The organization supports and programs The Kerouac House in College Park, which was once the home to Jack Kerouac back in 1957 and 1958, when his On The Road was first published, and where he wrote its sequel, Dharma Bums. It was founded by local reporter, Bob Kealing, who discovered Kerouac had lived in the area and wrote an article all about it in 1997, inspiring local bookshop owners, Marty and Jan Cummins, to co-found a non-profit to purchase the home, renovate it, and launch a writing residency program there for visiting authors.
The home was listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is now home to four residencies a year for interested writers. Writers-in-residence receive a $1,000 food stipend during their stay, get to live in the home while working on a writing project, and co-host three events during that time; a Welcome Potluck, a reading of their work at the end of their stay, and give a public reading at Valencia College.
Rachel Kolman is the latest writer to stay at the home and specializes in nonfiction and freelance writing for outlets like Good Housekeeping, Cosmopolitan, Bustle, Sinkhole, and more. A potluck dinner will be held at 7:30 p.m. on June 4. The dinner is free to attend but in the time-honored tradition of a potluck, you should bring something to add to the meal and that doesn’t include cutlery.
The Kerouac House is located at 1418 Clouser Avenue [GMap].