Naropa University 2017 Summer Writing Program

Week One

Julie Carr


Julie Carr is the author of six books of poetry, including 100 Notes on Violence, RAG, and Think Tank. She is also the author of Surface Tension: Ruptural Time and the Poetics of Desire in Late Victorian Poetry. Essay Press recently released a chapbook of prose, “The Silence that Fills the Future.” And Ahsahta Press just releaed Objects from a Borrowed Confession, a collection of essays and hybrid prose. Carr is the co-founder of Counterpath Press and Counterpath Gallery.




J'Lyn Chapman

J'Lyn Chapman grew up and currently lives in Colorado. She is the author of BEASTLIFE, published by Calamari Press in 2016. The digital chapbook, "The Form Our Curiosity Takes: A Pedagogy of Conversation" was recently published by Essay Press and is available online. Additional work can be found in Conjunctions, Zone 3, DIAGRAM, Fence Magazine, Denver Quarterly, Two Serious Ladies, and Caketrain. She is part of the Core Faculty of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University.

Week Two

Amy CatanzanoAmy Catanzano's work as a writer explores the intersections of science, art, and literature. She is the author of three books: Starlight in Two Million: A Neo-Scientific Novella, published by Noemi Press in 2014 and recipient of the Noemi Press Book Award for Fiction; Multiversal, published by Fordham University Press in 2009 and recipient of the PEN USA Literary Award in Poetry and the POL Poetry Prize from Fordham; and iEpiphany, published by Anne Waldman's Erudite Fangs Editions in 2008. She worked and taught at Naropa for five years from 2006 to 2011 and is now an assistant professor of English in creative writing and the poet-in-residence at Wake Forest University in North Carolina.


Week Three 

A.J. Nielsen



A.J. Nielsen is the Kelly Professor of American literature at Penn State University. His poetry collections include: Heat Strings; Evacuation Routes; VEXT; Mixage; Mantic Semantic; Stepping Razor; A Brand New Beggar; and Tray. His critical works include Reading Race, Black Chant and Integral Music. He is the editor of Lorenzo Thomas’s award winning posthumous work, Don’t Deny My Name: Words, Music and the Black Intellectual Tradition.