September 2013

Sunday, 9/1

Monday, 9/2

Meetings and classes (may require registration or permission; email for more info)

  • 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM in Room 202: WRIT 002 with Courtney Rydel
  • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM in Room 202: ENG 225 with David Wallace
  • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM in Room 209: ENG 145 with Stephen Fried

Tuesday, 9/3

Meetings and classes (may require registration or permission; email for more info)

  • 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM in Room 202: WRIT 039 with Michelle Taransky
  • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM in Room 202: WRIT 125 with Valerie Ross
  • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM in Room 202: WRIT 027 with Emily Weissbourd
  • 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM in Room 202: ENG 112 with Max Apple
  • 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM in Room 209: ENG 010 with Laynie Brown

Wednesday, 9/4

Meetings and classes (may require registration or permission; email for more info)

  • 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM in Room 202: WRIT 002 with Courtney Rydel
  • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM in Room 202: ENG 156 with Paul Hendrickson
  • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM in Room 209: ENG 121 with Donna Jo Napoli

Thursday, 9/5

Meetings and classes (may require registration or permission; email for more info)

  • 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM in Room 202: WRIT 039 with Michelle Taransky
  • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM in Room 202: WRIT 125 with Valerie Ross
  • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM in Room 202: WRIT 027 with Emily Weissbourd
  • 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM in Room 202: ENG 117 with Anthony DeCurtis
  • 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM in Room 209: ENG 112 with Max Apple

Friday, 9/6

Saturday, 9/7

Sunday, 9/8

Monday, 9/9

JOSEPH CERAVOLO CELEBRATION

6:30 in the Arts Cafe

hosted by: CA Conrad
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In honor of the Ceravolo's Collected Poems, published by Weslyan University Press this year, CAConrad has invited nine poets — Marcella Durand, Jena Osman, Frank Sherlock, Ron Silliman, Rod Smith, Stacy Szymaszek, Michelle Taransky, Brian Teare, and Lewis Warsh — to speak about Ceravolo and his influence. According to the folks at Wesleyan, Ceravolo's importance cannot be overestimated: "Like an underground river, the astonishing poems of Joseph Ceravolo have nurtured American poetry for fifty years, a presence deeply felt but largely invisible. Collected Poems offers the first full portrait of Ceravolo’s aesthetic trajectory, bringing to light the highly original voice that was operating at an increasing remove from the currents of the time. From a poetics associated with Frank O’Hara and John Ashbery to an ever more contemplative, deeply visionary poetics similar in sensibility to Zen and Dante, William Blake and St. John of the Cross, this collection shows how Ceravolo’s poetry takes on a direct, quiet lyricism: intensely dedicated to the natural and spiritual life of the individual. As Ron Silliman notes, Ceravolo’s later work reveals him to be “one of the most emotionally open, vulnerable and self-knowing poets of his generation.”

Joseph Ceravolo (1934 – 1988) was an American poet associated with the second generation of the New York School. For years Ceravolo’s work was out of print, but the 2013 publication of his Collected Poems has made his work accessible again.


Meetings and classes (may require registration or permission; email for more info)

  • 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM in Room 202: WRIT 002 with Courtney Rydel
  • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM in Room 202: ENG 225 with David Wallace
  • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM in Room 209: ENG 145 with Stephen Fried

Tuesday, 9/10

A reading by Teddy Wayne

6:00 PM in the Arts Cafe

co-sponsored by: the Creative Writing Program
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Teddy Wayne is the author of the novels The Love Song of Jonny Valentine (Free Press) and Kapitoil (Harper Perennial), for which he was the winner of a 2011 Whiting Writers' Award and a PEN/Bingham Prize, New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award, and Dayton Literary Peace Prize finalist. The recipient of an NEA Creative Writing Fellowship, his work regularly appears in The New Yorker, the New York Times, McSweeney's, and elsewhere. He has taught at Washington University in St. Louis and Marymount Manhattan College, and he lives in New York.


