Honoring Bill Berkson

Bill Berkson 1939-2016

Bill Berkson passed away yesterday morning, June 16th 2016. He was born August 30, 1939. He was 76 years old. His bibliography of printed work surpasses his age and there are many honorariums under his name from 1959 to 2010. His work has been translated into French, Russian, Hungarian, Dutch, Czechoslovakian, Romanian, Italian, German and Spanish. He is a beloved aspect of the Kerouac School where he was a regular lecturing guest. As we feel the first ripples of his passing, we would like to share his poem,

Clearing the Air:

Simply that you say one thing or another
might give one pause to contradict,
but making it so doesn’t denote your purpose.

You are a lamb, a hayrick, a hat trick, an abutment,
something like an old cartoon, or something that carries
mixed things over unmixed roads–I like that,

I see the way the weight’s set down,
or lots of them, each equal to the other,
and each just as carefully too.

The land sprawls any which way, the buildings sidle,
warp, and that’s useful, good–it keeps them up.
Haven’t you seen how solidity’s a kind of unleashing

of self-containment, pure interaction, and each distance covered
pure, purposeful on the surface? You say: Surely one thing denies its opposite? But this

is an abyss. Knowing, caring, pleasing:
these things exist (what a trio to posses!)
and it is more than you or I can do to argue otherwise.

Kerouac School Alum featured on GonzoToday

Bradon Lee (MFA Class of 2015) was recently featured on Gonzo Today. His piece “Straight From Hell Into The Kentucky Derby” outlines his recent trip to Kentucky to cover the derby and his run in with “the inbred court system.”

Image by Ralph Steadman

Issue 3 of Something on Paper

In celebration of National Poetry Month, the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics presents Something on Paper, an online literary / multimedia poetics journal.

The third issue has dropped and features lectures by Lisa Jarnot and Dorothy Wang; interviews with Kevin Killian and Laura McCullough; a round table discussion on Sewing is Writing is Body is Sewing with Elena Berriolo, Jan Johnson, Jill Magi, and Rachel May; investigations by Teresa Carmody, Jill Darling, Richard Froude, Miranda Mellis, Jai Arun Ravine, Andrea Rexilius, and Matt Wedlock; as well as cover art by Liz Acosta. And so much more!

Please visit the site today! www.somethingonpaper.org

The Sage by Liz Acosta
Much appreciation to our editorial board and the innumerable JKS / Naropa students, faculty, staff, and alumni, who contributed reviews, articles, interviews, transcriptions, tech support, event support, website design, video recording and closed captioning, etc.

Thank you for supporting the journal!

Naropa Writing Center Reading Tomorrow

Naropa Writing Center Reading 4/13

Kerouac School at AWP

Kerouac School Faculty and Staff are currently at this year’s Association of Writers & Writing Programs Conference in Los Angeles. You can meet them at table 228.

AWP is now the largest literary conference in the country. Learn more about the conference and all it has to offer here: https://www.awpwriter.org/

“/” Embodied Poetics Collaboration this Week



Thursday, March 17 from 4-5pm  AND  Friday, March 18 from 6-7pm

Nalanda MFA Studios (9189, 9190, 9195)


Directed by Guest Artist Bob Holman

Embodied Poetics devised and performed by students from the MFA in Creative Writing & Poetics and MFA Theatre: Contemporary Performance programs, community artists, and you.

/ as in both-and-either-or.

Poems are often thought of as owned by the page. A poem is an artful use of language that creates community – an immediate interaction. Join us as we put the poems back in our bodies.  Naropa was founded by poets who revived the live poetry reading and collaborated with Jazz musicians – this is a continuation of that lineage.

Bob Holman is a poet/performer/director/filmmaker/professor who frequently teaches at Naropa’s Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics Summer Writing Program and is proud/overjoyed to be working for the collaboration among/dissolution of genres with the Theater: Contemporary Performance Department here. He founded the Poets Theater Workshop at the St Marks Poetry Project/LaMama, and is the founder/Artistic Director of the Bowery Poetry Club. His films include The United States of Poetry and Language Matters for PBS.


Naropa welcomes participants with disabilities. To fully participate in one of our programs, please contact Amy Buckler at abuckler@naropa.edu or (303) 245-4827 to inquire about accessibility and disability accommodations needed to participate fully in these events.

