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//

JKS Mentioned in The Guardian!

The Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics is mentioned in this great article about Lydia Lunch, recent guest faculty in the 2015 Summer Writing Program!

Work by Michelle Naka Pierce in Litscapes: Collected US Writings 2015

Michelle Naka Pierce, professor at the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, has work in the new anthology Litscapes: Collected US Writings 2015. An anthology of writing from 82 contributors across the US, both established writers and relative newcomers, Litscapes includes poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and work that defies genre. The result is a bracing view of today’s vital literary landscape. Please see the link below for more information. Congratulations, Michelle!

Tsunami or Tuna Sammie?

Tsunami or Tuna Sammie?

A Talk About Art & Dharma by Robert Spellman

This event is presented by Naropa University’s Summer Writing Program, part of the annual Dharma Art Masters Series lectures, exploring the vast common terrain of meditation and creativity.


Wednesday, July 1st, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Naropa University Performing Arts Center
2130 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, CO 80302


Robert Spellman is a Naropa University associate professor in visual arts, contemporary performance, and religious studies. He is a student of Naropa’s founder, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, and a seasoned teacher of both meditation and art.

Steve Evans Lecture Tomorrow (Friday, 6/26)!

Steve Evans lecture tomorrow (Friday, 6/26)!
1:00-2:30 pm in P.A.C.

He will talk, show slides, and play sound files related to Black Mountain College, with an emphasis on the upcoming major exhibition, Leap Before You Look: Black Mountain College, 1933-1957, that will open at ICA/Boston this October before traveling to LA and Houston.

See you there!