In honor of the Legacy of
the Kerouac Project supports writers through Residency
and other programs that seek to enrich the Greater Orlando community.
The History Of
The Kerouac Project
It was part of the lore of College Park, a cozy northwest Orlando neighborhood, that Jack Kerouac lived in the area for a short time in 1957–58 when his classic work On The Road was published to much acclaim. It was also the place he typed the original manuscript of his sequel, Dharma Bums. Very few people knew exactly where in College Park he lived, and nobody seemed to be aware of the historical significance of such a place. In fact, none of Kerouac’s biographers had even mentioned the house. CONTINUE READING…
JC Sevcik is a writer trying to save the world from his (daylight) basement apartment. As a digital journalist, he’s covered US News for the Daily Dot and United Press International and likes to write about issues of equity and social justice, ubiquitous surveillance, the legalization of marijuana, politics, protestors, and the police state. His…
Sarah Viren has an MFA from the University of Iowa’s creative nonfiction program. Her poetry, prose, and translations have appeared in or are forthcoming from such magazines as AGNI, Guernica, the Colorado Review, Kenyon Review Online, The Normal School, and the Pinch literary journal, which awarded her its 2014 Creative Nonfiction Prize. Ploughshares Solos will…
Erik Deckers is a humor writer originally from Indianapolis, who now finds himself in Orlando. He owns his own marketing agency, has been a newspaper humor columnist for over 20 years, has written several radio and stage plays, and co-authored four books on social media marketing. He is a regular columnist for Killer Nashville magazine,…
Ryler Dustin grew up in Bellingham, eighty miles north of Seattle, Washington. He has since lived in Houston, Madrid, and Lincoln, and toured the U.S. performing spoken word. He has been a finalist in the Individual World Poetry Slam and his poems appear in journals such as New South and The Portland Review. His book,…
Kerouac Project Residency
The Kerouac Project provides four residencies a year to writers of any stripe or age, living anywhere in the world. Each residency consists of approximately a three month stay in the cottage where Jack Kerouac wrote his novel Dharma Bums. Utilities and a food stipend of $1,000 are included. All you are required to do is work on your writing project and participate in two events while a resident—a welcome potluck dinner, and a reading of your work at the Kerouac House. Should you desire them, the Kerouac Project can also offer opportunities for you to participate in other readings, lead workshops, and interact in other ways with the vibrant Central Florida literary community.
Applications for 2016-2017 residencies are due by Sunday, March 13, 2016. Results are announced in May.
submissions for the 2016–2017 Residencies have closed
The 2016–2017 Writers-In-Residence at the Kerouac House
We are delighted to share the names of the four writers awarded a residency at the Kerouac House during 2016–17. The alternates for each residency appear in italics.
The Kerouac Project of Orlando wants to congratulate the chosen residents and their alternates and extend our thanks to the record number of people who applied this year to become a writer-in-residence at the Kerouac House.
Fall – Glendaliz Camacho, a fiction writer from New York City. Siân D’Costa, a fiction writer from India.
Winter – Lily Brooks-Dalton, a fiction writer from Portland, Oregon. Munju Ravindra, a fiction writer from Nova Scotia, Canada.
Spring – Shasta Grant, a fiction writer who splits her time between Singapore and Indianapolis, Indiana. Lara Palmquist, a fiction writer from Faribault, Minnesota.
Summer – Jacob Shores-Argüello, a poet from Lubbock, Texas. Casandra Lopez, a Poet from Seattle, Washington.