Poetry News

Don't ask your professor for feedback unless you've got earplugs

By Harriet Staff

Naropa University has tapped Thurston Moore to lead a writing workshop next summer at the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics' Summer Writing Program.

"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.

Most famous for his 30 years as a singer and guitarist in the art-rock band Sonic Youth, Moore is also a poet, writer, avid collector and archivist. Known for supporting and publishing many other artists, poets, and musicians through his Ecstatic Peace label, he'll be appropriately participating in the course "Economics of the Counter-Culture: Performance, Publishing, Collaboration," a pretty decent summation of his career.