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Sometimes, in the midst of celebrating the everyday joys of our work here together, we forget to throw a parade for all the successes of our graduates. Cue the marching band! Cue the confetti! We’re terribly proud... 

Below, please find a selection of such successes. Drop us a note if we forgot you, or if it’s time for an update.

RECENT GRADUATE STUDIES

  • Kadet Alaks ’18 CW major; Japn minor: University of Illinois Urbana/Champaign, MLIS (2019–)

  • Geoff Brown ’08 Lit major; Film minor: Master's degree in Geography and Environmental Studies (2019); University of Washington's, MLIS (2014)

  • Bob Carey ’12 French major; Comparative Politics minor: Temple University, MFA in Poetry (2018–)

  • Kelly Clare ’16 CW & Art majors: University of Iowa, MFA in Art/Sculpture (2018–)

  • Markie Jo Crismon ’13 CW major; Film minor: University of Missouri-St. Louis, MFA in Poetry (2018–)

  • Jayel Gant ’18 CW & Theatre majors: New York University, Master of Arts in Performance Studies (2018–)

  • Katherine Haynes ’12 Theatre major; CW minor: DePaul University, MA in Communications (2018–)

  • Kara Krewer ’10, CW major, Film minor: Purdue University, MFA in Poetry (2012–15); University of Georgia, PhD in English (2018–)

  • Robyn Lehner ’17 Psychology major; CW minor: Grand Valley State University, MA in Social Work (2018–)

  • Carly Miller ’18 CW & Psychology majors: Western Illinois University, MA in Clinical/Community Mental Health (2018–)

  • Christopher Poore ’14 Lit Major; Spanish & Religious Studies minors: University of Chicago, MA at the Divinity School (2018–)

  • Randi Siegrist ’18 CW major; Lit minor: Louisiana Tech University, MA in English Literature (2018–)

  • Mike Sockol ’17 Biology Major; Film Minor: School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Masters in Visual and Critical Studies (2018–)

  • Carly Taylor ’16 CW major; Dance minor: Chapman University, MFA in Creative Nonfiction (2018–)

  • Josh Tvrdy ’17 CW major; Religious Studies minor: North Carolina State University, MFA in Poetry (2018–)

  • Deyontavis Hightower ’16 Lit major, CW minor : DePaul University, MFA in Screenwriting (2017-)

  • Amanda Axley ’14 Lit major, Music minor: University of Iowa, MLIS (2017-)

  • Carmen Caraballo ’14 Lit major, Ed Policy minor: Northeastern Illinois University, M.A. in English (2017-)

  • Hannah Cloh ’16 Lit major, AnSo minor: Washington and Lee University, JD (2017-)

  • Grant Deam ’13 CW & Spanish majors: Southern Illinois University–Edwardsville, MFA in Fiction (2017-)

  • Ryan Downum ’16, CW major, History minor: University of Idaho, MFA in Poetry (2017-)

  • Caleb Fridell ’16 Lit major, Film minor: City University of New York (CUNY), PhD in Literature (2017-)

  • Susannah Lodge-Rigal ’15 CW major, Psych minor: Colorado State University, MFA in Poetry (2017-)

  • Max Potthoff ’14, CW & ENVS majors: Yale University, Masters in Environmental Management (2017-)

  • Dylan Reynolds ’12 CW major, Film minor: University of Minnesota, MFA in Creative Nonfiction (2017-)

  • Julia Shenkar ’12 CW & French majors: George Mason University, M.A. in Linguistics (2017-)

  • Joella Travis ’15 Lit major: University of Illinois, MLIS (2016-)

  • Paulna Valbrun ’10, CW McNair Fellow; French & AnSo majors: University of New Hampshire, MFA in Nonfiction (2017-)

  • Noah Baldino ’15 CW major, Film minor: Purdue University, MFA in Poetry (2016-)

  • Gabriella Crivilare ’16 CW major, French minor: Hollins University, MFA in Children's Literature (2016-)

  • Sofie Drummond-Moore ’16 CW major, Film minor: American Film Institute, MFA (2016-)

  • Anjali Feanaro ’09, Lit & Political Science majors: Western Illinois University, M.A. in English, post baccalaureate certificate in teaching writing; Edgewood College, EdD program for Higher Education Leadership (2016–)

  • Alison Gaines, ’13 CW, Music majors: University of Florida, MFA in Poetry (2016-)

  • Rebecca Gonshak, ’15 CW major: Eastern Washington University, MFA in Nonfiction (2016-)

