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Janet Kuypers was honored multiple years at Carl Sandburg High School and on the Dean’s List and graduating with a Communications degree in News/Editorial Journalism (starting in computer science engineering studies) from the UIUC. She had the equivalent of a minor in photography and specialized in creative writing. A portrait photographer for years in the early 1990s, she was also an acquaintance rape workshop facilitator, and she started her publishing career as an editor of two literary magazines. Later she was an art director, webmaster and photographer for a few magazines for a publishing company in Chicago, and, after getting married, she became a certified minister and was the officiant of a wedding in 2006. This Journalism major was even the finaé featured poetry performer of 15 poets featuring at the 2006 Society of Professional Journalism Expo’s Chicago Poetry Showcase. One of her 2019 Periodic Poetry poems also was a contest winner, announced by Science & Engineering News.
She sang with acoustic bands “Mom’s Favorite Vase”, “Weeds and Flowers” and “the Second Axing”, and does music sampling. Kuypers is published in books, magazines and on the internet over 10,000 times for writing, and over 17,800 times for art work in her professional career (she also has frequented the Internet with videos of readings), and has been profiled in such magazines as Nation and Discover U, her poetry was nominated for the Pushcart Prize multiple times, won the award for a Poetry Ambassador and has been Poet of the Year. She has also been highlighted on radio stations, including WEFT Champaign radio (90.1FM), WLUW chicago Radio (88.7FM), WSUM Madison, WI radio, KOOP Austion radio (91.7FM), WZRD Chicago radio (88.3FM), and WLS (8900AM - the largest talk new radio station in Chicago, where at one point she even had a ~10 minute interview and discussion live on the air about her literary magazine “Children, Churches and Daddies”), the internet radio stations including the weekly JohnMac Radio Show, ArtistFirst dot com, chicagopoetry.com’s Poetry World Radio and Scars Internet Radio (SIR), and was even shortly on Chicago’s Q101 FM radio. She has also appeared on television for poetry in Nashville (in 1997), Chicago (in 1997), and northern Illinois (in a few appearances on the show for the Lake County Poets Society in 2006). Kuypers was also interviewed on her art work on Urbana’s CBS / WCIA channel 3 10 o’clock news, and in 2019 was featured in a half-hour show Texas Nafas Poetry, before she started hosting episodes of this monthly tv show.
She turned her writing into performance art on her own and with musical groups like Pointless Orchestra, 5D/5D, The DMJ Art Connection, Order From Chaos, Peter Bartels, Jake and Haystack, the Bastard Trio, and the JoAnne Pow!ers Trio, and starting in 2005 Kuypers ran a monthly iPodCast of her work, as well mixed JK Radio — an Internet radio station — into Scars Internet Radio (both radio stations on the Internet air 2005-2009). She even managed the Chaotic Radio show (an hour long Internet radio show 1.5 years, 2006-2007) through BZoO.org and chaoticarts.org. She has performed spoken word and music across the country - in the spring of 1998 she embarked on her first national poetry tour, with featured performances, among other venues, at the Albuquerque Spoken Word Festival during the National Poetry Slam; her bands have had concerts in Chicago and in Alaska; in 2003 she hosted and performed at a weekly poetry and music open mike (called Sing Your Life), and from 2002 through 2005 was a featured performance artist, doing quarterly performance art shows with readings, music and images.
From 2010 through 2015 Kuypers also hosted the Chicago poetry open mic “the Café Gallery”, while also broadcasting weekly feature and open mic podcasts that were also released as YouTube videos. Since her 2015 move to Austin, TX, she has frequented local newspapers, magazines, radio and television, and started hosting the 1st Sundays “Poetic License” open mic at the Austin Public Library bookstore “Recycled Reads” — with the onset of the Covid19 pandemic the “Poetic License” open mic ran as monthly Zoom meetings, and Janet Kuypers reinstated her “the Café Gallery” early book readings in 2020+ as live Facebook video streams and YouTube videos.
