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All events take place at the Writers House, 3805 Locust Walk, Philadelphia (U of P).

Thursday, 4/1
Friday, 4/2

Saturday, 4/3

Sunday, 4/4
Monday, 4/5
Tuesday, 4/6
Wednesday, 4/7
Thursday, 4/8
Friday, 4/9
Saturday, 4/10
Sunday, 4/11
Monday, 4/12
Tuesday, 4/13
Wednesday, 4/14
Thursday, 4/15
Friday, 4/16
  • 1:00-3:00 PM: Afternoon Creative Writing Majors Gathering

Saturday, 4/17
  • 2:00 PM: Laughing Hermit Reading Series presents David Moolten. David Moolten won the 1994 Morse Poetry Prize for his first collection Plums & Ashes. He has received numerous grants and fellowships including a Pennsylvania Council of the Arts fellowship for literature. His work has appeared in several journals.

  • 2:00-5:00 PM: Saturday Reading Cooperative

Sunday, 4/18
  • 1:00-4:00 PM: A Walt Whitman Excursion
    A National Poetry Month collaboration between Walt Whitman Cultural Arts Center and the Kelly Writers House. Features a tour of Whitman's Camden home, a visit to his dramatic gravesite, and an open reading (outdoors -- weather permitting). Special guest poet Janet Hamill and her band Moving Star will perform. Janet Hamill's newest work is The Eternal Cafe, a collection of short fiction co-authored with Patti Smith. At the Walt Whitman Cultural Arts Center in Camden, New Jersey. For more information and directions to the Walt Whitman Cultural Arts Center at 2nd and Cooper Streets in Camden, contact the WWCA Center at 1-609-964-8300.
  • 11:00 PM: LIVE at the Writers House airs on 88.5 WXPN

Monday, 4/19
  • 4:30 PM: Planning Committee meeting
  • 5:30 PM: Penn and Pencil Club End of the Year Public Reading!

Tuesday, 4/20
Wednesday, 4/21
Thursday, 4/22
  • 6:00 PM: Philly Talks presents: Bob Perelman and Susan Stewart
    Bob Perelman has published more than ten volumes of poetry, the most recent of which is The Future of Memory. In addition he's written two books of criticism, The Trouble with Genius: Reading Pound, Joyce, Stein, and Zukofsky, and The Marginalization of Poetry: Language Writing and Literary History. He was born in Youngstown, Ohio in 1947 and now lives in Philadelphia with his wife, Francie Shaw, and their sons, Max and Reuben Perelman. He teaches at the University of Pennsylvania.
    Susan Stewart is a professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the author of three books of poetry, The Forest, Yellow Stars and Ice, and The Hive, and three critical works, Nonsense, On Longing, and Crimes of Writing.
  • 8:30 PM: Reading by Kerry Sherin's Introduction to Creative Writing Class

Friday, 4/23
  • Last Day of Classes
  • Tentative: 1-5:00 PM: Planning Committee Session
  • 7:00 PM: The Writers House Junior Fellow Program presents a Discussion on Pseudonymy/Pseudography with Kent Johnson, Bob Perelman, Tan Lin, and Joshua Schuster.
    The Japanese poet Araki Yasusada (1907-1972), a survivor of Hiroshima who was influenced by Roland Barthes and Jack Spicer, was published in the past few years in several American and international journals. However, Yasusada, it was slowly discovered, does not exist. The Japanese-American author Tosa Motokiyu or his literary executor, Kent Johnson, has been credited with writing the poems. In light of the feigned authorship, the work has been called racist and an offensive example of "yellowface." Others have called the poems profoundly beautiful, strange and wonderful. The poems are collected Doubled Flowering: From the Notebooks of Araki Yasusada (Roof Books). The panel will begin with a reading of Yasusada poems by Johnson. Following will be a panel discussion on the motivations, morals and mysteries behind pseudographic writing and the pseudonym.

    You can hear a recording of this program in mp3 format here.

Saturday, 4/24
  • 2:00-5:00 PM: Saturday Reading Cooperative
  • 8:00-10:00 PM: Full Circle, an Open Mic for Philadelphia-area poets, hosted by Cecily Kellogg and Charlie O'Hay. Featuring Nzadi Keita. An open reading will follow.

Sunday, 4/25

Monday, 4/26
  • 6:00 PM: Writers House Junior Fellows Program presents: a reading by Joshua Schuster from his new book by Handwritten Press, Project Experience followed by a discussion of The Future of Institutions with Joshua Schuster, Mike Magee, Al Filreis, and Shawn Walker.

Tuesday, 4/27
Wednesday, 4/28
  • Noon: 24 Hour Writing Advising Ends
  • 6:00 PM: Readings in Translation
    Hosted by Conni Bille
    A reading of Rilke in German and English, as well as other poets
    ** Bring a poem and at least one -- even better, two -- translations!
    ** How do different translators choose to interpret the poems?
    ** How would you change or enhance the translation?
    Let us know (wh@writing.upenn.edu) if you'd like to come and share your favorite poem and a few translations of it!

  • 8:00-10:00 PM: Speakeasy: Poetry, Prose and Anything Goes, an open mic performance night

Thursday, 4/29
  • 7:00 PM: "What to Wear?" A Reading by Elisa New of an excerpt on Jewish women and clothes from her collection of essays on Jewish culture.
    Elisa New is the author of The Regenerate Lyric: Theology and Innovation in American Poetry (Cambridge Univ, 1993) and The Line's Eye: Poetic Experience, American Sight (Harvard Univ, 1997). Chiefly interested in the relationship of American religion to American literature, she has recently published articles on the Puritans and on Jewish-American fiction as well as on 18th- and 19th-century American literature. Ongoing projects include a book on the Jew in modern culture entitled Monolith/Shibboleth: The Modern Jew at the Multicultural Moment.

Friday, 4/30

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Philadelphia, PA 19104