Professor of Writing & Poetics

Institutional Affiliation

Naropa University
Jack Kerouac School

Regional and Thematic Interests

South Asia
Language; Literature and the Arts


ANDREW SCHELLING is a poet, essay writer, and translator living on Sugarloaf, outside Boulder, Colorado. He has taught at Naropa University since 1990, and served as Chair of the Dept. of Writing & Poetics from 1993-1996. Schelling is the author or editor of seventeen books and numerous chapbooks. His poetry is celebrated for its immersion in ecology, grass-roots politics, and the languages and literatures of Asia, as well as his studies in Native American linguistics. La Alameda Press recently published From the Arapaho Songbook, a sequence of 108 stanzas based in the drainage of the Indian Peaks and drawing on Algonkian language studies. A Possible Bag, issued in 2013 from Singing Horse Press, continues that project. He has published six books of India’s classical poetry and numerous essays on Asian poetic traditions in journals such as Tricycle, Vasisnava Journal, Manoa, Shambhala Sun, and Ecopoetics. Dropping the Bow: Poems from Ancient India (1991; expanded edition 2008) received the Academy of American Poets Translation Prize. In 2011 Oxford University Press, Delhi, brought out The Oxford Anthology of Bhakti Literature, edited by Schelling. He teaches at Naropa University and serves on the faculty of Deer Park Institute in India’s bird-rich Himalayan foothills.

Selected Publications

Dropping the Bow: Poems from Ancient India

For Love of the Dark One: Songs of Mirabai

Erotic Love Poems from India: A Translation of the Sanskrit Amarusataka

The Cane Groves of Narmada River: Erotic Poems of Old India

Wild Form, Savage Grammar: Poetry, Ecology, Asia

Kamini: Poems from Jayadeva's Gita-govinda

The Oxford Anthology of Bhakti Literature

Love & the Turning Seasons: India's Poetry of Spiritual & Erotic Longing