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Writers without Borders
March 4, 2008, Volume 54, No. 24

Writers without Borders, the Provost’s International Writers Series at the Kelly Writers House, launches on April 15 with a program “featuring the remarkable Chilean poet, filmmaker and performance artist Cecilia Vicuña,” Dr. Al Filreis, Faculty Director, Kelly Writers House said. Ms.Vicuña  will be introduced by Charles Bernstein, poet, and professor of English, at 6 p.m. in the Kelly Writers House Arts Cafe.

Writers without Borders features writers from around the world “whose fiction, drama, poetry, memoir, journalism, and performance art demand an international—and, what’s more, a globally minded—readership and response.” Dr. Filreis explained the premise for the series, “Through this ongoing series, Provost Ron Daniels has challenged the students and faculty who form the literary community at the Kelly Writers House to bring to the intimate cottage at 3805 Locust writers whose voices—whether because of regional unrest, cultural turmoil, aesthetic misunderstanding, the difficulty of travel, problems of translation, etc.—have not been much heard here. The setting, always conducive to workshop-style give-and-take, seems apt for introducing these writers to the broader Penn community and to our internationalist Philadelphia-area neighbors and partners.”

Support for Writers without Borders comes from Provost Daniels, supplemented by a generous start-up grant from Penn alumnus Seth Ginns (C ’00).

For more information see http://writing.upenn.edu/wh/series/wwb/.


Almanac - March 4, 2008, Volume 54, No. 24