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Internet Archive: Naropa Poetics Audio Archives

Founded in 1974, the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University has sponsored thousands of talks, lectures, and readings over the past four decades. The school was started by poets Anne Waldman and Allen Ginsberg, and they managed to bring important leading figures of the U.S. literary avant-garde to talk with students and others. The Internet Archive has created this very engaging archive of over 830 items, including readings and lectures from the school's various gatherings. The funding for the project came from the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the GRAMMY Foundation. Visitors can check out the "Spotlight Item" on the left-hand side of the page, then take a look at the most downloaded items to the right. Some of the talks include a reading of "Howl" by Ginsberg, a lecture on public discourse by William S. Burroughs, and recordings from a number of conferences dedicated to the work of Jack Kerouac.
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