The Writing and Poetics Audio Archive Collection at the Naropa University Archives has been 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. A dedicated listening station is also available on campus in the Allen Ginsberg Library. Anthologies based SWP archives include:
Civil Disobediences: Poetics & Politics in Action; Beats at Naropa; and CrossWorlds: Transcultural Poetics (all published by Coffee House Press); and Disembodied Poetics: Annals of the Jack Kerouac School (University of New Mexico Press).