Help Build a Bridge with Brooklyn Poets

Posted November 8, 2013 & filed under Notebook.

Poet and former WITS Writer Jason Koo recently founded a new nonprofit organization called Brooklyn Poets. They are fundraising to launch  a new website called The Bridge which will link student poets with mentors. Check out their IndieGoGo campaign which goes until Nov. 22nd. It is a project that could strengthen the community of poetry.


Where Are We Now: Poet Jason Koo

Posted March 23, 2010 & filed under Notebook.

koophoto2Jason Koo was a writer for WITS for several years beginning in 2000; he was a Senior Writer his last two years.  He was recently awarded a 2009 Literature Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and he also won the De Novo Prize for his collection, Man on Extremely Small Island which was published a few months ago. He currently lives in New York, where he teaches at NYU and Lehman College and serves as poetry editor of Low Rent.

When interviewed about his years with WITS, this is what Jason had to say:

It’s difficult to pick out one experience, but I think I most remember and appreciate the kindness, enthusiasm, and generosity of the people who worked in the WITS office, especially Long and Robin. They made it a great workplace and were so supportive.  And, of course, the kids.  In every class there were little geniuses.  Teaching poetry the kids always stimulated my own imagination; they’d have an energy and imagination to their poems that I wanted in my own poems. Professionally, working for WITS taught me how to work collaboratively with other teachers, and how to maintain a high energy level in the classroom.

Jason will be reading in the Poison Pen Series at the Poison Girl Bar along with former WITS writer Taije Silverman and fiction writer Ed Porter on Thursday, March 25th. This event will be free, and the public is invited to attend.

Where Are We Now: Jason Koo

Posted January 28, 2009 & filed under Notebook.

Jason Koo’s first book, Man on Extremely Small Island, has won the 2008 DeNovo Poetry Prize and will be published in the fall of 2009 by C & R Press. The poet who judged this contest was Denise Duhamel. Jason is a professor at Davidson College in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The recipient of a Creative Writing Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, he has had his poems appear in numerous journals, including The Yale Review, North American Review, Verse, Bellingham Review, Cimarron Review, Green Mountains Review, and Gulf Coast.  He is Poetry Editor for the literary journal, Low Rent.

Jason taught with Writers in the Schools from 2001-2004, and he was a Senior Writer in the final year in Houston.