Jeffrey Pethybridge is the author of Striven, The Bright Treatise (Noemi Press), which was named one of the 10 best debut collections of 2013 by Poets & Writers Magazine. His work appears widely in journals and anthologies such as Best American Experimental Writing, Chicago Review, Volt, Poor Claudia, The Iowa Review, LIT, New American Writing and others. At Naropa Jeffrey serves as the Managing Director of the Summer Writing Program and teaches courses in writing and poetics in the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics.
He's currently at work on a documentary project centered on the recently released torture memos entitled "Force Drift, an Essay in the Epic."
January 16th, 2018 | 29 mins 52 secs
There's a real diversity of tactics about how to integrate contemplative practices into the study of writing and the study of literature and the creation of those ways of being. This is about what it means to approach writing through a contemplative way. One of the great joys about teaching here at Naropa is the openness of students to experiment. The real readiness at which they're willing to implicate their person and their body and their spirit. That approach to the whole person in the classroom is really such a gift to work with as a - as a teacher and a peer and a colleague and a fellow and a researcher.