Meetings and classes (may require registration or permission; email for more info)

  • 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM in Room 202: WRIT 039 with Michelle Taransky
  • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM in Room 202: WRIT 125 with Valerie Ross
  • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM in Room 202: WRIT 027 with Emily Weissbourd
  • 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM in Room 202: ENG 112 with Max Apple
  • 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM in Room 209: ENG 010 with Laynie Brown

Wednesday, 9/11

I LIVE I SEE: Vsevolov Nekrasov in translation

A reading by Ainsley Morse and Bela Shayevich

12:00 PM in the Arts Cafe

rsvp: wh@writing.upenn.edu
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Vsevolod Nekrasov (1934–2009) was a member of the “non-conformist” Lianozovo group, a founder of Moscow Conceptualism, and the foremost minimalist to come out of the Soviet literary underground. Before the fall of the Soviet Union, his work appeared only in samizdat and Western publications. With an economy of lyrical means and a wry sense of humor, Nekrasov’s early poems rupture Russian poetic tradition and stultified Soviet language, while his later work tackles the excesses of the new Russian order. Translated by Ainsley Morse and Bela Shayevich, I Live I See (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2013) is a testament to Nekrasov’s lifelong conviction that art can not only withstand, but undermine oppression. Visit: http://www.uglyducklingpresse.org/catalog/browse/item/?pubID=244.

Ainsley Morse has been translating 20th- and 21st-century Russian and (former-) Yugoslav literature since 2006. A longtime student of both literatures, she is currently pursuing a PhD in Slavic literatures at Harvard University. Recent publications include Andrei Sen-Senkov's Anatomical Theater (translated with Peter Golub, Zephyr Press, 2013), as well as her co-translation of Vsevolod Nekrasov (UDP, 2013). Ongoing translation projects include prose works by Georgii Ball and Viktor Ivaniv and polemical essays by the great Yugoslav writer Miroslav Krleža.

Bela Shayevich is a writer, translator, and illustrator living in Chicago. She is the co-translator of I Live I See by Vsevolod Nekrasov (UDP, 2013). Her translations have appeared in It's No Good by Kirill Medvedev (UDP/n+1, 2012) and various periodicals including Little Star, St. Petersburg Review, and Calque. She was the editor of n+1 magazine's translations of the Pussy Riot closing statements.

Speakeasy Open Mic Night

7:30 in the Arts Cafe

hosted by: Rosa Escandon and Isa Oliveres
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Our Speakeasy Open Mic Night is held once a month. We invite writers to share their work, or the work of others, in our Arts Cafe. Speakeasy welcomes all kinds of readings, performances, spectacles, and happenings. Bring your poetry, your guitar, your dance troupe, your award-winning essay, or your stand up comedy to share. You should expect outrageous (and free!) raffles for things you didn't know you needed, occasional costumes, and, of course, community members who love writing.

Meetings and classes (may require registration or permission; email for more info)

  • 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM in Room 202: WRIT 002 with Courtney Rydel
  • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM in Room 202: ENG 156 with Paul Hendrickson
  • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM in Room 209: ENG 121 with Donna Jo Napoli

Thursday, 9/12

Alessandro de Francesco and translator Belle Cushing

Writers Without Borders

6:00 PM in the Arts Cafe

co-sponsored by: Department of Romance Languages
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Writers Without Borders features writers from around the world whose fiction, drama, poetry, memoir, journalism, and performance art demand an international — and, what's more, a globally minded — readership and response. Through this ongoing series, Penn's provost has challenged the students and faculty who form the literary community at the Kelly Writers House to bring to the intimate cottage at 3805 Locust writers whose voices - whether because of regional unrest, cultural turmoil, aesthetic misunderstanding, the difficulty of travel, problems of translation, etc. — have not been much heard here. The setting, always conducive to workshop-style give-and-take, seems apt for introducing these writers to the broader Penn community and to our internationalist Philadelphia-area neighbors and partners.

