May 2019

Wednesday, 5/1


5:00 PM in the Arts Cafe

listen: to an audio recording of this program
watch: a video recording of this program via KWH-TV: part 1, part 2

Join us for a reading by some of the students in the Creative Writing program who have completed honors theses, long-form creative literary projects in poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and playwriting that serve as the capstones to their time at Penn as writers.

Thursday, 5/2

Friday, 5/3

Saturday, 5/4

Sunday, 5/5

Monday, 5/6

Tuesday, 5/7

Wednesday, 5/8

Thursday, 5/9

Friday, 5/10

Saturday, 5/11

Sunday, 5/12

Monday, 5/13

Tuesday, 5/14

Wednesday, 5/15

Thursday, 5/16

Friday, 5/17

Saturday, 5/18


2:00 PM - 4:00 PM on the first floor

rsvp: or call (215) 746-POEM

Renew your acquaintance or get to know this lively and innovative home for writers of all ages and genres as you join members of the Writers House community for informal conversation, coffee, and light refreshments. Advance registration is not required, but we'd love to hear from you.

Covering Tech in the Digital Age

Mike Murphy, Arielle Pardes, and Albert Sun

4:00 PM in the Arts Cafe

Sponsored by: the Povich Journalism Program
Hosted by: Sam Apple
RSVP: or (215) 746-POEM
listen: to an audio recording of this program
watch: a video recording of this program via KWH-TV

How does technology shape the work of reporting? What tech trends matter right now? Is the press doing enough to hold tech giants accountable? Hosted by Penn Creative Writing instructor Sam Apple (contributor to WIRED and MIT Tech Review), three alumni journalists will tackle these topics and more, discussing the role of journalists in covering technology and the ways technology is changing the field. Panelists include Mike Murphy (C’09) a deputy editor at Quartz, Arielle Pardes (C’14), a senior associate editor for WIRED magazine, and Albert Sun (C’10), an assistant editor at The New York Times.

Mike Murphy is a deputy editor at Quartz, covering technology. He focuses on "machines with brains" and consumer electronics. He likes to write about the future and the products that will get us there. He graduated from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern and the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to journalism, Murphy worked in advertising and technology marketing. He lives in Brooklyn.

Arielle Pardes (C ’14) is a senior associate editor for Wired Magazine. Her work explores the intersection of technology and society, including investigations into the rise of IRL spaces made for Instagram, Silicon Valley’s backlash against personal technology, and the racial identity of robots. Previously, she was a senior editor for VICE in Los Angeles. She now lives in San Francisco.

Albert Sun is an Assistant Editor at The New York Times on a team charged with guiding the overall presentation of The New York Times across all platforms and internal newsroom workflow and tools. He leads product development efforts for the Times's publishing on languages other than English and digital archiving. Previously, he worked on the Morning Briefing and as a data journalist and engineer, covering health and science and building news apps.

Sunday, 5/19

Monday, 5/20

Tuesday, 5/21

Wednesday, 5/22

Thursday, 5/23

Friday, 5/24

Saturday, 5/25

Sunday, 5/26

Monday, 5/27

Tuesday, 5/28

Wednesday, 5/29

Thursday, 5/30

Friday, 5/31