The Kerouac Project

Events

Kerouac Project Coronavirus Update

Please be advised that due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic in Florida the Kerouac Project is currently in hiatus. Our summer residency at the Kerouac House has been postponed to a later date, and no public events are occurring there at this time. Neither are we currently conducting any tours of the Kerouac House. We plan to back up and running again for our fall residency that begins on September 1, 2020.

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Upcoming Events

December 1, 2020 through February 18, 2021

More Events at the Kerouac House

After a break due to the Coronavirus pandemic, on December 1, our residency program swings back into action when Gwen Mullins, our winter writer-in-residence arrives at at the Kerouac House.

Past Events

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, 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, 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.