October 2022

Saturday, 10/1

Sunday, 10/2

Monday, 10/3

A meeting of the writers house planning committee

5:00 PM in the Arts Cafe

REGISTER HERE to attend in person

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, 10/4

Wednesday, 10/5

Thursday, 10/6

Friday, 10/7

Saturday, 10/8

Sunday, 10/9

Monday, 10/10

Tuesday, 10/11

Wednesday, 10/12

Thursday, 10/13

Friday, 10/14

Saturday, 10/15

Sunday, 10/16

Monday, 10/17

Tuesday, 10/18

Wednesday, 10/19

Artwork from the “I Am” Collective

Brodsky Gallery Opening

6:00 PM in the Arts Café

The “I Am” Collective is a storytelling initiative showcasing the diversity of social identities that exist within the University of Pennsylvania. Through multimedia art, we aim to elevate voices invisible at the university, namely those of staff, as well as students, faculty, alumni, and other Penn-affiliates. For our showcase, we asked artists to consider finishing the sentence, “I am ___”, in any creative way that felt right for them. The result is a blend of ink, paint, words, and most importantly, passion and power.

Thursday, 10/20

Found Sounds: Bringing Lost Audio to Light

Ken Druker and Chris Mustazza, hosted by Herman Beavers

6:00 PM in the Arts Café and on YouTube

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watch: here

Archived sound recordings give us a unique view into a prior moment’s history, and this view is continually refined and revised as new sound recordings are discovered and digitized. This event focuses on the process of bringing new old recordings to public attention, from discovery through digitization, editing, and distribution. Ken Druker, Senior Vice President, Jazz Development for the Verve Label Group, will discuss his work producing John Coltrane’s Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album, a never-before-heard recording session from the legendary Van Gelder Studios, made on March 6, 1963. The recording, featuring Elvin Jones, McCoy Tyner, and Jimmy Garrison, was lost by the record company, until reference tapes were discovered in the estate of Coltrane’s first wife. Druker worked with Coltrane’s son, Ravi Coltrane, to make these recordings available to the world, and he will talk about his work on this project. Chris Mustazza, Co-Director of the PennSound Archive, focuses his time on locating and editing previously unreleased recordings of poets from the period of early sound recording. He’s edited recordings of Robert Frost, Gertrude Stein, T.S. Eliot, and many other poets. Mustazza will speak about his work editing these recordings, which are sometimes on obscure media, like aluminum records. He will discuss his release of previously unpublished T.S. Eliot recordings, which PennSound will release for the 100th anniversary of the publication of The Waste Land. This event will be of interest to anyone curious about music, poetry, audio production, the history of sound recording, and history more broadly.

Ken Druker has been professionally involved in jazz for over 30 years as a record executive, educator, presenter and radio host. He is the producer of two recent John Coltrane releases, Both Directions At Once: The Lost Album (2018) and (2021). He is currently SVP, Jazz Development at the Verve Label Group where he oversees a vast catalog that includes the historic Verve, Impulse, Mercury, Decca, Commodore and Argo/Cadet labels.

Chris Mustazza is Co-Director of the PennSound Archive, the world’s largest archive of poetry recordings. He teaches in the English department at Penn, and his research focuses on literary audio and sound studies. His book manuscript, Speech Labs: Collecting Poets’ Voices in the Period of Early Sound Recording, is the first history of how poets came to be recorded during the infancy of recorded sound.