Alessandro De Francesco currently lives in London after a long stay in France. Internationally regarded as one of the most relevant poets and language artists of the new generation, Alessandro is currently recipient of the writers' grant of the French National Book Center and is the youngest Faculty member of the European Graduate School, where he was invited twice as artist-in-residence and visiting professor of poetry. He published the following books of poetry and conceptual writing: Lo spostamento degli oggetti (2008), from 1000m (2009), Redéfinition (2010), Ridefinizione (2011), Augmented Writing (2013, upcoming). His poetry is regularly translated and published in journals worldwide. Recent publications in English can be found in the following magazines: Lana Turner Journal, OR, Gradiva, Continent (all translations by Belle Cushing). As an artist, Alessandro's work is entirely based on the innovatory notions of augmented writing and reading environment, involving both visual and sonic text processing. A committed teacher, Alessandro co-founded and directed for two years the Poetry Writing Atelier within the Literature and Languages Department at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris and collaborated a.o. with Jean-Marie Gleize at the Centre d'études poétiques in Lyon.


Meetings and classes (may require registration or permission; email for more info)

  • 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM in Room 202: WRIT 039 with Michelle Taransky
  • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM in Room 202: WRIT 125 with Valerie Ross
  • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM in Room 202: WRIT 027 with Emily Weissbourd
  • 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM in Room 202: ENG 117 with Anthony DeCurtis
  • 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM in Room 209: ENG 112 with Max Apple

Friday, 9/13

Saturday, 9/14

Sunday, 9/15

Monday, 9/16

A Meeting of the Writers House Planning Committee (The "HUB")

5:00 PM in the Arts Cafe

rsvp: jalowent@writing.upenn.edu

From the time of its founding in 1995-1996, the Kelly Writers House has been run more or less collectively by members of its community. Our original team of intrepid founders—the group of students, faculty, alumni, and staff who wanted to create an independent haven for writers and supporters of contemporary writing in any genre—took for themselves the name "the hub." "Hub" was the generic term given by Penn's Provost, President, and other planners who hoped that something very innovative would be done at 3805 Locust Walk to prove the viability of the idea that students, working with others, could create an extracurricular learning community around common intellectual and creative passions. To this day, the Writers House Planning Committee refers to itself as "the hub"—the core of engaged faculty, student, staff, and alumni volunteers from whom the House's creative energy and vitality radiates.

Meetings and classes (may require registration or permission; email for more info)

  • 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM in Room 202: WRIT 002 with Courtney Rydel
  • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM in Room 202: ENG 225 with David Wallace
  • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM in Room 209: ENG 145 with Stephen Fried

Tuesday, 9/17

CAREERS IN JOURNALISM AND NEW MEDIA

featuring: Joel Siegel ('79), Maria Popova (C'07), and Melody Joy Kramer (C'06), with moderator Stephen Fried (C'79)

5:00 PM in the Arts Cafe

co-sponsored by: The Daily Pennsylvanian, The Nora Magid Mentorship Prize, and the Maury Povich Fund for Journalism Programs at the Kelly Writers House
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Joel Siegel began his journalism career at the Red Bank Daily Register, covering cops, courts and Bruce Springsteen sightings. He wrote his first story on an electric typewriter. He then saw the world as a reporter and editor for The Associated Press, in Philadelphia, Harrisburg and Trenton, where he was the Statehouse bureau chief. Next stop: The New York Daily News, where he worked for 15 years, mostly as the City Hall bureau chief and as the senior political correspondent. He covered President Clinton's impeachment, the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center and Hillary Clinton's 2000 Senate campaign. In 2003, he joined ABC News as a writer for Peter Jennings, and later for Charles Gibson and Diane Sawyer, on ABC's "World News." He also worked as a head writer and a producer for "Weekend World News." Joel returned to the Daily News last year as the managing editor for politics, overseeing the City Hall, Albany and Washington bureaus, and all campaign coverage.

