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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

quiche in the kitchen

Typical evening in the Writers House kitchen: everyone smells something yummy in the oven, so they converge on it, and lo & behold—a fabulous quiche. And quickly it is consumed. When is the last time you stopped by KWH in the evening? Do visit. You're missing something!

two poetry MOOCs

with Bernstein at the ICA

Charles Bernstein and his Penn undergraduate Creative Writing seminar at the ICA convening around a send-up of Duchamp's "The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, Even" that was part of the Kara Walker show there. The Walker show runs through August 17, 2014, and is called "Roughneck Constructivists."

sex journalism - new podcast

New Kelly Writers House podcast. Listen to a 21-minute excerpt from our February '14 panel on sex in journalism, moderated by KWH student Arielle Pardes. The event was sponsored by the Feminisms series at KWH. Click HERE to listen!

Our Greg Djanikian

Gregory Djanikian, longtime director of our Creative Writing Program, has published a new book called Dear Gravity. On May 17, 2014, at KWH (Penn's Alumni Day), we hosted a reading by Greg and one of his mentees and former students, Matt Chylak. Above you see Greg during this reading, and, at right, the cover of his new book. KWH Faculty Director Al Filreis gave an introduction to Greg's reading, a retrospective of his poems beginning with The Man in the Middle of 1984. Here is a link to that introduction.

Chasing the empty (listen)

Janelle McDermoth and Sarah Lindstedt sing a duet, "Chasing the Empty." They co-wrote the song and, as you will hear, sing it together marvelously. Click here to hear them sing the song; and be sure to right-click the link and download the file if you want to add this music to your iPod. For links to the video and audio recordings of Sarah's hour-long performance, which took place at the Kelly Writers House on April 30, click here.

what is the "hub"?

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