Friday, 10/21


6:00 PM - 9:00 PM throughout the building

RSVP by email to: rsvp@writing.upenn.edu

The Kelly Writers House is 25 years old! And we want to celebrate with you. We hope you'll join us for big celebration of our history and community. This informal Friday evening gathering will have food and drink – and plenty of conversation. You can check out the Wexler studio, the newly-renovated Arts Café, and hang out with KWH people. Please RSVP: rsvp@writing.upenn.edu

Saturday, 10/22

KWH 25th ANNIVERSARY: Open House

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM in the Writers House Garden

RSVP by email to: rsvp@writing.upenn.edu

We’re celebrating 25 years of the Writers House and its community! Please join for an informal open house in the garden — or hang out inside, where you can visit the Wexler studio, the newly-renovated Arts Café, and all your favorite KWH spots. You can stop by for a few minutes or stay for the whole afternoon, including for a 4:00 PM program that will feature toasts and reminiscences by ten KWH community members. Can you come? Please RSVP: rsvp@writing.upenn.edu


4:00 PM in the Arts Café and on YouTube

RSVP by email to: rsvp@writing.upenn.edu

The Kelly Writers House is 25 years old! We are gathering for a weekend of activities. For this final celebratory event, ten amazing KWH people from across the years — including some founding members of the original KWH Planning Committee (our beloved "Hub") — will reminisce about what the Writers House has meant to them. The conversation will continue afterward with a plentiful reception, open to all. Can you come? Please RSVP: rsvp@writing.upenn.edu

Sunday, 10/23

Monday, 10/24

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, 10/25

Buzz Bissinger: reading and conversation

The Mosquito Bowl: A Game of Life and Death in World War II

6:00 PM in the Arts Café and on YouTube

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hosted by: Al Filreis
watch: here

Buzz Bissinger is among the nation's most honored and distinguished writers. A native of New York City, Bissinger is the winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the Livingston Award, the American Bar Association Silver Gavel Award, and the National Headliners Award, among other awards and prizes. He also was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. He is the author of the highly acclaimed nonfiction books: Friday Night Lights, A Prayer for the City, Three Nights in August, Shooting Stars, Father’s Day, and, most recently, The Mosquito Bowl: A Game of Life and Death in World War II.

Bissinger’s teleplay and screenwriting work includes collaborations with directors Alan Pakula, Peter Berg, Greg Hoblit, Todd Field and Tim Kring. He also spent the 2000–2001 television season in Los Angeles as a co-producer and writer for the long-running television series NYPD Blue. Bissinger has been a contributing editor at Vanity Fair magazine since 1996. His August 2007 Vanity Fair article "Gone Like the Wind," about the saga of 2006 Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro, was optioned by Universal Pictures. In 2009 he became a sports columnist for The Daily Beast. He is a longtime contributor to the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Wednesday, 10/26


Poetry, prose, anything goes

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

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Watch: here

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, 10/27

Novelist Moriel Rothman-Zecher

Reading from his new novel Before All the World

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

Hosted by: Huda Fahkreddine
co-sponsored by: the Middle East Center and the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations
Watch: here

Moriel Rothman-Zecher is a Jerusalem-born novelist and poet. His first novel, Sadness Is a White Bird, was a finalist for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize and the National Jewish Book Award, the winner of the Ohioana Book Award, and longlisted for the Center for Fiction's First Novel Prize. Moriel's poetry and essays have been published in Barrelhouse, Colorado Review, The Common, The New York Times, The Paris Review's Daily, and ZYZZYVA, and he is the recipient of the National Book Foundation's '5 Under 35' Honor, two MacDowell Fellowships, and Yiddishkayt's Wallis Annenberg Helix Fellowship. His second novel, Before All the World, will be published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux on October 11th, 2022.

Praise for Before All the World:

"Before All the World startles and swirls, and makes fresh the experience of language itself. It has it all: a gripping story, an original structure, and a tender, ghostly glow."
— Justin Torres, author of We the Animals
"Before All the World is beautiful and original. It is also strange, arresting, high-risk. Very quickly this novel starts to work on the mind, making itself felt in complex and powerful and visionary ways, led by the rhythm in the language and the urge to make that language new."
— Colm Tóibín, author of The Magician
"Evocative, inventive, vivid, and strange, Before All the World is a mesmeric, enrapturing read."
— Eimear McBride, author of Strange Hotel

Friday, 10/28

Saturday, 10/29

Sunday, 10/30

Monday, 10/31