  • Becky Hixon, ’16, Lit major, CW and Spanish minors: University of Michigan, PhD. in Early Modern Literature (2016-)

  • Courtney Meaker, ’08 CW major: University of Iowa, MFA in Playwriting (2016-)

  • Livia Meixas, ’16, Lit major, CW minor: University of Chicago, Master of Arts program in the Humanities (English Literature focus) (2016-17)

  • Claire T. Neri ’15, CW major, Business minor; Mount Mary University, M.A. in English (2016-)

  • Beth Pizzuto (Root) ’09 Lit, Ed Studies majors; Lewis University, Masters in School Counseling (2016-17)

  • Tanika Pradhan ’16, CW and Economics majors; Georgetown University, M.S. “Communication, Culture and Technology” Program (2016-)

  • Ryan Sweikert, ’10, CW major, NYU School of Journalism, Literary Reportage track (2016-)

  • Kate Barrett ’12 CW major: University of Montana, MFA in Fiction (2015-17)

  • Colleen Boyd ’14 CW major & Art minor: University of Missouri at Kansas City, MFA in Fiction (2015–)

  • Dave Brankin ’12 CW major: Loyola University of Chicago, J.D. (2015–)

  • Camille Brown ’15 Lit major: Mills College, M.A. in Literature (2015-17)

  • Sam Conrad ’11 CW major & Black Studies minor: Hamline University, MFA in Fiction (2015–)

  • Zoë Foote ’12 CW, Spanish majors: University of Illinois, M.A. in Hispanic Literatures and Cultures (2015–)

  • Spencer Graham ’12 CW, Philosophy majors: Temple University, MFA in Poetry (2015–)

  • Becky Harwell ’15 CW major, Japanese Studies minor: Indiana University, MLIS (2015-17)

  • Meagan McAlister ’12 CW major: Ball State University, M.A. in Writing (2015–)

  • Cigi Ross ’06 Lit major, Journalism & History minors: University of Iowa, MBA (2015-17)

  • Kate Schlachter ’07 CW major: University of Chicago, M.A. in the Humanities (MAPH) at (2015–)

  • Jake Yordy ’12 CW major, French minor: University of Arkansas–Fayatteville, MFA in Poetry (2015–)

  • Cole Atcheson ’13 Lit major, Music minor: Simmons College, M.A. in Children's Literature (2014-16)

  • Gail Aronson ’08 CW major, Art History minor: University of Alabama, MFA in Fiction (2014-18)

  • Chris Baltz ’12 CW major, Film minor: University of Missouri-Kansas City, MFA in Fiction (2014–)

  • Carmen Caraballo ’14 Lit major, Ed Policy minor: University of Illinois–Chicago’s M.S. in Higher Education Administration / Public Policy program (2014-16)

  • Kate Carsella ’11 CW major, Film minor, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, MFA in fiction (2014-)

  • Carla Criscuolo ’11 CW major, Vermont College of Fine Arts, MFA in Creative Writing (2014)

  • Jaimie Eubanks ’09 CW major, Journalism, Dance minors: Florida International University, MFA in fiction (2014-)

  • Lauren Greve ’12, Lit minor: University of Nebraska, M.A./PhD in Art History (2014-)

  • Meg Hayertz ’12 CW major, self-designed minor, California Institute of Integral Studies, MFA in Writing and Consciousness (2014-)

  • Rozina Kidari: ’14 CW, Integrated International Studies majors: Columbia College–Chicago, MFA in Creative Nonfiction (2014-17)

  • Jessica Luebker: ’14 CW major, Biology minor: St. Scholastica (Duluth MN), M.S. in Athletic Training (2014–)

  • McKinley Murphy: ’10 CW major, Theatre minor: Truman State University, M.A. in Literature (2012–14); Purdue University, MFA in Poetry (2014-17);

  • Isa Odin ’13 CW major, Music minor: Hamline University, MFA in Fiction (2014–)

  • Sam Paul ’14 CW, Spanish majors: Indiana University, J.D. (2014–)

  • Annie Pittman ’12 CW major, Philosophy minor: University of Virginia, MFA in poetry (2014–16)

  • Gabrielle Rajerison ’14 Lit, GWST majors; University of Pittsburgh, PhD in English (2014–)

  • Laura Rogers ’08 Lit, Ed Studies majors; Illinois State University, MS in Student Personnel Administration (2014-15)

  • Bess Cooley, ’12 CW major: Purdue University, MFA in Poetry (2013–16)

