September 27, 2019 at 4:20 pm

Alumni News | Jack Kolkmeyer, from Peace Corps to Poetry

Jack Kolkmeyer at microphone with guitarist and drummer in background.

Jack Kolkmeyer’s poetry and writings have appeared in Sphere, Gulcher, Mothering Magazine, The Beat, The Santa Fe Reporter, The Writers Place, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Liberian Studies Journal, Crosswinds, Practicing Planner and The Liberian Literary Magazine.

Ohio University alum Jack Kolkmeyer’s fourth book of poetry, Deeper Soul, is about to be published.

Kolkmeyer ’68 studied English Literature/Creative Writing at Ohio University in the 1960s, where he developed a special interest in the Romantic, Imagist and Beat poets. He was the Editor of  Sphere, the Ohio University literary magazine, from 1967-68. His writings have appeared in numerous publications including The Writers Place and The Liberian Literary Magazine and have been broadcast on his popular Santa Fe radio programs, The International House of Wax and Brave New World, and presented with his performance group, The Word Quartet.

Kolkmeyer currently reads some of his work on his new radio project, Future Atlas Radio, where his “Dr Feelgood” bio says, “Jack brings an unyielding love of community to Future Atlas Radio. His work over the past 40 years in teaching, agriculture, broadcasting, writing, music and city planning has always focused on “community building and community problem solving. Getting people to work together, celebrate together, learn together and solve problems together has been Jack’s life work. His eclectic music program, Brave New World, that graced the airwaves of Santa Fe for over 20 years, will once again groove the digital pathways of  Future Atlas Radio.”

Peace Corps in Liberia

Kolkmeyer was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Liberia, West Africa from 1969-72 and greatly influenced by the emerging writers of that time, especially Leopold Senghor, Chinua Achebe and Amos Tutuola. He received an MPA in Public Policy/Urban and Regional Planning from Indiana University in 1974.

He moved to Santa Fe, N.M., in 1975 to study filmmaking at the Anthropology Film Center and worked there professionally in education, broadcasting and the performing arts, journalism and urban and regional planning. He currently resides and writes in Delray Beach, Fla., where his  current writing projects include poetry, music and city planning topics, and screenplays.

Fourth Book About to Be Published

Gnarly Roots book coverHigher Glyphics, his first collection of poetry,  poetic musings on antiquity and the mysteries of the planet, was published by Forte Publishing. His second poetry book is titled, A Philosophy of Yard and is about how we understand our surroundings and ground ourselves. His third book, Gnarly Roots, was recently published. His fourth book, Deeper Soul, is forthcoming. Many of his poems were written in Athens, Ohio. All of his books are available at Amazon.


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