Summer Writing Program: The Braided River

Summer Writing Program

The Braided River: Activist Rhizome
June 14–July 11, 2015

Poetry - Fiction - Translation - Letterpress Printing

Credit and noncredit programs available

We take our imago "braided river" as an alternative to the traditional "tree of life." Here we have the image that symbiosis teaches, that life is a braided river. Things come apart – like algae or fungus – and then come back together again. We want to look at the complexities of our own lives, our gnosis, our natural environment, the urgent issues around- just one example – water scarcity and its opposite: flooding- the way we stop and start and are interrupted by the exigencies of unnatural weather, of illness, of death, of endless war, strife, genocide, apartheid, just as we stop and start in our artistic lives and work through creative crises. How many strands go on simultaneously in our documentary poetics, in our fictions, our librettos, in our collaborations? We want to invoke a contemplative awareness of how to tread on our increasingly endangered planet with grace and intelligence and mindfulness and keep the weave and ambulation going, inside and outside, as we make our work and incorporate ideas of radical investigatory form: third mind (Burroughs & Gysin), the long poem, the cine-poem, the appropriated conceptual poem, the shamanic trip to the other side, meta-fiction, memoir, and dharma and somatic poetics.

The Summer Writing Program is a four-week-long convocation of students, poets, fiction writers, scholars, translators, performance artists, activists, Buddhist teachers, musicians, printers, editors and others working in small press publishing. Programming includes workshops, lectures, panels, readings, special events, and more.

In dialogue with renowned practitioners, students engage in the composition of poetry, prose fiction, cross-genre possibilities, inter-arts, translation and writing for performance. Participants work in daily contact with some of the most accomplished and notoriously provocative writers of our time, meeting individually and in small groups, so that both beginning and experienced writers find equal challenge in the program.

All four weeks (or any combination of weeks) are open to any interested participant for noncredit. Students from other institutions or degree programs may also elect to attend for undergraduate or graduate credit.


Artistic Director and curator: Anne Waldman

SWP Coordinator: Andrea Rexilius

For more information or questions regarding program curriculum, please contact .

Naropa University welcomes participants with disabilities. Please contact Andrea Rexilius at 303-546-5296 or to inquire about accessibility and disability accommodations needed to participate fully in this event before May 15th.