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Saturday, February 13 2021, 7:30pm-9:00pm

Gwen Mullins Farewell Reading

You are invited to attend a reading by our winter resident, Gwen Mullins. Gwen will be reading work she has been writing while at the Kerouac House and answering questions about her writing process.

**Due to the covid-19 pandemic, the reading will be held outside on the Kerouac House lawn. The event will be capped at 40 attendees to ensure social distancing. Patrons will be required to wear masks during the event. Those attending are asked to bring their own chairs or blankets, and to sit a minimum 6 feet apart. Patrons are welcome to bring along wine or beer to consume personally during the reading (if they desire to do so). Since the reading cannot be transferred inside because of these pandemic conditions, should the weather be inclement, the reading will be cancelled. There will also be no tours inside the Kerouac House during the event. Thank you for your cooperation while we ensure the safety of our writers and visitors.**

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 short story collection. She holds an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts, and she works at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga as a writing consultant and tutoring coordinator.

While the reading is free to attend, you do need to register for it through Eventbrite by clicking here.

We look forward to seeing as many of you as can make it to the reading.

Friday, May 7 2021, 7:30pm-9:30pm

Special Event with Spencer Huffman

You are invited to attend an event at the Kerouac House with our spring 2021 resident Spencer Huffman. During the event a professional staged reading of Spencer’s new play, The Baseball Gods, will be shown. After the screening Spencer will be available to answer questions about the new play, his approach to writing plays, and his stay at the Kerouac House.

**The screening of Spencer’s play will take place indoors while the socializing and mingling before and after will take place outdoors. Masks will be required for the event and we encourage participants to social distance.**

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 Conference, American Stage’s 21st Century Voices New Play Festival, Landing Theatre Co. New American Voices Festival, and Southwest Theatre Production’s Rising Artists Playwriting Competition, among others. His plays have received staged readings from Broken Bell Reads (Chicago, IL), Three Cat Productions (Chicago, IL), and Relative Theatrics (Laramie, WY). He has been a writer-in-residence at The Millay Colony and The Marble House Project. As a director, Spencer’s work includes site-specific, guerilla productions of Jerusalemby Jez Butterworth, Bug by Tracy Letts, and Aaslt by Duncan McLean and Pol Heyvaert. Spencer graduated from the School at Steppenwolf in 2019. BA: Kenyon College.

While the reading is free to attend, you do need to register for it through Eventbrite by clicking here.

We look forward to seeing as many of you as can make it to view this staged reading.

Saturday, May 15 2021, 7:00pm-9:30pm

Ghost Parachute Anthology Launch

The Ghost Parachute team is very excited to invite you to the launch of our anthology, Ghost Parachute: 105 Flash Fiction Stories, at the Jack Kerouac House in Orlando, FL. This is an in-person and online event. There is a limited capacity as we will be following CDC guidelines. Social distancing and masks are required to attend the event in-person. A livestream of the reading portion of the event will be available to authors and attendees who prefer to attended virtually or who are unable to attend the event in-person. More information on access to the livestream will be provided soon. Printed copies of the anthology will be available for purchase at the event for $20. Please note that there is only a limited number of copies available, so be sure to get yours early! Bonus: wine and snacks will be provided as well.

The Kerouac Project is delighted to welcome this event to the Kerouac House and hope as many of you as possible can make it to the event.

Check out the invite here on Facebook for more details.

Saturday, August 14 2021, 7:30pm-8:30pm

Tanya Grae Public Reading

You are invited to attend a reading by our summer resident, Tanya Grae. Tanya will be reading from her poetry collection and work she has been writing while at the Kerouac House. She will also answer questions about her writing process.

**Due to the resurgence of the Covid-19 pandemic in Florida, the reading will be held online on Zoom. Please click HERE to be connected to Zoom to join the reading at 7:30 P.M. on Saturday, August 14.**

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, Missouri Review, Massachusetts Review, and elsewhere. She lives in Tallahassee and is currently a PhD candidate at Florida State University.

We look forward to seeing as many of you as can make it to the reading on Zoom.

Saturday, March 9 2019, 7:30pm-10:30pm

Sara Batkie Welcome Potluck Dinner

You are invited to join us in welcoming Kerouac House Spring resident Sara Batkie. This event is a potluck dinner, so please bring something to eat and/or drink and share.

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 edition of Best American Short Stories. She was born in Bellevue, Washington and grew up mostly in Iowa, but currently makes her home in Brooklyn where she works as the Writing Programs Director for The Center for Fiction.

#txtshow—one of Brian Feldman’s most famous performances and the longest running independent production in D.C. theater history—returns to the venue it originated, the Kerouac House, exactly 10 years to the day.

