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!  Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter: @KerouacSchool



Upcoming Events

What Where Reading Series Fall 2018 - Spring 2019

Performances: 7:00–9:00 p.m.
Nalanda Events Center // 6287 Arapahoe Avenue

September 11 w/ Nicolas Gulig,  Corinne C.j. Dekkers, Diana Khoi Nguyen
What Where Reading Series #1 - Review by Christina Chady- JKS Graduate Assistant

The Jack Keroac School opened its annual What Where Series on September 11, 2018. Featuring a JKS graduate student, local poet, and visiting writer, the community gathered to listen to provocative work that explored our relationship to absence, grief, and empathy.

 Corinne C.j. Dekkers, an MFA Creative Writing and Poetics student at Naropa University opened this year’s What Where Series. Her work captivates us with her contradictions and intimacy, in which the compression and expression of time and space create a vastness of experience. She constantly winds up her poetry to unwind it and rewind it again. She tethers to untether, speaks to unspeak, and thus has the capacity to contain the multitudes to being and nonbeing simultaneously.

 Local poet Diana Khoi Nguyen shared from her recent first publication, Of Ghosts. Through her poetry and performance, she immerses the audience with confrontation, contemplations, catharsis, and coping surrounding the grief of familial loss from suicide. Through her multimedia performance, she brings to life the ghosts and memories that haunt us. Opening her reading alongside family videos, she mirrors the language of a film recording, rerecording, repeating, and stuttering to evoke the haunting nature of memory as it is replayed and reckoned with in the present. With loss at its center in time, she moves between the space of innocence and knowing. Within the work, she contains artifacts from her life. As she reads, her voice breaks at parts of erasure, calling immediately to mind the pause and absence. Loss is inescapable in her work, as it is in life, and her poetry calls us to confront memories, questions, and emotions that are often the hardest to understand.

After spending the day workshopping with the Jack Keroac School’s graduate students, Nicolas Gulig read from his most recent publication Orient. In this work, he calls to question the new orientation we have to violence and war afar with the readiness of technology and the news cycle. He attempts to grapple with what it means to feel empathy, grief, and remorse with those who are at the opposite end of the world, and yet on our t.v. sets, they become so intimately close. We feel complicit in the perpetuation of terror and violence, newly aware of our passive gaze. He explores what it means to have this disparity in experience and how we traverse it as global citizens.


September 25 w/ Mariko Nagai, Aby Kaupang & Matthew Cooperman, and Andrea Becker
What Where Reading Series #2 - Review by Christina Chady- JKS Graduate Assistant

 Mariko Nagai spent the day at the Jack Keroac School of Disembodied Poetics. Her lecture during the day explored her process of writing from history and the myriad of resources at one’s disposal. She encouraged MFA Students to seek hybrid forms that explored their talents beyond writing. Her own work, Irradiated Cities, is the culmination of years of research on four nuclear atrocities in Japan that combines poetry and photography. . From multiple vantage points, Nagai expresses the intimate experience of catastrophic nuclear war and its lasting effects. Like any trauma, the event lasts long after it has ended, and in this work in particular those close to the epicenter of the nuclear bomb change not only mentally, but physically within their bodies from the effects of radiation. They are unable to escape, and sometimes unable to shed their identity as a survivor, that then alienates them from the future that would rather forget. But we cannot. Nagai’s work urges us to remember and commemorate the innumerable suffering of people caused by moments when humanity is at its worst. We too become complacent, as the displays of suffering are juxtaposed with those of the Americans, the invaders, who committed the atrocities, then mockingly seek to help, study, and gawk. It is too true to turn away. Irradiated Cities transcends nuclear catastrophes and calls us to take a long hard look at our humanity.

Local couple Aby Kaupang and Matthew Cooperman shared their co-written book of poetry NOS (disorder, not otherwise specified) that explores their intimate experience in trying to come to a diagnosis for their sick daughter. No doctors seem to be able to find the answer they so desperately need. They share all the emotions in the process– the anger, confusion, exhaustion, and joy–that come with sleepless nights, constant care-giving, and limitless worries. They mirror the experience in their reading, at times reading in harmony with one another to emphasize their unified experience as parents, and other times reading over one another to express the chaos and disorientation of their daily lives and hospital ritual. They explore what it means to approach a child who does not represent you and who you seem unable to help. And yet with the strength of parental love and perseverance, they find a sustainable harmony.

