J’Lyn Chapman with Michelle Naka Pierce

Michelle Naka Pierce
Michelle Naka Pierce

In September, Michelle Naka Pierce visited my MFA “Text and Image” writing workshop (at Naropa’s Jack Kerouac School) to discuss her book Continuous Frieze Bordering Red—a lyrical work that performs its hybridity by literally circuiting through ekphrastic engagements with Mark Rothko’s “Seagram Murals,” somatic responses to visual art and meditations on migration and identity.

Participants: Peggy Alaniz, Melissa Barrett-Traister, Matt Bovard, Genelle Chaconas, Kat Fossell, Hannah Kezema, Joseph Navarro, Sarah Richards-Graba, Betty Sparenberg and BZ Zionic.

Kyle Pivarnik graciously edited the conversation.

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Michelle Naka Pierce is the author of four chapbooks and four full-length books, including TRI/VIA (Erudite Fangs/PUB LUSH, 2003), co-authored with Veronica Corpuz; Beloved Integer (Bootstrap/PUB LUSH, 2007); She, A Blueprint (BlazeVOX, 2011), with art by Sue Hammond West; and Continuous Frieze Bordering Red (Fordham, 2012), awarded the Poets Out Loud Editor’s Prize. Pierce has collaborated with artists, dancers and filmmakers and has performed her work internationally, most recently in France and in Japan. With J’Lyn Chapman, she is the editor of Something on Paper, an online poetics journal. She teaches in and directs the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University. She lives in Colorado with the poet Chris Pusateri.

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