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Rosemont Explores Literary Philadelphia

Anna Curry - February 21, 2018

John Cheever once said, “Fiction is art and art is the triumph over chaos…to celebrate a world that lies spread out around us like a bewildering and stupendous dream.” Celebrating the world around us is exactly what the class, The Power of the Pen: Writing About Place, The City of Philadelphia, is doing.

One of the benefits in attending Rosemont College is that the school is less than twenty miles away from Center City, Philadelphia. Taking this fact into consideration, Professor Katherine Baker designed this course so as to encourage students to creatively write about and explore the city. In it, we get to learn about local Philadelphian writers, both new and old, reading their work and seeing their perception of the city.

Along with reading the work of local writers, we also get to take trips into the city to explore the buildings and libraries in the literary Philadelphia world. So far, we’ve visited the Philadelphia Library Company and The Athenaeum of Philadelphia. These two trips are just the beginning, though. We still get to visit the Free Library of Philadelphia, Eastern State Penitentiary, the Kelly Writer’s House, Rosenbach Museum, and many more.

What’s amazing to see is how enthusiastic our visiting author and tour guides have been to share  information with us about our city, the buildings, the writers, and all things literary Philadelphia. When listening to these professionals talk, it’s easy to hear the passion they have for their careers—which only excites us as we continue to learn about the literary side of the city.