butmomiwantpizza said: What's the best way to get in contact with the KWH recruiters? I am interested in attending UPenn, along with being involved with the KWH. Thank you for your time!

Hi there! Jamie-Lee Josselyn is our Director of Recruitment, and she can help you out if you email her at jjossely@writing.upenn.edu. You can also visit us at any time, or tune into a livecast of any of our programs (once the school year starts) to get a feel for what goes on here!

Vote for the Indiewire July Project of the Month!

Want to help out a group of KWH filmmakers?

Dain Mainella, Jay Jadick, Dylan Hansen-Fliedner, and Benjamin R. Davis are four pals of KWH who have teamed up to make a film called Driving Not Knowing — you can read more about it here — and now it’s up for Indiewire’s Project of the Month!

Vote for our friends, if you have a moment. The winning team gets a consultation with the Tribeca Film Institute, sending this project well on its way to success. 

Did you know that when you go to Van Pelt Library, you’ll find these nifty stickers on books written by KWH Visiting Authors?
Think of it as a scavenger hunt. When you wander the racks and find an author you like, you can then browse our archive for a treasure trove of recordings of their visits, readings, lectures, panel discussions, and conversations. 
Click here to listen to Jennifer Egan’s most recent reading at KWH, just weeks after her Pulitzer win for A Visit From The Goon Squad, and hear her argue that she thinks of the book less as a novel than as the literary version of a ’70s concept album. Bonus: Sam Donsky (http://poemsvsvolcano.tumblr.com) is Jenny’s opener!

Did you know that when you go to Van Pelt Library, you’ll find these nifty stickers on books written by KWH Visiting Authors?

Think of it as a scavenger hunt. When you wander the racks and find an author you like, you can then browse our archive for a treasure trove of recordings of their visits, readings, lectures, panel discussions, and conversations. 

Click here to listen to Jennifer Egan’s most recent reading at KWH, just weeks after her Pulitzer win for A Visit From The Goon Squad, and hear her argue that she thinks of the book less as a novel than as the literary version of a ’70s concept album. Bonus: Sam Donsky (http://poemsvsvolcano.tumblr.com) is Jenny’s opener!

'She’s Good, With a Capital G': A Roxane Gay Reading List

Check out the profile of Roxane Gay on the Longreads blog today!

That photo comes from her reading here at KWH this past April as part of our Cheryl J. Family Fiction Series.

Click here to to find video and downloadable audio of her reading, which included both heart-rending passages from her novel, An Untamed State, and love letters to Channing Tatum and her UPS delivery man.


Best Literati EventsKelly Writers House
With more than 150 author-focused happenings each year, this quaint gothic cottage on Penn’s campus is beloved by literary types and writers in the making. All events are open to the public and free, so check the calendar for once-a-month open-mic nights, workshops, and speakers on the caliber of Buzz Bissinger, Esquire's Tom Junod and GQ contributor Lisa DePaulo.

We already thought we were the best in town for literary events, but we welcome the rest of the city to the party now that we’re legit!

Best Literati Events
Kelly Writers House

With more than 150 author-focused happenings each year, this quaint gothic cottage on Penn’s campus is beloved by literary types and writers in the making. All events are open to the public and free, so check the calendar for once-a-month open-mic nights, workshops, and speakers on the caliber of Buzz Bissinger, Esquire's Tom Junod and GQ contributor Lisa DePaulo.

We already thought we were the best in town for literary events, but we welcome the rest of the city to the party now that we’re legit!

What’s the end of the world, as YOU know it? 

Some talented KWH folk are putting together a zine/group chapbook/small publication on the END OF THE WORLD, or the APOCALYPSE or also PLAUSIBLE or NOT PLAUSIBLE DYSTOPIAN SPECULATIVE FICTION or NON FICTION. They are looking for submissions!

Writing should be between 0 and 500 words, or be excerpt-able. Art should be reproducible.

Art and writing includes comics.

You do not need to be Penn-affiliated to get involved.

You can email wh@writing.upenn.edu to submit!

We’re still pretty giddy about the construction progress on our new Kelly Family Annex. Just look! Soon, this’ll be a new classroom and a digital recording studio; and, as an added bonus, we’ll get new porch space for hanging out in our Class of 1942 Garden even when it’s raining. 

We’re still pretty giddy about the construction progress on our new Kelly Family Annex. Just look! Soon, this’ll be a new classroom and a digital recording studio; and, as an added bonus, we’ll get new porch space for hanging out in our Class of 1942 Garden even when it’s raining. 

afilreis:

Our renovation begins. The old “pub room” has been stripped and is ready to become our Zises Seminar Room. Meanwhile, outside in the garden the old holly had to be taken down to make way for the 2-story addition, The Kelly Annex with its fabulous Wexler Studio and, on the second floor, a new student projects room. The garden doesn’t look the same without that huge holly.

The staff here at KWH aren’t just spending our work days at a construction site—we’re dwelling in possibility. (Oh, just think of how beautiful these new rooms are going to be!)

randomhouse:

Allen Ginsberg would’ve been 88 today. Here he is reading “Howl.”

Oh look! It’s audio from KWH’s own digital poetry project, PennSound.

Check it out for this track (our Ginsberg page is here) and 5,500 more hours of poetry recordings straight from the source.

(Source: youtube.com)

Why the Humanities Epidemic Should End | The Undergraduate Times

We’re so proud of incoming Penn freshman Amanda Silberling, who wrote this smart and important article about why she is planning to study English and the humanities in college. Amanda has been in touch with the Writers House since she was in 11th grade. We can’t wait til she arrives on campus!