<iframe src="//www.googletagmanager.com/ns.html?id=GTM-NP2ZK8" height="0" width="0" style="display:none;visibility:hidden"></iframe> Andrew Schelling

Andrew Schelling

aschelli@naropa.edu | 303-245-4811

Core Faculty


MA in Religious Studies: Indo-Tibetan Buddhism - Core Faculty
MFA in Creative Writing and Poetics - Core Faculty
MA in Religious Studies: Contemplative Religions - Core Faculty
BA in Creative Writing and Literature - Core Faculty
BA in Religious Studies - Core Faculty


BA, University of California–Santa Cruz

From the heart

I've traveled east and west and never seen a center of learning, a place with the color, the heart, the steady confidence, as students reveal, here at Naropa. What other college has two hearts, the meditation hall and the library? Where else can you find a Japanese tea house, historic buildings, and a campus where every day it feels like students and faculty are not so much building careers as envisioning culture and community? The leaves whirl, the snow falls, and the great thinkers of past and future walk among us.


  • Academy of American Poets Prize in Translation, 1992, for Dropping the Bow: Poems from Ancient India
  • Witter Bynner Foundation grant for poetry, 1996, 1998

Recent publications/teachings


  • From the Arapaho Songbook, La Alameda Press, 2011
  • A Possible Bag, Singing Horse Press, 2013
  • The Oxford Anthology of Bhakti Literature, Oxford University Press, 2011
  • The Real People of Wind & Rain: Talks, Essays, & an Interview, Singing Horse Press, 2014
  • Bright as an Autumn Moon: Fifty Poems from the Sanskrit, University of Hawaii Press, 2014


  • American Literary Translators Association, Tucson, 2015
  • Uberoi Foundation, Tampa, 2015
  • Woodland Pattern, Milwaukee, 2015
  • American Writing Programs, Minneapolis, 2015
  • "Seeding the John Muir Way," Scotland, 2014
  • Glasgow Royal Botanical Gardens, 2014
  • Edinburgh Royal Botanical Gardens, 2014
  • The Public School of Oakland, 2014
  • Deer park Institute, Himachal Pradesh, India, 2012

Research and scholarship

  • Working on "Tracks Along the Left Coast: Jaime de Angulo & Pacific Rim Culture" with research at the American Philosophical Institute, Philadelphia and UC Santa Cruz special collections.
  • Volume III of "From the Arapaho Songbook: Poems."

Courses taught

  • Tracks Along the Left Coast
  • Literature of the Pacific Rim
  • Translation
  • Writing Poetry: Wild Form
  • Investigative Poetry
  • 19th Century American Literature
  • Sanskrit int he Sacred Traditions of India
  • Sanskrit III & IV
  • The Long Poem: Writing Workshop
  • The Cantos of Ezra Pound

What book do you find yourself regularly pressing into the hands of students?

Technicians of the Sacred: A Range of Poetries from Africa, America, Asia, Europe & Oceania, ed. Jerome Rothenberg

Coffee or tea?

Tea for contemplation, writing, study, quiet musing.

Coffee for work with tools, conversation, camping, icy weather outdoors 

What's next?

Breathe deep; get ready for the next millennium; listen closer; work harder; keep the old ways alive for the future.