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Naropa University

Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics

MFA in Writing & Poetics (res)

Contact Information:

2130 Arapahoe Ave

Boulder, CO 80302

Website: www.naropa.edu/academics/jks/

Program director: Michelle Naka Pierce

Phone: (303) 546-3508

Email: JKS[at]naropa[dot]edu

Program Information:

Degrees offered: MFA, BA

Types of programs: residency

Genres: poetry, prose, cross-genre

Scholarships: yes (see website)

Assistantships: yes (see website)

Core faculty: Anne Waldman (co-founder), Michelle Naka Pierce (school director), J'Lyn Chapman (program coordinator), Andrea Rexilius (SWP Coordinator), Junior Burke, Reed Bye, Bhanu Kapil, Andrew Schelling

Publishing/editing courses: yes (see website)

Literary magazines: Bombay Gin, not enough night, Something on Paper

Reading series: What Where

Recent visiting writers: Harryette Mullen, Alice Notley, Lyn Hejinian, Gary Snyder, Juliana Spahr, Joan Retallack

Program description: 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 more than sixty guest faculty to our internationally renowned Summer Writing Program, a four-week colloquium of workshops, lectures, and readings. This distinguishing feature fosters an intensely creative environment for students to develop their writing projects in conversation with a community of writers.

Our curriculum includes courses in innovative prose, poetry, and cross-genre forms as well as professional development in teaching and publishing. Students are also encouraged to partake in Naropa’s contemplative and somatic curricular practices to develop integrative creative processes. We offer rigorous training in critical/creative explorations, encompassing the sociopolitical context of contemporary writing. All classes are taught by active, publishing writers, who are widely anthologized, have received numerous grants and awards, and perform and lecture internationally.

For nearly four decades, our rich combination of experimentation, contemplative awareness, and student mentorship has generated innovation inside and outside the classroom.

Founded in 1974 by Allen Ginsberg and Anne Waldman, as part of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche’s 100-year experiment, the Jack Kerouac School consists of the undergraduate Core Writing Seminars, a BA in Writing & Literature, a MFA in Writing & Poetics, and the Summer Writing Program. The Kerouac School continues to honor its historical roots while bringing forward new questions that both invigorate and challenge the current dialogue in writing today.