The Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics was founded in 1974 by Allen Ginsberg and Anne Waldman. The School consists of the Undergraduate Core Writing Seminars; a BA in Writing and Literature; an MFA in Writing and Poetics; a low-residency MFA in Creative Writing; and the internationally renowned Summer Writing Program, a four-week symposium of writers, artists, activists, and editors.

The Jack Kerouac School emphasizes innovative approaches to literary arts. Our programs problematize genre while cultivating contemplative and experimental writing practices. Each year, we invite over 60 guest writers and artists, including the Allen Ginsberg Visiting Fellow and the Leslie Scalapino Memorial Lecturer in Innovative Poetics. This distinguishing feature fosters an intensely creative environment for students to develop their writing projects in conversation with a community of writers.

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