Student Opportunities


Project Outreach Instructors: Directed by resident faculty member Jack Collom, Project Outreach places students in local schools and other institutions to lead creative writing workshops. Both BA and MFA students can receive course credit while developing their teaching skills for the benefit of the larger community. Project Outreach is offered every academic year as an elective course and offers students the unique opportunity to go out into the world as literary activists, sharpening and extending their own pedagogical abilities.


Bombay Gin, the student run literary journal of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, publishes poetry, prose, hybrid writing, translations, reviews, interviews, and visual art. It's published annually and distributed nationally through Small Press Distribution. BA students are encouraged to submit their creative work.

Something on Paper is an online poetics journal of scholarly utterance and conversation, archiving the critical work of the Jack Kerouac School as well as engaging with a broader community of writers, critics, and pedagogues. Each issue hosts cutting-edge literary/multimedia discourse and performs the liminal space between critical and creative texts. BA students are encouraged to submit their critical work.

Jack Kerouac School blog celebrates students, alumni, faculty, and staff by announcing news on publications, projects, and events. The Kerouac School welcomes articles and news from students.

The Harry Smith Print Shop and Kavyayantra Press (from Sanskrit: Kavya: poetry; Yantra: device, amulet) are resources for learning about fine craft letterpress printing. It features a Chandler and Price platen press and a Vandercook SP-15 proof press.

Naropa Audio Archive Collection: The audio archive is a growing and dynamic database that is a significant resource for students and represents several generations of writers, philosophers, and artists. Each issue of Bombay Gin highlights a transcribed selection.

Summer Writing Program Magazine: The student editors of the magazine have the unique opportunity to oversee all aspects of producing the journal, from editing, layout, production, and distribution. All students, faculty, and staff attending the SWP may contribute work.

Student Magazines: Students and alumni have started their own presses such as Monkey Puzzle, Fact-Simile, Belladonna, Bootstrap, Hot Whiskey, Farfalla, con/crescent, Linchpin, Smokeproof, and more. The Kerouac School supports and encourages students to start their own presses.


Student Activity Coordinator: The coordinators plan and run all student readings, salons, lectures, panels, and other events for the summer. This is a chance to represent students during the SWP and develop events that are of interest to the entire community.

SWP Panelists: The Summer Writing Program invites students to present as part of a panel discussion and participate and share their ideas within the larger poetic community. 

Faculty Liaison: This position involves assisting Summer Writing Program faculty members. This is a unique opportunity to work closely with visiting writers throughout the summer on their workshops and events.

MFA & BA Student Readings: Each semester, Naropa hosts MFA and BA graduate readings for students to showcase their work.

Women of Naropa Reading: This reading is an annual event and features readings by women faculty, alumni, and students. It is also a fundraiser for Bombay Gin and selected local charity groups to benefit women.

Bombay Gin reading and book release party: In coordination with the publication of Bombay Gin, the editorial board coordinates a book release party with readings by contributors to the journal.