Summer Writing Program From the Archives, Together in Spirit

Here on the Front Range we have been howling. At 8pm each night it begins as the sound ripples through the neighborhood. Even amid the late Spring/ early Summer thunderstorms we’re famous for, we hear the howling amid the thunderous roar that the rain brings and shuts us inside.  

In the wild, howling brings the pack together, creates cohesion in disunity; “is a passionate verbal outburst” (Audre Lorde). As creatives, we know something of the HOWL as a lonesome diphthong for despairbut also embodied joyTo embrace this dual monism is a subtle signaling of our ecology 

We’d like to use this missive as a kind of howl, to be together in Spirit as we hold an online version of Summer Writing Program, for which we can only do for Naropa students.  

We’re calling it Carrier Waves named after the high frequency waves that often accompany input signal, but go largely undetected, and yet carry information, waves that bear a subtle transmissionSo while we’re riding this frequency, we invite you to read along with us from these two texts:

Letters to the Future: Black Women  / Radical Writing | ed. Erica Hunt & Dawn Lundy Martin

Dream of Europe: selected seminars and interviews 1984-1992By Audre Lorde and Mayra Rodriguez Castro (Editor)

For the month of June, we also want to share offerings from our archive — as a kind of input signal —  that address the themes for Sanctuary & Apocalypse which is rescheduled for 2020. Follow @kerouacschool on IGFBTwitter for the daily offering in the archive series.  We’d also love to see and hear from you  in the ways you are staying busy this Summer in the freedom of your imaginationTag us with #NaropaSWP #FortheArchive #KeeptheWorldSafeforPoetry.

Insurrectionary Forms, Revolutionary Lineages
Insurrectionary Forms, Revolutionary Lineages

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Naropa Campuses Closed on Friday, March 15, 2024

Due to adverse weather conditions, all Naropa campuses will be closed Friday, March 15, 2024.  All classes that require a physical presence on campus will be canceled. All online and low-residency programs are to meet as scheduled.

Based on the current weather forecast, the Healing with the Ancestors Talk & Breeze of Simplicity program scheduled for Friday evening, Saturday, and Sunday will be held as planned.

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