In addition to being published with Bernadette Miller in the short story collection book “Domestic Blisters”, as well as in a book of poetry turned to prose with Eric Bonholtzer in the book “Duality”, Kuypers has had many books of her own published: “Hope Chest in the Attic”, “The Window”, “Close Cover Before Striking”, “(woman.)” (spiral bound, available in your choices of 8 different covers in the 2nd printing, with the bark cover, the black rocks cover, the original fleckstone cover, the metal building wall cover, the red barn door cover, the slate cover, the white stones cover, or the wood slats cover), “Autumn Reason” (novel in letter form), “the Average Guy’s Guide (to Feminism)”, “Contents Under Pressure”, “etc.”, and eventually “The Key To Believing” (2002 650 page novel), “Changing Gears” (travel journals around the United States), and “The Other Side” (European travel book). Then the three collection books from 2004: “Oeuvre” (poetry), “Exaro Versus” (prose) and “L’arte” (art), followed by her books “The Boss Lady’s Editorials”, “The Boss Lady’s Editorials (2005 Expanded Edition)”
, “Seeing Things Differently”, “Change/Rearrange”, “Death Comes in Threes”, “Moving Performances”, “Six Eleven”, “Live at Cafe Aloha”, “Dreams”, “Rough Mixes”, “The Entropy Project”, “The Other Side (2006 edition)”, “Stop.”, “Sing Your Life”, the hardcover art book with an editorial “cc&d v165.25”, “Writings to Honour & Cherish (Kuypers edition)”, “The Kuypers Edition: Blister and Burn” (as a paperback and a hardcover), “S&M” (as a paperback and a hardcover), “Distinguished Writings (Kuypers edition, cc&d v170.5)”, “cc&d v171.5: Living in Chaos”, “Tick Tock”, “cc&d v1273.22: Silent Screams”, “Taking It All In”, “It All Comes Down”, “Rising to the Surface”, “Galapagos”, “Chapter 38” (“v1” and “volume 1”), “Chapter 38” (“v2” and “Volume 2”), “Chapter 38 v3”, “Finally: Literature for the Snotty and Elite” (“Volume 1”, “Volume 2” and “part 1”), “A Wake-Up Call From Tradition” (volume 2), “(recovery)”, “Dark Matter: the mind of Janet Kuypers ”, “Evolution”, “Adolph Hitler, O .J. Simpson and U.S. Politics”, “the one thing the government still has no control over”, “(tweet)”, “Get Your Buzz On”, “Janet & Jean Together”, “poem”, “Taking Poetry to the Streets”, “the Cana-Dixie Chi-town Union”, “the Written Word”, “Dual”, “Prepare Her for This”, “uncorrect”, “Living in a Big World” (color interior book with art and with “Seeing a Psychiatrist”), “Pulled the Trigger” (part 3 of a 3 part set), “Venture to the Unknown” (select writings with extensive color NASA/Huubble Space Telescope images), “Janet Kuypers: Enriched”, “She’s an Open Book”, ““40””, “Sexism and Other Stories”, “the Stories of Women”, “Prominent Pen (Kuypers edition)”, “Elemental”, the paperback book of “the 2012 Datebook” (which was also released as a spiral-bound ISBN# ISSN# “2012 little spiral datebook”, “Prominent Tongue”, “Chaotic Elements”, and “Fusion”, the (select) death poetry book “Stabity Stabity Stab Stab Stab”, the 2012 art book “a Picture’s Worth 1,000 words” (available with both “b&w interior pages” and “full color interior pages”, the shutterfly ISSN# ISBN# hardcover art book “life, in color”, “Post-Apocalyptic”, “Burn Through Me”, “Under the Sea (photo book)”, “the Periodic Table”“ of Poetry”, “a year long Journey”, “Bon Voyage!”, and the mini books “Part of my Pain”, “Let me See you Stripped”, “Say Nothing”, “Give me the News”, “when you Dream tonight”, “Rape, Sexism, Life & Death” (with some Slovak poetry translations), “Twitterati”, and “100 Haikus”, that coincided with the June 2014 release of the two poetry collection books “Partial Nudity” and “Revealed”. 