Lisa Robertson Named 2013-2014 Allen Ginsberg Visiting Fellow at Naropa University


Boulder, Colo. (January 22, 2014): Naropa University's Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics is pleased to announce poet and essayist Lisa Robertson as the 2013-2014 Allen Ginsberg Visiting Fellow. Robertson's visit will begin with a reading and book signing on Friday, February 7, 2014, where limited edition signed broadsides and books will be available for purchase (cash only for broadsides). On the following Monday, February 10, Robertson will present a lecture, "Thinking Space: Kepler's Ellipse, Warburg's Atlas." Both events are free and open to the public and will take place at 7:30 p.m. at Naropa's Performing Arts Center, 2130 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder.

WHAT: Lisa Robertson, 2013-2014 Allen Ginsberg Visiting Fellow reading and lecture
WHEN: Friday, February 7 and Monday, February 10, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Naropa University's Performing Arts Center, 2130 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder
COST: Free and open to the public. Please note that all broadside purchases will be cash only.

Currently a visiting professor at Princeton University, Lisa Robertson is a Canadian poet and essayist who resides in France's Vienne region, in a hamlet populated by four humans and three dogs. Over her time there, she has published two books—Nilling, a book of prose essays, and Revolution: A Reader, edited and annotated in collaboration with Matthew Stadler. Other recent collaborations include a sound-based performance project with poet Stacy Doris, and text/image installation work with artist Kathy Slade. Her next book, a long poem titled "Cinema of the Present," will be published by Coach House Books.

The Allen Ginsberg Visiting Fellowship is distinguished from other visiting programs due to its intensive nature. The Fellow's visit includes a reading, instruction, and direct contact with students, who are given access to the writer's expertise, including a weekend practicum. Community-wide events are incorporated into the Fellow's stay, including a reading, a lecture relating to the development of poetry or prose in the 20th and 21st centuries, and a book signing. The Allen Ginsberg Visiting Fellow is made possible by the generous support of the Committee on Poetry, founded by the late Allen Ginsberg.

Naropa University welcomes participants with disabilities. Please contact Ariella Ruth at  or at 303-546-3581 to inquire about accessibility and disability accommodations needed to participate fully in this event.

Founded in 1974 by Allen Ginsberg and Anne Waldman, Naropa's Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics houses undergraduate core writing seminars; a BA in Creative Writing and Literature; an MFA in Creative Writing and Poetics; a low-residency MFA in Creative Writing; and the internationally renowned Summer Writing Program, a four-week symposium of writers, artists, activists, and editors. The Jack Kerouac School emphasizes innovative approaches to literary arts with programs that problematize genre while cultivating contemplative and experimental writing practices. Each year, the Jack Kerouac School invites more than sixty guest writers and artists, including the Allen Ginsberg Visiting Fellow and the Leslie Scalapino Memorial Lecturer in Innovative Poetics. This distinguishing feature fosters an intensely creative environment for students to develop their writing projects in conversation with a community of writers.

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.