Kelly Writers House (KWH) was founded two decades ago by faculty, staff, students, and alumni as a campus hub for writing at Penn and in Philadelphia.
For the past 20 years, KWH has hosted numerous readings and talks, art shows and music performances, and screenings and seminars. Each semester, audiences pack the cozy living room of the historic Gothic house for events—and also listen in via interactive webcasts from around the world.
In the June issue of By The Numbers, the Current looks back at 20 years of KWH.
|2,647||Featured readers since 1996, including poets, fiction writers, literary agents, screenwriters, journalists, and playwrights.|
|130||Public programs per year, on average.|
|91||Online alumni book groups since 2000.|
|150,000||Students enrolled in ModPo, KWH’s massive open online course on modern and contemporary poetry.|
|32||Student staffers in the 2015-16 school year.|
|50||High schools and writing programs visited for recruitment to KWH and writing programs at Penn.|
|101||Episodes of PoemTalk, a collaboration of KWH, PennSound, and the Poetry Foundation, that is produced and hosted by KWH Faculty Director Al Filreis.|
|47,000||PennSound files, a web-based audio archive of poetry.|
|5,000,000||PennSound downloads per year.|
|205||Countries with readers of Jacket2, a publication that offers commentary on modern and contemporary poetry and poetics.|