News Briefs: Writers House bash marks hub's 10th year

The Daily Pennsylvanian
May 12, 2006

The Kelly Writers House is gearing up for its 10th anniversary, a celebration that will bring back its major donor, its architect and a New York Times writer who got his start at the hub for writers on campus.

The festivities -- which kicks off today and will run through alumni weekend -- will include an open house, a dinner and various speakers at the 38th and Locust streets house, as well as a symbolic ribbon-cutting ceremony tomorrow.

Speeches by Paul Kelly, the house's original donor, architect Harris Steinberg and current Faculty Director Al Filreis are on the agenda.

Nate Chinen, a jazz musician and writer for The New York Times who spent time at the house while he was an undergraduate, will wrap up tomorrow's with a performance.

The event will also feature a barbecue and dinner.

The house -- which was converted 10 years ago from a personal residence for the University chaplain -- serves as a resource for writers on campus.

2005 College graduate and Assistant to the Director Jamie-Lee Josselyn said this celebration is a testament to the students and the professors who use the house.

"I'm not sure anyone knew or thought that the Writer's house would actually last," Josselyn said. "The energy here has really only built since the Writers House began."