Summer Writing Program

Welcome to the Anthropocene!

SWP_Catalog 2014 cover

June 2nd-28th, 2014

Poetry – Fiction – Translation – Letterpress Printing

Naropa University’s SWP 2014 will feature the overall theme of “Anthropocene”- the world Age where everything is woefully affected and conditioned by Man. Anthropocene, is being advocated as a designation to replace Holocene, our current geological epoch. Anthropocene marks the massive and destructive global impact human behavior has had on ecosystems, land-use, biodiversity. Here we wish to invoke its use as conscientious   -“awake” – planet citizens, poets, writers, activists, to imagine a greater, more radical change in the frequency of our homo sapiens sapiens domination and intention, and press for a creative vision of  halting further harm to all animate and inanimate worlds.

Credit and noncredit programs available.

Learn more here.

Weekly themes:

  • Documentary Poetics, the Interface between Writing and Research
  • Dharma Imagination
  • Roots, Elders, Archives, Topologies
  • Performance: When the Walls of the City Shake.

The Summer Writing Program is the cornerstone of the MFA in Writing and Poetics at the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University. In dialogue with renowned practitioners, students engage in the composition of poetry, prose fiction, cross-genre possibilities, interarts, translation, and writing for performance. Participants work in daily contact with some of the most accomplished and provocative writers of our time, meeting individually and in small groups so that both beginning and experienced writers find equal challenge in the program.

The Summer Writing Program is a month-long colloquium of poets, fiction writers, scholars, translators, performance artists, activists, Buddhist teachers, musicians, printers, editors, and others working in small press publishing. Programming includes workshops, lectures, panels, readings, special events, and more.

All four weeks (or any combination of weeks) are open to any interested participant for noncredit. Students from other institutions or degree programs may also elect to attend for undergraduate or graduate credit.

Artistic Director and curator: Anne Waldman

SWP Coordinator: Andrea Rexilius

For information on program curriculum contact: Andrea Rexilius

For general information contact: Kyle Pivarnik

Naropa University welcomes participants with disabilities. Please contact Andrea Rexilius at 303-546-5296 or arexilius@naropa.edu to inquire about accessibility and disability accommodations needed to participate fully in this event before May 15th.

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