Bombay Gin, the student run literary journal of the Kerouac School, publishes poetry, prose, hybrid writing, translations, reviews, interviews, and visual art. It’s published annually and distributed nationally through Small Press Distribution.
Something on Paper is an online poetics journal of scholarly utterance and conversation, archiving the critical work of the Jack Kerouac School as well as engaging with a broader community of writers, critics, and pedagogues. Each issue hosts cutting-edge literary/multimedia discourse and performs the liminal space between critical and creative texts.
Jack Kerouac School blog celebrates students, alumni, faculty, and staff by announcing news on publications, projects, and events. The Jack Kerouac School welcomes articles and news from students.
The Harry Smith Print Shop and Kavyayantra Press (from Sanskrit: Kavya: poetry; Yantra: device, amulet) are resources for learning about fine craft letterpress printing. It features a Chandler and Price platen press and a Vandercook SP-15 proof press.
Naropa Audio Archive Collection: The audio archive is a growing and dynamic database that is a significant resource for students and represents several generations of writers, philosophers, and artists. Each issue of Bombay Gin highlights a transcribed selection.
Summer Writing Program Folio for Bombay Gin: The student editors of the magazine have the unique opportunity to oversee all aspects of call for submissions, selected works, and layout of the folio, published in the upcoming issue of Bombay Gin. All students, faculty, and staff attending the SWP may contribute work.
Student Magazines: Students and alumni have started their own presses such as Monkey Puzzle, Fact-Simile, Belladonna, Bootstrap, Hot Whiskey, Farfalla, con/crescent, Linchpin, Smokeproof, Semi-colon, BEATS periodical, and more. The Kerouac School encourages and resources students to start their own presses.
In addition to our core faculty, the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics invites more than sixty guest faculty members and writers each year, including the Allen Ginsberg Visiting Fellow, the Leslie Scalapino Lecturer in Innovative Poetics, and the Jack Kerouac School Fall & Spring Symposiums. These events foster an intensely creative environment for students to develop their writing projects in conversation with a community of writers. They are also a time for students in both MFA programs to liaise with each other.
Naropa University welcomes participants with disabilities. Persons with questions about accessibility or who require disability accommodations should contact Kristin Bohan, 303-245-4637, at least two weeks prior to the event
For more information on faculty/staff/student & alum readings elsewhere, or for more information on Guest Authors of readings past, visit our blog!
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Upcoming & Recent Guests—Until Further Notice, All Events Will Be Virtual
*all events are in Mountain Time*
Please visit Eventbrite to register for upcoming events.
2022 Fall Symposium, October 17 – TBA
This event will be a combined event with the MFA Creative Writing & Poetics and MFA Creative Writing (Low Residency)
Previous Fall What/Where Series
- Hoa Nguyen, Thirii Myint, Yanara Friedland, Poupeh Missaghi
- Susan Briante, Lara Mimosa Montes, Marwa Helal, Jake Skeets
- Harmony Holiday, Catherine Taylor, Brandon Shimoda, Tess Brown-Lavoie
- Nicolas Gulig, Mariko Nagai, Phillip B. Williams, Brian Blanchfield
- Janice Lee, Erik Anderson, Duriel E. Harris, Jennifer K. Dick
- Gabrielle Civil, Amy Wright, Eugene Lim, Muriel Leung
- Camille Dungy, Lydia Yuknvitch, Danielle Pafunda, Carolina Ebeid
- Azareen Van Der Vliet Oloomi, Michael Friedman, Raza Ali Hasan
- Cody-Rose Clevidence, Lisa Birman, Dan Beachy-Quick
- Tina Brown Celona, Bin Ramke, and Miranda Mellis
- Janice Gould, Kurt Gutjahr, and Rachel Levitsky
- Teresa Carmody, HR Hegnauer, and CAConrad
- Maureen Owen, Stephen Graham Jones, and TC Tolbert
- Ruth Ellen Kocher, Reed Bye, and Megan Kaminski
- Amina Cain, Jai Arun Ravine, and Lisa Linn Kanae
- John Keene, Laura Mullen, and Carmen Gimenez Smith
- Mark Amerika, J’Lyn Chapman, and Michael du Plessis
- Lily Hoang, J Michael Martinez, and Idris Goodwin
- Eric Baus, Joanna Ruocco, and Lidia Yuknavitch
- Chris Pusateri, Serena Chopra, and Khadijah Queen
Lecture and Reading by Allen Ginsberg Visiting Fellow: D.A. Powell
February 7, 2021 // 7:00 p.m.
Previous Allen Ginsberg Visiting Fellows
- Cedar Sigo
- Brian Teare
- Juliana Spahr
- Fred Moten
- Rosa Alcalá
- Kevin Killian
- Lisa Robertson
- Harryette Mullen
- Alice Notley
- Lyn Hejinian
Front Range 5×5 MFA Reading Series no.4
Tuesday, March 11, 2022 // Time: 7pm MST
NU – Naropa – Alexandra Servey
CSU – Ft. Collins
DU – Denver (host) –
CU – Boulder
UW – Wyoming
*series no. 4,5 TBA
2022 Spring Symposium, “Narrative Practices”: Leslie Scalapino Lecturer in Innovative Poetics
March 14 2022 // Time: 7:00 p.m. // via Zoom: TBA
2021 Spring Symposium, “Narrative Practices”: Panel
feat. Danielle Vogel, Robert Glück, John Keene,
March 15, 2022 // 11:00 a.m. // via Zoom: TBA
2022 Spring Symposium, “Translation as Experiment”: Reading
feat. Renee Gladman, Danielle Vogel, Robert Gluck, John Keene, Jenny Boully
March 15, 2022 // 7:00 p.m. // via Zoom: TBA
- (2021) Translation as Experiment: Erin Moure, Johannes Gorransson, Jen Hofer, Anna Moschovakis, Mihret Kebede
- (2020) – Cancelled – Diaspora & Poesis: Christina Rivera Garza, Asiya Wadud, Zaina Alsous, Trinh T. Mih-ha
- (2019) Writing in Emergent & Expanded Fields: Mike LaLa, angela rawlings, Jonah Mixon Webster, Cecilia Vicuña
- (2018) Embodied Poetics & Performance: Divya Victor, Rickey Laurentiis, Jordan Scott, Julie Carr
- (2016) I / Not I: Symposium on Identity Poetics: Kazim Ali, Ana Merino, Ronaldo Wilson, Dorothy Wang
- (2014) Queer Poetics: Ana Bozicevic, Trace Peterson, Teresa Carmody, and Lucas de Lima
- (2013) Territory: Kass Fleisher, Sueyeun Juliette Lee,Craig Santos Perez, and Juliana Spahr
- (2012) Violence and Community: David Buuck, Melissa Buzzeo, Gabrielle Civil, Kate Zambreno
- Frederick P. Lenz Distinguished Lecturer in American Buddhism: Gary Snyder
Naropa Writing Center Reading – TBA
2022 BA/MFA Graduation Reading – TBA
Summer Writing Program
2022: Sanctuary + Apocalypse – IN PERSON
June 12-July 2 // Performing Arts Center // Arapahoe Campus // 2130 Arapahoe Ave
send us an e-mail At swp[at]naropa[dot]edu for SWP inquiries
Summer Writing Program Staff:
Allen Ginsberg (1926–1997); Beloved Spirit, Co-Founder
Anne Waldman; Artistic Director, Co-Founder
Jeffrey Pethybridge, Managing Director
Caroline ‘Swanee’ Swanson, Coordinator