Stephen Fried ('79) is an award-winning author and magazine journalist, a lecturer at Penn's Center for Programs in Contemporary Writing and an adjunct professor at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. A former contributing editor at Vanity Fair, GQ and Glamour, and the former editor-in-chief of Philadelphia magazine, he has written five nonfiction books--most recently "Appetite for America," one of the Wall Street Journal's top ten books of the year--and is currently working on a biography of Dr. Benjamin Rush for Crown.

Maria Popova is the founder and editor of Brain Pickings (brainpickings.org), an inventory of cross-disciplinary interestingness covering art, science, history, philosophy, design, and more. She has written for Wired, UK, The Atlantic, Nieman Journalism Lab, The New York Times, Smithsonian Magazine, and Design Observer, among others, and is an MIT Futures of Entertainment Fellow. She is on Twitter as @brainpicker.

Melody Kramer graduated from Penn in 2006 with a B.A. in English (Creative Writing.) While at Penn, she wrote the humor column for the Daily Pennsylvanian, edited The Punchbowl, tutored folks at the Kelly Writer's House and played trumpet in the Penn Band. After graduating, she received the Kroc Fellowship at NPR, where she learned radio reporting, editing, producing and web stuff. She then moved to Chicago to direct and produce Wait Wait Don't Tell Me, NPR's humor show. Three years later, she moved back to Philly to work as a producer and writer at WHYY's Fresh Air with Terry Gross. She left Fresh Air to go to med school, dropped out in April, took a temp gig writing for and editing National Geographic magazine. She will soon announce a new job! Her email is melodykramer@gmail.com — and she's happy to offer advice or support for anyone thinking about this kind of career. Don't hesitate to get in touch.

Meetings and classes (may require registration or permission; email for more info)

  • 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM in Room 202: WRIT 039 with Michelle Taransky
  • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM in Room 202: WRIT 125 with Valerie Ross
  • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM in Room 202: WRIT 027 with Emily Weissbourd
  • 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM in Room 202: ENG 112 with Max Apple
  • 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM in Room 209: ENG 010 with Laynie Brown

Wednesday, 9/18

Lunch with Children's Book Editor Wendy Lamb

Applebaum Editors & Publishers series

12:00 noon in the Arts Cafe

hosted by: Donna Jo Napoli
rsvp: wh@writing.upenn.edu
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Wendy Lamb is Vice President, and Publishing Director of Wendy Lamb Books, Random House Children’s Books Group. The imprint publishes titles for middle grade and young adult readers. Books she has edited have won many honors, including the Newbery Medal, Newbery Honor, the Michael L. Printz Award, and Honor,the Carnegie Medal, the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, and Honor, the Coretta Scott King Award, and Honor, the Scott O’Dell Award, the Christopher Medal, and the Pura Belpre Award. Among the authors she has published are Christopher Paul Curtis, Peter Dickinson, Patricia Reilly Giff, Marthe Jocelyn, Walter Dean Myers, Donna Jo Napoli, Gary Paulsen, Dana Reinhardt, Rebecca Stead, Meg Rosoff, Graham Salisbury, Art Slade, and Elizabeth Winthrop. In l999 she won the LMP Award for Editorial Achievement in Children's Publishing.

Frank Sherlock and Zach Savich

Whenever We Feel Like It

6:00 PM in the Arts Cafe

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The Whenever We Feel Like It Reading Series is put on by Committee of Vigilance members Michelle Taransky and Emily Pettit. The Committee of Vigilance is a subdivision of Sleepy Lemur Quality Enterprises, which is the production division of The Meeteetzee Institute.

