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Joan Retallack
Joan Retallack
Feb 20-21, 2023
Wayne Koestenbaum
Wayne Koestenbaum
March 27-28, 2023
Jason Reynolds
Jason Reynolds
April 24-25, 2023

Funded by a grant from Paul Kelly, the Kelly Writers House Fellows program enables us to realize two unusual goals. We want to make it possible for the youngest writers and writer-critics to have sustained contact with authors of great accomplishment in an informal atmosphere. We also want to resist the time-honored distinction -- more honored in practice than in theory -- between working with eminent writers on the one hand and studying literature on the other. .

During the visit of each Fellow, a reading will take place on Monday at 6:30 PM. On Tuesday at 10 AM the Writers House will host a brunch followed by a one-hour interview/conversation; attendance for both programs is by rsvp only (rsvp to whfellow@writing.upenn.edu). Both programs will be broadcast live worldwide on KWH-TV and both of the Monday and Tuesday programs will generally be available as a link from this page a week or so after the events.

The coordinator of the Writers House Fellows program is Sophia DuRose.

Seminar notes are available here:

For more information about these events, please email whfellow@writing.upenn.edu or call 215-573-9749.

Click on the images below for the biographies of the past fellows, as well as links to archived webcasts of their visits.

Amitav Ghosh
Amitav Ghosh
February 21-22, 2022
Caroline Bergvall
Caroline Bergvall
March 28-29, 2022
Doug Glanville
Doug Glanville
April 25-26, 2022
Erica Hunt
Erica Hunt
February 22-23, 2021
Hilton Als
Hilton Als
March 29-30, 2021
Gabrielle Hamilton
Gabrielle Hamilton
April 26-27, 2021
Saidiya Hartman
Saidiya Hartman
February 17-18, 2020
Erín Moure
Erín Moure
March 30, 2020
Jenna Wortham and Wesley Morris
Jenna Wortham and Wesley Morris
April 27-28, 2020
John Keene
John Keene
February 11-12, 2019
Mei-mei Berssenbrugge
Mei-mei Berssenbrugge
March 25-26, 2019
Rosanne Cash
Rosanne Cash
April 22-23, 2019
Paul Auster
Paul Auster
February 14-15, 2018
Bernadette Mayer
Bernadette Mayer
March 26-27, 2018
Charles M. Blow
Charles M. Blow
April 23-24, 2018
Lydia Davis
Lydia Davis
April 24-25, 2017
Nathaniel Mackey
Nathaniel Mackey
March 20-21, 2017
Maria Bamford
Maria Bamford
February 6-7, 2017
Matthew Weiner
Matthew Weiner
April 25-26, 2016
Eileen Myles
Eileen Myles
March 21-22, 2016
Samuel Delany
Samuel Delany
February 15-16, 2016
Anne Waldman
Anne Waldman
February 16-17, 2015
Dorothy Allison
Dorothy Allison
March 23-24, 2015
Jessica Hagedorn
Jessica Hagedorn
April 27-28, 2015
Buzz Bissinger
Buzz Bissinger
February 17-18, 2014
T.C. Boyle
T.C. Boyle
March 31-April 1, 2014
Rae Armantrout
Rae Armantrout
April 28-29, 2014
John Ashbery
John Ashbery
February 11-12, 2013
Janet Malcolm
Janet Malcolm
March 18-19, 2013
Rodrigo García
Rodrigo García
April 22-23, 2013
Karen Finley
Karen Finley
February 13-14, 2012
Ron Silliman
Ron Silliman
March 19-20, 2012
John Barth
John Barth
April 23-24, 2012
Susan Cheever
Susan Cheever
February 14-15, 2011
Edward Albee
Edward Albee
March 21-22, 2011
Marjorie Perloff
Marjorie Perloff
April 25-26, 2011
Joyce Carol Oates
Joyce Carol Oates
February 15-16, 2010
Susan Howe
Susan Howe
March 22-23, 2010
David Milch
David Milch
April 26-27, 2010
Robert Coover
Robert Coover
February 23-24, 2009
Joan Didion
Joan Didion
March 30-31, 2009
Mary Gordon
Mary Gordon
April 27-28, 2009
Art Spiegelman
Art Spiegelman
February 18-19, 2008
Lynne Sharon Schwartz
Lynne Sharon Schwartz
March 24-25, 2008
Jerome Rothenberg
Jerome Rothenberg
April 28-29, 2008
John McPhee
John McPhee
February 12-13, 2007
Jamaica Kincaid
Jamaica Kincaid
March 19-20, 2007
Donald Hall
Donald Hall
April 16-17, 2007
Richard Ford
Richard Ford
February 13-14, 2006
Cynthia Ozick
Cynthia Ozick
March 20-21, 2006
Ian Frazier
Ian Frazier
April 17-18, 2006
Roger Angell
Roger Angell
February 28-March 1, 2005
E.L. Doctorow
E.L. Doctorow
March 21-22, 2005
Adrienne Rich
Adrienne Rich
April 18-19, 2005
Russell Banks
Russell Banks
February 16-17, 2004
Lyn Hejinian
Lyn Hejinian
February 21-22, 2005
James Alan McPherson
James Alan McPherson
April 19-20, 2004
Walter Bernstein
Walter Bernstein
March 17-18, 2003
Laurie Anderson
Laurie Anderson
March 24-25, 2003
Susan Sontag
Susan Sontag
April 21-22, 2003
Michael Cunningham
Michael Cunningham
February 11-12, 2002
John Ashbery
John Ashbery
March 25-26, 2002
Charles Fuller
Charles Fuller
April 15-16, 2002
Tony Kushner
Tony Kushner
February 12-13, 2001
David Sedaris
David Sedaris
March 5-6, 2001
June Jordan
June Jordan
April 23-24, 2001
Grace Paley
Grace Paley
February 14-15, 2000
Robert Creeley
Robert Creeley
April 10-11, 2000
John Edgar Wideman
John Edgar Wideman
April 24-25, 2000
Gay Talese
Gay Talese
February 3, 1999