Kerouac House is Looking for Your Books

COLLEGE PARK — The bungalow house in Orlando’s College Park neighborhood that has become home to The Kerouac Project is looking for books by local authors — including yours.

The Kerouac House team is asking local authors to share their books so the bungalow can build up its own private library.

“We have a small library at the Kerouac House, built with books donated by friends of the house,” the Kerouac House noted in its monthly newsletter. “We have shelves dedicated to books by our alumni, books written by friends of the House, books by Jack and the Beats, books about Jack and the Beats, and so on.

“If you have written a book, we would love to host it on our bookshelves, especially if you’re an alumnus.”

Copies of books can be mailed to Erik Deckers at 1014 Kelsey Ave., Oviedo, FL 32765.

“And if you have any extra books by other authors just laying around and you would like to donate them, email us first to make sure we don’t already have them,” the organizers noted.

 To learn more, visits the Kerouac House Facebook page.

What is the Kerouac House Project?

Officially known as the Jack Kerouac Writers In Residence, this non-profit provides aspiring writers with the opportunity to live in the house where Jack Kerouac lived while writing his 1958 novel The Dharma Burns. Kerouac lived there rent free for three months, around the same time that his 1957 novel On The Road became a sensation.

The bungalow was preserved and is now known as the Kerouac House, created as a living and literary tribute to Kerouac and his enduring legacy.

For the past 20+ years, the directors have chosen four writers each year to spend three months at the house free of charge, giving them a place where they can focus on their literary projects. The writers also take advantage of quarterly literary readings and writing workshops held there.

This is a volunteer-run organization.

The organizers announced earlier this year that it was increasing the number of aspiring authors accepted into its annual Writers Residency program from four to six. “Many writers aren’t able to put their lives on hold for three months and be away from family and work. So we thought it would be more manageable for people to handle two months instead of three,” the organizers noted.

The first writer will start their residency on Sept. 1, 2024, and each residency lasts for seven weeks.

The 2024-2025 residency slots are:

  • Residency 1: Sept. 1-Oct. 20, 2024
  • Residency 2: Nov. 1-Dec. 22, 2024
  • Residency 3: Jan. 3-Feb. 23, 2025
  • Residency 4: March 1-April 20, 2025
  • Residency 5: May 1-June 22, 2025
  • Residency 6: July 1-Aug. 2, 2025

The Kerouac House is at 1418 Clouser Ave. in College Park. This property dates back to 1926.

Michael Freeman is an Orlando journalist, playwright and author of the terrifying book “Bloody Rabbit”. Contact him at Freelineorlando@gmail.com.

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