Sept. 30: What Where Series: Readings by Miranda Mellis, Tina Brown Celona, and Bin Ramke

We are pleased to announce our second What Where Series of the semester! This event is free and open to the public. We hope to see you there!

What Where Series: Readings by Rachel Levitsky, Kurt Gutjahr, and Janice Gould

Tuesday, September 30

7:30 PM

PAC (Performing Arts Center)

Naropa University
Rachel Levitsky is the author of a novel, The Story of My Accident is Ours (Futurepoem, 2013), two books of poetry, Under the Sun (Futurepoem, 2003) NEIGHBOR (UDP, 2009) and a number of chapbooks including Renoemos (Delete, 2010) and 2(1+1) (a+bend, 1999). She is a frequent collaborator and has recently worked with the artists Susan Bee, and the poets Marcella Durand, Christian Hawkey and Simone Kearney. She is a member of the Belladonna* Collaborative, a feminist avant-garde hub for interventions in writing, reading, engaged discourse and activism. In 2010 with Christian Hawkey, she started The Office of Recuperative Strategies (, a mobile research unit variously located in Amsterdam, Berlin, Boulder, Brooklyn, Cambridge, Governors Island and The Holland Tunnel in NYC and The University of Leipszig in Leipzig. She teaches at Pratt Institute where she is a core faculty member at a new MFA program in Writing Activism.

Kurt Gutjahr holds an MFA from The Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and an MA in Creative Writing, University of New Mexico. His stories have won the D.H. Lawrence Award for Short Fiction and he has been a finalist in numerous nationwide contests. He is currently working on two projects: a Novel which takes place in central New Mexico called, La Luz, and a memoir that uses the architecture of a home as the organizational construct for interpreting his life. Kurt teaches at Naropa University and runs an Academic Non-Profit called Center of the American West.

Janice Gould grew up in Berkeley, California. Her tribal affiliation is Koyoonk’auwi (Concow). Named the Pike’s Peak Poet Laureate for 2014-2016, Janice was recently recognized with a “Spirit of the Springs” Award. Her poetry has also been honored by National Endowment for the Arts, the Astraea Foundation, the Pikes Peak Arts Council and the School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe, where she was the Native American writer in residence in 2012. Her most recent book of poetry, Doubters and Dreamers, was a Colorado Book Award Finalist and a Milt Kessler Book Award Finalist. Her other books include Earthquake Weather, Beneath My Heart, and Alphabet, an artbook/chapbook. She is the co-editor of Speak to Me Words: Essays on Contemporary American Indian Poetry. Janice is an Associate Professor in Women’s and Ethnic Studies at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, where she coordinates the certificate in Native American Studies.

Please see the flier below for information on all upcoming What Where Series readings!

Naropa University welcomes participants with disabilities. Please contact Ariella Ruth at 303-546-3581 or<> to inquire about accessibility and discuss disability accommodations needed to participate fully in this event.

Ariella Ruth, MFA

Graduate Academic Advisor

Program Assistant

Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics

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