  • Jim Davis ’06 Art major: Northwestern University, MFA in Poetry (2013–15); Harvard University, M.S in Human Development and Education (2016-)

  • Jeremy Doebert, ’10 CW major: Western Michigan University, MFA in Poetry (2013–16)

  • Sasha Jawed, ’10 CW major & Lit minor: Oxford Brookes, U.K., M.A. in Publishing (2013–)

  • Katie Johnston, ’11 CW major: Virginia Commonwealth University–Brandcenter, M.A. (2013–)

  • Andie Allison Leibach’08, Lit & Ed Studies majors: Western Illinois University, Masters in Educational Leadership (2013-14)

  • Jeri Murphy ’13, Lit major: University of Illinois, MLIS (2013–)

  • Jules Ohman ’12 CW major; University of Montana, MFA in Fiction (2013–15)

  • Saskia Pellnat ’13, CW major: Columbia University, NY, MFA in Fiction (2013–)

  • Stan Rivkin ’11, Texas State University, MFA in Fiction (2013–)

  • David Semonchik ’07 CW major: University of California–Davis, M.A. in Creative Writing (2010–12); University of Texas–Austin, Michener Center, MFA in Fiction (2013–16)

  • Rana Tahir, ’13 CW & Political Science majors: Pacific University, MFA in Poetry (2013–15)

  • Nathan Williams ’13, CW major, Journalism minor: Valparaiso University, M.A. in Sports Media Studies (2013–)

  • Gitta Alberes ’08, CW major: NEOMFA (Ohio), MFA in Fiction (2012–)

  • Lauren Assaf ’10, Lit major, Philosophy, Japanese minors: University of California–Berkeley, J.D. (2013–16)

  • Samantha Cavedon ’12, California Institute of the Arts, MFA in Writing (2012–)

  • Tasha Coryell ’10 CW major: University of Alabama, MFA in Fiction (2012–16)

  • Andrea Johnston ’10 CW major: University of Kentucky, MLIS (2012–)

  • Meredith Noseworthy ’10 CW, Theatre majors: University of Alabama, MFA in Poetry (2012–16)

  • Emily Oliver ’11 CW major, Spanish minor: Cornell University, MFA in Poetry (2012–14)

  • Miya Pleines, ’12, CW, Art majors, Northwestern University, MFA in Nonfiction (2012–)

  • Monica Prince ’12, CW, Africana Studies majors: Georgia College & State University, MFA in Poetry (2012–15)

  • Dyson Shannon ’09, CW major: Western Illinois University, M.A in English (2012–)

  • Maya Sharma ’12 CW major, Math and Spanish minors: Northern Illinois University, M.S. in Mathematics (2012–)

  • Adam Sirgany ’11, University of Arizona, MFA in Fiction (2012-)

  • Simone Snow ’12 University of Southern California, MFA in Screenwriting (2012–)

  • Kati Stunkard ’12, CW major: Eastern Washington University, MFA in Fiction (2012–14)

  • Annie Zak ’11 CW, Journalism minor: Columbia University (New York), M.A. in Journalism (2012–13)

  • Hannah Buckland ’11 CW major, Environmental Studies minor: University of Pittsburgh, MLIS (2011–12)

  • Willi Goehring ’11 CW major, Self-Designed minor: University of Arkansas-Fayetteville, MFA in Poetry (2011–)

  • Mandy Gutmann-González ’10 CW major, Self-Designed minor: Cornell University, MFA in Poetry (2011–13)

  • Kathleen Kellett ’11 CW major, Art History minor: Simmons College, M.A./MFA in Writing for Children (2011–)

  • Sam Martone ’11 CW major, Psychology minor: Arizona State University, MFA in Fiction (2011–14)

  • Debbie Moreno ’89 CW major: Vermont College of Fine Arts, MFA in Poetry and Creative Nonfiction (2011–13)

  • Casey Patrick ’11 CW major, Biology, Psychology minors: Eastern Washington University, MFA in Poetry (2011–13)

  • Laura Adamczyk ’03 CW, Spanish majors: Northwestern University, M.A. in Writing (2006–08); University of Illinois, MFA Fiction (2010–13)

  • Sienna Beard ’06 Lit major, Bradley University, M.A. in English (2010–)

  • Peter Burghardt ’07 CW major: St. Mary’s College of California, MFA in Poetry (2010–)

  • MacKenzie Crouch ’10 CW major: St. Andrews University, MLitt in Shakespeare Studies (2011); University of Nottingham, PhD in English (2012-17)

