Blue House

The Blue House at Elms

Students at Elms and members of the community at large who are interested in writing now have a place to call their own. Located across Fairview Avenue from the Gaylord House, the Blue House at 147 Grape St. provides the resources for students to develop the creative, intellectual, and practical skills for employment while allowing the writing program to grow.

Many students are choosing the writing concentration of the English major because of the distinguished faculty, visiting writers, open microphone sessions, and the opportunity to serve on the staff of Bloom, the student-run literary magazine. In fact, the Bloom staff features students majoring in everything from legal studies to business because they understand the need to write well for their careers.

The Blue House addresses the growing interest in the written word by offering students:

  • a central office for Bloom, where all staff and production meetings will be held,
  • a library of literary journals and books,
  • individual dedicated writing spaces,
  • scheduled office hours for students to work on their writing with English faculty,
  • an event space for “open mic” sessions, literary readings, workshops, and lectures by visiting scholars,
  • and several work-study opportunities, including the potential for a student to become a Blue House fellow.

The Blue House held its first poetry reading with visiting writers in October 2015. View the 2015-2016 Visiting Writers Series schedule, which takes place in various venues on campus, including the Blue House, here.

Blue House Fellow Excited About Writing Center's Future

Ricky Giordano

Rick Giordano '18 of Agawam recently finished his year as Elms College's first Blue House Fellow and is proud of what he and Associate Professor of English Daniel Chelotti accomplished.

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