Frank Sherlock is the author of the newly released Neighbor Ballads from Albion Books. He is the author of Over Here, The City Real & Imagined (w/ CAConrad), and a collaboration with Brett Evans entitled Ready-to-Eat Individual. Por Aquí, a Spanish-language collection of his work translated by Carlos Soto Roman, will be published by Chile's Das Kapital Press in 2014. His chapbook Very Different Animals was selected for the Fact-Simile Press Equinox Award. New poems have appeared in Aufgabe, Joyland and Poetry During Occupy Wall Street. Sherlock is a recipient of the 2013 Pew Fellowship in the Arts for literature.

Zach Savich is the author of the poetry collections Full Catastrophe Living (University of Iowa Press, 2009), Annulments (Center for Literary Publishing, 2010), The Man Who Lost his Head (Omnidawn, 2011), and The Firestorm (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2011), as well as a book of prose, Events Film Cannot Withstand (Rescue Press, 2011). His newest book of poems, Century Swept Brutal, is forthcoming from Black Ocean. His work has received the Iowa Poetry Prize, the Colorado Prize for Poetry, Omnidawn's Chapbook Prize, and the Cleveland State University Poetry Center's Open Award. Savich teaches at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and co-edits Rescue Press's Open Prose Series.

Meetings and classes (may require registration or permission; email for more info)

  • 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM in Room 202: WRIT 002 with Courtney Rydel
  • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM in Room 202: ENG 156 with Paul Hendrickson
  • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM in Room 209: ENG 121 with Donna Jo Napoli

Thursday, 9/19

Wes Perry

Feminism/s

6:00 PM in the Arts Cafe

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Feminism/s is an interdisciplinary series exploring how art, criticism, political action, and community building can create structural and cultural solutions to gender hierarchies. Feminism/s seeks to amplify the multiplicity of voices engaged in the critique of the gender hierarchy, plant footprints in absence, slit the invisible veins of social construction, and learn about activist approaches. The series takes place at the Kelly Writers House, a collaborative freespace dedicated to the literary arts at the University of Pennsylvania.

Wes Perry is a writer, performer, and bagel-snob living in Chicago. He has worked closely with The Annoyance, iO Chicago, and ImprovAcadia. Wes uses his background in improvisation and sketch to create original solo pieces that blend storytelling and music in a way that’s unique, honest, and absurd. His hit one man show, Don’t Act Like A Girl, was lauded as a “triumph” and “an eminently enjoyable journey of great comic timing and reflection” by The Windy City Times and a “nifty slice of underdog theater” by Time Out Chicago.

His monthly variety show, Making Out with Wes Perry and Friends, has been lauded by WBEZ, The Huffington Post, and Time Out Chicago who wrote “Making Out is peerless in Chicago: a variety show that blends real, old-school variety with an evolved sense of inclusivity.” http://wesperry.tumblr.com/


Meetings and classes (may require registration or permission; email for more info)

  • 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM in Room 202: WRIT 039 with Michelle Taransky
  • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM in Room 202: WRIT 125 with Valerie Ross
  • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM in Room 202: WRIT 027 with Emily Weissbourd
  • 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM in Room 202: ENG 117 with Anthony DeCurtis
  • 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM in Room 209: ENG 112 with Max Apple

Friday, 9/20

A Conversation with Graham Nash

Blutt Singer Songwriter Symposium

6:00 PM in the Arts Cafe

hosted by: Al Filreis and Anthony DeCurtis
watch: a video recording of this event via KWH-TV
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Saturday, 9/21

Sunday, 9/22

Monday, 9/23

A Conversation with Michael Rauch

Alumni Authors Series

6:00 PM in the Arts Cafe

hosted by: Al Filreis

Michael Rauch is executive producer of the new USA Network original series Royal Pains. Rauch has written, produced and directed numerous projects in both film and television. He created and executive produced the CBS series Love Monkey with Tom Cavanagh, Judy Greer, Larenz Tate and Jason Priestley, as well as the ABC Family series Beautiful People with Daphne Zuniga and the CW series Life is Wild Rauch also wrote and directed the independent feature In the Weeds for Miramax starring Ellen Pompeo, Bridget Moynahan, Molly Ringwald and Eric Bogosian. He also directed and produced Bogosian in the filmed version of the performer's off-Broadway show for IFC, Wake Up and Smell the Coffee.

