Bare Knuckle Warrior Poetics
With a lineage rooted in poets of the Beat Generation, the Summer Writing Program holds at its center ideals of social justice and social change. Guest faculty member Janine Pommy Vega reminds us that Jack Kerouac School co-founder Allen Ginsberg "was a major proponent of 'bare knuckle warrior poetics.' That means you hit the ground running, you see [what’s happening], and you do something about it. What is going to be your role here?"
The Summer Writing Program asks poets and writers to recognize that they're writing not in a vacuum, but in the larger context of social issues. In the words of co-founder Anne Waldman, the program "is here to help wake you up."
A Welcoming Community
In college creative writing programs, a sense of community is essential. Few creative writing programs foster writing communities as supportive and welcoming as Naropa's. The Summer Writing Program, like the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, values presence over prestige and collaboration over competition.
Here, poetry writing classes and fiction workshops are opportunities to exchange ideas and learn from your peers. Literary readings are opportunities to celebrate and share in the growth of our fellow writers. This isn't just a creative writing program. It's a meeting place.
We’ll see you there.