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…
Chelsey Clammer is the author of the award-winning essay collection, Circadian (Red Hen Press, 2017) and BodyHome (Hopewell Publications, 2015). Her work has appeared in Salon, The Rumpus, Hobart, Brevity, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, The Normal School and Black Warrior Review. She teaches online writing classes with WOW! Women On Writing and is a freelance editor.…
Threa Almontaser is a Yemeni-American writer, translator, and multimedia artist from New York City. A first generation college student, she is a MFA graduate from North Carolina State University and the recipient of scholarships from the Tin House Writers’ Workshop, the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley, and others. Nominated for the Pushcart Prize, Best…
Ronan Ryan is an Irish writer, based in Dublin, and he has also lived in France, Japan, America, Singapore, Australia, England, Scotland, and New Zealand. He has an MSc in Creative Writing from the University of Edinburgh and a PhD in English Literature from Victoria University of Wellington. His debut novel, The Fractured Life of…
Dina Peone is a memoirist, poet, and professor from Saugerties, New York. She is the founding editor of the Cliffhanger.,a pocket-sized anthology of art and literature devoted to fragments. She studied writing at Sarah Lawrence College (’15) before earning her MFA at the University of Iowa Nonfiction Writing Program (‘18). In the fall of ‘18…
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 Final Reading of your work at the Kerouac House at the end of your residency. 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.
Application for 2020-2021 residencies will open on Wednesday, January 1, 2020. Results are announced in late May.
Due to the disruption surrounding the coronavirus in the UNited States and around the world, we’re extending the Residency Applications/submissions period FOR 2020-2021 RESIDENCIEs by two weeks.
Submissions now end at midnight (EST) on Sunday, march 29.
The 2019–2020 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 2019–20. The alternates for each residency appear in italics.
The Kerouac Project of Orlando, Inc. wants to congratulate the chosen residents and their alternates and extend our thanks to those who applied this year to become a writer-in-residence at the Kerouac House.
Fall – Chelsey Clammer, a nonfiction writer from Austin, Texas. Suzanne Rivecca, a nonfiction writer from San Francisco, California.
Winter – Threa Almontaser, a poet from Raleigh, North Carolina. Jessica Mehta, a poet from Hillsboro, Oregon. See: www.jessicamehta.com
Spring – Ronan Ryan, a fiction writer from Dublin, Ireland. Katrina Prow, a fiction writer from Long Beach, California. See: www.katprow.com
Summer – Dina Peone, a nonfiction writer from Saugerties, New York. Patricia Park, a fiction writer from Brooklyn, New York. See: www.patriciapark.com