For this completely interactive performance, all audience members will keep their phones “on”—as a mysterious character named txt (pronounced ‘text’) recites anonymous real-time tweets written by YOU, live and in-person.

Audience members are instructed to bring their smartphones, ideally fully-charged, and actively use them during the show’s 45 minute duration. It is not necessary to have a Twitter account in order to participate, as everyone in attendance is randomly assigned a protected and anonymous account for their use.

Based entirely upon what the audience writes in anonymity, #txtshow may contain mature themes, profane language, and explicit sexual content.

All tickets include one complimentary Frutisse—a new, fruit tea infusion beverage made in Orlando with love and without preservatives, high-fructose corn syrup, or colorings.

When:
Five performances!
• Sunday, February 24 at 3:00 PM
• Monday, February 25 at 7:00 PM
• Tuesday, February 26 at 7:00 PM (10th Anniversary date)
• Wednesday, February 27 at 7:00 PM
• Thursday, February 28 at 7:00 PM

Ticket Prices:
$15 advance, $20 at the door

To purchase tickets and for more information click here.

Saturday, February 23 2019, 5:00pm-8:00pm

A Poetry Jazz Bbq Celebration Of Jack Kerouac

Come celebrate the poetry of Jack Kerouac accompanied by jazz at the house where Jack lived. This event will feature Orlando writers reading from Jack’s poems, BBQ, and other surprises, too. $20 cover, which comes with a ticket for a free glass of wine plus food.

Saturday, February 16 2019, 7:30pm-10:00pm

Chad Anderson Farewell Reading

You are invited to attend a reading by our winter resident, Chad Anderson. Chad will be reading some of the work he’s been writing while in the house and answering questions about his work. The reading is free, but please bring something to drink if you like and join us in the house where Jack Kerouac wrote The Dharma Bums.

Chad B. Anderson is a writer and editor living in Washington, D.C. Born and raised in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, he earned a B.A. from University of Virginia and an 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’ Colony, and his fiction is published in Salamander Review, Black Warrior Review, Nimrod International Journal, The Best American Short Stories 2017, and Clockhouse (forthcoming, July 2018). He has also published an essay with The Hairsplitter as well as several articles and reports on higher education through various academic periodicals and organizations.

Saturday, June 22 2019, 7:00pm-10:00pm

Black Cow Jumps

Theatrical philosopher, Banks Helfrich began experimenting with reality and performance over two years ago. Black Cow Jumps—Orlando’s Experimental Theatre Project formed pushing the boundaries of theatrical structure through multi-vignettes that place the human into humanity. This exploration of reality through life coupled with a willingness to see ourselves in others creates a mindful and sometimes comedic portrayal of the characters we play, as we try on the shoes of maturity. Black Cow Jumps is soup. Life’s Soup.

Come join us at the Kerouac House for this exciting and insightful free performance.

Bring something to nosh on and/or sip and share.

Saturday, May 18 2019, 7:30pm-10:30pm

Sara Batkie Farewell Reading

You are invited to attend a reading by our spring resident, Sara Batkie. Sara will be reading some of the work she’s been writing while living in the house and answering questions about her work. The reading is free, but please bring something to drink if you like and join us in the house where Jack Kerouac wrote The Dharma Bums.

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 edition of Best American Short Stories. She was born in Bellevue, Washington and grew up mostly in Iowa, but currently makes her home in Brooklyn where she works as the Writing Programs Director for The Center for Fiction.

Saturday, December 8 2018, 7:30pm-10:30pm

Chad Anderson Welcome Potluck Dinner

You are invited to join us in welcoming Kerouac House Winter resident Chad Anderson. This event is a potluck dinner, so please bring something to eat and/or drink and share.

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’ Colony, and his fiction is published in Salamander Review, Black Warrior Review, Nimrod International JournalThe Best American Short Stories 2017, and Clockhouse. He has also published an essay with The Hairsplitter as well as several articles and reports on higher education through various academic periodicals and organizations. 

Wednesday, September 5 2018, 6:00pm-9:00pm

60th anniversary of Jack Kerouac’s The Dharma Bums

Come celebrate the 60th anniversary of Jack Kerouac’s The Dharma Bums in the house where he wrote it. This event will feature Orlando writers reading from the book, John King in conversation with historian Bob Kealing (who discovered the Kerouac House), and other surprises, too. $10 cover, which comes with a ticket for a free glass of wine.

Saturday, September 8 2018, 7:30pm-10:30pm

Eleanor Matthews Welcome Potluck Dinner

You are invited to join us in welcoming Kerouac House Fall resident Eleanor Matthews. This event is a potluck dinner, so please bring something to eat and/or drink and share.

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 about magpies and the writing process. To support her creative projects, Eleanor has worked as a professional editor for various universities and charities.