Naropa University student Andrea Becker shared her journal entries from her study abroad in Bhutan. She opens her work defending the journal as a work worth literary merit and its historical context. It is a form that allows for the widest window into the human soul, as it is unfiltered and unedited. They are some of the keenest documents, allowing for insight into the seemingly banal that culminate to illustrate a vibrant reality. Through her journal, she illustrates her everyday experience of the culture, weaving in descriptions of people, landscapes, and food, and weaves it together with broader musings during her time abroad, such as the widespread nature of pollution. She meditates on her experiences and finds a deep respect for all that she encounters, equating it to a newfound spirituality.   

The next What Where Series Event will be October 2, 2018, at 7 P.M. in the Events Center on Naropa University’s Nalanda Campus. Visiting artist Phillip B. Williams, Local Guest Author (TBA), & student (TBA) will join us to read from their current works.


WWS#3             October 2 w/ Phillip B. Williams
WWS#4             October 23 w/ Brian Blanchfield                                                                                                                                                                  

5x5 MFA Reading Series - Fall 2018 - Spring 2019

#1 - University of Wyoming - Laramie

Tuesday, September 18, 2016 - 7:00 p.m.

NU - Naropa - Emma Gomis
CSU - Ft. Collins 
DU - Denver 
CU - Boulder
UW - Laramie


#2 Naropa University - Boulder

Tuesday, November 13, 2018 -  7:00 p.m. - Reception following
Nalanda Events Center // 6287 Arapahoe Ave

Naropa University- Travis (William) Newbill
CSU - Ft. Collins 
DU - Denver 
CU - Boulder
UW - Wyoming


#3 Colorado State University - Ft. Collins

February _____2019  at  7:00 p.m. / Gregory Allicar Museum of Art 

Naropa University - Samantha Moore
CSU-Ft. Collins - 
DU-Denver - 
CU-Boulder -                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      UW - Laramie


#4 Denver University - Denver

March  _____2019 at 7:00 p.m.  at Sturm Hall                                                                                                                    

CU-Boulder -                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Naropa University - Natalie Earnhart
DU-Denver -                                                                                                                                                            
CSU-Ft. Collins  - 
UW - Laramie


#5 University of Colorado - Boulder

April  _____2019 at 7:00 p.m.  at Norlin Library                                                                                                               
Naropa University - Andrew Dean
DU-Denver -                                                                                                                                                            
CSU-Ft. Collins  -                                                                                                                                                                                                                                UW - Laramie -                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  CU-Boulder

 Past What Where Reading Series

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


Jack Kerouac School For Change

100K Poets For Change Global Event / BG #44 release party / Open Slam

Saturday, September 29, 2018 // 3:00 p.m.                                                                                                                                                                                          Innisfree Poetry Cafe // 1301 Pennsylvania Ave, Boulder, CO 80302 

Low-Res Reading

Renee Gladman

Born in Atlanta, poet, novelist, and publisher Renee Gladman earned a BA at Vassar College and an MA in poetics at the New College of California. Gladman, whose work has been associated with the New Narrative movement, composes prose and poetry that tests the potential of the sentence with mapmaking precision and curiosity.

Author of the poetry collection A Picture-Feeling (2005), Gladman has also published several works of prose, including Event Factory (2010), The Activist (2003), Juice (2000), and Arlem (1994), and a monograph of drawings, Prose Architectures (2017). She has edited Leon Works, an experimental prose chapbook series, as well as the Leroy chapbook series. Gladman lives in Massachusetts and teaches at Brown University.

Friday, October 12, 2018 // 7:00 p.m.
Nalanda Events Center // 6287 Arapahoe Avenue


Spring 2019

Lecture and Reading by Allen Ginsberg Visiting Fellow

Visiting Fellow: Juliana Spahr

Born in Chillicothe, Ohio, Juliana Spahr earned a BA in languages and literature from Bard College and a PhD in English from SUNY Buffalo. Spahr’s interests revolve around questions of transformation, language, and ecology. Concerned with politics without being overtly political, Spahr’s work crosses a variety of American landscapes, from the disappearing beaches of Hawaii to the small town of her Appalachian childhood. Following the critical theories mapped out in her book of criticism, Everybody’s Autonomy: Connective Reading and Collective Identity (2001), her own poems have focused on reading as a “communal, democratic, and open process.”

In addition to her volume of criticism, Spahr has published eight books of poetry: Nuclear (1994); Response (1996), which won a National Poetry Series Award; Spiderwasp or Literary Criticism (1998); Fuck You-Aloha-I Love You (2001); Things of Each Possible Relation Hashing Against One Another (2003); This Connection of Everyone with Lungs (2005); The Transformation (2007); and Well Then There Now (2011).

