Lit Kicks: Naropa Audio Archives

Ginsberg, Burroughs & Whalen at Naropa University, Boulder, CO.

“The Naropa University Archive Project is preserving and providing access to over 5000 hours of recordings made at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. The collection was developed under the auspices of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics (the university’s Department of Writing and Poetics) founded in 1974 by poets Anne Waldman and Allen Ginsberg. It contains readings, lectures, performances, seminars, panels and workshops conducted at Naropa by many of the leading figures of the U.S.literary avant-garde.”

There are over 500 hours of audio archived and now available online. Some of the files and MP3’s you’ll find here include poetry classes by Allen Ginsberg, Wiiliam S. Burrough’s lecture on technology and the ethics of wishing, Allen Ginsberg’s series of classes on Expansive Poetics, Anne Waldman lecturing on Poetics and Female Writers, Samuel Charters on Jack Kerouac and jazz, Amiri Baraka on Revolution and Art, Peter Lamborn Wilson discussing The Temporary Autonomous Zone, Bernadette Mayer teaching experimental writing techniques, Lorenzo Thomas on Racial Identity and Its Literary Representation, Peter Warshall on Biosphere and Noosphere, Joy Harjo on Native American Women Writers, and many others. Learning through audio is fun. Listen up at: Naropa Audio Archive Project just bring your ears, the price is free.

Press audio play button & listen now to beat legend Gregory Corso read “The Mad Yak”: The Mad Yak.mp3

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