Kelly Writers House helps celebrate 125 years of women at Penn

With these special programs, the Writers House community is proud to be part of the celebration of 125 years of women at Penn. For more on the 125th program, click here.

September 15 to October 15, 2001: Online Discussion of contemporary poetry by Penn women

What's going on in poetry today? This Kelly Writers House Alumni Electronic Book Group discussion will feature a sampling of very recent poetry by Penn women. Several such poets will themselves be leading the discussion! Join them and other teachers and writers affiliated with the Kelly Writers House at Penn for a fascinating look at new art in the making. The Writers House was founded in 1995 as an alternative learning and writing community by students, staff, faculty and alumni of Penn—housed in a Victorian cottage at 3805 Locust Walk. Leaders of the discussion will be Tahneer Oksman (CAS '01, co-coordinator of the Writers House open-mic series, Speakeasy), Heather Starr (poet and Writers House Program Coordinator, 1998-2001), and Al Filreis (Class of 1942 Professor of English and Faculty Director of the Writers House). All Penn alumni, and members of Penn families, are invited to participate. To join the group, simply write to For more about the ongoing Writers House Alumni Book Groups project, see the book groups home page.

October 1, 2001, at 8 PM: Penn women writers featured on a special edition of Live at the Writers House

Approximately once a month, the Writers House airs a one-hour broadcast of poetry, music, and other spoken-word art directly from our living room onto the airwaves at WXPN, 88.5 FM. This special edition of Live will feature women writers and performers who are affiliated with Penn—students, alumni, Penn staff, and others. All are invited to be part of the audience at the taping of the show (on October 1, at 8 PM). For more information about Live write to or call (215) 746-POEM.

Live at the Writers House first aired in February 1997, created by Penn students at the Writers House with help from WXPN staff. Today Live is hosted by WXPN morning host Michaela Majoun. Past shows have featured readings by Daisy Fried, Abigail Susik, Deborah Richards, Laura Goldstein, Renee Balthrop, Rebekah Grossman, Ellen Slack, Lauren Rile Smith, Haadiya Starkey, Yasinah Mobley, Nathalie Anderson, Lisa Sandell, Mytili Jagannathan, Susan Stewart, Suzanna Urminska, Kerry Sherin, Carolyn Jacobson, Holly Johnson, Kristen Gallagher, Lorene Cary, Barbara Cole, Jessic Chiu, Patty McCarthy, Carrie Scanga, Josephine Foo, and Kirsten Thorpe. For audio archives and more information about the program, see our Live home page.

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