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…
Eleanor Matthews is a fiction writer based in Bristol (UK). Her short stories have appeared in print and online, in magazines such as Popshot, Litro, Unsung, Prole, Haverthorn and Elbow Room. In 2017, she was selected for a Penguin WriteNow insight day. She also featured on BBC Radio 4’s Tweet of the Day program, talking…
Chad B. Anderson is a writer and editor living in Washington, D.C. Born and raised in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, he earned his B.A. from University of Virginia and his M.F.A. in creative writing from Indiana University, where he served as fiction editor for Indiana Review. He has been a resident at the Ledig House International Writers’…
Sara Batkie is the author of the story collection Better Times, which won the 2017 Prairie Schooner Prize and is forthcoming from University of Nebraska Press in September 2018. She received her MFA from New York University. Stories of hers have been honored with a 2017 Pushcart Prize and a notable mention in the 2011…
Deirdre Coyle is a writer living in Brooklyn. Her fiction and essays have appeared in The New Republic, Electric Literature, Literary Hub, Hobart, Joyland, and elsewhere. She is a columnist at Unwinnable Monthly. Her website is DeirdreCoyle.com.
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 2019-2020 residencies will close on Sunday, March 10, 2019. Results are announced in late May.
we are currently accepting applications/submissions for the 2019–2020 Residencies
The 2018–2019 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 2018–19. 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 the record number of people who applied this year to become a writer-in-residence at the Kerouac House.
Fall – Eleanor Matthews, a fiction writer from Bristol, United Kingdom. Jamie McGhee, a fiction writer from Charlotte, North Carolina.
Winter – Chad Anderson, a fiction writer from Washington, D.C. Christa Romanosky, a fiction writer from Prosperity, Pennsylvania.
Spring – Sara Batkie, a fiction writer from Brooklyn, New York. Benjamín Naka-Hasebe Kingsley, a Poet from Baltimore, Maryland.
Summer – Deirdre Coyle, a fiction writer from Brooklyn, New York. Katie Duggan, a fiction writer from Ridgewood, New Jersey.