  • Ryan Fitzgerald ’04 CW major: New York Studio School, MFA in Painting, (2010-)

  • Mark Imielski ’08 CW major: Northern Illinois University, J.D. (2010–13)

  • Malissa Kent ’07 CW, French majors, University of Southern Maine, MFA in Fiction (2010–2012)

  • Jason Maclin ’07 Lit, Ed Studies majors; Concordia University, Masters in School Leadership (2010)

  • Ashleigh Malec, ’07 Lit, Ed Studies majors; Northeastern Illinois University, Masters in Educational Leadership (2010)

  • JoAnna Novak ’07 CW major: Washington University, MFA in Fiction (2007–09); MFA in Poetry, University of Massachusetts (2010–12)

  • Scott Offutt ’09 Lit major: Washington State University, PhD in English (2010–)

  • Adam Soto ’10 CW, Art History majors: University of Iowa, MFA in Fiction (2010–12)

  • Miranda Steffens ’07 CW major: Art Institute of Chicago, MFA in Poetry (2010–2013)

  • Erin Thompson, ’05 Lit major: University of Wisconsin, M.S.W (2010–)

  • Brendan Todt ’06 CW major: Vermont College of Fine Arts, MFA in Poetry, (2010–2012)

  • Deanna Wendel ’10 Lit major: Indiana University, MA in English (2012)

  • Elizabeth Barrios ’09 Lit major: University of Michigan, PhD in Literature (2009–16)

  • Sarah Benkin ’09 CW major: Savannah College of Art and Design, MFA in Sequential Arts (2009–)

  • Michael Boyd ’03 CW major, Chatham University, MFA in Writing (2009–)

  • Sean Bullock ’09 Lit major: Duquesne University, M.A. in Literature (2009–)

  • Emalene Clark ’09 CW, History majors: Boston University School of Law, J.D. (2009–)

  • Thomas Cook ’05 CW major, University of Minnesota, MFA in Poetry (2006–09); SUNY–Albany, PhD in Literature with Honors (2009–15)

  • Sarah Kilch Gaffney ’06 CW, Environmental Studies majors: University of Southern Maine, M.A. in Literature (2009–)

  • Lisa Goetz ’07 CW, International Relations majors: University of Oregon, M.A. in Chinese (2009–)

  • Elizabeth Jones ’06 CW, Lit majors: University of South Carolina, MFA in Fiction (2009–)

  • Rebecca King ’08 CW major: Chatham University MFA in Fiction (2009–11)

  • Ruth Lane ’04 Lit major: Loyola Marymount, M.A. in Literature (2009–)

  • Kayla Peifer ’09 Lit, French majors: University of Iowa, MFA in Comparative Literature/Translation (2009–)

  • Carina Saxon ’09 Lit major: Indiana University, PhD in Literature (2009–)

  • Sara Torino ’08 Lit major: Elmhurst College, M.A. in English (2009-12)

  • Chris Astwood ’07 CW major: University of East Anglia, M.A. in Poetry (2008–)

  • Kelly Budruweit ’07 Lit & Spanish majors: Western Illinois University, M.A. (2012) University of Iowa, PhD in Literature (2018)

  • Caroline Claiborn ’07 Lit major: University of Oregon, PhD in Media Studies (2008–14)

  • Jon Crylen ’06 Lit major, Classics minor: University of Chicago, M.A. in Humanities (2006-07); University of Iowa, PhD in Cinematic Arts (2008–15)

  • Erik DeLapp ’07 CW major: Hamline University, MFA in Fiction (2008–11)

  • Stacia Falat ’02 CW major: Michigan State University, M.S. in Agricultural Policy and Rural Development (2008–)

  • Heather Frankland ’02 CW major, Environmental Studies minor, New Mexico State University, Masters in Public Health (2006–08); MFA in Poetry (2008–10)

  • Kate Glen ’08 Lit major) Loyola University–Chicago, MSW (2008–10)

  • Hilary Grimes ’08 CW, History majors: University of California-Los Angeles, MLIS (2008–10)

  • Alice Holbrook ’08 CW major: Syracuse University, MFA in Fiction (2008-11)

  • Jacqueline Jutting ’00 CW major, Theatre minor: Northwestern University, MFA in Directing (2008–)

  • Alex Keefe ’06 CW major, Journalism minor: Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, M.A. (2008–10)

  • Mary Kiolbasa ’06 CW, Classics majors: Art Institute–Chicago, MFA in Poetry (2008–10)

