BAFS 7th Annual Summer Poetry Camp

July 7th-11th 2021 CE

UnCerTainTy: The Moment of Creation

95e3095bf533d595f5c00f2030493475It would be difficult not to recognize the recent medical & social pandemics that have shaped our culture during the past 18 months. A level of isolation inevitable crept into all our lives. BAFS closed its ‘doors’ along with the Boulder Library, and we felt it was too risky to hold classes or Camp during 2020. Most of the world did much of the same. But, what now? Again much of the planetary population feels Uncertain. But here, in our moment of unknowing, is where creativity blossoms. In our case, poems are born of their own intent, gestating in the unresolved thoughts of the author. There is much to be found in the subconscious during such social states, during such flux. At this year’s Summer Poetry Camp, we intend to tap in to our inherent mindstreams and bring forth the fruit, the poetry..

FDGDPSThe 7th Annual BAFS Summer Poetry Camp will feature five full days of workshops surrounding this core topic at the Boulder Public Library, the Mercury Cafe in Denver, and Love Shovel Ranch in Nederland. Numerous other events such as the student feature readings, performance opportunities with Art Compost and Black Market Translation, and the notorious Drunken Haiku Competition will fill out an extended weekend of mad creativity. Be sure to read the FAQ below!

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2021 Camp Instructors

Reed Bye, Matt Clifford, Jona Fine, Eric Fischman, Roseanna Frechette, Marcus If, Ira Liss, Caitlan Mitchell, Maggie Saunders, Jessie Thayer

Instructor Profiles

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Camp FAQ

Workshops will be held at Love Shovel Ranch, the Boulder Public Library, and the Mecury Cafe in Denver. 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 and bottle caps), 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 North Gallery Entrance Amphitheater; 1001 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder
Love Shovel Ranch 722 Caribou Road, Nederland (behind Lilac hedge)
Mercury Cafe 2199 California St, Denver, CO

Weather Alert!

Weather is looking like overcast 50% of the time, temps 65-70 degrees, probable drizzle-rain. However, keep in mind the weather Will change During the workshops, anywhere from 40-95 degrees are possible and even probable. Layered clothing is crucial to your comfort. Love Shovel Ranch is in the High Wilderness, be prepared.

Pandemic Protocols

There will be both vaccinated and unvaccinated people at Camp. There will be room to practice social distancing. We will ask that you wear a red bracelet to indicate you’d like to maintain social distance. We encourage you to exist in your own comfort zone given your risk profile.

What to bring:

  • Enthusiasm!
  • 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
  • Snacks
  • 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.
Styrofoam / non recyclable packaging = No Thanks.

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.

Wish List!

  • Audio/Video Recording Equipment – (wireless/)microphone!
  • Snacks
  • Coffee & Ciggies
  • Whiskey & Weed
  • Toilet Paper & Dish Soap
  • White Sugar for Hummingbirds
  • Food to share
  • Olive Oil & Honey

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2021 Schedule:

2021 Summer Poetry Camp

Wednsday, July 7th  
10-1pm LSR Zen & the Art of Uncertainty —Marcus If
2-5pm LSR ? —Reed Bye
6-9pm  LSR Big Pasta Dinner —Hosted by LSR Crew
Thursday, July 8th  
10am-1pm LSR Screaming Out of the Void — Matt Clifford
2-5pm LSR ? —Eric Fischman & Jessie Thayer
7pm LSR Burn ‘yr Poem Ceremony & Open Reading —Hosted by Thomas Ivory Jr.
Friday, July 9th  
10am-1pm LSR Bardic Magick: Remembering the Future —Marcus If
2-5pm LSR Sitting with the Uncertainty: Healing Magic and Poetry —Caitlan Mitchell
6-9pm LSR Drunken Haiku Competition — Hosted by LSR Crew
Saturday, July 10th  
10am-1pm LSR Shout, Share, Move, Play. Let’s Stretch Our Creativity!Ira Liss
2-5pm LSR Embodied Creativity: the Language of the Body  — Maggie Saunders
8pm-1am LSR Annual Black Market Translation Punketry Open Reading
Sunday, July 11th  
10-12pm LSR Breakfast at LSR
2-4pm BPL Seccond Sunday Library Workshop (Boulder Main)  — Jona Fine
530-630pm Merc Heart Chakrah Lines: Path of the Mystic Poet (Mercury Cafe) —Roseanna Frechette
630-9pm Merc Mercury Cafe Open Reading (Mercury Cafe) w/ Art Compost Band