Founded by students of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University, November 2016

Winner of the 2018 Artistic Community Award from Naropa University’s Student Engagement Awards

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.


BEATS: Writing from a Place of Urgency.

Praise for BEATS:

“BEATS is an amazing collective arts project, spearheaded by Robert
Shoemaker and others in the expanding Jack Kerouac School and Boulder art and
performance communities, bringing attention to the artistic
and unique intellectual legacy of the Beat Literary Generation that had,
and continues to have, traction in these times.


BEATS did an extraordinarily successful performance in June of 2017
celebrating the birthday of Allen Ginsberg at the wonderful Fox Theatre
“on the hill” in Boulder with a wildly enthusiastic and large audience. Music,
dance, theatre, poetry, costume: brilliant creativity. I whole-heartedly endorse the
next ventures and the continuing of this important cultural
intervention. We need it in Boulder. Who are better poised than students
who have been studying at The Jack Kerouac School at Naropa University?”

-Anne Waldman