  • Jake Marcet ’07 CW major: University of East Anglia, M.A. in Screenwriting (2008–09)

  • Jordan Mumma ’08 CW major: Northwestern University, MFA program in Screenwriting (2008–10)

  • Jessey Nickells ’08 CW major: Naropa University (2008–)

  • Andy Scott ’07 CW major: John Marshall Law, J.D. (2008–2011)

  • Erin Severs ’99 CW major: University of Maine, M.A. in English & Women's Studies (2008-09); The Kellogg Institute, Appalachian State University, Graduate Certificate in Developmental Education (2012)

  • Steve Smaczniak ’08 CW major: Columbia College–Chicago, MFA in Poetry (2008–10)

  • Katie Snider ’08 CW, French majors: University of Washington, PhD in French (2008–)

  • Lucas Street ’08 CW major: University of Wyoming, MFA in Poetry (2008–10)

  • Jen Wolf ’08 Lit major: University of Washington, MLIS (2008–)

  • Kelly Anicich ’04 CW major: Loyola University of Chicago, M.A. in Education (2007–09)

  • Rebecca Halonen ’05 Spanish major, CW minor: University of Oregon, M.A. in Spanish (2003–05); Eastern Washington University, MFA in Poetry (2007–09)

  • B.J. Hollars ’07 Lit, Educational Studies Majors: University of Alabama, MFA in Nonfiction (2007–10)

  • Rubiaat Khan ’02 CW major: The New School, MFA in Creative Writing (2007–09)

  • Adam Krause ’06 CW major: University of Iowa, MFA in Fiction (2007–09)

  • Sarah Magin ’07 Lit major: University of Massachussets-Amherst, M.A./PhD in Literature (2007–10)

  • Ann Margolis ’07 CW major, History minor: Pace University, M.A. in Publishing (2007–09)

  • Rebecca Paxson ’04 CW major: University of Nottingham, U.K., M.A in English (2007–)

  • Stephen Pihlaja ’02 CW major: University of Birmingham, U.K., M.A. in Applied Linguistics (2005–07); The Open University, Milton Keynes, U.K., PhD in Applied Linguistics (2007–2012)

  • Micah Rieker ’06 CW major: University of Illinois, MFA in Fiction (2007–10)

  • Marc Schumann ’03 CW major, University of Washington, M.A./PhD in English (2007–)

  • Jen Tynes ’01 CW major: Brown University, MFA in Poetry (2003-05); University of Denver, PhD in Creative Writing (2007-10)

  • George (Walker) Weyerhauser ’04 Lit, German majors: University of Illinois, MLIS (2007–)

  • Sarah Wylder ’07 CW major: University of Maryland, MFA in Poetry (2007–09)

  • Kate Garklavs ’06 CW major: University of Massachusetts, MFA in Fiction (2006–08)

  • Miranda Higdon ’04 CW major: Indiana University, M.A. in Journalism (2006–08)

  • Laura Hinken ’06 Lit major: Bradley University, M.A. in English (2006–08)

  • Kate Langridge ’06 Lit major: Bradley University, M.A. in English (2006–08)

  • Shannon Latimer ’01 CW major, University of Southern California, MFA in Film (2006–)

  • Maggie Queeney ’04 CW, Latin majors: Syracuse University, MFA in Poetry (2006–09)

  • Bethany Reece ’05 CW major: Washington University, MFA in Fiction (2006–08)

  • Mark Baumgartner ’99 CW & AnSo major: Bowling Green State University, MFA in Fiction (2005); University of Nevada–Las Vegas, PhD in Creative Writing (2010)

  • Rebeccah Bechtold ’05 Lit major: University of Illinois, PhD in Literature (2005–12)

  • Hannah Bowen ’04 CW major: Emerson College, MFA in Writing (2005–07)

  • Darin Dunphy ’05 CW major: Southern Illinois University, MFA in Fiction (2005–)

  • David Karczynski ’02 CW major: University of Michigan, MFA in Fiction (2005–07)

  • Kelsey Keyes ’03 Lit, French majors: University of Illinois, M.A. in Literature (2005–07)

  • Shalini Krishan ’03 Lit major: University of Illinois, M.A. in English (2005–)

  • Alison Looney ’03 Lit major: University of Missouri–Columbia, MLIS (2005–07)

  • Beth Marzoni ’04 Lit major, History, Art History minors: Western Michigan University, PhD in Creative Writing (2005–2010)

  • Jacyln Wells ’03 Lit major: Southern Illinois University, M.A. in Writing/Rhetoric (2005–07); Purdue University, PhD

