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In addition to our core faculty, the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics invites more than sixty guest faculty members and writers each year, including the Allen Ginsberg Visiting Fellow, the Leslie Scalapino Lecturer in Innovative Poetics, What Where Series, and the Jack Kerouac School Symposium. These events foster an intensely creative environment for students to develop their writing projects in conversation with a community of writers.

For more information on faculty/staff/student & alum readings elsewhere, or for more information on our Guest Authors, visit our blog! 

Upcoming and Recent Guests 

What Where Series Fall 2017

Performances: 7:00–9:00 p.m.
Reception for each event: 5:00–6:00 p.m. in the Nalanda Atrium
Nalanda Events Center // 6287 Arapahoe Avenue

  • September 12 with MC Jeffrey Pethybridge - Sara Schantz, & Ryan Mihaly
  • September 26 with MC Jeffrey Pethybridge - Teow Lim Goh, & Michele Lorusso-Ortega
  • October 10 with MC Swanee Astrid -  Duriel E. Harris, Ella Longpre, & Wheeler Light
  • October 24 with MC Swanee Astrid - Jennifer K. Dick, Chris Rosales, & Sarah Escue
Previous What Where Series
  • Gabrielle Civil, Amy Wright, Eugene Lim, Muriel Leung
  • Camille Dungy, Lydia Yuknvitch, Danielle Pafunda, Carolina Ebeid 
  • Azareen Van Der Vliet Oloomi, Michael Friedman, Raza Ali Hasan
  • Cody-Rose Clevidence, Lisa Birman, Dan Beachy-Quick
  • Tina Brown Celona, Bin Ramke, and Miranda Mellis
  • Janice Gould, Kurt Gutjahr, and Rachel Levitsky
  • Teresa Carmody, HR Hegnauer, and CAConrad
  • Maureen Owen, Stephen Graham Jones, and TC Tolbert
  • Ruth Ellen Kocher, Reed Bye, and Megan Kaminski
  • Amina Cain, Jai Arun Ravine, and Lisa Linn Kanae
  • John Keene, Laura Mullen, and Carmen Gimenez Smith
  • Mark Amerika, J'Lyn Chapman, and Michael du Plessis
  • Lily Hoang, J Michael Martinez, and Idris Goodwin
  • Eric Baus, Joanna Ruocco, and Lidia Yuknavitch
  • Chris Pusateri, Serena Chopra, and Khadijah Queen 

Jack Collom Memorial Reading

August 20, 2017 // 3:00 p.m.                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Reception following                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Performing Arts Center // 2130 Arapahoe Ave

Kerouac School for Change: 100K Global Event 

September 30, 2017 // 3-6 p.m.                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Innisfree Poetry Cafe // 1301 Pennsylvania Ave

  • BEATS featured readers                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
  • Open Slam                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
  • Bombay Gin Literary Journal Issue #43 Release Party                                                                                                                                                                                       

Low-Res Reading

Laird Hunt

Friday, October 13, 2017 // 7:00 p.m.
Nalanda Events Center // 6287 Arapahoe Avenue

First 4x4 Reading at Naropa University

Tuesday, November 14, 2016 - First Reading // 7:00 p.m.
Reception following
Nalanda Events Center // 6287 Arapahoe Ave

  • Naropa University - Paul Gomez
  • CSU-Ft. Collins 
  • DU-Denver 
  • CU-Boulder  


Spring 2017

Lecture and Reading by Allen Ginsberg Visiting Fellow

Visiting Fellow: Fred Moten

Monday, February 5, 2018 // 7:00 p.m.
Nalanda Events Center // 6287 Arapahoe Avenue

Previous Allen Ginsberg Visiting Fellows

  • Rosa Alcalá
  • Kevin Killian
  • Lisa Robertson
  • Harryette Mullen
  • Alice Notley
  • Lyn Hejinian 


Second 4x4 Reading 


  • Naropa University 
  • CSU-Ft. Collins 
  • DU-Denver 
  • CU-Boulder

Low-Res Lecture & Reading


Friday, February 23, 2018 // 7:00 p.m.
Nalanda Events Center // 6287 Arapahoe Avenue

Third 4x4 Reading 


  • CU-Boulder                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
  • Naropa University                                                                                                                                                                                                     
  • DU-Denver                                                                                                                                                                           
  • CSU-Ft. Collins 

AWP reading


Leslie Scalapino Lecturer in Innovative Poetics

Cecilia Vicuña

Monday, March 19, 2018 // 7:00 p.m.
Nalanda Events Center // 6287 Arapahoe Avenue

Symposium Spring 2017

Panel: TBA

Tuesday, March 14, 2018 // 2:00 p.m.
Student Center in Wulsin Hall on Arapahoe Campus // 2130 Arapahoe Avenue 

Symposium Reading Plus Leslie Scalapino Awardee

Cecilia Vicuña & panel

Tuesday, March 14, 2018 // 7:00 p.m.
Nalanda Events Center // 6287 Arapahoe Avenue 

Previous Symposia
  • I / Not I: Symposium on Identity Poetics: Kazim Ali, Ana Merino, Ronaldo Wilson, Dorothy Wang
  • Queer Poetics 2014: Ana Bozicevic, Tim Trace Peterson, Teresa Carmody, and Lucas de Lima on Queer Poetics
  • Territory 2013: Kass Fleisher, Sueyeun Juliette Lee,Craig Santos Perez, and Juliana Spahr
  • Violence and Community 2012: David Buuck, Melissa Buzzeo, Gabrielle Civil, Kate Zambreno
  • Frederick P. Lenz Distinguished Lecturer in American Buddhism: Gary Snyder 

Fourth 4x4 Reading


  • DU-Denver                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
  • Naropa University                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
  • CSU-Ft Collins                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
  • CU-Boulder 

Women of Naropa

Anne Waldman & the Women of Naropa

Friday, April 13, 2018 // 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Nalanda Events Center // 6287 Arapahoe Avenue 

Embodied Poetics

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 // 7:00 p.m.                                                                                                                                                                                                            Performing Arts Center // 2130 Arapahoe Ave

Naropa Writing Center Reading

Wednesday, April 24, 2018  // 7:00 p.m.
Nalanda Atrium // 6287 Arapahoe Avenue  

2018 BA/MFA Graduation Reading

Friday, May 11, 2017 // BA from 5:00–6:00 p.m. // MFA from 7:00–9:30 p.m.
Reception following 
Performing Arts Center on Arapahoe Campus // 2130 Arapahoe Avenue 


Wondering what community events are happening throughout the year at Naropa University? There's a calendar for that.

Summer Writing Program

Watch some of these events on Something on Paper or read micro-reviews on the Jack Kerouac School blog!