August September 1999 October
All events take place at the Writers House, 3805 Locust Walk, Philadelphia (U of P).
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- 7:00-9:00 PM: New Student Orientation Program: Join the students at Writers House for this year's first of the popular bi-weekly series, Speakeasy: Poetry, Prose and Anything Goes, an open mic performance night. Bring your stories, poems, monologues, comedies, or simply come to listen!
- 3:00-4:30 PM: Penn Reading Project
Al Filreis, Shawn Walker, and Peter Conn lead small group discussions of Copenhagen at Writers House.
Al Filreis: Arts Cafe, first floor
Shawn Walker: Rear seminar room, second floor
Peter Conn: Classroom, second floor
- First Day of Classes
- 9:30-11:30 AM: webcast test - Arts Cafe (Shawn Walker, Al Filreis)
- 4:30-6:30 PM: Mellon Writing Group in Arts Cafe and upstairs classrooms
- 5:15 PM in Room 202: Penn and Pencil Club: a creative writing workshop for Penn and Health Systems staff
- 6:00 PM-9:30 PM: Live at the Writers House in the Arts Cafe. Join us in the studio audience at 8:00 PM!
Live at the Writers House is a one hour spoken word radio show that happens approximately monthly at Writers House and airs on Sunday nights on WXPN 88.5 FM. Poets and musicians appearing on the show this month include Melisa Cahnmann, Cidalia Cornelio, Nancy Falkow, Greg Fuchs, Mike Higgins, Hannah Sassaman, Mark Wilhelm, Yolanda Wisher, and Maggie Zurawski.
- 7:00-9:00 Mellon Writing Group gathering in Room 202
- 5:00 PM: Planning Committee Meeting & Gathering
- Rescheduled to Friday at 1:00pm: Ronald Bush speaking on "Science, Epistemology, and Literature in Ezra Pound's Objectivist Poetics: with a glance at the New Physics, Zukofsky, Aristotle, and Sir Philip Sidney" hosted by the Twentieth Century Reading Group, in the Arts Cafe
- Rescheduled to Thursday, 9/30: The Play's the Thing: a monthly play reading and thinking group
- 1:00 PM: Ronald Bush speaking on "Science, Epistemology, and Literature in Ezra Pound's Objectivist Poetics: with a glance at the New Physics, Zukofsky, Aristotle, and Sir Philip Sidney" hosted by the Twentieth Century Reading Group, in the Arts Cafe
Ronald Bush is Drue Heinz Professor of American Literature at Oxford University. His books include The Genesis of Ezra Pound's Cantos (Princeton 1976) and T.S. Eliot: A Study in Character and Style (Oxford 1983); he has edited T.S. Eliot: The Modernist in History (Cambridge 1991) and co-edited, with Elazar Barkan Prehistories of the Future: The Primitivist Project and the Culture of Modernism (Stanford 1995). He is currently writing two books on Pound's poetry and a critical biography of Joyce.
Shawn Walker, seat at left (next to Bernadatte Mayer
Shawn Walker lives and works in West Philadelphia. The Purchase of a Day from handwritten press is her first book. Her poems are also available from her website: english.upenn.edu/~swalker. A full announcement about this program is here.
- 7:00 PM: BOOK LAUNCH READING by Shawn Walker from her book The Purchase of a Day (Handwritten Press), followed by a reception. This program was webcast live.
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- 11:00 PM: Live at the Writers House airs on 88.5 XPN
- Tentative: 7:00 PM: Writing Advising begins, on the second floor of Writers House
- Yom Kippur
- 7:00 PM: Talking Film presents a conversation with Hampton Fancher, writer and executive producer of Blade Runner, writer and director of the soon-to-be-released film The Minus Man, starring Owen Wilson, Janeane Garofalo, and Sheryl Crow.
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- 4:30 PM: 20th Century Reading Group in Room 202
- 8:00 PM: Speakeasy: Poetry, Prose and Anything Goes, an open mic performance night
- 6:00 PM: Alumni Writers Series presents jazz publisher Evan Sarzin
Evan Sarzin is a publisher of jazz and, more recently, world music. He'll visit Writers House to talk about forms of music publishing, copyright vs. public domain issues, transcriptions and arrangements, improvisations and chord changes, the business of publishing and distribution, and writing and self-publishing. For more information about Gerard and Sarzin Publishing Company, visit their website at: www.changingtones.com/gerdsarz.html. To join Mr. Sarzin for a dinner at Writers House following his talk, RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
- 8:00-10:00 PM: Virgin House Band
The Virgin House Band (The Artists Formerly Known as is a straight-ahead jazz quintet that shakes the House a couple of times a month. This Penn tradition lives on as the Band begins its fourth year at Writers House.
