In honor of the Legacy of

Jack Kerouac

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…

Current Resident

Kerouac Writers


JC Sevcik

JC Sevcik

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

Sarah Viren

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

Erik Deckers

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

Ryler Dustin

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,…

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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 $800 are included. All you are required to do is work on your writing project and give a reading in the house at the end of your residency.

Applications for 2015-2016 residencies are due by Tuesday, March 31, 2015. Results are announced in May. No multiple submissions.

Please note:
The submission preiod for the 2016–2017 Residencies will open on January 1, 2016.

The submission period for the 2015-2016 residencies has ended.