Writing & Poetics Audio Archive Collection
The Writing and Poetics Audio Archive Collection at the Naropa University Archives
is recognized as one of the top literary audio archives in the United States. This unique
collection has been recorded on analog audiotapes during the SWP every year since
its inception in 1974. It contains readings, lectures, workshops, seminars, panels, and
performances by poets and writers representing a wide range of schools and movements,
including the New York School, Black Mountain School, Black Arts Movement, the San Francisco
Renaissance, the Umbra group, the Nuyoricans, the L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E poets, and the Beats, as well as several
generations of their artistic progeny.
Beginning in 2002, Naropa University undertook the Audio Archive Project with the mission to enhance
the appreciation and understanding of postwar American literature and its role in social
change, cultural criticism, and the arts by preserving and providing access to the collection.
Through grants from the NEA, NEH, Save America’s Treasures, the GRAMMY Foundation,
and the additional support of private donors, 2000 hours of analog recordings have been
digitized and preserved. To listen wherever you are, click here.
A dedicated listening station is also available on campus in the Allen Ginsberg Library.