  • Eileen G'Sell ’02 CW major: University of Rochester, M.A. in Film (2002-03); Washington University, MFA in Poetry (2004–06)

RECENT INTERNSHIPS

  • Lauren Assaf ’10, Lit major, Philosophy, Japanese minors: Alcorn Karlin, LLC., Law Clerk / Intern (2008–11)

  • Rashika Bahl ’17 Lit & Econ majors: Marketing & Publicity Intern in Children’s Department, Simon & Schuster, NY (summer 2017)

  • Victoria Baldwin ’16 CW, Spanish majors: Youth 4 African Wildlife / Conservation intern (summer 2015)

  • Hannah Benning ’12 CW major, Philosophy minor: RHINO Poetry Magazine / intern (summer 2011)

  • Caroline Castro ’11 CW major, Theatre minor: Goodman Theatre / Literary Management intern (summer 2009)

  • Kelly Clare ’16 CW, Art majors: Kalamazoo Center for BookArts (summer 2015)

  • Francesca Downs ’19 CW Major, AnSo & Spanish Minors: Production Intern, Full Spectrum Features, Chicago, IL (summer 2018)

  • Sam Duffy ’18 CW, Spanish majors: Nancy Yost Literary Agency, NY / Literary intern (Summer 2017)

  • Carolyn Dussault ’16 CW major, Art minor: Scholastic Books, NY / Literary intern (December 2014–June 2015)

  • Cristian Gorostieta ’15 CW major, AnSo minor: About Face Theatre / Literary intern (summer 2012)

  • Jennie Jeoung ’19 CW & Theatre majors: Casting/Artistic Administration Intern, Northlight Theatre, Skokie, IL (summer 2018)

  • Kathleen Kellett ’11 CW major, Art History minor: Montclair Art Museum, New Jersey (summer 2009)

  • Sarah Kilch Gaffney ’06 CW, Environmental Studies majors: Maine Conservation Corps (summer 2004)

  • Rachel Landman ’17 CW major, ENVS & Journalism minors: Sitka Salmon Shares Sustainability and Storytelling, Sitka, AK (summer 2017)

  • Matt McKinney ’13 CW major, Journalism minor: U.S. Senator Dick Durbin, IL / intern (summer 2010); Chicago Sun-Times / Editorial intern (summer 2012)

  • Holden Meier ’16 CW major, Theatre, History minors: The Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center / Literary intern (summer 2015)

  • Kate Mishkin ’16 Lit major, Journalism minor: The Virginian-Pilot / Reporting intern (summer 2015); WGIL Radio / intern (winter 2014); Pittsburgh Post-Gazette / Features intern (summer 2014); Filter Magazine (summer 2013)

  • Julia Mondschean ’18 CW major, Playwriting & Journalism minors: Full Spectrum Features / intern (summer 2017)

  • Laura Myers ’16 CW major, Film minor: 826Chi / Programming intern (fall 2014)

  • Stephanie Nikitenko ’17 CW major, Business minor: Illinois Women’s Press Association (summer 2015)

  • Jenneke Ooostman ’12 CW major, Journalism minor: ASME/Travel and Leisure Magazine

  • Laura Pochodylo ’14 Lit, American Studies majors: Highlights for Kids Magazine / PR intern (summer 2012); Rock and Roll Hall of Fame / Education intern (summer 2013)

  • Christopher Poore ’14 Lit major, Spanish minor: Copper Canyon Press / Editorial intern (summer 2012); Graywolf Press / Editorial intern (summer 2013)

  • Tricia Richert ’11 CW major, Art minor: Jessie Blatt Photographer (for Vogue) and Annie Leibowitz Photography, intern (summer 2010)

  • Erika Riley ’19 CW major, Journalism minor: New York Spaces magazine (summer 2017); Street Easy (writer; summer 2018)

  • Emma Robillard ’15 Lit, Educational Studies majors: Star School, Navajo Reservation / Summer School Teacher / Flagstaff, Arizona, (summer 2014)

  • Alex Roth ’09, Lit major, Film minor: NBC / Late Night with Conan O'Brien / Research Intern (summer 2008)

  • Peter Rule ’19 Lit major; Theatre minor: Costume Technician Intern, Peninsula Players, Fish Creek, WI (summer 2018)

  • Lauren Sparks ’18 CW major, GWST minor: Copper Canyon Press / Editorial intern (fall 2018)

