Editorial Staff
Robert Eric Shoemaker, (Founding) Editor
Natalie Earnhart, Editor
Kristiane Weeks-Rogers, Marketing

BEATS is a union of writers and poets writing from a place of urgency, fueling our work with activist poetics in public spaces. Originated at Naropa University’s Jack Kerouac School, BEATS honors the experimental and subversive lineage of outriders writing on the edge of prophecy, believing thoroughly in writers as the unacknowledged legislators of the world. BEATS is not an institution but an intervention, collaboratively sculpting community as the literary monument to our time.


For the year 2018, there has been an average of 1 school shooting per week

BULLET by Robert Eric Shoemaker

denver, 3.24.2018 by Samantha Moore

feel it by Samantha Moore

There should be a background check…

Not You Haiku by Jackie Henrion

They Were in Holocaust History Class by Ryan Mihaly

 March For Our Lives by Megan Sacco

Am I Next?

Cover Art (internet collage) by Kristiane Weeks-Rogers, with some editing by R.E.S.

Quotes throughout borrowed from protest reportage and signs from the March For Our Lives, Saturday, March 24th, 2018.