The Kerouac School is not a lineage with a program, but a program with a lineage, says Lisa Birman, director of the Summer Writing Program presented by the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University. Co-founded by the late Allen Ginsberg and Anne Waldman, the program is now close to thirty years old but its evolving all the time. This is my tenth summer working on the program, explains Birman (who was a student in the program for two years before that), and over the last ten years, its been a trend in contemporary literature and very happily here that theres less of a this is a poetry class, this is a prose class division. Its much more of a hybrid environment, a fermenting, cross-genre environment . Were finding new ways to use the inspiration of the Beats revolutionaries of their time and bringing it into what it means to be a revolutionary in 2010.
Even if you cant sign up for one of the four, week-long sessions that start today with Poet or Assassin? (Waldman will chair the opening panel at 1 p.m.), you can experience the revolution during one of the regular evening readings in the Naropa Performing Arts Center, 2130 Arapahoe Street in Boulder, which are open to the public and free for the first time this summer. The inaugural reading, at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow, features faculty members Thalia Field, Ross Gay, Joanne Kyger, Linh Dinh and Bobbie Louise Hawkins.
For a complete schedule, go to www.naropa.edu or call 303-245-4665
June 14-July 11, 2010