- Saturday Reading Cooperative: Orientation and Information session
- 2:00-3:00 PM: Laughing Hermit Reading Series presents Gibbons Ruark and J. C. Todd
Gibbons Ruark's poems have appeared widely for the last thirty years in magazines like The New Republic, The New Yorker, and Poetry, and in various anthologies and texts. They have also won the poet frequent awards, including three Poetry Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and a Pushcart Prize. Previously collected in A Program for Survival, Reeds, Keeping Company, Small Rain, Forms of Retrieval, and Rescue the Perishing, seventy of them now appear in Passing Through Customs: New and Selected Poems, Louisiana State University Press, 1999. Ruark, who has taught English at the University of Delaware since 1968, lives with his wife Kay in Landenberg, Pennsylvania.
J. C. Todd is the author of two collections of poems, Entering Pisces (Pine Press 1985), and Nightshade (Pine Press 1995). She has been featured in many publications for both her poetry and prose, including The Paris Review, Prarie Schooner, Beloit Poetry Review, and Puerto del Sol. She is the recipient of numerous grants and awards in several states, as well as being recognized as a distinguished teacher-artist.
- 6:00 PM: Celebration of COMBO!
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Readings by contributors, food, drink, and music. Find out more about COMBO.
- 6:00 PM: Manuck Manuck: a brand spanking new fiction writing group! This new fiction writing group is forming at Writers House and will meet for the first time on Sunday, the 26th at 6:00pm, room 202 at the House. Bring stories to read, pass around, make paper airplanes with, while we plan future meeting times, places, dates and the overall structure of how this is going to work (something along the lines of every two weeks to workshop stories that we will have received in advance. Sound good? Come to the meeting. This fiction group is open to everyone.
- 7:00 PM: Reading by Larry Platt
Larry Platt is the author of Keepin' It Real: A Turbulent Season at the Crossroads with the NBA, (Avon Books), a chronicle of the 1997-98 season through the eyes of five players: Charles Barkley, Chris Webber, Jerry Stackhouse, Vernon Maxwell, and Matt Maloney. Platt is writer-at-large for Philadelphia Magazine, where he's written about sports, politics and media for six years. He also writes for GQ, Details, Men's Journal and Salon magazines. In addition, he is a frequent columnist for the Philadelphia Daily News and a sports commentator on National Public Radio. He holds a Master's Degree in English with a concentration in creative writing from New York University and a B.A. from Syracuse University.
- 5:00 PM: Getting Medieval: a Poetry Performing Workshop led by Profs Rita Copeland (Classical Studies and Comparative Literature), Emily Steiner (English), and David Wallace (English and Comparative Literature)
Medieval poetry was intended to be performed aloud and in public rather than read alone in the closet. In this workshop we'll read a series of selections from great Middle English poets: Chaucer, Langland, the Gawain-poet. We'll also teach the basics of pronouncing this language and invite you to recite along with us. Come hear how you might have sounded six hundred years ago.
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- 4:30 PM: 20th Century Reading Group in Room 202
- 8:00 PM: Reading by the poets of Rattapallax, a Journal of Contemporary Literature
Featured poets: Nicholas Johnson, Pud Houston, George Dickerson, Ram Devineni, Peter M. Rojcewicz, Robert Dunn, Maureen Holm, Ron Price, David Hunter Sutherland, Thomas M. Catterson, Karin Randolph, Charles Hewins, Arlette Lurie, Elaine Schwager, Ellen Peckham, Robert Kramer, Joel Batchelor, Theodore A. Harris, and Lamont B. Steptoe.
- 9:30 PM in Room 202: Sangria: The Artists' Group
Open to serious, active artists of any calling: music, writing, film, architecture, sculpture, dance, acting, you name it! We meet once a week to show and discuss one another's work, and to plan and execute team projects involving artists of different kinds of media.
- Festival of African-American Writers at the Sheraton University City, sponsored by the Center for the Study of Black Literature and Culture. For more information, call 215-898-5141.
- 7:00 PM: The Play's the Thing: a monthly play reading and thinking group
The Play's the Thing will use playscripts as not just a literary text to be read like a novel, or a guide through which to stage a production, but both of these things and neither. We hope to make discoveries about playscripts as a form rather than a genre or a tool. We will begin by reading this year's Penn Reading Project, Copenhagen by Michael Frayn, and explore this text in the way described above. Through our discussion of this text, we will be able to choose another play to lead us through our exploration of this form. We hope to invite playwrights, directors, actors, scholars, and audience members to help guide us, and we hope such people, as well as those who have never studied playscripts before, will join our group and our adventure.
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