Kerouac House writer in residence Maya Sloan gets an unexpected visitor

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Maya Sloan and Thomas Warming, with Jack Kerouac and Neal Cassady (photo courtesy Sloan/Warming)
  • Maya Sloan and Thomas Warming, with Jack Kerouac and Neal Cassady (photo courtesy Sloan/Warming)

In our Aug. 20 article "Ghost stories: Maya Sloan admires Orlando's spirit," we mentioned that the current Kerouac House writer-in-residence hadn't hung out with any Rich Kids of Instagram or Kardashian types since she moved into Jack's place. (Sloan co-authored the novelized version of RKOI and was ghostwriter on Kendall and Kylie Jenner's dystopian YA novel City of Indra.)

But that doesn't mean she hasn't had an unexpected visitor or two. Below, a few tidbits that didn't make it into the article.

 

Orlando Weekly: Any good stories about living in the Kerouac House?

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Maya Sloan and Thomas Warming, with Jack Kerouac and Neal Cassady (photo courtesy Sloan/Warming)

Maya Sloan: So many. But my favorite part is all the people who come to visit the residence. Fans of Jack, literature lovers

they come from all over the world to honor one of their favorite writers. They are such a cool group, and I've met some amazing people. Except in one instance, when we forgot to lock our door and woke up at 6 a.m. to some tall, long-haired dude sitting in the living room communing with "the spirit of Jack." Obviously, he didn't read the sign on the door that said it wasn't a museum. My husband, clad only in his underwear, firmly showed him the route to the front door.

Orlando Weekly: Has Orlando given you any specific inspirations? I'm guessing you haven't run into any RKOI types, although they are here just like everywhere.

Maya Sloan: Orlando is full of inspiration

the literary community here is one of the most impressive I've seen in a long time. They are a gifted, open-hearted group. I've met some extraordinary people. The board of the Kerouac Project is full of talented individuals like Summer Rodman and Mike Robinson, and there are local treasures like John King, who does the brilliant literary podcast The Drunken Odyssey. Through local arts heroes Jesse Bradley and Patrick Greene, I got to participate in the fabulous There Will Be Words reading series at the Avalon Gallery downtown. I've haven't felt so welcomed, or seen such passion for the arts, in a long time. There's a lot more than Disney here

there are free-thinking, imaginative artists and writers doing meaningful work in many genres. That's far more inspiring than any RKOI type could ever wish to be!

Don't miss Maya's reading Saturday night – more details here.

 

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