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Bobbie Louise Hawkins: The Sounding Word

Editor: Iris Cushing
54 pages, softcover, saddle-stitch binding (with insert)

Despite the 2012 appearance of her Selected Prose, the rich and varied life and work of Bobbie Louise Hawkins remains poised for discovery by new readers. In The Sounding Word, we present transcriptions of two lectures given at the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University in 1989 and 2005. In the title lecture, as well as “Collette: Earthly Paradise,” Hawkins explores the poetics of prose as articulated through an unflinching encounter with experience. The annotated transcriptions are accompanied by a 2015 interview with Hawkins by editor Iris Marble Cushing.

Author Biography:

BOBBIE LOUISE HAWKINS (1930-) was born in West Texas but her childhood was largely itinerant. After attending high school in Albuquerque, she studied painting and married a Danish architect whose work took them to Tokyo, London, and Belize. After returning to Albuquerque, she met Robert Creeley and the two married in 1957 and remained together eighteen years. Poet, fiction writer, performer, and visual artist, Hawkins was invited by Allen Ginsberg and Anne Waldman to direct the prose writing concentration at the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University. She has authored over 20 books including Own Your Body (1973), Fifteen Poems (1974), Almost Everything (1982), and One Small Saga (1985). She lives in Boulder, CO. where she is currently at work on a project titled Gossip.

Selected Archives: 

  • Naropa Poetics Audio Archives

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Collected in: Feminist Practice & Writing