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.

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 
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.                                                                                                                                                                                                      Nalanda Events Cetner // 6287 Arapahoe Ave 
CSU - Ft. Collins 
DU - Denver 
CU - Boulder
UW - Wyoming                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             NU - Naropa 

*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 // 7:00 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  


Leslie Scalapino Lecturer in Innovative Poetics

Trinh T. Minh-ha

March 16 2020 // 7:00 p.m.
Nalanda Events Center // 6287 Arapahoe Avenue


Symposium Spring 2020 "Diaspora & Poesis"

Panel: Marwa Helal, Cristina Rivera-GarzaAsiya Wadud

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


Embodied Poetics Performance

w/ the MFA Theatre: Contempoarary Performance

March 17, 2020 // 2:30 p.m.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Nalanda Events Center // 6287 Arapahoe Avenue


Symposium Reading + Leslie Scalapino Award Lecturer

Trinh T. Minh-ha, Marwa Helal, Cristina Rivera-Garza, Asiya Wadood, Sun Yung Shin

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.2 

Tuesday, March , 2020  // 7:00 p.m.                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Nalanda Events Cetner // 6287 Arapahoe Ave 
CSU - Ft. Collins 
DU - Denver 
CU - Boulder
UW - Wyoming                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             NU - Naropa 


Women of Naropa

Anne Waldman & the Women of Naropa

Friday, April 17, 2020 // 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Nalanda Events Center // 6287 Arapahoe Avenue 


Naropa Writing Center Reading

April 24, 2020  // 7:00 p.m.
Nalanda Atrium // 6287 Arapahoe Avenue  


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 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