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Naropa University, Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics

MFA Program

A Writer's Practicum with Anne Waldman

MFA Program Established: 
Boulder, Colorado
Genres Include:
Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, and Cross-Genre
2 Years
Program Size: 
Application Deadline:
December 4, 2015
Application Fee: 
Contact E-mail: 
Contact Name: 
Michelle Naka Pierce
Core Faculty Includes: 

Poets: Bhanu Kapil, Michelle Naka Pierce, Andrea Rexilius, Andrew Schelling, and Anne Waldman. Fiction writer: Junior Burke. Nonfiction writer: J’Lyn Chapman.

Funding/Employment Opportunities: 

Teaching Assistantship; Graduate Assistantships; Anne Waldman, Allen Ginsberg, and Kerouac Graduate Fellowships; Scholarships and Awards

Affiliated Publications/Publishers: 

Bombay Gin, Not Enough Night, Something on Paper, Summer Writing Program (SWP) Magazine, The Harry Smith Print Shop

Other Features: 

This program features several reading series, such as the 4x4 student reading series, the MFA graduation readings, and the What Where Series of visiting writers, the JKS Symposium, and the [Dis]embodied Poetics Conference. Students attend workshops with visiting writers and artists in the Kerouac School’s renowned Summer Writing Program. Over sixty guests visit each year, offering students the opportunity to be in dialogue with a community of writers. Programming includes workshops, lectures, panels, readings, special events, and more.

The program collaborates with the theatre department in embodied poetics and has a contemplative requirement to be completed in meditation, yoga, ikebana, or Contemplative Poetics or Mind Moving. Other features include a seminar in pedagogy, letterpress printing, and community teaching through Project Outreach.


Will Christopher Baer, Brenda Coultas, kari edwards, Laird Hunt, Rachel Levitsky, Sean Murphy, Eleni Sikelianos

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