Please take a look at the message below from fellow Kerouac School alum Bill Brown. We must stand together to ensure that the school continues to be a center for forward thinking writing and speech.
"I'm with you in Rockland." - Allen Ginsberg, HOWL
We have our Mind-slogan!! If you are in solidarity for the continued support and plan of The Kerouac School, please repost this as your status update.
We do not know the details, but evidently budget cuts have made 23 long time Naropa support staff fired without notice and program cuts are happening across the board.
Without details we can only wait and watch from afar.
I spoke to Lisa today and Akilah yesterday, while a meeting en-masse with current KS students was happening. Whatever is, is by all indications - student led. In our day, it was the same - we ran the initiatives to make a Naropa Student Union, Student Union
The Kerouac School is Naropa's FLAGSHIP program, not Buddhist Studies, not Transpersonal Psych, nothing compares to it in the WORLD-AT-LARGE. This can be seen as a time of change, but The FUTURE students and CURRENT students need help and support from us, the people that this school has effected and nurtured into who we are in the real world.
Economics is a real world effect, and decisions are tough. Without negativity we can stand firm that we have benefited from our education at The Kerouac School and continue to benefit. That the 100 year project is intact and should remain so. That this is the 21st century, and there are technological means to create extended opportunities for the school's principle means and execute this means in the world.
That we are here as potential faculty, mentors, go-tos - that we are FAMILY in the Duncan sense of Rites of Participation. The Kerouac school is in some way our home, Anne and Allen our parental body in spirit and we will not stand down to see anything extinguish the torch we have been given to carry.
WE are with you in Rockland, Kerouac School, we are WITH YOU!
Alum, The Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, 1994
co-founder, Prazska skola poetiky/Prague School of Poetics, 1998-2001