Meetings and classes (may require registration or permission; email for more info)

  • 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM in Room 202: WRIT 002 with Courtney Rydel
  • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM in Room 202: ENG 225 with David Wallace
  • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM in Room 209: ENG 145 with Stephen Fried

Tuesday, 9/24

Brodsky Gallery Opening

Erin Murray/Recent Work

6:00 PM

The first Brodsky Gallery show of the academic year features recent drawings by Philadelphia artist Erin Murray. Join us for a brief artist's talk, followed by a reception and time to view and enjoy the art.

Erin Murray was born in Philadelphia in 1979 and currently lives and works in that city. She received her BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2001. Her work draws on the built environment to empathically explore themes of humanity. Recent solo exhibitions have been at Nancy Margolis Gallery in New York, the Fleisher Art Memorial in Philadelphia, and The Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts in Wilmington, DE. Her work has been included in recent group exhibitions at Vox Populi Gallery in Philadelphia and Salon Zurcher in New York. In 2012 she was awarded the West Collects acquisition prize and joined the artist's collective Vox Populi. You can find her work published in New American Paintings, Tabletop Zine, and Dirty Laundry Magazine.

The Brodsky Gallery is an art gallery integrated with the ground floor of the Writers House. Up to six exhibitions take place during the academic year from September through May. Openings feature a reception for the artist and an accompanying program; examples include panel discussions, poetry readings, film screenings, and technique demonstrations by the artist. Through exhibiting a diverse array of art media and cross-disciplinary programming, the Brodsky Gallery at KWH seeks to engage Penn students and the broader Philadelphia community with the interrelationships between literary and visual arts. Thanks to the generosity of Michael and Heidi Brodsky, whose support makes our gallery space possible, the Brodsky Gallery is a permanent project of Kelly Writers House.

Meetings and classes (may require registration or permission; email for more info)

  • 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM in Room 202: WRIT 039 with Michelle Taransky
  • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM in Room 202: WRIT 125 with Valerie Ross
  • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM in Room 202: WRIT 027 with Emily Weissbourd
  • 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM in Room 202: ENG 112 with Max Apple
  • 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM in Room 209: ENG 010 with Laynie Brown

Wednesday, 9/25

A Reading by Rachel Blau DuPlessis

In celebration of Surge: Drafts: 96-114

6:00 PM in the Arts Cafe

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Rachel Blau DuPlessis is the author of the long poem Drafts, begun in 1986. Her newest book is Surge: Drafts 96-114, published by Salt in 2013. Transcending poetic schools and binaries in poetics with an odic verve and analytic intensity, Surge is the provocative, open-ended ending to Drafts, DuPlessis's twenty-six year project in the long poem.

Other volumes include The Collage Poems of Drafts (2011), Pitch: Drafts 77-95 (2010), Torques: Drafts 58-76 (Salt Publishing, 2007) as well as Drafts 1-38, Toll (Wesleyan U.P., 2001) and Drafts 39-57, Pledge, with Draft unnumbered: Précis (Salt Publishing, 2004).

Her recent book Purple Passages: Pound, Eliot, Zukofsky, Olson, Creeley and the Ends of Patriarchal Poetry (University of Iowa Press, 2012) is part of a trilogy of works about gender and poetics that includes The Pink Guitar: Writing as Feminist Practice and Blue Studios: Poetry and its Cultural Work, both from University of Alabama Press.