  • Ashley Wolfgang ’14 Lit major, CW minor: City Pages / Music Editorial intern / Minneapolis, MN (summer 2014)

  • Alex Zimay ’15 CW, Poli Sci majors: BookEnds Literary Agency, New Jersey / Literary intern (summer 2014)

 

CAREERS

  • Melissa Adams-Campbell ’02 Lit major: Associate Professor of English, Northern Illinois University

  • Gail Aronson ’08 CW major, Art History minor: Manager, Advancement at Carnegie Museum of Art (PA)

  • Lauren Assaf ’10 Lit major, Japanese & Philosophy minors: Corporate Associate at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher (CA)

  • Mark Baumgartner ’99 CW & AnSo majors: Associate Professor of English, East Tennessee State University; Director, Creative Writing minor; Editor-in-chief of Aethlon: The Journal of Sport Literature

  • Geoff Brown ’08 Lit major; Film minor: El Centro Library Coordinator, Information Services Librarian, Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, IL

  • Hannah Buckland ’12 CW major, Environmental Studies minor: Director of Library Services, Leech Lake Tribal College College (Cass Lake, MN)

  • Carmen Caraballo ’14 Lit major, Ed Policy minor: Financial Aid Advisor, Northeastern Illinois University

  • Gabriella Crivilare ’16 CW, French minor: Co-owner, Prairie Fox Books, Ottawa, IL

  • Jon Crylen ’06 Lit major, Classics minor: Teaching film courses at Coe College (IA), University of Iowa, & freelance editor

  • Sam Duffy ’18 CW & Span majors: Sales enablement specialist, Follett Book Fairs, Woodbridge, IL.

  • Kendall Dunkelberg ’86 CW major: Director, MFA Program at Mississippi University for Women; Professor

  • Arianna Elnes ’14 IIS major, CW minor: Communications and Marketing Specialist for State of Alaska, Juneau, AK

  • Chelsea Embree ’14 CW major, Art History minor: Reporter at The Lewiston Tribune in Lewiston, Idaho (2014–17)

  • Anjali Feanaro ’09, Lit & Political Science majors: Assistant Director of Inclusion and Involvement, Edgewood College

  • Jose Gabriel Espericueta ’00 Lit, Spanish majors: Assistant Professor of Latin American Literature / Spanish, University of Dallas

  • Heather Frankland ’02 CW major, ENVS minor: Sexual Violence Prevention Coordinator, Department of Health (NM)

  • Kate Garklavs ’06 CW major, German minor: Content Lead at 18F, digital consultancy and design firm

  • Alice Gerfen ’18 CW & Linguistics minor: Used Book Buyer, Powell's Books (OR)

  • Elise Goitia ’18 CW, Psych & Art minors (2018): Inventory Coordinator, Tattered Cover (CO)

  • Norman Golar ’02 CW major: Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of English, Stillman College (AL)

  • Cristian Gorostieta ’15 CW major; AnSo minor: Coordinator, Broadway Youth Center at Howard Brown, Chicago, IL

  • Mandy Gutmann-González ’10 CW major, Self-Designed minor: Assistant Professor, Temple University

  • Erik Hane ’12 CW major: Literary Agent, Red Sofa Literary, (MN) (2015-)

  • B.J. Hollars ’07 Lit, Ed Studies Majors: Associate Professor of English, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

  • Nicole Holtzmann, ’14, Lit major, GWST, CW minors: Assistant Coordinator, Bright Futures, Ann Arbor, MI.

  • Ari Jindracek ’18 CW Major; AnSo Minor: Chicago Teacher Residency Academy for Urban School Leadership (AUSL), Chicago, IL

  • Alex Keefe ’06 CW major, Journalism minor: lead, politics & government unit, WBEZ-FM in Chicago (2017–); local host of Vermont Public Radio’s All Things Considered (2015–16); previously worked at WVIK-FM in Rock Island, Illinois.

