Naropa at 40

Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

Allen Ginsberg and Anne Waldman

top – Chogyam Trungpa – middle – Jerome Rothenberg, Anne Waldman, Peter Orlovsky, Allen Ginsberg, Chogyam Trungpa, Diane di Prima, unidentified student, William Burroughs – bottom Allen Ginsberg and Anne Waldman

In New York City today – all-day celebration of the 40-year anniversary of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University

Allen, in the Summer of 1986 (on the hitherto Naropa Institute, being granted its coveted accreditation) – “It’s a really good thing to create a school where the basis of the studies is wisdom. I feel proud of that. I feel like I’ve done something in my life. I feel better than if I was just a poet”

Well, while I am here, I’ll do the work/ And what’s the Work?/To ease the pain of living/Everyting else, drunken/ dumbshow” (Allen Ginsberg – Memory Gardens) The first part of the celebration, two panels at the CUNY Graduate Center will be live streamed (starting at 1.00 PM (EST)) and may be viewed hereAnne Waldman moderates discussion on “History, Lineage & Archive and Pedagogy” with Alan Gilbert, David Henderson, Vincent Katz, Jena Osman, Eileen Myles, and Rachel Levitsky.
This is followed by Ammiel Alcalay moderating a panel on “Performance & Outcomes in the Anthropocene” with Anne Waldman, Tracie Morris, Erica Hunt, Michelle Naka Pierce, and Peter Hale.

A celebratory poetry reading takes place tonight (8. PM) at the Poetry Project (St Mark’s Church) featuring Anne Waldman, Ed Sanders, Bob Holman, Eileen Myles, David Henderson, Ammiel Alcalay, Samuel R Delaney, Lewis Warsh, Edwin Torres, Julie Patton, Fast Speaking Music, and others..

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