The Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University turns 40 this year, and San Francisco’s City Lights Bookstore is throwing them a party. The natural alliance between JKS founders Allen Ginsberg and Anne Waldman, City Lights founders Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Peter Martin, and others in the ferment of underground American letters has deepened and expanded with the revolving generations.
“Today’s alignment,” JKS professor Alexis Rexilius told SFGate, “is with EcoPoetics, the Gurlesque, Documentary Poetics, Conceptualism, Somatic Writing, New Narrative, etc. Often these affinities are contradictory, but that is part of what we like. It’s about inclusion, diversity, conversation.”
If that sounds like your kind of roundtable, Rexilius will be hosting the free soirée this Sunday from 5-7pm, which will include readings by Naropa faculty and visiting writers Robert Glück, Juliana Spahr, Cedar Sigo, Eric Baus, Michelle Naka Pierce and Chris Pusateri.
Visit here to learn more about the Jack Kerouac School and its curriculum, which offers “rigorous training in critical/creative explorations, encompassing the sociopolitical context of contemporary writing. Naropa, it should be noted, was founded by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, also the founder of the Shambhala Sun. Click here to read a statement from him on the philosophy behind Naropa University.