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 Spring Symposium. These events foster an intensely creative environment for students to develop their writing projects in conversation with a community of writers.

Naropa University welcomes participants with disabilities. Persons with questions about accessibility or who require disability accommodations should contact Charmain Schuh, 303-245-4637, at least two weeks prior to the event

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

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Upcoming and Recent Guests 

What Where Series Fall 2019

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

each Guest Artist also features with a local Guest Artist and a Student 

Previous What Where Series
  • Nicolas Gulig, Mariko Nagai, Phillip B. Williams, Brian Blanchfield
  • Janice Lee, Erik Anderson, Duriel E. Harris, Jennifer K. Dick
  • 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                                                                                                                                                                                       


Kerouac School For Change

100K Poets For Change Global Event

Saturday, September 28, 2019 // 3:00 p.m.                                                                                                                                                                                                   Location: Innisfree Poetry Cafe


Front Range 5x5 MFA Reading Series no.1

Tuesday, October 8, 2019  // 6:00 p.m.
Location: University of Wyoming

NU - Naropa - Kate Shylo
CSU - Ft. Collins 
DU - Denver 
CU - Boulder
UW - Wyoming 


Low-Res Reading

Sun Yung Shin

Friday, October 12, 2019 // 7:00 p.m.
Nalanda Events Center // 6287 Arapahoe Avenue


Front Range 5x5 MFA Reading Series no.2 

Tuesday, November 12, 2019  // 7:00 p.m.                                                                                                                                                                                                      Location: Naropa University, Nalanda Events Center // 6287 Arapahoe Ave 
CSU - Ft. Collins 
DU - Denver 
CU - Boulder
UW - Wyoming                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             NU - Naropa - Stephanie Hempel

*series no.3,4,5 to resume in Spring, TBA


Spring 2020

Lecture and Reading by Allen Ginsberg Visiting Fellow

Visiting Fellow: Brian Teare

February 3, 2020 // 7:30 p.m.
Nalanda Events Center // 6287 Arapahoe Avenue

Previous Allen Ginsberg Visiting Fellows

  • Juliana Spahr
  • Fred Moten
  • Rosa Alcalá
  • Kevin Killian
  • Lisa Robertson
  • Harryette Mullen
  • Alice Notley
  • Lyn Hejinian  


 Front Range 5x5 MFA Reading Series no.3 

Wednesday, February 19, 2020  // 7:00 p.m.                                                                                                                                                                                                          Location: Denver University, Vicki Myhren Gallery
CSU - Ft. Collins 
DU - Denver 
CU - Boulder - Garrett Biggs
UW - Wyoming                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             NU - Naropa - Kendra Richard


Leslie Scalapino Lecturer in Innovative Poetics

Trinh T. Minh-ha

March 16 2020 // 7:30 p.m.
Nalanda Events Center // 6287 Arapahoe Avenue


Symposium Spring 2020 "Diaspora & Poesis"

Panel: Cristina Rivera-GarzaAsiya Wadud, Zaina Alsous

March 17, 2020 // 11:00 a.m.
 Nalanda Events Center // 6287 Arapahoe Avenue 


Embodied Poetics Performance

w/ the MFA Theatre: Contempoarary Performance

Postponed until further notice                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Nalanda Events Center // 6287 Arapahoe Avenue


Symposium Reading + Leslie Scalapino Award Lecturer

Trinh T. Minh-ha, Asiya Wadud, Zaina Alsous, Sun Yung Shin, Sarah Richards Graba

March 17, 2020 // 7:00 p.m.
Nalanda Events Center // 6287 Arapahoe Avenue 

Previous Symposia
  •  Writing in Emergent & Expanded Fields: Mike LaLa, angela rawlings, Jonah Mixon Webster, Ceclilia Vicuña
  • Embodied Poetics & Performance: Divya Victor, Rickey Laurentiis, Jordan Scott, Julia Carr
  • I / Not I: Symposium on Identity Poetics: Kazim Ali, Ana Merino, Ronaldo Wilson, Dorothy Wang
  • Queer Poetics 2014: Ana Bozicevic, Trace Peterson, Teresa Carmody, and Lucas de Lima 
  • 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 


Front Range 5x5 MFA Reading Series no.4 

Tuesday, March 18, 2020  // 7:00 p.m.                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Location: CU Boulder // Center for British & Irish Studies, Norlin Library 
CSU - Ft. Collins 
DU - Denver 
CU - Boulder
UW - Wyoming                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             NU - Naropa - Sam Cook


Women of Naropa

*Due to COVID-19, we have decided to deviate from our usual one evening event. Instead, we will be celebrating Women of Naropa for the whole month of April by sharing readings, lectures, and panels from the archive, culminating with an assemblage of recorded readings by current students, faculty, and alums. Please follow us on FB/IG/Twitter @KerouacSchool for each day's selection. We're starting on April 1st with this SWP panel: Women Coming of Age in the Beat Generation: Being Writers and Being Women


Naropa Writing Center Reading 

April 15, 2020  // 6:00 p.m.
Nalanda Atrium // 6287 Arapahoe Avenue  


Front Range 5x5 MFA Reading Series no.5 

Tuesday, April 22, 2020  // 7:00 p.m.                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Location: CSU  // 
CSU - Ft. Collins 
DU - Denver 
CU - Boulder
UW - Wyoming                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             NU - Naropa - Marlie McGovern


2020 BA/MFA Graduation Reading

Friday, May 8, 2020 // 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

2020: Sanctuary & Apocalypse

June 7-27 // Performing Arts Center // Arapahoe Campus // 2130 Arapahoe Ave 

send us an e-mail t swp[at]naropa[dot]edu for SWP inquiries

Summer Writing Program Staff:
Allen Ginsberg (1926–1997); Beloved Spirit, Co-Founder
Anne Waldman; Artistic Director, Co-Founder
Jeffrey Pethybridge, Managing Director
Caroline 'Swanee' Swanson, Coordinator

Design & Central Image: Monika Edgar