Suppose an Eyes Reading
6:00 pm in the Arts Cafe
Suppose An Eyes is an ongoing workshop for poets sponsored by the Kelly Writers House. Formed in 1999, the group meets two evenings per month, providing a workshop for poets to explore, share, and improve their work as part of a supportive community of writers. Though often full, the group is open to anyone interested in writing poetry — any type of poetry, from traditional forms to “found” poetry, flarf, and even computer-generated work. In addition to workshop meetings, Suppose an Eyes participates in readings at various locations in the greater Philadelphia area.
A Reading by Nasser Hussain
6:00 PM in the Arts Cafe
hosted by: Al Filreis
Nasser Hussain is a Lecturer in Literature and Creative Writing at Leeds Beckett University. He published his first full collection of poetry, boldface, with Burning Eye Press in 2014. His work has appeared in a number of poetry journals and anthologies, most recently in Wretched Strangers (BoilerHouse press, 2018), and Concrete and Constraint (Penteract Press, 2018). His current poetic interest in is mass transit, and his latest book, SKY WRI TEI NGS (Coach House Press 2018) is a book of poems written entirely from IATA airport codes. Tweet him @nassershussain
A poetry reading by Deb Burnham
Introduced by Julia Bloch
12:00 PM in the Arts Cafe
Deborah Burnham has lived in Philadelphia and worked at the University of Pennsylvania for over 30 years. She has served as an undergraduate advisor in the College office, directed an academic writing program, and is currently the Associate Undergraduate Chair of the English department. She teaches undergraduates and adults, focusing on 19th and 20th century fiction and on (mostly) American poetry. For many summers, she taught poetry at the Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Arts. She leads poetry workshops for high school students, and for cancer survivors. She has published two books of poetry, and has another in circulation.
A conversation with Andrea Mitchell
6:30 PM in the Arts Cafe
Hosted by: Al Filreis
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Andrea Mitchell, the veteran chief foreign affairs correspondent for NBC News, is also the host of Andrea Mitchell Reports, an hour of political and foreign policy news airing each day at 12 p.m. ET on MSNBC. Since joining NBC News in 1978, Mitchell has covered seven presidential administrations. Mitchell also appears regularly on Nightly News with Lester Holt, TODAY, and Meet the Press.
Mitchell's extensive and varied reports over the years include all of the Reagan/Gorbachev arms control summits, a series of exclusive interviews with Cuba's late President Fidel Castro, coverage of the diplomatic normalization with Havana, the Iran nuclear negotiations, conflicts in Haiti, Bosnia and Kosovo as well as assignments in Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, North Korea, Pakistan, Israel and the Palestinian territories. She has also covered every presidential campaign for NBC News since 1980, most recently as the lead correspondent assigned to Hillary Clinton throughout 2016.
Frequently honored by her peers, Mitchell is a recipient of the Los Angeles Press Club’s Joseph M. Quinn Lifetime Achievement Award, The International Radio and Television Society Foundation’s Giant of Broadcasting and Electronic Arts Honor, the International Women’s Media Foundation’s Lifetime Achievement Award, and the 2015 MATRIX Award from New York Women in Communications as one of the "Women Who Change the World.” She has also received the Goldsmith Career Award for Excellence in Journalism from the John F. Kennedy School of Government and was chosen by the Society for Professional Journalists for their Lifetime Achievement Award.
In September 2005, Mitchell authored the best seller, Talking Back, a memoir about her experiences as one of the first women to cover five presidents, Congress, and foreign policy. A native of New York, Mitchell received a B.A. degree in English literature from the University of Pennsylvania where she served as the immediate past Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees and currently chairs the Board of Overseers of the College of Arts and Sciences. In 2018, Mitchell delivered the university’s commencement address, receiving an honorary doctorate of humane letters degree. Mitchell is on the board of the International Women’s Media Foundation, the Steering Committee of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, and is a member of the Gridiron Club. Mitchell is married to former Federal Reserve Board Chairman Alan Greenspan and resides in Washington, D.C.
Meg Day and Lauren Drake
Whenever We Feel Like It
6:00 PM in the Arts Cafe
Meg Day is the 2015-2016 recipient of the Amy Lowell Poetry Travelling Scholarship, a 2013 recipient of an NEA Fellowship in Poetry, and the author of Last Psalm at Sea Level (Barrow Street 2014), winner of the Barrow Street Poetry Prize and the Publishing Triangle’s Audre Lorde Award, and a finalist for the 2016 Kate Tufts Discovery Award from Claremont Graduate University. Day is Assistant Professor of English & Creative Writing at Franklin & Marshall College and lives in Lancaster, PA. www.megday.com
Lauren Drake is a junior majoring in bioengineering with a minor in creative writing. She is currently the Penn Chapter Co-Coordinator and Peer Mental Health Advocate Coordinator of Project Let's Erase the Stigma (LETS), an advocacy and support organization for students with lived experience of mental illness.
Mind of Winter
5:00 PM in the Arts Cafe
In January of every year, the Writers House Planning Committee embraces the post-holiday doldrums with a celebration of winter's comforts, inspired by Wallace Stevens's chilly poem, "The Snow Man." We gather here at the Writers House, stoke a big fire in the parlor, simmer several big pots of soups and stews, and share our favorite winter-themed readings with one another. Let it snow!