SWP Poet on PBS Newshour

A terrific article on the Inupiaq poet Joan Naviyuk Kane that discusses the particularities and the relationship between Inupiaq language, and her poetry, featuring readings of her work. 

Joan will be on faculty during Week 2 (June 19–25) of the 2016 Summer Writing Program at the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics.

Other faculty during that week will include: Sherwin Bitsui | Orlando White | Cedar Sigo | Srikanth Reddy | Roberto J. Tejada | Jena Osman & Amze Emmons | Dorothy Wang | Eleni Sikelianos

And special guests: Jennifer Foerster and Joy Harjo!

Summer Writing Program Faculty’s Work-in-Progress

Check out this astonishing excerpt from Danielle Vogel’s EDGES & FRAY––her current work-in-progress–– http://entropymag.org/the-birds-archivists-of-debris/
Danielle will be on Faculty during Week 3 of Summer Writing Program 2016 at Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics

Other Faculty include:

Renee Gladman
Tisa Bryant
Julie Carr
Corrine Fitzpatrick
Gloria Frym
Laird Hunt
Steven Taylor
Margaret Randall
and Colin Frazer in the Printshop

4×4 Reading Series this Monday!

The 4×4 Reading Series brings together the Denver University, University of Colorado, Colorado State University and the Naropa University communities for four wonderful graduate readings around the Front Range.  Join us at Naropa University for the first reading this coming Monday!

4x4 reading series

Crafting Space & Silence – An Essay from 2016 SWP Faculty

Check out this essay from Orlando White, who will join us as Faculty during Week 2 (June 19–June 25) of this year’s Summer Writing Program.


Other Faculty that week will include:

Sherwin Bitsui, Joan Kane, Jena Osman, Srikanth Reddy, Cedar Sigo,  Eleni Sikelianos, Roberto Tejada  and Dorothy Wang


Kirby Olson’s first book of poetry out in November 2015!

Kirby Olson will have his first book of poetry, Christmas at Rockefeller Center, from WordTech Editions available this November!

Kirby attended Naropa from 1977-1979 and worked alongside some of our founding and original members including Allen Ginsberg, Gregory Corso, and Philip Whalen.

Check out some of his work!  His poems have been in Christianity and Literature, First Things, Partisan Review, Chronicles, Cortland Review, Poetry East, and many other journals.  His first poem ever published was in the Naropa Institute literary journal. He also has a blurb from Allen Ginsberg.

Currently, Kirby teaches creative writing and philosophy at SUNY-Delhi in the western Catskills.

Join us as we offer a hearty congratulations to our fellow alum!

JKS Alum, Jorge Rodriguez-Miralles published

Check out JKS alum, Jorge Rodriguez-Miralles’ new publication!



Anne Waldman receives Lifetime Achievement Award in the American Book Awards!

Jack Kerouac School Founder, acclaimed author, and distinguished educator Anne Waldman has been presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award in the Thirty-Sixth Annual
American book Awards! As always, we are incredibly honored to have such an amazing woman not just in our school, but in our presence.

Anne Waldman from New York City’s Greenwich Village is a celebrated poet, performer, professor, editor and cultural activist , a former director and founder of The Poetry project at St Marks’s Church In-the- Bowery and co-founder with Allen Ginsberg of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University, in Boulder, Colorado where she is a Distinguished Professor of Poetics and Artistic Director of The Summer Writing Program. Although a generation younger, Allen Ginsberg often referred to Anne Waldman as his “spiritual wife” and she has been designated a “countercultural giant” by Publisher’s Weekly. She is the author of over forty books of poetry, including the book-length hybrid narrative poem Manatee/Humanity ( Penguin Poets 2009), and the feminist 1,000 page epic The Iovis Trilogy: Colors in the Mechanism of Concealment (Coffee House 2011)which is the winner of the 2012 PEN Center USA Award for Poetry. Her books of essays include Vow to Poetry, and Outrider. Other recent poetry books include Gossamurmur, (Penguin Poets 2013). Jaguar Harmonics (Post-Apollo Press 2014) and Cross Worlds: Transcultural Poetics (Coffee House 2014), co-edited with Laura Wright. Her forthcoming book is Voice’s Daughter of A Heart Yet To Be Born, 2016. She is known for her magnetizing public performances and frequently collaborates with musicians and dancers, including Meredith Monk, Thurston Moore and her son Ambrose Bye. Waldman is the recipient of the Shelley Memorial Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship (2013-14) and is a Chancellor of The Academy of American Poets. She has recently received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Before Columbus Foundation, 2015. She has presented her work in festivals all over the world, most recently in India, Morocco, Italy, Finland, Germany and France.
Her extensive Archive resides at the Hatcher Graduate Library at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Her website is http//www.annewaldman.org.