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RealArts@PENN interns & prizewinners announced

We received hundreds of applications again this year’s RealArts@Penn paid summer internships and the RealArts@Penn prize. Below is a list of the students who have been appointed as RealArts@Penn interns for 2019.For more about RealArts@Penn:    http://writing.upenn.edu/realartsI want to thank Mingo Reynolds and R.J. Bernocco, Director and Associate Director of RealArts@Penn; and Anthony DeCurtis,...

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celebrating Charles Bernstein

We celebrated Charles Bernstein the other night at the Kelly Writers House, marking the occasion of his birthday and of his retirement from teaching at Penn. Lots and lots o’ BBQ, a case of whiskey (not quite all the whiskey in heaven), and much else—and many, many colleagues and friends,...

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Manhattan February

Color and gritty brightness, Manhattan in February. Words on the sidewalk at Greenwich Avenue and 7th. Self-portrait in a convex subway mirror. A favorite scruffy mailbox. Subway mosaic. And the western sun hitting me hard as a I turn down 11th Street.

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House of the Book

Second dwelling from the left: House of the Book. (With thanks to Harris Steinberg & Jane Stevens Steinberg, who gave us a framed sketch of this at the time of the completed first renovation of 3805 Locust Walk in late 1997.)

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Kelly Writers House Fellows, 2019: John Keene, Mei-mei Berssenbrugge, Rosanne Cash

We at the Kelly Writers House are thrilled to announce our 2019 Writers House Fellows events. This year, we will welcome fiction writer, critic, and (as of last month) MacArthur Foundation grantee John Keene, legendary poet Mei-mei Berssenbrugge, and eminent singer-songwriter and fiction writer Rosanne Cash.  Seating is strictly limited for these programs, and an RSVP...

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Mei-Mei Berssenbrugge in conversation with Charles Bernstein

Thanks to the work of Luisa Healey, PennSound staffer, we have now segmented (into audio clips arranged by topic) the “Close Listening” conversation Charles Bernstein hosted with Mei-Mei Berssenbrugge in 2006. PennSound’s Berssenbrugge author page is HERE. And here are the segments: Close Listening with Charles Bernstein, April 28, 2006...

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Ken Krug’s literary diptych still-life juxtapositions

Some years back, Ken Krug painted a series of small diptych portrait/still lives: each with a book (favorites of Ken’s—usually his own beat-up paperback copies) and an object. I loved the intended and (mostly) accidental juxtapositions, which struck me as both literary and quotidian. I’ve had one of these (Spiegelman’s...

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Renovation of the Arts Cafe, summer 2018

Construction has begun on the Arts Cafe here at the Kelly Writers House. The architects are DIGSAU, a team led by Jeff Goldstein and Aaron Jezzi. The contractor is Murphy, Quigley, led by Nick Holz. Acoustics are being handled by Metropolitan Acoustics, led by Seth Harrison. At Penn our project...

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Podcast interview with Rolf Potts (“Deviate”): on collaborative learning & the end of the lecture

Rolf Potts returned to the Writers House recently and, after leading a public program he and I went into the Wexler Studio to record an episode of his fine podcast series, “Deviate.” It was a long interview. Even after some editing, it’s still 93 minutes long. You can listen to...