May 4th, Festival 5-8 PM
Naropa University, Arapahoe Green 
Open Mic 6-7 PM
2HOWL Performance 7-8 PM

To bring in spring and celebrate the changing of the guard, Naropa University’s BEATS, in collaboration with the Student Union of Naropa and the BA Capstone Festival, will host an outdoor performance and festival event on May 4th. The performance portion, 2HOWL, will feature interpretations of works from the traditions of Naropa and the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics: The Beats, Eco-Poetics (via community educator, activist, and Boulder native Jack Collom), and Somatic Poetics are included.

The SUNFest on the Arapahoe Green features book fair vendors from local presses as well as other affiliates with Naropa and the Kerouac School, including BEATS, Satya Kama, Boulder Writers Warehouse, Black Market Translation, and Sunshine Canyon Press; an open mic portion of the festival will also feature local and student performers.

In June 2017, BEATS hosted the first HOWL: An Allen Ginsberg Birthday Party at the Fox Theater, featuring headliners Anne Waldman & Fast Speaking Music. Other performances included music by Von Disco and Black Market Translation, and appearances by Boulder Burlesque and Band of Toughs. 2HOWL represents a return to performance for BEATS and an elaboration on what it means to be a part of the poetic lineage of experimentation.

2Howl will take place at the Araphoe Campus of Naropa University, 2130 Arapahoe Ave; the concert will run from 7-8 pm on the Arapahoe Green, with the festival opening at 5 pm. 2Howl opens the Naropa Undergraduate Capstone Festival, running May 5th through 10th.

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.

Through a functional student-driven council, the Student Union of Naropa works to provide individuals with a support system and a forum for empowering students to act on issues, questions, ideas, interests, and intentions. Through open meetings, advocacy for the expansion of student rights and welfare, events and student groups for community-building, and other initiatives in service of the student body, SUN works to improve all aspects of the student journey and community in order to enhance and enrich the uniquely Naropa student experience. SUN provides direct avenues of communication among faculty, staff, the Board of Trustees, alumni, and students to co-create a proactive, inclusive, and accessible school-wide community rooted in equality that encourages greater student participation and well-being.

Contact Info:
For more information, please contact Robert Eric Shoemaker, rshoemaker@students.naropa.edu; for information on the festival vendors, please contact Natalie Earnhart, nearnhart@students.naropa.edu.

Naropa University welcomes participants with disabilities. Please contact Paul Fowler at pfowler@naropa.edu to inquire about accessibility and disability accommodations needed to participate fully in this event before May 2nd.