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.

A special weekend at the kerouac project

Mr. Abdelkader El Jamoussi

Our weekend (Friday and Saturday, October 29 & 30) hosting Moroccan Consul-General Abdelkadar Jamoussi and his wife Mouna is over—and what an amazing weekend it was. We want to thank those of you who attended any of the events over the weekend. Mr. Jamoussi was deeply moved on Saturday night as he stood in front of the Kerouac House and read his haiku to an appreciative audience. As a fan of Jack Kerouac and his writing, particularly his Haiku, he said being at the Kerouac House is an experience he will never forget. We’re sure many of you who came will not forget the evening either as you listened to him read poetry accompanied by accomplished Moroccan musician Hassan Hakmoun.

We want to thank Haiku master and poet, Stanford Forrester, and current Kerouac House writer-in-residence, David Morgan O’Connor, who both also read selections from their work during the Saturday night reading.

Current Resident Kerouac Writers


David Morgan O’Connor

David Morgan O’Connor is an Irish-Canadian writer based in Barcelona. He has an MFA from University College Dublin & the University of New Mexico. A contributing reviewer for Rhino Poetry and fiction editor at Bending Genres, his work has appeared in Splonk, A New Ulster, Crannog, Opossum, The New Quarterly, The Irish Times, Best New…


Nita Noveno

Nita Noveno is a writer and educator in NYC. She is a graduate of The New School MFA Creative Writing Program and the founder and host of Sunday Salon, a long-running reading series in the Big Apple (and She is also the founder and editor of the literary journal, SalonZine. Her work has appeared…


Jo-Ann Yeoh

Yeoh Jo-Ann grew up in Malaysia and lives in Singapore. Her first novel, Impractical Uses of Cake, won the Epigram Books Fiction Prize 2018 and in 2020, her story Dog Tiger Horse won the Boston Review’s Aura Estrada Short Story Contest. She is currently working on her second novel and a collection of short stories on…


Rachel Kolman

Rachel Kolman is a nonfiction writer and freelancer currently living in Philadelphia. Her essays and articles have been published widely across the web, appearing in Good Housekeeping, Cosmopolitan, Bustle, Her Story, Autofocus, Sinkhole, Tech Viral, and others. She also has fiction in Ghost Parachute, Other Orlandos, Whiskey Paper, Bodega Literary Magazine, and Unmanned Press. Rachel is an editor, teacher, and literary…

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.

We are no longer accepting residency applications/submissions for 2022-2023 residencies