This year, the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University celebrates its fortieth anniversary. Founded in 1974 by Academy Chancellor Anne Waldman and poet Allen Ginsberg, the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics has continued its tradition of cultivating contemplative and experimental writing practices, with faculty from Diane di Prima to today's featured Poem-a-Day poet, CAConrad.

Today, Naropa at 40 celebrations will take place around New York City and will be livestreamed, starting at 1 p.m. Events include two panels at the CUNY Graduate Center followed by a reading and performance at 8 p.m. at The Poetry Project.

To learn more about the Boulder-Denver literary arts community, read an essay on The Poetic History of Colorado.