2016 Spring Symposium

Naropa University/Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics 2016 Spring Symposium Panel:
“How to Grieve and Dream at the Same Time: Discuss”

With Eunsong Kim, Ricardo Dominquez and Sayra Pinto
Tuesday, March 15, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. in the Student Center at Wulsin Hall

Evening Reading on Tuesday, March 15, 2016 at 7:30
With Eunsong Kim, Ricardo Dominguez, Sayra Pinto and Leslie Scalapino Memorial Lecturer, Dawn Lundy Martin in the Performing Arts Center

2016 Spring Symposium


Naropa University & Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics is honored to host three prominent cultural voices, Eunsong Kim, Ricardo Dominguez, and Sayra Pinto, for the 2016 Spring Symposium entitled “How to Grieve and Dream at the Same Time: Discuss.”

The symposium panel begins at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 15th in the Student Center at Wulsin Hall on the Arapahoe Campus at 2130 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder.  Public is welcome.  The panel is followed by an evening reading with all three panelists and  guest, Dawn Lundy Martin, Leslie Scalapino Memorial Lecturer, at 7:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center, also on the Arapahoe campus.  Evening event is free, open to the public, with a reception after in the Sycamore Conference Room.

Eunsong Kim is a very brilliant writer, researcher and educator mostly residing in San Diego. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in: Minnesota Review, Iowa Review, Seattle Review, Tinfish, Denver Quartlerly, DIAGRAM, The Margins and Quaint Magazine. Kim is currently a PhD candidate in literature at UCSD, before which she was an artist in residence in Chicago public schools for Hands on Stanzas at the Poetry Center and at Urban Gateways. Kim writes about literature, digital cultures, and art criticism, and was the recipient of a 2015 Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant. Noemi press will be publishing her first book of poems in 2017.

Ricardo Dominguez is the visionary and fierce co-founder of The Electronic Disturbance Theater (EDT), a group who developed virtual sit-in technologies in solidarity with the Zapatistas communities in Chiapas, Mexico, in 1998. His recent Electronic Disturbance Theater 2.0/b.a.n.g. lab project with Brett Stalbaum, Micha Cardenas, Amy Sara Carroll, and Elle Mehrmand, the Transborder Immigrant Tool (a GPS cell phone safety net tool for crossing the Mexico/US border) was the winner of “Transnational Communities Award” (2008), an award funded by Cultural Contact, Endowment for Culture Mexico–US and handed out by the US Embassy in Mexico. The project was also under investigation by the US Congress in 2009-2010 and was reviewed by Glenn Beck in 2010 as a gesture that potentially “dissolved” the U.S. border with its poetry. Dominguez is an associate professor at the University of California, San Diego, in the Visual Arts Department, a Hellman Fellow, and Principal/Principle Investigator at CALIT2 and the Performative Nano-Robotics Lab at SME, UCSD.

Sayra Pinto is a molecule-altering poet, scholar and activist dedicated to creative change. She is the author of Vatolandia and Pinol (Shabda Press) and her work was included in the indigenous anthology, I Was Indian. A collaboration and organizational development, leadership, and social change consultant with 20 years’ experience, Pinto facilitates community, organizational and individual change processes. She is passionate about building transformative, authentic processes with leaders, organizations and communities.  Her professional experience ranges from the creation of cutting edge multicultural youth development programs in inner city environments to leading state-wide collaborative initiatives to teaching undergraduate courses in Ethnic Studies. Sayra’s training and facilitation experience is broad and effective with national and international audiences.  She holds a Ph.D. from the Union Institute & University, an MFA from Goddard College, and a B.A. from Middlebury College.

Leslie Scalapino Memorial Lecturer, Dawn Lundy Martin, is an utterly extraordinary poet, essayist, performer and activist who earned a BA at the University of Connecticut, an MA at San Francisco State University, and a PhD at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Martin’s first full-length collection, A Gathering of Matter / A Matter of Gathering (University of Georgia Press, 2007), was selected by Carl Phillips for the 2007 Cave Canem Poetry Prize. Her second collection, Discipline, won the 2009 Nightboat Books Poetry Prize, chosen by Fanny Howe (Nightboat Books, 2011). Her most recent collection is Life in a Box Is a Pretty Life (Nightboat Books, 2014.)

For more information contact Charmain Schuh at cschuh@naropa.edu or call 303-245-4637.

Naropa University welcomes participants with disabilities.  Persons with questions about accessibility or who require disability accommodations should contact Charmain Schuh at cschuh@naropa.edu or 303-245-7973.