder of the Jack Kerouac School at Naropa. He 'gets' the 'outrider' tradition, which means creating work outside the usual institutional mainstreams."
Moore will be part of the course "Economics of the Counter-Culture: Performance, Publishing, Collaboration," along with Waldman, DJ Spooky, noted music producer Hal Willner and others. It runs July 4 through 10.
Waldman, a distinguished professor of poetics at Naropa, has worked with Moore several times in the past. In 2006, she, Moore and Boulder native Jello Biafra, of the Dead Kennedys, participated in a poetry/music collaboration at the Boulder Theater.
"We've been on the same stage together on numerous occasions and have mutual respect and delight in a shared community," Waldman said. "I have unconditional respect for his work, his wit, his commitment.
"We aren't intimate friends, but colleagues and soul mates on this alternative path of poetry and performance."
The Summer Writing Program, spanning four weeks in June and July, is a collection of students, poets, scholars, fiction writers, performance artists, Buddhist teachers, musicians, printers, editors and others who gather for workshops and forums.
Waldman said Moore is not only a "brilliant musician," but also a poet and a writer. He began the Ecstatic Peace record label in 1981, which supports photographers, artists, designers and poets.
"He is quite scholarly about contemporary avant-garde poetry and is also an avid reader, collector and archivist," said Waldman.
The Summer Writing Program is entering its 37th year in 2011, and Waldman couldn't be more proud of the program.
"I think we have a glorious tradition and legacy since our founding of the Kerouac School," Waldman said. "There's been tremendous support always from cutting-edge artists and it bodes well for the Kerouac School."