Music Feature

Venue for Local Writers and Musicians Still Drawing Crowds

by Kirsten Stamn

LIVE at the Writers House, a collaboration between the Kelly Writers House and WXPN, is a diverse and entertaining show for both young and old that has given local writers and musicians a chance to shine since 1997.  Erin Gautsche, the Program Coordinator for the event, says that she tries to appeal to a varied audience by bringing in food writing programs, journalism programs, fiction, poetry, singer-songwriters, and the writing of children, prison inmates, and more.  Held six times a year between the months of September and April, the show is taped live in front of a small studio audience and aired the following Monday on 88.5 WXPN. 

The one-hour show, hosted by Michaela Majoun, also features the work of local playwrights in the Playwrights Forum.  Each month, a group of writers meet to share their work and eventually can get them performed by actors belonging to the InterAct Theatre Company.  Play excerpts will feature the work of playwrights Genne Murphy, Seth Bauer, Jackie Goldfinger, Mike Whistler, and Quinn Eli.

While all of the Kelly Writers House programs are free and open to the public, Gautsche says, “This show is just one more way that we can share literature with the Philadelphia community.”  And its growing popularity is starting to bring in more big names both in the writing and the musical community.  Popular Philadelphia musical guests have included Buried Beds, Josh Marcus, the Baird Sisters, Hezekiah Jones, and more.

For more information on LIVE at the Writers House, feel free to check out their past episodes at http://writing.upenn.edu/wh/involved/series/live/.  

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