Student Opportunities


Graduate Instructors: After completing WRI700: Writing Pedagogy Seminar (offered each fall), graduate students can apply to teach Writing Seminar I (expository and critical writing), Writing Seminar II (research writing), Creative Writing and Literature (poetry and prose workshop), or SWP BA workshops (creative writing).

Writing Fellow / Naropa Writing Center: Graduate students can apply to work in the Naropa Writing Center, consulting graduate and undergraduate Naropa students on the writing process (while simultaneously completing WRI700: Writing Pedagogy Seminar).

Project Outreach Instructors: Directed by resident faculty member Jack Collom, Project Outreach places students in local schools and other institutions to lead creative writing workshops. Both BA and MFA students can receive course credit while developing their teaching skills for the benefit of the larger community. Project Outreach is offered every academic year as an elective course and offers students the unique opportunity to go out into the world as literary activists, sharpening and extending their own pedagogical abilities.


Bombay Gin, the student run literary journal of the Kerouac School, publishes poetry, prose, hybrid writing, translations, reviews, interviews, and visual art. It's published annually and distributed nationally through Small Press Distribution.

Something on Paper is an online poetics journal of scholarly utterance and conversation, archiving the critical work of the Jack Kerouac School as well as engaging with a broader community of writers, critics, and pedagogues. Each issue hosts cutting-edge literary/multimedia discourse and performs the liminal space between critical and creative texts.

not enough night, the online literary journal of the low-residency MFA Creative Writing program, is edited by faculty members. The journal's title comes from Jack Kerouac, "Not enough ecstasy for me, not enough life, joy, kicks, darkness, music, not enough night."

Jack Kerouac School blog celebrates students, alumni, faculty, and staff by announcing news on publications, projects, and events. The Jack Kerouac School welcomes articles and news from students.

The Harry Smith Print Shop and Kavyayantra Press (from Sanskrit: Kavya: poetry; Yantra: device, amulet) are resources for learning about fine craft letterpress printing. It features a Chandler and Price platen press and a Vandercook SP-15 proof press.

Naropa Audio Archive Collection: The audio archive is a growing and dynamic database that is a significant resource for students and represents several generations of writers, philosophers, and artists. Each issue of Bombay Gin highlights a transcribed selection.

Summer Writing Program Magazine: The student editors of the magazine have the unique opportunity to oversee all aspects of producing the journal, from editing, layout, production, and distribution. All students, faculty, and staff attending the SWP may contribute work.

Student Magazines: Students and alumni have started their own presses such as Monkey Puzzle, Fact-Simile, Belladonna, Bootstrap, Hot Whiskey, Farfalla, con/crescent, Linchpin, Smokeproof, and more. The Kerouac School supports and encourages students to start their own presses.


Student Activity Coordinator: The coordinators plan and run all student readings, salons, lectures, panels, and other events for the summer.This is a chance to represent students during the SWP and develop events that are of interest to the entire community.

MFA Lecturer: MFA students are eligible to be a lecturer during the Summer Writing Program on topics about which they are knowledgeable and passionate and on subjects that complement the SWP programming.

SWP Panelists: The Summer Writing Program invites students to present as part of a panel discussion and participate and share their ideas within the larger poetic community. 

Faculty Liaison: This position involves assisting Summer Writing Program faculty members. This is a unique opportunity to work closely with visiting writers throughout the summer on their workshops and events.

4X4 Student Readings: Naropa University, University of Denver, Colorado State University, and University of Colorado participate in the 4x4 Reading Series, where MFA and PhD students from each school meet quarterly to read at the host university's campus.

MFA & BA Student Readings: Each semester, Naropa hosts MFA and BA graduate readings for students to showcase their work.

Women of Naropa Reading: This reading is an annual event and features readings by women faculty, alumni, and students. It is also a fundraiser for Bombay Gin and selected local charity groups to benefit women.

Bombay Gin reading and book release party: In coordination with the publication of Bombay Gin, the editorial board coordinates a book release party with readings by contributors to the journal.