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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.

SWP Artist in Residence


We are excited to have Rachel Levitsky join us for the Summer Writing Program during Week I (June 14-21) Disparities, Exigencies, Identity, Lineage.

Harry Smith Print Shop Highlight!

Interested in the JKS Harry Smith Print Shop? The summer writing program is a great chance to explore this unique resource! Space still available. Register now!

Sara Schultz Named Margaret Randall Poetry Prize Winner!


Dear JKS Community:

On behalf of the Jack Keoruac School of Disembodied Poetics, I would like to congratulate Sara Schultz as this year’s recipient of the Margaret Randall Poetry Prize. Her poems “to tend and to be tended” and “surgically removed” will be published in not enough night, the online literary journal of Naropa’s Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics edited by Junior Burke, as well as sent to the Academy of American Poets for distribution to affiliated donors.

Open to all BA Writing & Literature Students at Naropa University’s Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, the Margaret Randall Poetry Prize is an award of $100 and includes a certificate from and a one-year membership to the Academy of American Poets. This year’s judge was HR Hegnauer.

Also, congratulations to Georgianna Van Gunten as this year’s runner-up for her poems “Salt Sweat Rain” and “Notes from the O’Keefe Exhibit.”

Thank you to all BA students who submitted work.


Michelle Naka Pierce, MA, MFA
Director, Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics Associate Professor

Weekend Warrior 5/3/2103

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From Michelle Naka Pierce and Andrea Rexilius’ Experiment, Innovation, and Community course:

Write a description of yourself in: 1st person / 2nd person / 3rd person / future self. Use these different viewpoints to see the different sides of your personality. i.e. What you tell people about yourself. What you hide from other people. What other people notice about you that you refuse to recognize. What you and others don’t know about yourself (hence, future self). –Laura Keck

Bring in a historical document that you want to change or integrate into. Starting with the first line count four lines down. This is your first line. Then write your own corresponding line. Continue this process. Taking five lines of historical text and five original lines into one cohesive piece. –Mikiel Ghelieh

Happy Writing!

J’Lyn Chapman with Danielle Dutton on The Conversant


In late April 2012, students in my undergraduate Introduction to Feminist Theory class at Naropa University read Danielle Dutton’s SPRAWL. With literature written by women as our guide, we explored feminist thought in its historical and philosophical contexts as well as in its application. The course was organized around several books, including Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre, Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God and Dutton’s SPRAWL. We read these novels over an atypically long period so that we could do both close readings of the texts and apply multiple theories to produce multiple readings. Simultaneous with our reading of SPRAWL, students read Simone de Beauvoir, Lyn Hejinian and Sherry B. Ortner, but one will also recognize in their questions the influence of other courses they were taking at the time, such as Experimental Women Writers.

Jack Kerouac School BA students Emily Ashley, Anna Avery, Ali Baker, Kiwi Barnstein, Eric Cooley, Lauren DeGaine, Taylor Estape, Jackie Gardea, Yasamine Ghiasi, Caroline Jacobs, Erin Likins, Carolyn Ripple, Ella Schoefer-Wulf and Sofia Stephenson participated in the interview. It has been lightly edited for publication.

Read the interview here.

30/30 Poetic Vision: Day 30!

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Inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, National Poetry Month is now held every April, when schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets throughout the United States band together to celebrate poetry and its vital place in American culture. Thousands of organizations participate through readings, festivals, book displays, workshops, and other events.

In honor of this month, Naropa’s Jack Kerouac School is launching its first annual 30/30 Poetic Vision, featuring daily poems by JKS students, staff, and faculty. Our community members were asked to contemplate and engage with text as visual and audio mediums. What forms emerge in the 21st Century? How has technology changed the way we view, perform, and transmit poetry? These are a few of the questions that will be explored over the next thirty days. We hope you’ll join us on this journey.

Jack Kerouac School. WRITING THINKING BEING. The experiment continues…

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Noah Christie is an MFA candidate in the Jack Kerouac School.

Amy Catanzano

Amy Catanzano is the author of Multiversal (Fordham University Press), recipient of the PEN USA Literary Award in Poetry and the POL Prize; iEpiphany (Erudite Fangs Editions), published by Anne Waldman’s independent imprint; and a forthcoming volume of cross-genre fiction, Starlight in Two Million: A Neo-Scientific Novella, recipient of the Noemi Press Book Award for Fiction. She currently teaches at Chatham University in Pittsburgh. Previously, she taught in Naropa’s Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics and is teaching week 4 of this year’s Summer Writing Program.


Kyle Pivarnik is a multi-media artist, musician, and writer. His film collaborations with Michelle Naka Pierce have been shown at the Co-Kisser Film Festival at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and the Lex-ICON conference in Paris. His writing has been featured in Boston Literary Magazine and Bombay Gin. He is the founder of Literary Libations, a multi-media press.