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Beltran Family Award program
  • Monday, April 16, 2018 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Arts Cafe at the Kelly Writers House

Dead Parents Society is a project that explores writing by those who have lost a parent at a relatively young age and that encourages conversation about the purpose of writing about such hardship, and also about the experience of reading such work. Can good writing also be therapeutic? Does writing about death always have to be sad? How do our past traumas shape our present perspectives? This reading will feature writers affiliated with the Penn and Writers House communities whose work has directly or indirectly been influenced by a parent’s death. We promise this event won’t be as sad as it might sound. And we’ll have comfort food!

watch: a video recording of this event via KWH-TV

listen: an audio recording of this event (Episode 2 of the Dead Parents Society podcast)

For more information, visit the Kelly Writers House website.