She has published three other critical books on modern poetry, fiction and gender, eight other books of poetry, and three co-edited anthologies as well as editing The Selected Letters of George Oppen. She has been awarded a Pew Fellowship in the Arts, a residency for poetry at Bellagio, and has held an appointment to the National Humanities Center. DuPlessis is Professor Emerita of English at Temple University.


Meetings and classes (may require registration or permission; email for more info)

  • 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM in Room 202: WRIT 002 with Courtney Rydel
  • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM in Room 202: ENG 156 with Paul Hendrickson
  • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM in Room 209: ENG 121 with Donna Jo Napoli

Thursday, 9/26

Fineman and Fineman: Media Then & Now

Povich Journalism Program

6:00 PM in the Arts Cafe

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Howard Fineman is an American journalist who is editorial director of the AOL Huffington Post Media Group. Prior to his move to Huffington Post in October 2010, he was Newsweek’s Chief Political Correspondent, Senior Editor and Deputy Washington Bureau Chief. An award-winning writer, Fineman also is an NBC News analyst, contributing reports to the network and its cable affiliate MSNBC. He appears frequently on “Hardball with Chris Matthews,” “The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell” and “The Rachel Maddow Show.” The author of scores of Newsweek cover stories, Fineman’s work has also appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The New Republic. His “Living Politics” column was posted weekly on Newsweek.com. Fineman authored his first book in 2008, The Thirteen American Arguments: Enduring Debates That Define and Inspire Our Country.

Meredith C. Fineman is the Founder and CEO of FinePoint Digital PR, a boutique tech, social media, public relations, and media relations agency. FinePoint specializes in national press and events for start-ups and tech, as well as social media strategy and implementation, blogger programs and strategic content. Meredith is also a connector and adviser to many sectors of Washington ranging from entrepreneurship to media to small business. She has a background in advertising and marketing for companies and brands such as Bloomingdale's, CBS, Young & Rubicam, and Nestle. Additionally, Meredith is a freelance writer in humor, technology, entrepreneurship, and business for outlets such as The Harvard Business Review, Fast Company, The Huffington Post, The Daily Muse, Gawker, and HelloGiggles. She is the founder and editor of two female-centric humor sites, TheFFJD, a satire of young Jewish dating life, and Girls Aren't Funny, a space to highlight female humor writers past and present. Meredith received a BA in Communications and Spanish from the University of Pennsylvania.


Meetings and classes (may require registration or permission; email for more info)

  • 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM in Room 202: WRIT 039 with Michelle Taransky
  • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM in Room 202: WRIT 125 with Valerie Ross
  • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM in Room 202: WRIT 027 with Emily Weissbourd
  • 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM in Room 202: ENG 117 with Anthony DeCurtis
  • 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM in Room 209: ENG 112 with Max Apple

Friday, 9/27

Saturday, 9/28

Sunday, 9/29

Monday, 9/30

Chris Satullo

Kauders Lunch Series

12:00 PM in the Arts Cafe

rsvp: wh@writing.upenn.edu

Chris Satullo is vice president for news and civic dialogue at WHYY. He joined the public media service in 2008 after nearly 20 years at the Philadelphia Inquirer. At the Inquirer, he served as editorial page editor and a columnist, among various positions. He founded the paper's Citizen Voices program of civic dialogues on public issues, and in 2006 co-founded the Penn Project for Civic Engagement at the University of Pennsylvania. He has won more than 50 awards for columns, editorials, reporting and civic engagement. Before coming to the Inquirer, he worked at the Express newspaper in Easton, Pa., where he was assistant managing editor and wrote a syndicated column. A a graduate of Williams College and a former Fulbright Fellow, he lives in Montgomery County, Pa.

LIVE at the Writers House

7:00 PM in the Arts Cafe

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

Meetings and classes (may require registration or permission; email for more info)

  • 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM in Room 202: WRIT 002 with Courtney Rydel
  • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM in Room 202: ENG 225 with David Wallace
  • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM in Room 209: ENG 145 with Stephen Fried