Naropa University and Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics Present 2013 Summer Writing Program Week One: "History, Race, Polis: 'Karma' of the Modernists"

BOULDER, Colo. (May 28, 2013)--Naropa University and the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics present Week One of the 2013 Summer Writing Program, taking place July 2-6, 2013. Titled "History, Race, Polis: 'Karma' of the Modernists," this week will focus on looking at our own modes of attitude, and the dark shadows of influence under newer world "orders."

Week One features workshops facilitated by noted writers and artists such as Kazim Ali, Anna Moschovakis, and Julie Carr, among others, as well as readings, lectures, and panels featuring Jack Kerouac School and guest faculty members, and students. Highlights include a lecture by poet/art thinker Bill Berkson on Gertrude Stein and her family art legacy, as well as an investigation of the continuing shamanic powers of poetry with Jerome Rothenberg.

Reading Schedule for Summer Writing Program Week One: 
Unless otherwise noted, all readings are free and open to the public and begin at 7:30 p.m. at Naropa's Performing Arts Center, 2130 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder.

  • Tuesday, July 2: Faculty reading featuring Frances Richard, Sherwin Bitsui, Julie Carr, Rikki Ducornet, and Jerome Rothenberg
  • Wednesday, July 3: Scholarship recipients reading
  • Thursday, July 4: Faculty reading featuring Christopher Stackhouse, Anna Moschovakis, Julie Patton, Anselm Berrigan, and Lisa Jarnot
  • Friday, July 5: Student reading
  • Saturday, July 6: Faculty reading featuring Cara Benson & Jennifer Karmin, Kazim Ali, Rachel Levitsky, and Bill Berkson

Naropa University's Summer Writing Program (SWP) provides three distinct forums: writing workshops directed by guest and resident faculty; lectures, readings, panels, and colloquia; and conferences in which students discuss their writings and ideas one-on-one with a faculty member. The traditional roles of "teacher" and "student" break down as communication and learning flows between writer and writer.

The SWP is the birthplace of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, founded in 1974 by Anne Waldman and the late Allen Ginsberg, with input from Dianne DiPrima. It has always been aligned with experimental open forms and practices of avant-garde postmodernist writing, examining movements in creative writing practice that have revolutionized "the word," bringing it closer to the human body and human voice. For more information on the Summer Writing Program, please contact 303-245-4665, or visit

Naropa University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Naropa University is a private, nonprofit, nonsectarian liberal arts institution dedicated to advancing contemplative education. This approach to learning integrates the best of Eastern and Western educational traditions, helping students to know themselves more deeply and engage constructively with others. The university comprises a four-year undergraduate college and graduate programs in the arts, education, environmental leadership, psychology, and religious studies.