2017, after hr October 2015 move to Austin Texas, also witnessed the release of 2 Janet Kuypers book of poetry written in Austin, “(pheromemes) 2015-2017 poems” and a book of poetry written for her poetry features and show, “(pheromemes) 2015-2017 show poems” (and both pheromemes books are available from two printers). In 2018, Scars Publications released “Antarctica: Earth’s Final Frontier” and “Antarctica: Wildlife” (2 full-color photography books from the first passenger ship to Antarctica in 2017), performance art books “Chapter 48 (v1)” (2009-2011) and “Chapter 48 (v2)” (2011-2018), the v5 cc&d poetry collection book “On the Edge”, and the interview/journal/poetry book “In Depth”. 2019 saw the release of “(pheromones) haiku, Instagram, Twitter, and poetry” (the final pheromemes poetry book) and “Every Event of the Year (Volume one: January-June)” marking poetry reflecting holidays and events in the calendar year.
In 2021, cyberwit.net (based in Pradesh, India) published the Janet Kuypers book of select poems titled “Eternal Never Ending Now”, which can be ordered through Amazon in the U.S. or globally, or through the Cyberwit book page.
Gary, Editor, The Road Out of Town
I like (Kuypers’) poetry. So much poetry being written now is existential angst. I like the sort of poetry that paints a picture in your head and you feel like you are there - physically or emotionally - for just a second.
Taproot Zine Reviews (on “Looking Through Their Windows”)
I like Janet Kuypers’ poems...for a poet under 30, her mastery of the simple word is exceptional. Too many poets, when they attempt a change of persona (especially in the first person voice), the result is often flat, unbelievable, too forced. Not so with Kuypers. In the poem “Private Lives III, the elevated train”, she takes us for a ride with morning commute yuppies on a crowded train to work. Suddenly the poet’s disgust for these middle-class workers surfaces; when she observes a woman decked out in a full-length fur coat, her reaction becomes the urge to spill coffee on the woman. “I’ll bet they don’t even know what the animals they killed for this looked like,” she writes. Most of the other poems here are good, though Kuypers’ emotionality can become intense, if not bewildering. --kn
Jesus Trejo, writer (on the writing of Janet Kuypers)
(Kuypers’) poetry is excellent, great, with an aftertaste of self-questioning. All I can hope for is for her to keep on entertaining and amusing with her words the ears of poetry lovers and amateur poets as myself.
Jerin Stanlake, Writer, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada (on the writing of Janet Kuypers and the Internet Site)
Wow! She kicks!! Right on!! I just got this ’ere Internet thingie up and running this week and I been checking out the net for a place to drop my poetry...I wanna make sure I don’t waste my time with a poetry server who ain’t gonna bother with me....anyways, I was reading The Burning first, then This Is What It Means... and a couple more including The Letter, and I was really impressed, finally someone who actually got personally involved in their poetry, not standing back like some “Frasier Sitcom” intellectual type....you know what I mean? I mean you get into (Kuypers’) stuff, you FEEL it...obviously I really like poetry, the more powerful and intense the better...and I think I’m sitting on a g-damn nuclear bomb...
Joe Peebles, Editor, Diarist’s Journal
(Kuypers’ work) is great writing, and she writes extremely well...She is a great writer. Keep up the good work...Diarist’s Journal can certainly use people with her talent.
Lionel Bernard, Washington D.C.
(Kuypers’) poems are a treat to read.
I read (I Remember) twice and I must say that it was quite moving.
What I like about her writing is that it is very personal and she writes as though you were holding a conversation. Keep up the good work!