Naropa University’s 41st Annual Summer Writing Program Begins

Writers and Poets Converge on Boulder for Four Weeks

Luminaries Include Clark Coolidge, Joanne Kyger, Lydia Lunch, Thurston Moore, and Many Others

June 22, 2015—Naropa University and the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics launched the 41st annual edition of the popular Summer Writing Program (SWP) on Sunday, June 14, 2015. Each year, the SWP brings acclaimed writers, poets, and performers to Boulder to work directly with hundreds of students in week-long intensives and intimate workshops designed to broaden the horizons of writing students.

Dubbed “The Braided River: Activist Rhizome,” this year’s program features such luminaries as Clark Coolidge, Joanne Kyger, Lydia Lunch, Bernadette Mayer, Thurston Moore, Fred Moten, Eileen Myles, and Ronaldo V. Wilson—among many others—as well as special guests Mei-Mei Berssenbrugge, Jack Collom, Tom Hayden, James Sherry, Richard Tuttle, and Eliot Weinberger.

Naropa University’s Annual SWP is a four-week-long collaboration between students, poets, translators, performance artists, fiction writers, musicians, letterpress printers, Buddhist teachers, editors and others working in independent and small press publishing. There are many forums besides the writing and poetics workshops that include lectures, panels, “Poetry Slams,” and conferences wherein students and faculty members discuss their writings and ideas in a one-on-one format.

Founded by Anne Waldman and the late Allen Ginsberg as an integral part of The Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, the SWP acts as a third semester in Naropa’s accredited MFA degrees in creative writing, and has always been rooted in open, experimental forms and practices of avant-garde and postmodern writing. Students and participants work in daily contact with many of the most accomplished and provocative writers on the globe. The program is open to any interested participant, and can be taken on both a for-credit and not-for-credit option.

As part of the program, Naropa also hosts multiple readings and performance each night during SWP—all are free and open to the public. These performances offer both participants and the general public the opportunity to see many of the day’s thought leaders in poetics, literature, music, dance, theater and art perform in an intimate, often emotional setting.

Upcoming Scheduled Readings:

All readings take place at Naropa’s Performing Arts Center (PAC), located on the Arapahoe Campus, 2130 Arapahoe Ave., in Boulder, beginning at 7:30 p.m., and are free and open to the general public.

June 23

SWP Faculty Reading, featuring J’Lyn Chapman, Richard Froude, Kristen E. Nelson and Cedar Sigo

June 24

SWP Student Scholarship Reading

June 25

SWP Faculty Reading, featuring Mei-mei Bersenbrugge, Jennifer Moxley, James Sherry, and Eleni Sikelianos

June 26

SWP Student Reading

June 27

SWP Faculty Reading, featuring C. S. Giscombe, Janet Hamill, Joanne Kyger, and Kyoo Lee

June 30

SWP Faculty Reading, featuring Allison Hedge Coke, Philip Good & Bernadette Mayer, Kyle Schlesinger, and Steven Taylor

July 1

SWP Faculty Reading, featuring Jack Collom, CA Conrad, Margaret Randall, and Jonathan Skinner

July 2

SWP Faculty Reading, featuring Marcella Durand, Mark Nowak, Julianna Spahr, and Eliot Weinberger

July 3

SWP Student Reading, featuring “Songworks: (Steven Taylor’s Class)

July 4

Fireworks on the Naropa Green

July 7

SWP Faculty Reading, featuring Bobbie Louise Hawkins, Lydia Lunch, Fred  Moten, and Ronaldo V. Wilson

July 8

SWP Staff Reading, featuring Poetry: Reed Bye

July 9

SWP Faculty Reading, featuring Kameron Bashi, Thomas Sayers Ellis & James Brandon Lewis, Thurston Moore, and Maureen Owen

July 10

SWP Student Reading

July 11

SWP Faculty Reading, featuring Ambrose Bye & Anne Waldman, Clark Coolidge,  LaTasha Diggs, and Fast Speaking Music & Special Guests

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About Naropa University ( Located in Boulder, Colorado, Naropa University is a private, liberal arts institution offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Naropa University is a leader in contemplative education, an approach to learning and teaching that integrates Eastern wisdom studies and traditional Western scholarship. Naropa University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.