MFA in Creative Writing and Poetics
Additional Admissions Requirements
In addition to the standard graduate admissions requirements, the following is required to apply for Fall 2015 admittance to the MFA Creative Writing and Poetics program:
Statement of Interest Essay
Choose an essay (or two) from one of the Jack Kerouac School’s anthologies and discuss the theory/poetics in relation to your work. Please consider the following questions:
How do your writing interests (significant authors/works/ideas) intersect with those of the Jack Kerouac School (e.g., curriculum, current faculty, lineage)? In what ways do you identity with the ethics/poetics/aesthetics of our curriculum? Based on the essay(s) and/or your knowledge of the Kerouac School, why are you interested in this program and how will it prepare you to accomplish your future goals or serve the larger writing community?
Please also address your commitment to writing (e.g., writing/reading practice, extracurricular writing activities, service to writing community, professional or academic objectives).Why are you interested in pursuing your education in an experiential and contemplative academic setting at Naropa University?
We have provided PDFs of a few articles from these anthologies for your convenience:
- An Interview with Edward Sanders
- Civil Disobediences
- The Event of the Border
- I Am Both I Am Neither
- Vow to Poetry
Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics Anthologies:
- Waldman, Anne, and Laura Wright, eds. Cross Worlds: Transcultural Poetics: Minneapolis: Coffee House Press, 2014. Print.
- Waldman, Anne, and Laura Wright, eds. Beats at Naropa. Minneapolis: Coffee House Press, 2009. Print.
- Waldman, Anne, and Lisa Birman, eds. Civil Disobedience: Poetics and Politics in Action. Minneapolis: Coffee House Press, 2004. Print.
- Schelling, Andrew, and Anne Waldman, eds. Disembodied Poetics: Annals of the Jack Kerouac School. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1994. Print.
Creative Writing Sample
Submit 10–15 pages of creative nonfiction, fiction, prose, poetry, cross-genre work, or some combination thereof. Please indicate the genre(s) submitted.