Naropa University and Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics Present 2013 Summer Writing Program Week Two: "Hellfire, Drought, and Brimstone: A New Eco-Poetics"

BOULDER, Colo. (June 4, 2013)--Naropa University and the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics present Week Two of the 2013 Summer Writing Program, taking place July 9-13, 2013. Titled "Hellfire, Drought, and Brimstone: A New Eco-Poetics," this week will look at the role of poets and artists in viewing the impact of human driven modifications on the planet's ecosystem, and how writers and artists envision an alternative to this dystopia. This second week of the program emphasizes looking into and attempting to answer questions such as how to address violence, amnesia, death wish, and the extreme, almost biblical, conditions of an altered world.

Week Two features workshops facilitated by noted writers and artists such as Samuel R. Delany, Lidia Yuknavitch, and Eileen Myles, among others. The week will also include readings, lectures, and panels featuring faculty members, students, and respected guests.

Reading Schedule for Summer Writing Program Week Two: 
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 9: Faculty reading featuring HR Hegnauer, Orlando White, Reed Bye, Samuel R. Delany, and Elizabeth Willis
  • Wednesday, July 10: Faculty reading featuring Tim Z. Hernandez, Andrea Rexilius, Sara Veglahn, Richard Froude, J'Lyn Chapman, and Eric Baus
  • Thursday, July 11: Faculty reading featuring CA Conrad, Eileen Myles, Rae Armantrout, and Amiri Baraka
  • Friday, July 12: Student reading
  • Saturday, July 13: Faculty reading featuring Lidia Yuknavitch, Kristin Prevallet, Fred Moten, Robert Glück, and Ron Silliman

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.