Pennsylvania Current
October 15, 1998

Kerry Sherin has been appointed Director of the Kelly Writers House, where she had served as the Resident Coordinator. She will now be responsible for all long range planning, program development, external relations, staff development, and budget and facilities planning. In addition to being a broadly published poet, essayist and memoirist, Sherin teaches literature and writing and is a doctoral student at Temple.

Heather Starr replaces Kerri Sherin as the Resident Coordinator at the Kelly Writers House. Starr graduated from Barnard College as a Centennial Honors Scholar and English major. In 1996, she came to Penn as Program Coordinator of the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Center. She also became involved with the Writers House, founding the Penn and Pencil Club for staff and faculty writers and organizing the December 1997 marathon reading. Starr will now manage the daily operations of the house and be the producer of "Live at the Writers House," airing on WXPN.

Top Prof. in Pa.

Alan Filreis professor of English, director of the Writing Program and faculty director of the Kelly Writers House, has been named the 1998-99 Pennsylvania Professor of the Year by The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. The award recognizes Filreis' extraordinary dedication to to teaching, committment to students and innovative teaching methods.