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The Anselm Hollo Graduate Fellowship

By Lisa Birman, MFA

Naropa University is pleased to announce the Anselm Hollo Graduate Fellowship, in memory of beloved Naropa professor Anselm Hollo (1934–2013). The fellowship will provide full tuition and a Teaching Assistantship stipend to exceptionally promising writers in Naropa’s Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics.

Poet, translator, and teacher Anselm Hollo made his home at Naropa in 1985. In addition to authoring more than forty books of poetry, he translated works from Finnish, German, Swedish, French, and English. His many honors include a fellowship from the NEA, the Gertrude Stein Award in Innovative American Poetry, and the Government of Finland’s Distinguished Foreign Translator’s Award. “The Anselm Hollo Graduate Fellowship will not only support JKS students and JKS’s place amongst MFA programs, it will also honor Anselm, a beloved JKS faculty member, and support his poetic legacy,” says Michelle Naka Pierce, Director of the Kerouac School.

“Now that Anselm is no longer physically with us, it is comforting to know that his erudite and often witty counsel about reading, writing, and synthesizing the lessons of literary traditions of the past into new traditions for the future will always be available through his books,  his papers, and recordings, most of which were made at his ‘literary home,’ Naropa,” says Jane Dalrymple-Hollo, Anselm’s widow. “He would be delighted to know that students attending the Jack Kerouac School decades from now will discover his legacy and know ‘who he was’ with the help of a fellowship bearing his name.”

“Anselm was one of the most widely read and erudite people I’ve ever known,” recalls Anne Waldman, co-founder of the Kerouac School. “He was one of the tattered bodhisattvas of his generation … You learned by example. You meandered and picked up on his practices and skills, his wit and deftness as a poet. It was an intuitive approach.”

Jane Dalrymple-Hollo is also a beloved and valued member of the Naropa family. She has exhibited her artwork at Naropa on numerous occasions, and is a fierce advocate of Naropa’s archives. “She is also responsible for this generous fellowship legacy in Anselm’s name, which will assure us that Anselm’s maverick creative sprit is still afloat in our poetics realm. We are so very grateful,” notes Waldman.

Join us in remembering Anselm Hollo’s unique contributions to literature and Naropa by becoming a founding donor to The Anselm Hollo Graduate Fellowship. If you’re interested in creating a fellowship or endowed scholarship in honor of someone you love, please contact Erin Farrell at or 303-546-3575.