Conceived and realized in November 2016
while researching the states of various small press publishers,
Naropa Sycamore Editions was born out of the idea
that publishers adopting the names of universities
serve to obfuscate the publisher as associated
with the referenced university beyond alumni status.
To paint a parallel of elaboration,
the name Naropa was paired with the word Sycamore
after the tree of the same name located
on Naropa University’s Arapahoe Campus, Boulder, Colorado.
As such, the logo of Naropa Sycamore Editions is an image of
Anne Waldman sitting crosslegged with a book in her lap
overlayed on a sycamore leaf.
Thus, Naropa Sycamore Editions becomes a place for Naropa scholars,
particularly those of the Jack Kerouac School
and Beat Generation Outrider traditions,
and academics and artists in general to find a home
for displaced and disembodied poetics, prosody, visual arts, etc.
Ideally, take a seat under a tree and dig the nature of artistry.
Truly, Naropa Sycamore Editions is none other.