Friday–Sunday, October 10–12, 2014
Naropa University Arapahoe Campus
2130 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder
Join the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics for the inaugural launch of [Dis]embodied Poetics, a three-day biennial conference occurring in conjunction with Naropa University’s and the Jack Kerouac School’s 40th anniversary year. This conference explores the intersections between innovative forms of creative and critical writing that are experientially rooted in contemplative practice.
We are interested in experiment, activism, performance, the archive, somatic practices, dharma arts, cross-genre, borderlands, the liminal, cross-disciplinary gestures, third-mind collaborations, bricolage, conceptual poetics, the five wisdoms of Maitri, mindful awareness, consciousness, Butoh, biorhythms, neo-benshi, and more.
Once a moniker of our itinerant historical roots as a school, “disembodied” now also reflects the protean in the experiment—how we investigate and torque static limits in form and content and bring forward new questions that both invigorate and challenge the current dialogue in writing today. This includes incorporating embodied poetics: the somatic, the performative, the cellular—open-textured/porous movement between living organisms, such as bodies, languages, texts. For four decades, our rich combination of experimentation, poetics, and contemplative awareness has generated innovation within our community and concentrically beyond.