Summer Writing Program: June 11 - July 2017

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By The New Weathers, we intend to name the ramifications of climate change wrought in the Anthropocene. The luminous details evidencing these changes abound, and daily the case of inevitably grows. These are urgent days, and a new world is possible––and this world is yet worth struggling for. To face facts with creative and spirited resolve; to see through webs of ignorance and power; to witness and study, and bring a new enlivening energy to being writer and citizen; to work collaboratively; to break open categories of resistance, and creation; to write, and think rhizomatically; to keep your weather eye open, and sing out every time–––these are just some of the modes and tactics we imagine The New Weathers will require. As our beloved friend and co-founder of the Kerouac School, Allen Ginsberg says: “Well, while I’m here I’ll / do the work–– / and what’s the Work? / To ease the pain of living. Everything else, drunken / dumbshow.”

By the title-theme, we also intend the metaphorical valences––both intimate and systematic––of The New Weathers: for who themselves hasn’t felt mood as a storm, or brilliant exuberant day; or the turning of political events as a cold front advancing, the forces of Reaction here now, and the signs indicating that they will last for some time. And how to shelter through them, and to beat them back. How also to turn writing to 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 the Summer Writing Program, and the Jack Kerouac School since 1974.


Apply for an SWP Scholarship

The Zora Neale Hurston Award is awarded to selected students who have experience working with people from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds for one session of the Summer Writing Program. The award amount covers partial to full tuition (for all recipients) and housing costs (for out-of-state recipients) for one to four weeks of the Summer Writing Program (credit or noncredit). The award is based on exceptional literary merit and promise as well as financial need. 

The Summer Writing Program Scholarship In Memory of kari edwards is offered annually to one credit or noncredit student accepted into Naropa Universitys Summer Writing Program. An eligible applicant must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, and be involved in gender activism and writing experimental works. 

The Leslie Scalapino Award will be offered each year to one MFA Creative Writing and Poetics or MFA Creative Writing student attending the Summer Writing Program who has a body of work in the field of experimental postmodern womens poetry and poetics. Applicants must demonstrate financial need, be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the United States, and have a GPA of 3.5 or higher.   

The Institute of American Indian Arts Award is given annually to one current undergraduate student enrolled at the Institute of American Indian Arts, who will be attending the Summer Writing Program. The award covers full undergraduate tuition for the four weeks of the SWP and includes housing. 

Four Amiri Baraka Scholarships (Tamaas) will be offered to writers whose writing shows a connection to the work and legacy of Amiri Baraka specifically, and the Black Arts Movement in general: work that continues the Black Arts Movements experiments in combining formal innovation, the dynamics of vernacular speech, that transcends genre; works that speaks for racial equality, and revolutionary political commitments. These scholarships are cover one week of non-credit tuition to Naropa’s Summer Writing Program, and provide a room in a shared apartment at Snow Lion (if needed). Students from diverse cultural, and ethnic backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

Financial Aid Requirements

  • Completed Financial Aid Application
  • Each applicant must complete the 2016–17 FAFSA with complete 2015 tax information (U.S. citizens and eligible non-citizens) by March 1, 2017
  •  International students should complete the 2016–17 Financial Aid Application for International Students by March 1, 2017

If you need assistance completing either application, please contact the Financial Aid Office:, 303-546-3509

Enrollment Requirements for Federal Aid

  • Students must be enrolled at least half-time (6 credit hours) for the summer term to be eligible for aid.
  • Undergraduates must be enrolled all four weeks of the SWP to earn 6 credits.
  • Graduate students must be enrolled in at least 3 of the 4 weeks to earn at least 6 credits.
  • Failure to maintain half-time enrollment during the summer term could result in loss of aid eligibility and a balance due to Naropa

Scholarship Application Requirements

Complete the 2016 Summer Writing Program Scholarship Application

Provide the following information for each scholarship you’re applying for:

A personal letter, 500–700 words in length, discussing the following areas:

  • Your contributions and activities within the Jack Kerouac School, the university, and/or the local/national artistic community

  • Recent accomplishments, current projects, or publications of your work

  • Your interest in attending the Summer Writing Program

  • If you are applying for the Zora Neale Hurston, kari edwards, Amiri Baraka, or Leslie Scalapino Awards, additional information regarding your experience with specific populations should be included

Writing Sample: 5–10 pages of your current poetry, prose, or translation.

All documents should be saved in .pdf, .rtf or .doc format

Students applying for more than one scholarship should include one personal letter that addresses all pertinent requirements for each scholarship applied for and a single writing sample that best represents the student’s work. Only one SWP Scholarship Application is required.


NOTIFICATION OF AWARDS: Decisions will be made by the Financial Aid Office in conjunction with a Scholarship Committee comprised of the Artistic Director and Manager of the Summer Writing Program. Decisions will be based on the quality of the individual’s work, activities with the department/university, current projects/publications, and financial need. Decisions on all awards will be made by May 1, 2017. All applicants will be notified via email in May.

Contact Information

Summer Writing Program Office // Phone: 303-245-4762 Email:

Financial Aid Office // Phone: 303-546-3509 Email:



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