We are Beats: A Naropan Periodical.

“Writing from a place of urgency.”



At the end of September, Naropa literary lovers are hosting an event, “Kerouac School for Change,” as a part of the global 100 Thousand Poets for Change event. We are hoping to create change, but also use our change in donation to hurricane relief for the victims of this past month across the Southern United States.

BEATS Periodical is collaborating with Dirt Zine in order to make a pamphlet in correspondence with our first Fall 2017 publication on the theme of ACTIVISM. We invite you to pick a section from our “95 Theses” and write a short piece in response/inspired by the selection you have chosen. These inspiration pieces will serve as our “95 Theses 2.0” for another year going into the Trump presidency. Pieces should be turned in by September 23rd.

Check out the “95 Theses” through this link:

*Send pamphlet inclusion to: BEATSperiodical.naropa@gmail.com when you are done with your response, subject line “95 Theses 2.0 for Change submission”

The 100 Thousand Poets for Change event will be held on September 30th, from 3-6pm at Innisfree. We hope to see you there!

We look forward to seeing you at Innisfree! Let’s create some change!



We accept submissions from EVERYONE! If you have something to say, we want to hear it! If you would like to write with us, please consider the following:

  1. We are both a print and online periodical. We encourage the use of either/both platform in devising your piece. Note that online-only content should be formatted with WordPress in mind.
  2. We love work that incorporates social justice, politics, poetry, narrative, polemic, and more! Surprise us.
  3. Our current platforms include these categories (but don’t feel confined): blog entries, Facebook, Twitter, and print issues on a loose theme. Our print issues are assembled by hand and photocopied. Note, we don’t do much digital design with our print issues, so keep it simple and text-based.
  4. Got an event idea? Throw it our way!

Thank you for your interest! Send our editor, Eric, an email at rshoemaker@students.naropa.edu



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