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 Student & Alumni Highlights

Rowland Saifi

Alumni Highlight

“I found the Jack Kerouac School’s focus on innovative, experimental, and diverse writers who disrupt the notions of genre and canon was essential to who I am now. Encountering writers, both in class and at the Summer Writing Program, who confront the language through which we make, describe, interpret, and experience the world, really challenged me as a student and influenced me as a writer. It was not always a smooth process, but it is in the rough surfaces that prove something new is happening.”

— Rowland Saifi
Creative Writing & Literature

Marissa Perel

Alumni Highlight

“I was attracted to Naropa because I was interested in a 360˙ approach to education. The capacity to learn and to be transformed by new information relies completely on the student's own self-awareness and ability to live consciously. My teachers created environments where we all learned how to observe and encourage each other as writers, no matter how different our perspectives or styles were.”

Marissa Perel

BA Creative Writing & Literature

Hands holding

Student Highlight

“I believe through my journey at Naropa I will become even more comfortable in my skin and with my mission on this earth. I believe through the writing program I will help solidify my voice and what I bring to the world through my creative process.”

— Joshua Goodman
Creative Writing and Literature, 2019

Rocks Arapahaoe Campus

Student Highlight

“Naropa is preparing me to be a remarkable writer who is a compassionate warrior and one hell of a yogi, who can speak with clarity and kindness and be heard above the din of confusion which grows less powerful every day.”

— Christopher Boatman
Creative Writing and Literature, 2018