Naropa University Hosts Book Launch for Peter Orlovsky, A Life in Words


Featured Readings by Anne Waldman, with Performances by Steven Taylor of The Fugs & Special Guests


June 17, 2014 (Boulder, CO): As part of its 40th annual Summer Writing Program, Naropa University is pleased to host a special book launch event for Peter Orlovsky, a Life in Words: Intimate Chronicles of a Beat Writer (Paradigm Publishers). Peter Orlovsky was Allen Ginsberg's longtime partner, and was frequently referred to as the "conscience of the Beat Generation." The book launch will include readings by editor Bill Morgan as well as Anne Waldman, who co-founded Naropa’s Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics with Allen Ginsberg. The book launch will also include special performances by Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth) and Steven Taylor (The Fugs). This event is free and open to the public and will take place at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 22, at Naropa University’s Performing Arts Center, 2130 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder. Free registration is available at

"Peter Orlovsky and Allen Ginsberg have been an enduring part of Naropa University's legacy since our founding in 1974, and both were critical to the success of the Jack Kerouac School's degree programs and its renowned Summer Writing Program," said Charles G. Lief, Naropa University’s president. "Bill Morgan's book, spoken through the words of the devoted, creative, outrageous, and fragile Peter Orlovsky offers an intimate view of Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, William Burroughs, and other famous members of the Beat Generation."

About Naropa University ( Located in Boulder, Colorado, Naropa University is a private, liberal arts institution offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Celebrating its 40th Anniversary in 2014-15, Naropa University is a leader in contemplative education, an approach to learning and teaching that integrates Eastern wisdom studies with traditional Western scholarship. Naropa University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.