BAFS 6th Annual Summer Poetry Camp
Conference on Outlaw Poetics
Synchronized Mythology describes a type of telepathy between two or more people. In a group with a shared mythological background, external stimuli can trigger synchronized reactions. This can be illustrated by the typical Gen X reaction to the song “Bohemian Rhapsody”, which includes maximizing song volume and bellowing along with it. Two Gen Xers may have the same instantaneous synchronized reaction to perform this behavior, much like Pavlov’s dogs. However, given human self-awareness, a level of telepathic communication in the shared reaction occurs. We know the other person(s) is thinking the same thing at the same time, we can each feel it.
Poetry has the capacity to create synchro-mythologic event triggers without the need for a common mythology. A great poem will create its own internal mythology to draw the reader in, using perhaps a minimum of cultural triggers. “A Red Wheelbarrow” held no real cultural significance until the poem created a new mythology.
Beyond Academia’s Synchro-Mythological Poetics Summer Camp will explore some of the ways we can build these experiences into our own poetry. Camp will begin with an introductory weekend at the Boulder Public Library, including two workshops specifically for kids. As the week progresses, we will delve deeper into both Eastern and Western ideas on how to create shared meaning. Almost every workshop will include extensive writing practice. Half a dozen new instructors will grace our teaching field, and staple events such as the Drunken Haiku Competition, Black Market Translation improvisational punk show, and of course numerous readings will keep us energized after classes. As always, BAFS events are free to attend.
2019 Camp Instructors
Marcus If, Tba
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2019 Schedule: TBA
|7pm||BPL||“Second Sundays” workshop — Sarah Rodriguez|
|11:58pm||Aley||Full Moon Alley Howl/Reading — Morrison Alley, Boulder|
|6:30pm||Perl||June 30th Brautigan Reading — Hosted by Rob Geisen, Pearl Street Mall Courthouse, Boulder|
|7pm||LSR||Big Independence Pasta Dinner — Hosted by LSR Crew|
BAFS Summer Poetry Camp:
|7pm||TBA||Secret Orientation Party — TBA|
|10am-1pm||BPL||Seeking Inspiration — Kids Workshop, Sarah Rodriguez|
|2-6pm||BPL||Gummy Bear Death Match —Brice Maiurro|
|8pm||LSR||Drunken Haiku Competition — Hosted by Marcus If|
|12-2pm||BPL||Mountain Strong: Family Yoga & Storytelling —Kids Workshop, June Lucarotti|
|2-6pm||BPL||“Second Sundays” workshop — Marcus If|
|7pm||Merc||Jam B4 the Slam: BAFS Edition — Hosted by Roseanna Frechette, Mercury Café, Denver|
|1-4pm||LSR||Page//Stage — Ellie Swensson|
|9pm||Chpl||BAFS Teacher Feature & Open — Hosted by Tom Peters, Wesley Chapel, Boulder|
|1-4pm||LSR||Direct Perception as Seed of Poetry — Reed Bye|
|7pm||Inis||Spit Poet Open Mic — Hosted by Caito Foster, Innisfree Café, Boulder|
|7pm||Mtny||Punketry — Hosted by Brice Maiurro, Mutiny Info Café, Denver|
|10am-1pm||LSR||The Magic Circle: Writing as Game Design and the Lusory Attitude — Eric Fischman|
|2-5pm||LSR||Poetry 101 — Clint Locks|
|7pm||LSR||Big Pasta Dinner — Hosted by LSR Crew|
|10-1pm||LSR||Concepts of Tarot — Seth Walker|
|2-5pm||LSR||“Of the Body” — Jessica Rigney|
|7pm||Beet||Weekly Open Mic, Corner Beet/Denver|
|7pm||Dair||Dairy Poetry Open Mic ft. Seth Walker & Ellie Swensson, Dairy Center for the Arts, Boulder|
|10am-1pm||LSR||Synchro-Mythological Poetics — Marcus If|
|2-5pm||LSR||Sourcery: Poetic Occultism -or- Occult Poetry — Seth Walker|
|7pm||LSR||Fireside Open Reading — Hosted by Thomas Ivory|
|10am-1pm||LSR||When Fucks Fuck — Matt Clifford|
|2-5pm||LSR||Chakra Charged Lines — Roseanna Frechette|
|8pm||LSR||Black Market Translation show — Hosted by BMT & LSR Crew|
|10am-1pm||LSR||Exaggeration Breakfast — Hosted by Ira Liss & Marcus If|
|2-5pm||LSR||Performing Your Creativity — Ira Liss|
|5:30pm||LSR||Inkwell Allstars and Open-mic Contest — Seth W, Roseanna F, William SB, BookBar, Denver|
|7pm||Merc||Jam B4 the Slam Open — Hosted by Gregory SETH Harris, Mercury Café, Denver|
|10am||LSR||Collage Party — Hosted by LSR crew|
|1-4pm||LSR||Channeling Your Creativity — Eliza Beth Whittington|
|9pm||Chpl||BAFS Student Feature & Open — Hosted by Tom Peters, Wesley Chapel, Boulder|
Workshops will be held at both the Boulder Public Library’s Arapahoe Room and Love Shovel Ranch. Please remember these spaces are Temporary Autonomous Zones, Autonomous as in be Responsible for yrself and others. Clean up yr trash (including All cigarette butts), recycle yr empties, wash yr dishes. No grease or hair in the drains, NOTHING in the toilet that didn’t come out of yr body except TP. Love Shovel Ranch rests in the heart of the wilderness; Leave No Trace. Weather permitting, workshops are held outside in the grove, so keep in mind the following :
Boulder Public Library Arapahoe Meeting Room; 1001 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder
Love Shovel Ranch 722 Caribou Road, Nederland (behind Lilac hedge)
What to bring:
- Pen(S!) & Paper
- Bug Spray & Sunscreen
- Water Bottle. We have fresh spring water to refill.
- Personal Fuel (Snack food, Real food, whiskey, coffee, tobacco, etc.)
- Toiletries as necessary given yr duration
- Layered Clothing. Bikini one minute & rain parka the next. Nights are chilly.
- Picnic/Pass-out Blanket
- Additional ‘camping gear’ as necessary given yr duration. Folding Chair?
- Toys, Costumes, & Curiosities
- Poetry Schwag
What not to bring:
Narcotics are not allowed at the Ranch. No pills, powders, daily dabbers thanks.
The Ranch is mostly young-child friendly, but not during workshops or parties.
Due to wildlife and distraction, no untrained dogs are allowed. No second chances.
Bigots of any kind are immediately ejected. No second chances.
Violence, including verbal, against any living being is not tolerated.
The Ranch is 420 & booze friendly. Overuse at workshops is a distraction for everyone.
Please be polite and discrete when smoking around the Boulder Public Library.
- Audio/Video Recording Equipment – (wireless/)microphone!
- BAFSkool Laptop – Urgent!
- Coffee & Ciggies
- Whiskey & Weed
- Toilet Paper & Dish Soap
- White Sugar for Hummingbirds
- Food to share
- Olive Oil, Butter, & Honey
Tax free donations to Beyond Academia LLC are humbly appreciated!