January 2024

Monday, 1/1

Tuesday, 1/2

Wednesday, 1/3

Thursday, 1/4

Friday, 1/5

Saturday, 1/6

Sunday, 1/7

Monday, 1/8

Tuesday, 1/9

Wednesday, 1/10

Thursday, 1/11

Friday, 1/12

Saturday, 1/13

Sunday, 1/14

Monday, 1/15

Tuesday, 1/16

Wednesday, 1/17

Thursday, 1/18

Cosmic Writers 2nd Anniversary Showcase

6:00 PM in person

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Join Cosmic Writers to celebrate their two-year anniversary! Cosmic Writers is a creative writing education nonprofit that grew out of founder Rowana Miller (C’22)’s work as a Kelly Writers House staffer and community member. Over the past two years, Cosmic Writers has taught creative writing workshops to almost 2,000 children in Philadelphia and beyond. This event will feature readings from a lineup of Cosmic’s superstar youth.

Friday, 1/19

Saturday, 1/20

Sunday, 1/21

Monday, 1/22

A meeting of the writers house planning committee

5:00 PM in person

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The Kelly Writers House is run collectively by members of its community, especially students. The Writers House Planning Committee — also known as "the Hub" — meets monthly to discuss Writers House projects and programs. Join us at this first meeting of the year to find out about some of the things we will work on this year, including our annual marathon reading, and to find out how you can get involved with community-led events and projects.

Tuesday, 1/23

New Poems for the New Year

presented by Suppose An Eyes

6:00 PM in person

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watch a recording of this program here.

Join us for a reading by members of Suppose an Eyes, a poetry workshop sponsored by the Kelly Writers House. The workshop takes its name from a "portrait" in Gertrude Stein's Tender Buttons. Suppose An Eyes has two main goals: to provide a supportive place for poets to share and improve their writing and to organize readings where poets can present their work to the public. The group was founded in 1999 and is one of the longest running poetry workshops in the Philly area. The group has a diverse membership with poets of all ages and from a variety of backgrounds.

Wednesday, 1/24


6:30 PM in person

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Join us for a cozy evening of collaging one of the KWH chairs! Led by Lyn Donnell (C'24), an avid collage-maker, this project invites people of all creative backgrounds (in other words, don't worry if you think you're "bad" at artsy stuff) to participate in decorating a KWH chair. Materials will be provided, but if you have stickers or other prints you'd like to add, please bring them.

Thursday, 1/25

Mind of Winter

5:00 PM in person

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In January of every year, the Writers House Planning Committee embraces the post-holiday doldrums with a celebration of winter's comforts, inspired by Wallace Stevens's chilly poem, "The Snow Man." We gather here at the Writers House, stoke a big fire in the parlor, simmer several big pots of soups and stews, and share our favorite winter-themed readings with one another. Let it snow!

Friday, 1/26

Saturday, 1/27

Sunday, 1/28

Monday, 1/29

LIVE at the Writers House

a monthly radio show produced in collaboration with WXPN

6:30 PM in person

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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 records a one-hour show of poetry, music, and other spoken-word art for broadcast by WXPN. LIVE at the Writers House is edited by Zach Carduner and produced by Alli Katz. The show is made possible through the generous support of BigRoc.

Tuesday, 1/30


Brodsky Gallery art opening and reception

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM in person

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Join us for an art opening and reception for “Outside Images,” a student photography show in the KWH Brodsky Gallery. “Outside Images” features a diverse body of photographs, where the focal points are rarely humans. Primarily landscapes, this show contrasts urban with rural, congestion with emptiness, and asks the viewer to find the tensions between space. Curated by Lila Shermeta (C’25), this first Brodsky Gallery exhibition of the spring semester will feature photography by Philadelphia-area college students. Join us for a reception with some of the artists and tour the show.

Wednesday, 1/31


Poetry, prose, anything goes

7:00 PM in person

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Our student-run open mic night welcomes all kinds of readings, performances, spectacles, and happenings. You’ll have three minutes at the podium to perform. Bring your poetry, your guitar, your dance troupe, your award-winning essay, or your flash fiction to share.