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computer-generated books

On February 5, 2018, the people of the Kelly Writers House welcomed Nick Montfort, Allison Parish, and Rafael Pérez y Pérez who joined us to talk about computer-generated book. Using Electricity is a series of computer generated books published by Counterpath Press, meant to reward reading in conventional and unconventional ways. The series title takes a line from the computer generated poem “A House of Dust,” developed by Alison Knowles with James Tenney in 1967. This work, a FORTRAN computer program and a significant early generator of poetic text, combines different lines to produce descriptions of houses. The series is edited by Nick Montfort. The first three books in the series are The Truelist by Nick Montfort, Mexica: 20 Years—20 Stories [Mexica: 20 años—20 historias] by Rafael Pérez y Pérez, and Articulations by Allison Parrish. You can watch the video recording of this event by clicking HERE. An audio recording is HERE.

How to work with a literary agent


How does a book make it from the author's hand to your bookshelf? And what role does an agent play in this? Beth Kephart leads a panel of writers and agents at the Kelly Writers House to dig into the business of publishing and marketing a book. For more info about the event, and full a recording of the program in its entirety, click here.

Camara Brown!

People associated with ModPo in the last few years will know Camara Brown as a TA and participant in a number of ModPo videos. We at KWH & ModPo are proud of her for being featured in this article: Proud and excited for my student, advisee, KWH staff colleague Camara Brown, who is featured in this article: http://www.34st.com/article/2017/04/penn-10-camara-brown Check it out: there are a few videos of Camara performing her poetry.



Sharon Hayes & Brooke O'Harra at KWH

An 18-minute excerpt from the conversation with Sharon Hayes & Brooke O'Harra. For links to recordings of the full program, click HERE.



feminist journalists














We were thrilled in February to welcome ANNA HOLMES back to the Writers House for our annual APPLEBAUM PUBLISHERS AND EDITORS SERIES. Holmes, who founded the iconic feminist website Jezebel and now serves as editor of digital voices at Fusion, will be joined by Penn English professor SALAMISHAH TILLET, along with Penn student journalists TAYLOR HOSKING and REBECCA TAN. Moderated by Creative Writing Program director JULIA BLOCH, our group of writers discussed the current state of doing feminist, anti-racist, intersectional journalism, including the new sorts of challenges journalists face around parity, opportunity, and integrity in the current political and social landscape. For more information about the event, and links to audio and video recordings, click HERE.

Tyler Burke on TV's homes

Click HERE to watch a video clip from our recent annual "Writing about TV" event. This year the theme was home. Watch Tyler Burke talking about the imaginary homes TV makes.

Steve McLaughlin

Steve McLaughlin at the Writers House on February 16, 2017. He was a KWH mainstay for some ten years—in many ways shaped our recording and digitizing protocols and added mightily to the commitment of our community to edgy edges of the avant-garde past and contemporary and really can be said—along with Chris Mustazza, Nick Montfort and Aaron Levy—to have been among our first true digital humanists. This time he was back to meet with the PennSound team as they began to plan for the future of PennSound. Welcome home, Steve!


poet friends

Ron Silliman and Rachel Blau DuPlessis, eminent poets and dear friends of the Writers House—at a recent reading. (Check out Ron's visit as a Kelly Writers House Fellow in 2011: HERE. And watch or listen to a recording of Rachel's major reading in 2011 in celebration of her long poem, Drafts: HERE.)

Our Maya Arthur




Our amazing Maya Arthur is featured in this article: http://bit.ly/2iQ2Zs5 .

















PoemTalk on Tracie Morris

We have released episode #108 of the PoemTalk podcast series—a discussion of a performance piece/poem by Tracie Morris (“Slave Sho to Video aka Black but Beautiful”) with Camara Brown, Edwin Torres, and Brooke O’Harra: https://jacket2.org/podcasts/too-beautiful-poemtalk-108


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