Spahr has also edited several volumes of essays and poetry, including Writing from the New Coast: Technique (1993); A Poetics of Criticism (1994); American Women Poets in the 21st Century: Where Lyric Meets Language (2002); and Poetry and Pedagogy: the Challenge of the Contemporary (2006). Spahr founded the literary journal Chain and co-edited it from 1993 to 2003 with poet Jena Osman. Chain has since morphed into a small press, which Spahr and Osman co-direct.

Spahr won the 2009 O.B. Hardison Jr. Poetry Prize. The prize, presented by the Folger Shakespeare Library, goes to US poets “whose art and teaching demonstrate great imagination and daring.” Spahr has taught at Siena College and at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She is currently an associate professor of English at Mills College.

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


Previous Allen Ginsberg Visiting Fellows

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


Low-Res Lecture & Reading

Kristin Prevallet

Kristin Prevallet (b. 1966 in Denver) is an American poet and essayist who currently lives and works in New York City. Prevallet studied with Robert Creeley at SUNY Buffalo and has described herself as working in the tradition of William Carlos Williams, Charles Olson and the ongoing stream of American high modernists. In recent years, she has appeared regularly at the Bowery Poetry Club, the venue which defined the New York downtown poetry scene in the late 1990s and early 2000s (decade). In her academic life, she has taught at Bard College, The New School for Social Research, and currently at St. John's University in Queens. She has also lectured and performed frequently at the Jack Kerouac School at Naropa University (formerly The Naropa Institute) in Boulder, Colorado. She is also a literary translator of French, for which she was awarded a 2004 PEN Translation Fund Grant from PEN American Center.

March 1, 2019 / 7:00 p.m.
Nalanda Events Center // 6287 Arapahoe Avenue

Leslie Scalapino Lecturer in Innovative Poetics

 Cecilia Vicuña

Cecilia Vicuña is a poet, artist, filmmaker and activist. Her work addresses pressing concerns of the modern world, including ecological destruction, human rights, and cultural homogenization. Born and raised in Santiago de Chile, she has been in exile since the early 1970s, after the military coup against elected president Salvador Allende. Vicuña began creating "precarious works" and  quipus in the mid 1960s in Chile, as a way of "hearing an ancient silence waiting to be heard." Her multi-dimensional works begin as a poem, an image that morphs into a film, a song, a sculpture, or a collective performance. These ephemeral, site-specific installations in nature, streets, and museums combine ritual and assemblage. She calls this impermanent, participatory work “lo precario” (the precarious): transformative acts that bridge the gap between art and life, the ancestral and the avant-garde. Her paintings of early 1970s de-colonized the art of the conquerors and the "saints" inherited from the Catholic Church, to create irreverent images of the heroes of the revolution. A partial list of museums that have exhibited her work include: The Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; The Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes de Santiago; The Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) London; Art in General in NYC; The Whitechapel Art Gallery in London; The Berkeley Art Museum; The Whitney Museum of American Art; and MoMA, The Museum of Modern Art in New York.
Vicuña has published twenty-two art and poetry books, including Kuntur Ko (Tornsound, 2015), Spit Temple: The Selected Performances of Cecilia Vicuña (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2012), Instan (Kelsey Street Press, 2001) and Cloud Net (Art in General, 2000). Her Selected Poems is forthcoming from Kelsey Street Press in 2017. In 2009, she co-edited The Oxford Book of Latin American Poetry: 500 years of Latin American Poetry. She edited ÜL: Four Mapuche Poets in 1997. She was appointed the Messenger Lecturer 2015 at Cornell University, an honor bestowed on authors who contribute to the "evolution of civilization for the special purpose of raising the moral standard of our political, business, and social life." She divides her time between Chile and New York.
March 19, 2019 // 7:00 p.m.
Nalanda Events Center // 6287 Arapahoe Avenue

Symposium Spring 2019 "TBA"


 March , 2018 // 11:00 a.m.
 Nalanda Events Center // 6287 Arapahoe Avenue 



Symposium Reading 

 Previous Symposia
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 


Embodied Poetics Performance

w/ the MFA Theatre: Contempoarary Performance
March , 2018 // 2:30 p.m.                                                                                                                                  Nalanda Events Center // 6287 Arapahoe Avenue

 Women of Naropa

Anne Waldman & the Women of Naropa

Friday, April 12, 2019 // 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Nalanda Events Center // 6287 Arapahoe Avenue 


Naropa Writing Center Reading

Wednesday, April 26, 2019  // 7:00 p.m.
Nalanda Atrium // 6287 Arapahoe Avenue  



2018 BA/MFA Graduation Reading

Friday, May 10, 2019 // 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

2019: 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