fil·a·ment, n. The thin wire inside a light bulb that emits light when heated by an electric current.

Filament is a burgeoning community of writers interested in actively engaging with issues on-campus and beyond. Our activities (which will include free pizza occasionally and free t-shirts once) are made possible through a generous, interminable grant from the Kelly Writers House.

On top of eating pizza and wearing cool t-shirts, we produce an annual magazine and a blog that we update daily.

How is Filament different from other on-campus publications?

While The DP presents front-line reporting and 34 Street dishes up culture writing infused with snarkiness, Filament strives to engage seriously with a variety of subjects relevant to our student body, including arts and culture, science and technology, social issues and politics. Our print magazine features mostly longform nonfiction journalism – trend pieces, profiles, reviews, and criticism – while our blog covers similar subject matter but in shorter, pithy posts.

We also publish select works of fiction, artwork, and poetry, both in print and online.


Filament is made possible through the support of Kelly Writers House (KWH) and Penn Parent Judith Zarin, who established a permanent fund to support a publication of creative nonfiction at KWH.


Editor-in-Chief: Jack Nessman

Managing Editor: Kenna O’Rourke

Executive Copy Editor: Andie Davidson

Social Media Director: Lorraine Wooju Kim


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