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.

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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 2018

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 

Tuesday, February 6, 2018 // 7:00 p.m.                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Gregory Allicar Museum of Art-- UCA // CSU- Ft. Collins                                                                           

  • Naropa University - Grace Horton
  • CSU-Ft. Collins - Emma Hyche 
  • DU-Denver - Diana Khoi Nguyen
  • CU-Boulder - Hillary Susz


Low-Res Lecture & Reading

Prageeta Sharma

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


Third 4x4 Reading 

Tuesday April 3, 2018 // p.m.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Sturm Hall // Denver University                                                             

  • CU-Boulder - Natalie Sharp                                                                                                                                                                                                                
  • Naropa University - Eric Shoemaker                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • DU-Denver - Kelly Krumrie                                                                                                                                                               
  • CSU-Ft. Collins  - Kristin McIntyre


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 "Embodied Poetics & Performance"

Panel: Jordan Scott , Divya Victor , Rickey Laurentiis

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 // 11:00 a.m.
Student Center in Wulsin Hall on Arapahoe Campus // 2130 Arapahoe Avenue 


Embodied Poetics Performance

w/ the MFA Theatre: Contempoarary Performance

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 // 2:30 p.m.                                                                                                                                                                                                              Nalanda Events Center // 6287 Arapahoe Avenue


Symposium Reading Plus Leslie Scalapino Awardee

Rickey Laurentiis, Jordan Scott, Divya Viktor, & Cecilia Vicuña

Tuesday, March 20, 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 
  • 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

TBA, hosted by CU- Boulder                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

  • DU-Denver - Thirii Myint                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
  • Naropa University - Kaleb Worst                                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • CSU-Ft Collins - Alice Stopher                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
  • CU-Boulder - James Ashby


Women of Naropa

Anne Waldman & the Women of Naropa

Friday, April 20, 2018 // 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Nalanda Events Center // 6287 Arapahoe Avenue 


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

2018: The Capitalocene

June 10-30 // Performing Arts Center // Arapahoe Campus // 2130 Arapahoe Ave

With The Capitalocene we intend to name and sound a terminological rhyme––a repetition but with variation–––to The Anthropocene, the name for our era and understanding of global conditions such as climate patterns, extinction rates, and the many other ecological ramifications in which nothing is not changed by human agency writ large. By calling the epoch The Capitalocene, we aim to call attention to how it is life under the regime of capitalism, rather than humanity as a global-scale phenomenon, that is the disordering force of the life of this world; and further we mean to gainsay the idea that the end of the world is easier to imagine than the end of capitalism. But what are the means and strategies by which we’ll find ourselves capable of this counter-vison, a vision of life in which the world is teeming, diverse, beautiful, strange, and survives––and the destructive capacities of capital are overturned. In this vision of a refreshed ecology of living, the care and long work of subversive remedy required to unmake the violences of racialized capitalism will be a signal activity, so too–––we imagine––new forms of communal resisting and flourishing. How can writing, performance, theory, music and critical thought be catalysts for bringing these new forms into being; how can these creative activities & energies be leveraged as subversive remedy.  And how can we write with an urgency that is not merely a reflection of the grammar of crisis that constitutes capitalism itself; how can writing be a technology for sounding out both affective being, and the complexities of the political––how to write (collectively) now. As a start to these questions (and myriad others) we invoke the necessary and alchemical possibilities of coming together in community; and we invite writers, and students, and thinkers, and performers to continue the lines of critical voicing, creative work, and spiritual sensibility that have defined the Summer Writing Program since 1974.


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