Founded at Naropa University in 1974 by Anne Waldman and the late Allen Ginsberg, the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics comprises the Summer Writing program and the Department of Writing and Poetics, which administers the Master in Fine Arts in Writing and Poetics and the low-residency MFA in Creative Writing, as well as the Bachelor of Arts in Writing and Literature.
The MFA in Writing and Poetics is a two-year program, including four academic semesters and two summer sessions, in which students study and work with a faculty of active and established writers. Concentrations are available in poetry, prose, and translation, Small class sizes offer students the kind of attention that will help one’s work to develop significantly over the course of the program. Writing & Poetics students meet and work with peers in a concentrated but supportive atmosphere. Collaborating on projects both in and outside the classroom creates bonds of friendship and community that often continue after graduation. Involvement in letterpress printing, graduate assistantships, literary journal publication, reading performances, and the outreach teaching program provides further opportunities for participation in this lively arts community.
The MFA curriculum balances writing workshop courses with literary and cultural studies. Students generally enter the MFA program in the Summer Writing Program, although entry can take place in the fall or spring semesters as well.
Naropa University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.