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great poet eyebrows

Great poet eyebrows belonging to two poets beloved by KWH'ers—Bob Perelman and Greg Djanikian. During our 4/9/15 celebration of Bob (who is retiring after this semester), Greg rose to toast him and remarked that one reason he (Greg) likes him (Bob) is his fabulous eyebrows. Later, during the reception, two posed for eyebrowish comparison.

leonard cohen celebration - video

The video recording of our recent Leonard Cohen festival is now available here. Here is a link to a preview of the event.

getting medieval - a new podcast

Episode #32 in the "Kelly Writers House podcast" series features a 20-minute excerpt from a program led by David Wallace and students in his medieval literature seminar in December 2013 - called "Getting Medieval": CLICK HERE TO LISTEN. You can also watch the video recording of the entire program by clicking here.

Heled Grant winner: Kristen Kelly

We are very pleased to announce that Kristen Kelly has won the Terry B. Heled Travel & Research Grant at the Kelly Writers House.  This year, we received dozens of fine applications for this award. Kristen (C'16) is majoring in Urban Studies and English. 

Supported financially by this grant, Kristen will travel to San Francisco and Seattle to research the history of Asian immigration (including its familial/personal impacts) into the US.  She will present her writing, the result of this research, next fall at the Kelly Writers House.

As a way of remembering her mother, Terry B. Heled - and of honoring the students of her alma mater in gratitude for the encouragement her own research and writing received while she was at Penn - Mali Heled Kinberg (C'95) has created this endowed fund at the Kelly Writers House that, each summer, enables a student to travel for the purpose of conducting the research leading to a significant writing project.

For more about the Heled Grant, see:  http://writing.upenn.edu/wh/involved/awards/heled/

Congratulations to Kristen! (And many thanks to Mingo Reynolds for once again coordinating the review of applicants and also, of course, to Mali Heled Kinberg for making possible this opportunity for a venturesome Penn student.)

should you get an MFA?

Should you get an MFA in writing? A panel discussion led by Karen Rile. Video recording of the session: http://writing.upenn.edu/wh/multimedia/tv/reruns/watch/186278 . And audio: https://media.sas.upenn.edu/writershouse/15A/Should-You-Get-An-MFA_KWH-UPenn_02-11-15.mp3 .

KWH people understand a Zen modernist gem

Our faculty director leads us in a collective collaborative close reading of Wallace Stevens's Zen modernist gem, "The Snow Man." The phrase we annually encounter in this poem, "the mind of winter," gives us the title of our wintry event. Click here to watch the video. Click here to listen to the audio.

february 2015 highlights (audio)

February 2015 highlights at the Kelly Writers House​ (1:14 audio): http://bit.ly/1D1GEON .

23 paid summer internships in the arts

We are very pleased to announce the 2015 RealArts@PENN paid internships - the 7th summer of this innovative project. The goal of the RealArts program is to support creative Penn undergraduates doing art in the realm of practice.

For the summer of 2015, RealArts@Penn is sponsoring 23 paid internships:

Los Angeles:
Feature production at 20th Century Fox
Boutique production company, Brooklyn Films
Work with writers, David Stern and Stuart Gibbs
Boutique production company, Di Novi Pictures
Animation at Disney Television Animation
Management company, Grandview
Documentary production company, Tremolo Productions
New York:
Comic book, graphic novel publisher, Double Take
Children's book publisher, Downtown Bookworks Inc
General trade book publishers, Penguin Random House
Online music magazine, Pitchfork Media
Music magazine and website, Rolling Stone Magazine
Public relations and online marketing firm, Shore Fire Media
Music publishing, management, and label, The Brain Music
Marketing and communications at The Jewish Museum
Creative and strategic solutions, Viacom Creative Services
Theater company, 1812 Productions
Newspaper, Philadelphia Inquirer
City and regional magazine, Philadelphia Magazine
Modern Art & European Painting, Philadelphia Museum of Art
Online and print journalism, Flathead Beacon
San Francisco:
Open Spaces digital magazine, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Boutique publishing company, McSweeney's & the Believer

Yes, RealArts will pay you a stipend to work in such venues. This summer's stipends will be $4000.

Deadline for applications is 11:59 PM on January 19, 2015.

(We're happy to emphasize that RealArts@Penn internships and programs are open to students in all four undergraduate schools.)

Why are we doing this? What other projects will we sponsor? How do you apply? Go here:


and find out more!

RealArts internships

On November 20, 2014, the Arts Cafe was packed for a session on our RealArts@PENN internships program. The session was moderated by Anthony DeCurtis and featured presentations by students who were RealArts interns during the summer of 2013. Click here and listen to the audio recording or watch the video recording. Find out more about our paid internships program.

19th annual Writers House Thanksgiving: warm & communal as ever