Tuesday, April 2, 2013

University of New Orleans MFA Student Participates in Pulitzer Remix

University of New Orleans Master of Fine Arts student Kelly Jones is one of 85 poets who are creating found poetry from the 85 Pulitzer Prize-winning works of fiction as part of Pulitzer Remix, a 2013 National Poetry Month initiative. 

"Found poems are the literary equivalents of collages, where words, phrases and lines from existing texts are refashioned into new poems," according to a project summary. "The genre includes centos, erasure poetry, cut-up poetry and other textual combinations."

Each poet will post one poem per day on the Poetry Remix website during April, helping to create more than 2,500 poems by the project's conclusion. The project is sponsored by the Found Poetry Review, a literary journal dedicated exclusively to publishing found poetry. "Pulitzer Remix poets are challenged to create new works of poetry that vary in topic and theme from the original text, rather than merely regurgitating the novels in poetic form," according to guidelines. "Posted texts will take the form of blackouts, whiteouts, collages and more and will range from structured to more experimental forms."

Creators of Pulitzer Remix hope to publish an edited collection of poems from the project, according to project guidelines.

At UNO, Jones teaches freshmen composition is associate poetry editor of Bayou Magazine, a biannual literary magazine published by the University of New Orleans' English Department. The nationally circulated magazine publishes poetry, fiction, nonfiction and the winner of the annual Tennessee Williams One-Act Play Contest.

Jones has published her poems and book reviews in literary journals including Knock Magazine, Cold Mountain Review, Samizdat and New Orleans Review. 

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