This is a Durutti Free Skool 2011 update.
Short version: it's still on!
Slightly longer version: it is still on!
We're planning to host a metaskool, or aggregate skool, named Durutti Free Skool, this summer. We think it will be first week of August but we aren't sure; we're trying not to conflict with some other events.
It's an "aggregate" skool because it is for anyone who has already helped run, or participated in, a Poetry Free Skool this year. Sort of. To recount, we are inviting people to host a Free Skool in their region, of any size larger than two (it should qualify as a conspiracy), which is concerned with Marxist and anarchist poetics. We have recommended two texts (listed below) but that's not a rule, just a proposal. Our commitment is to an interest in thinking about poetry and being a poet and the questions of poetry and social existence from an anarchist and/or Marxist perspective.
We keep saying: we are not trying to get anyone to do this. If you want to have a free skool about gluten, do that. Or do something else entirely. All we are saying is, if you want to do this, we want to do it with you, and help facilitate, and help in whatever ways we are able, and help host a big meetup of everyone who has done similar things.
"Free," this year, for the Bay Area summer jam, will mean twenty bucks. That's it. That's American dollari, northern comrades. Once you have made your plans for your own free skool, and passed this message on as needed, we'll poll everybody we have on the list in, oh, April or May or something, and ask everyone who wants to take part to send in the 20 bucks, which will let us know how many people to plan for. If it turns out we have to spend more to get a space, we'll pass the hat or something, come summertime.
In the meantime, keep us posted as to what you are planning. Some people have posted their skools as events on the facebook page, including curricula: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=155285014499575
You can do that too, or just drop us a message at firstname.lastname@example.org. We don't check this address all the time, but we'll get it eventually.
We are very excited! More soon, heartz from dfs11
The books we are proposing:
Provo: Amsterdam’s Anarchist Revolt, by Richard Kempton
Dispersing Power: Social Movements as Anti-State Forces, by Raul Zibechi (tr. Raymor Ryan)