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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

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 be available as a link from this page. On Tuesday morning, you can participate along with the KWH-TV broadcast by emailing and phoning in questions. To participate (from a distance), write to whfellow@writing.upenn.edu. When responding, please specify exactly which program you are interested in.

In the Writers House Fellows Seminar, students will study the work of all three Fellows. The course is taught by Kelly Professor and Writers House Faculty Director Al Filreis. This year's coordinator of the program is Lily Applebaum.

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.

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