Talking About Words (and Music)

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Want to talk about books, or maybe a Dylan album, with other alumni—in the privacy of your home? A new season of online book discussions, sponsored by Kelly Writers House, is already under way. To register, write to, and for more details visit or our arts blog. The next six book groups are:

Nov. 4-13: Getting Your Words Out: Using Techniques from Natalie Goldberg’s Writing Down the Bones to Begin or Augment Your Creative Expression | Led by Janet Falon, author of The Jewish Journaling Book and teacher of journaling groups.

Dec. 5-19 and Jan. 2-16: The Poetry of Rae Armantrout | Led by Al Filreis, the Kelly Professor and Faculty Director of the Writers House. (Armantrout will be visiting for three days in April as a Kelly Writers House Fellow.)

Feb. 3-Mar. 3: The Poetry of Gwendolyn Brooks | Led by Julia Bloch Gr’11, an editor of Jacket2 and associate director of Kelly Writers House.

Feb.19-Mar. 19: Writers House Fellows OOC | An Open Online Course on Ian Frazier, Jamaica Kincaid, Robert Coover, and Susan Howe. Led by Max McKenna C’10, a PhD candidate at the University of Chicago, and Lilly Applebaum C’12, coordinator of the Writers House Fellows Program.

Apr. 7-16: Blood on the Tracks: Tangled up, and blue … | Led by Patrick Bredehoft, director of the Penn Alumni Interview Program.

May 15-24: Short stories by John Cheever and F. Scott Fitzgerald | Led by Al Filreis and David Roberts W’83, a member of the Kelly Writers House Advisory Board.


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