Student Opportunities


Graduate Instructors: Two MFA (residential) students (one in poetry and one in prose) are selected to co-teach an undergraduate Introductory to Creative Writing course during the Spring semester and share an adjunct salary.

Project Outreach: Directed by resident faculty member Jack Collom, Project Outreach places students in local schools and other institutions to lead creative writing workshops. Both BA and MFA students can receive course credit while developing their teaching skills for the benefit of the larger community. Project Outreach is offered every fall and spring semester as an elective course and offers students the unique opportunity to go out into the world as literary activists, sharpening and extending their own teaching skills.

SWP Graduate Instructors: The graduate instructor position offers graduate students an opportunity to design and teach a writing workshop. Due to the fluctuating weekly populations of undergraduate students during the Summer Writing Program, graduate instructors have the unique challenge of creating a weekly workshop that can accommodate both students taking the program for one week or for all four weeks. There are 2 positions available, depending on the number of BA students who enroll.

Faculty Liaison: This position involves assisting Summer Writing Program faculty members. This is a unique opportunity to work closely with visiting writers throughout the summer.

MFA Lecturer: MFA students are eligible to be a lecturer during the Summer Writing Program on topics about which they are knowledgeable and passionate and on subjects that complement the SWP programming.

SWP Panelists: The Summer Writing Program allows students to present as part of a panel discussion and gain teaching experience. 


Bombay Gin, the literary journal of The Kerouac School, is edited by faculty and MFA students. It publishes poetry, prose, hybrid writing, translations, reviews, interviews, and visual art. It's published biannually and distributed nationally through Small Press Distribution.

not enough night, the online literary journal of the low-residency MFA Creative Writing program, is edited by faculty members. The journal's title comes from Jack Kerouac, "Not enough ecstasy for me, not enough life, joy, kicks, darkness, music, not enough night."

Summer Writing Program Magazine: Two SWP Magazine Editor positions are unique opportunities. Editors handle submissions, editing, layout, and all aspects of production and distribution. All students, faculty, and staff attending the SWP may contribute work.

Jack Kerouac School blog celebrates students, alumni, faculty, and staff by announcing news on publications projects, and events. JKS welcomes articles and news from students.

The Harry Smith Print Shop and Kavyayantra Press (from Sanskrit: Kavya: poetry; Yantra: device, amulet) are resources for learning about fine craft letterpress printing. It features a Chandler and Price platen press and a Vandercook SP-15 proof press.

Student Magazines: Students and alumni have started their own presses such as Monkey Puzzle, Fact-Simile, Belladonna, Bootstrap, Hot Whiskey, Farfalla, con/crescent, Linchpin, Smokeproof, and more. The Kerouac School is happy to support and encourage each.

Naropa Audio Archive Collection: The audio archive is a growing and dynamic database that is a significant resource for students and represents several generations of writers, philosophers, and artists. Each issue of Bombay Gin highlights a transcribed selection.


Faculty Liaison: This position involves assisting Summer Writing Program faculty members. This is a unique opportunity to work closely with visiting writers throughout the summer.

Student Activity Coordinator Position: This is a chance to represent students during the SWP and develop events that are of interest to the entire community. The coordinators plan and run all student readings, salons, lectures, panels, and other events for the summer.

4X4 Student Readings: Naropa University, University of Denver, Colorado State University, and University of Colorado participate in the 4x4 Reading Series, where MFA and PhD students from each school meet quarterly to read at the host university's campus.

MFA & BA Student Readings: Each semester, Naropa hosts several MFA and BA readings for students to showcase their work.

Women of Naropa Reading: The Women of Naropa reading is an annual event held each fall and features readings by women faculty, alumni, and students. This reading is a fund-raiser for Bombay Gin and selected local charity groups to benefit women.

Bombay Gin reading and book release party: In coordination with the publication of Bombay Gin each semester, the editorial board coordinates a book release party with readings by contributors to the journal.