September 2022

Thursday, 9/1

Friday, 9/2


1:00 PM - 3:30 PM throughout the first floor

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Want to get involved with projects at the Kelly Writers House? Come to the Kelly Writers House Activities Fair to learn about student-led Writers House activities and initiatives, including magazines, podcasts, writing groups, community outreach, zine making, film production, and more. You can meet student leaders and representatives of Bent Button, Doublespeak, Equilibria, Excelano, F-Word, the Fiber Arts Collective, Penn Moviegoer, Penn Appetit, Penn Review, Punch Bowl, Q-ine, Quake, Wharton IBR, the zine library, and other magazines and groups. All are welcome! Questions? Please contact Writers House director Jessica at

Saturday, 9/3

Sunday, 9/4

Monday, 9/5

Tuesday, 9/6

We All Feel Like It

Whenver We Feel Like It Series

6:00 PM (ET) in the Arts Café and on YouTube

hosted by: Michelle Taransky
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Michelle Taransky's Whenever We Feel Like It series hosted its first "We All Feel Like It" event at the KWH in 2009, with a showcase of readers from the Kelly Writers House Hub. This semester's "We All Feel Like It" features undergraduate poets studying at Penn as well as other Philadelphia area colleges

Wednesday, 9/7


Poetry, prose, anything goes

7:30 PM (ET) in the Arts Cafe and on YouTube

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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.

Thursday, 9/8

A reading by Alyssa Songsiridej and Liza St. James

Cheryl J. Family Fiction Program

6:00 PM (ET) in the Arts Cafe and on YouTube

Hosted by Alli Katz

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Photo by Jaypix Belmer

Photo by Jaypix Belmer

Alyssa Songsiridej is a writer from the Midwest who now lives on the East Coast. She is the author of Little Rabbit and a National Book Foundation 5 under 35 honoree. She is also the managing editor at Electric Literature.

Photo by Romy Maxime

Photo by Romy Maxine

Liza St. James is a writer and translator living in New York. Her work has appeared in Tin House, New York Tyrant, The Believer, Wigleaf, The Collagist, Paris Review Daily, and other publications. A former editor at Transit Books, she is a contributing editor at BOMB and a senior editor of the literary annual NOON. She teaches writing at Columbia University and The Cooper Union.

Friday, 9/9

Saturday, 9/10

Sunday, 9/11

Monday, 9/12

A meeting of the writers house planning committee

5:00 PM in the Writers House Garden


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, 9/13

Rebecca Soffer: a conversation about Modern Loss

6:00 PM (ET) in the Arts Café and on YouTube

Hosted by: Jamie-Lee Josselyn
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Modern Loss is a community and movement all about eradicating the stigma and awkwardness around grief while also focusing on our capacity for resilience and finding meaning. In her new interactive guide, The Modern Loss Handbook, Modern Loss co-founder Rebecca Soffer offers candid, practical, and witty advice for confronting a future without your person, honoring their memory, dealing with trigger days, managing your professional life, and navigating new and existing relationships. You’ll find no worn-out platitudes or empty assurances here.

Rebecca Soffer is cofounder of Modern Loss, which offers creative, meaningful, and practical content and community addressing the long arc of grief. She is also coauthor of the book Modern Loss: Candid Conversation about Grief. Beginners Welcome. (Harper Wave, 2018) and an internationally recognized speaker on loss and resilience. She writes regularly across media, including the New York Times, Glamour, NBC, and CNN. She is a Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism alumna and a former producer for the Peabody Award–winning The Colbert Report. She and her husband and sons split their time between New York City and The Berkshires.

Wednesday, 9/14

Thursday, 9/15

Friday, 9/16

Saturday, 9/17

Sunday, 9/18

Monday, 9/19

LIVE at the Writers House

WXPN radio show

6:30 PM in the Arts Cafe

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" is made possible through the generous support of BigRoc and is produced by Alli Katz.

Tuesday, 9/20

A Conversation with Ru Freeman

Hosted by Fayyaz Vellani

12:00 PM (ET) in the Arts Café and on YouTube

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Photo by Hasadri Freeman

Photo by Hasadri Freeman

Ru Freeman is a Sri Lankan and American writer, poet, and activist whose work appears internationally in English and in translation. She is the author of the forthcoming short-story collection, Sleeping Alone (Graywolf, 2022), and the essay collection, Bon Courage (Etruscan, 2023) and the novels A Disobedient Girl (Atria/Simon & Schuster, 2009) and On Sal Mal Lane (Graywolf, 2013), a New York Times Editor's Choice Book. She is the editor of the anthology, Extraordinary Rendition: American Writers on Palestine (2015) and co-editor of Indivisible: Global Leaders on Shared Security (2018). She writes for the UK Guardian, the New York Times, and the Boston Globe and blogs for the Huffington Post on literature and politics. She is a winner of the Mariella Gable Award for Fiction, and the JH Kafka Prize for Fiction by an American Woman. She teaches creative writing in the US and abroad, and is the Director of the Artists Network at Narrative 4.

Wednesday, 9/21


Imagism with speical guests

11:00 AM in the Arts Cafe and on YouTube

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Please join us for this special webcast celebrating ten years of ModPo. Special in-person guests will include Herman Beavers, Julia Bloch, Mónica de la Torre, Tracie Morris, Ron Silliman, Simone White, Tyrone Williams and Elizabeth Willis.


The Difference is Spreading: Fifty Contemporary Poets on Fifty Poems edited by Al Filreis and Anna Strong Safford

6:00 PM in the Arts Cafe and on YouTube

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Please join us for a special celebratory reading, hosted by Al Filreis and Anna Strong Safford, editors of The Difference is Spreading. An amazing line up of contributors to the book will read from their work to help us celebrate a decade of ModPo and our global community: Herman Beavers on Amiri Baraka, Julia Bloch on William Carlos Williams, Mónica de la Torre on Erica Baum, Tracie Morris on Jayne Cortez, Ron Silliman on Gertrude Stein, Simone White on Erica Hunt, Tyrone Williams on Amiri Baraka, and Elizabeth Willis on Rae Armantrout.

Since its inception in 2012, the hugely successful online introduction to modern poetry known as ModPo has engaged some 415,000 readers, listeners, teachers, and poets with its focus on a modern and contemporary American tradition that runs from Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson up to some of today's freshest and most experimental written and spoken verse.

Thursday, 9/22

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Tuesday, 9/27

Wednesday, 9/28

Thursday, 9/29

Friday, 9/30