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.

What’s happening at The Kerouac House

A Message from Our President

Check out the letter from our president, Janna Benge, where she outlines an exciting new focus at the Kerouac Project of Orlando, Inc. this year and how you can become involved in it. You can find her letter here.

Kerouac Project Coronavirus Update

Please be advised that due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic in Florida we are currently not conducting any tours of the Kerouac House.

february 2021

Gwen Mullins Final Reading

After a year without them, it was great to welcome back an outdoor, socially distanced, in-person event at the Kerouac House on Saturday night, February 13, when winter writer-in-residence Gwen Mullins gave her farewell reading. To see more photos of the event click here.

Current Resident Kerouac Writers

Winter

Gwen Mullins

Gwen Mullins is an essayist, novelist, and short story writer. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in African American Review, The Bitter Southerner, PANK, The New Guard, Sixfold, descant (Frank O’Connor Award), Green Mountains Review, Numéro Cinq, and Social Justice Anthologies, among others. Gwen is currently working on her second novel as well as a…

Spring

Spencer Huffman

Spencer Huffman is a playwright, actor, and director based in Chicago. His plays include: The Baseball Gods, When We Were Little, Shine Down On Us, The Swamp Play, Like Some Deep Booming, The Vastness of the North, and If Only We Were Ghosts. His plays have earned finalist and semi-finalist nominations from The National Playwrights…

Summer

Tanya Grae

Tanya Grae is the debut author of Undol  (YesYes Books, 2019), a National Poetry Series finalist. Her awards include the Florida Book Award, a Kingsbury Fellowship, the Academy of American Poets Prize, and the Tennessee Williams Poetry Prize, selected by Yusef Komunyakaa. Her poems and essays appear in American Poetry Review, Ploughshares, AGNI, Prairie Schooner,…

Kerouac Project Residency Application

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 three events while a resident—a Welcome Potluck dinner for you; a Final Reading of your work at the Kerouac House at the end of your residency; and give a public reading at Valencia College. Should you desire them, the Kerouac Project can also offer opportunities for you to participate in other readings around the community, lead workshops, and interact in other ways with the vibrant Central Florida literary community.

Residency applications/submissions for 2021-2022 residencies will open Friday, January 1, 2021. Results are announced in late May.