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…
Suleika Jaouad is an essayist, journalist and health advocate. She is the author of the Life, Interrupted column and video series in the New York Times, which earned her a 2013 News & Documentary Emmy Award. Her first book, Between Two Kingdoms, is forthcoming from Random House. She has also written for the New York Times Magazine, NPR…
Sean Patrick Mulroy
Sean Patrick Mulroy holds an MFA in Creative Writing: Poetry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. A 2013 Lambda Literary Fellow, his poetry has been published, performed, and taught all over the world, in over 20 countries on 4 continents. He is currently working on several projects, including a full-length poetry manuscript and his first novel.…
Laura Lee Bahr
Laura Lee Bahr is the author of two novels, Haunt (Fungasm Press, Wonderland Book Award winner) and Long-Form Religious Porn. Haunt was translated into Spanish under the title Fantasma (Orciny Press). Laura has been a screenwriter for various award-winning films, including Jesus Freak and the little death. Her debut feature as writer/director, Boned, won “Best Micro-Budget Feature” at…
Jane Ridgeway is a fiction writer born and raised in Seattle, now a journalist and teacher in Silicon Valley. Her work is forthcoming from Volt Books in fall 2017, in the Cover Stories anthology. She has a BA from Wellesley College and an MFA in fiction from the University of Oregon. She has taught creative…
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.
Applications for 2017-2018 residencies are due by Sunday, March 12, 2017. Results are announced in late May.
The current submissions period has closed
we are no longer accepting applications/submissions for the 2017–2018 Residencies
The 2017–2018 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 2017–18. 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 – Suleika Jaouad, a nonfiction writer from New York City. Timothy Laurence, a nonfiction writer from Stamford, Connecticut.
Winter – Sean Mulroy, a poet from Madison, Wisconsin. Brian Booker, a fiction writer from Evanston, Illinois.
Spring – Laura Lee Bahr, a fiction writer from Los Angeles, California. Niamh Donnelly, a fiction writer from Dublin, Ireland.
Summer – Jane Ridgeway, a fiction writer from Sunnyvale, California. Leslie Marie Aguilar, a poet from Abilene, Texas.