January 2019

Tuesday, 1/1

Wednesday, 1/2

Thursday, 1/3

Friday, 1/4

Saturday, 1/5

Sunday, 1/6

Monday, 1/7

Tuesday, 1/8

Wednesday, 1/9

Thursday, 1/10

Friday, 1/11

Saturday, 1/12

Sunday, 1/13

Monday, 1/14

Tuesday, 1/15

Wednesday, 1/16

Thursday, 1/17

Friday, 1/18

Saturday, 1/19

Sunday, 1/20

Monday, 1/21

Tuesday, 1/22

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.

Wednesday, 1/23

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 Reading by Nasser Hussain

Writers Without Borders

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


Thursday, 1/24

Friday, 1/25

Saturday, 1/26

Sunday, 1/27

Monday, 1/28

LIVE at the Writers House

7:00 PM in the Arts Cafe

LIVE at the Writers House is a long-standing collaboration of the people of the Kelly Writers House and of WXPN (88.5 FM). Six times annually between September and April, the Writers House airs a one-hour broadcast of poetry, music, and other spoken-word art, along with one musical guest -- from our Arts Cafe onto the airwaves at WXPN. "LIVE" is broadcast on WXPN. "LIVE" is made possible through the generous support of BigRoc and is produced by Alli Katz.


Tuesday, 1/29

Wednesday, 1/30

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.


Thursday, 1/31

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!