BAFS Summer Camp 2016: Inhabiting Poetry

Our study of poetry leads us to find that most of the greatest poets were also extraordinary characters, and that the artistry of their work and the nature of their notoriety are intertwined. As poets must delve deeper into the uses of language than any other form of communication, the inhabitation of humankind’s collective archetypes becomes inevitable. Our words must wax broad enough as to be inclusive, and yet specific enough to convey what prose cannot – poetry can touch a commonality in all people even if they do not understand the language. To accomplish this we must learn to ‘own the territory’ of poetry, both on the page and on the street.
The Beyond Academia Summer Poetry Camp 2016 will focus on how we as poets can exist within our art in such a way as to bring it alive in our daily interactions. This year we again add new instructors to our lineup as well as the regular return of our founders. Contemplative and esoteric workshops will align us with the Selves to which we must connect. Practical applications of drama and humor will engage us in the performance of communication. Several workshops on poetic forms will provide us with common structure to gauge our work. The Ontological Engineering sessions will examine the programming architecture of the human computer and potential ways to liberate meaning within those structures. There will be featured readings in Boulder for both instructors and students, morning Coffee Prompts, Wednesday Big Pasta Dinners & Sunday Breakfasts, the annual Drunken Haiku Competition, and Black Market Translation will again howl punk verse into the culminating Saturday night, followed by the Hungover Collage Party to set pages for the Love Shovel Review Summer Camp Edition.
This Free Temporary Autonomous Zone will occur July 10-24 at Love Shovel Ranch just outside Nederland, Colorado. Tent camping is encouraged to facilitate cohesion among the group. At least twice/week there will be large group meals on a donate if you can basis. “Do what thou Wilt shall be the whole of the law”, but remember you are accountable for your actions, and if you ain’t a fucking hero we will probably ask you to leave. Welcome to personal Sovereignty.

2016 Poetry Camp Instructors:

Matt Clifford, Eric Fischman, Roseanna Frechette, Marcus If, Ira Liss, Clint A. Locks, Forrest Lotterhos, Caitlan Mitchell, Jonathan Montgomery, Cicada Musselman, Thomas R. Peters Jr., and Nancy Stohlman.

Instructor Profiles

Camp Schedule (subject to minor changes):

Course Descriptions

June:
Saturday 11th:
10am   Hempin’ on the Mountain Fest at LSR
Sunday 19th (Father’s Day):
7pm   Bouldering Poets BAFS Feature at the Forge in Boulder

Mid-July:
Sunday 10th:
1pm     EP3-1: Poesis: Invocation of the Muse w/ Caitlan Mitchell
7pm     Open/Slam at the Mercury Café in Denver
8pm     No Ropes Universal Reading at Trident Cafe in Boulder
Monday 11th:
9am-Noon     PC1-1: Coffee & Prompts w/ Cicada Musselman
1pm     OE1: Consequences of Ontological Anarchy w/ Marcus If
8pm     Teacher Feature at the Laughing Goat in Boulder
Tuesday 12th:
9am-Noon     PC1-1: Coffee & Prompts w/ Cicada Musselman
1pm     PC4-6: With Great Power w/ Eric Fischman
7pm     Innisfree Open Mic in Boulder
Wednesday 13th:
9am-Noon     PC1-1: Coffee & Prompts w/ Cicada Musselman
1pm     BL2-1: Performance & Poetry w/ Ira Liss
7pm     Big Pasta Dinner at LSR or Starwater Reading in Boulder
Thursday 14th:
9am-Noon     PC1-1: Coffee & Prompts w/ Cicada Musselman
1pm     OE3-2: You Talkin’ To Me!? w/ Clint  A. Locks
Friday 15th:
9am-Noon     PC1-1: Coffee & Prompts w/ Cicada Musselman
1pm     EP1: Writing Tadasana w/ Roseanna Frechette
8pm     Fireside Reading at LSR
Saturday 16th:
1pm     PC3-1: Sonetto: Queen of Forms w/ Marcus If
8pm     PC3-3: Drunken Haiku Competition
Sunday 17th:
10am     Sunday Breakfast
1pm     PC3-2: Flash Fiction w/ Nancy Stohlman
7pm     Open/Slam at the Mercury Café in Denver
Monday 18th:
9am-Noon     PC1-1: Coffee & Prompts w/ Cicada Musselman
1pm     PC4-?: Beat Prompts w/ Thomas R. Peters Jr. at Beat Book Shop in Boulder
8pm     Student Feature at the Laughing Goat in Boulder
Tuesday 19th:
9am-Noon     PC1-1: Coffee & Prompts w/ Cicada Musselman
1pm     EP3-2: Apotheosis: Whereby Heroes Become Gods w/ Caitlan Mitchell
7pm     Innisfree Open Mic in Boulder or Fbomb Flash Fiction Fest at Mercury Café
11:59pm     Full Buck Moon Alley Howl
Wednesday 20th:
9am-Noon     PC1-1: Coffee & Prompts w/ Cicada Musselman
1pm     OE2: Architecture of Human Bio-Computer w/ Marcus If
7pm     Big Pasta Dinner at LSR or Starwater Reading in Boulder
Thursday 21st:
9am-Noon     PC1-1: Coffee & Prompts w/ Cicada Musselman
1pm     OE4: NLP & Poetry w/ Marcus If
Friday 22nd:
9am-Noon     PC1-1: Coffee & Prompts w/ Cicada Musselman
1pm     EP1-?: MeToo! Birdwalk w/ Jonathan Montgomery
8pm     Fireside Reading at LSR
Saturday 23rd:
10am     Forum: Poet as Magical Beast
1pm     PC4-5: Political Party!!When Doves Fuck w/ Matt Clifford
8pm     Black Market Translation annual show at LSR
Sunday 24th:
10am     Sunday Breakfast
Noon     Hungover Collage Party for Love Shovel Review Camp edition
7pm     Open/Slam at the Mercury Café in Denver

Camp FAQ

Please remember this is a Temporary Autonomous Zone, 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 – –

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 warm rain parka the next. Nights are chilly.
Picnic/Pass-out Blanket.
Additional camping gear as necessary given yr duration. Folding Chair?
Toys, Costumes, & Curiosities.
Condoms.
The Ranch is 420 & booze friendly. Overuse at workshops is a distraction for everyone.

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.

Wish List!
Recording Equipment.
Copy Machine.
Chain Saw.
Grant Writers!
Coffee & Ciggies.
Whiskey & Weed.
TP & Dish Soap.
Campfire Wood.
Food to share.
Olive Oil & Honey!

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