September 2017

Friday, 9/1

Saturday, 9/2

Sunday, 9/3

Monday, 9/4

Tuesday, 9/5

Wednesday, 9/6

Thursday, 9/7

Lunch with YA novelist Jennifer Yu (C’16)

Kauders Lunch Program

Hosted by Jamie-Lee Josselyn

12:00 PM in the Arts Cafe

rsvp: or (215) 746-POEM

Jennifer Yu is a Boston resident and recent graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, where she studied creative writing. In her free time, she enjoys reading books she’s too old for, roping unsuspecting friends into listening to her play the guitar and being far too invested in Boston sports teams. Most of her pop culture knowledge comes from binge-watching late-night talk show clips and occasional nervous forays into the depths of Tumblr. Find her online at or on Twitter: @yuontop.

Herman Beavers Book Party

6:00 PM in the Arts Cafe

Herman Beavers is Professor of English and Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, where he has been teaching African American Literature and Creative Writing since 1989. His poems have appeared in Whiskey Island, Cross Connect, Black American Literature Forum (presently titled The African American Review), Dark Phrases, The Cincinnati Poetry Review, Peregrine, The Painted Bride Quarterly, Callaloo, MELUS, The Langston Hughes Colloquy, Versadelphia, Cleaver Magazine, and American Arts Quarterly, as well as the anthology, Gathering Ground: A Cave Canem Reader. His chapbook, A Neighborhood of Feeling won first prize in the Doris Press Chapbook competition. He was among the first group of Cave Canem Fellows when the group was established in 1996. Since then, he has given readings in and around the Philadelphia area, including readings with Yusef Komunyakaa, Elizabeth Alexander, June Jordan, and Major Jackson and been featured on Live at the Kelly Writers House (on Penn’s radio station, WXPN). His poems have been nominated for The Best American Poetry series, The Best of the Web, and nominated three times for The Pushcart Prize in Poetry. He has been a finalist for the 42 Miles Press Poetry Award, the Kathryn A. Morton Poetry Prize, and the Lena Miles Wever Poetry Prize. Dr. Beavers has recently completed work on a chapbook of poems, The Vernell Poems and a full length poetry manuscript, Even in Such Light. His chapbook, Obsidian Blues is forthcoming from Agape Editions as part of its Morning House Chapbook Series. He is now at work on a volume of poems that feature characters from Toni Morrison’s Beloved. He lives in Burlington Township, NJ with his wife, Lisa, and their two children, Michael and Corinne.

Friday, 9/8

Brodsky Gallery Opening

6:00 PM in the Arts Cafe

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.

Saturday, 9/9

Kelly Writers House Activities Fair

12:00 PM- 4:00 PM throughout the house

The Kelly Writers House Activities Fair is an opportunity for new and returning students to explore the House. We'll have cupcakes and other snacks, writing stations, and plenty of ways for you to meet student leaders of various KWH writing initiatives (literacy outreach, magazines, writing exchange groups, and more).

Sunday, 9/10

Monday, 9/11

Planning Committee Meeting

5:00 PM in the Arts Cafe


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.

Tuesday, 9/12

Wednesday, 9/13

Speakeasy Open Mic Night

7:30 PM in the Arts Cafe

Our student-run open mic night 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.

Thursday, 9/14

Ben Leher and Sam Apple

Entrepreneurial Journalism

6:00 PM in the Arts Cafe

Friday, 9/15

Saturday, 9/16

Sunday, 9/17

Monday, 9/18

Tuesday, 9/19

Edible Books party

Creative Ventures program

5:00 PM throughout the first floor


Our Edible Book Contest will celebrate works of art inspired by books and created in kitchens. Past entries have included (somewhat) literal depictions of literary characters or scenes, punny interpretations of book titles, or cake-sculptures of actual books. Prizes will be awarded in a variety of categories (including best pun, most literary, most literal, yummiest, and most architectural). Everyone is welcome to browse the library of edible titles or to contribute their own. If you plan to make a book, please email with the title of your entry.

Wednesday, 9/20

Thursday, 9/21

Friday, 9/22

Saturday, 9/23

Sunday, 9/24

Monday, 9/25

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, 9/26

Lunch with Peter Waterhouse

Povich Journalism Program

12:00 PM in the Arts Cafe

rsvp: or (215) 746-POEM

Wednesday, 9/27

Lunch with Alex Koppelman

Povich Journalism Program

12:00 PM in the Arts Cafe

rsvp: or (215) 746-POEM

Patricia Lockwood

Bernheimer Symposium

6:00 PM in the Arts Cafe

Thursday, 9/28

Friday, 9/29

Saturday, 9/30