  • Sarah Kilch Gafney ’06 CW, Environmental Studies majors: Program Manager for the Brain Injury Association of America, Maine

  • Mary Kiolbasa ’06 CW, Classics majors: Director of Research Projects, Development & Alumni Relations, Vanderbilt University

  • Ellen Kokontis ’09 Lit, Art History majors: Art Services Supervisor, Albert Whitman & Co. (Children’s Book Publisher) (2015–)

  • Shalini Krishan ’03 Lit major: Senior Editor at Speaking Tiger, independent publishing, New Delhi

  • Sheena Leano ’12 CW & Economics majors: Senior Writer at Brafton, Inc., Chicago (2015–)

  • Anna Leahy ’88 CW major: Professor of English, Chapman University’s MFA and BFA programs; Co-Director, Office of Undergraduate Research, Chapman University; Board of AWP

  • Jason Maclin ’07 Lit, Ed Studies majors; Assistant Principal, East High School in Denver, CO

  • Lisette Martin (Andrea Walker) ’97 CW & GWST majors: Document Control Specialist; Kansas Writers Association Board

  • Autumn McGarr ’13 CW Major; Playwriting & History Minors: Associate Editor at Kitchen & Bath Design News & SOLA Group, Inc; Associate Editor, Cricket Media

  • Kate Mishkin, ’16, Lit major, Journalism minor: New Jersey Star-Ledger.

  • Ander Monson ’97 CW major: Founder and editor of DIAGRAM, one of the first online literary journals, and of New Michigan Press

  • Julia Mondschean ’18 CW major, Playwriting & Journalism minors: Reporter, Free Spirit Media / RealChi (2018)

  • JoAnna Novak, ’07 CW major, Psychology minor: Assistant Professor for the MFA in Creative Writing, Mount Saint Mary's University

  • Angie Olivas ’18 Lit major, Journalism minor: Community outreach coordinator, Galesburg Civic Arts Center (IL)

  • Emily Oliver ’11 CW major, Spanish minor: Associate Director for Academic Civic Engagement (ACE), Carleton College 

  • Casey Patrick ’11 CW major, Biology, Psychology minors: Editorial Assistant, Milkweed Editions (2013–14)

  • Gwendolyn Prellwitz ’99 CW major: Assistant Director of the Office for Diversity, Literacy & Outreach Services, the American Library Association

  • Brandi Pudlo ’16 CW & Psych majors: Family Case Manager, Department of Child Services, IN

  • Maggie Queeney ’04 CW, Latin majors: Library Coordinator, Poetry Foundation Library, Chicago (2013–)

  • Paul Rodeen, ’01 CW major: Owner, Rodeen Literary Management: A Literary Agency (2009–); previously worked at Sterling Lord Literistic, INC (2001–08)

  • Laura Rogers ’08 Lit & Ed Studies majors: Senior Financial Aid Counselor, Illinois State University

  • Cigi Ross ’06 Lit major, Journalism & History minors: Project manager at Pearson (IA)

  • Callie Rouse ’17 IR major, CW & History minors: Campaign Organizer, Environment Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

  • Holden Ryan ’16 CW major, Theatre-Performance minor: Admissions Counselor, Nebraska Wesleyan University

  • Erin Severs ’99 CW major: Assistant Professor of English, Mohawk Valley Community College

  • Eunice Shek ’18 CW & Asian Studies majors: Information Services Assistant, Arlington Heights Memorial Library

  • Amanda Shiew ’14 Lit major, GWST & AnSo minors: Head of Content at Hashtagcity, PR agency, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia

  • Marnie Shure ’11 CW major, French minor: Managing Editor, The Onion (2012–)

  • Ben Taylor ’07 Lit major: Assistant Professor of English, Karaganda State Technical University, Kazakhstan (through a fellowship with the US State Department & Georgetown University)

  • Jen Tynes ’01 CW major: Founding editor of Horse Less Press

  • Ashley Wolfgang ’14 Lit major, CW & Journalism minors, : Email Programming Associate for the lifestyle website, The Spruce

Our alums have also made careers as: IT Functional Analyst;  Federal Preservation Officer; Flight Attendant, Project Management, Research Analyst, Environmental Director; Food System Researcher; Therapist: Tutor; Psychotherapist; Consultant; Professors of Italian, French, English, Theatre, Nursing, Classics, History; Editor for the American Medical Association Journal; Computer Calligrapher; Reporter; Probation Officer; Disc Jockey; EMT; Firefighter; Carpenter; Wilderness Advocacy Coordinator; Master at Arms-U.S. Navy; Director of Missions & Events, Jewish United Fund; Endocrinology Fellowship Coordinator; Senior Defense Analyst; Assistant Music Director/Radio; Bell hop; Attorney; Optician; Nurse; Veterinary Tech; Practicing Artist; Grant Writer; Editor; Publicist; U.S. Defense Attache, Ukraine; Lieutenant, U.S. Navy; Massage Therapist; Environmental Engineer; Architect; Forest Soil Scientist; Pet Groomer; Librarian: Library Director; Travel Consultant; Documentary Film Producer; Translator; Substance Abuse Counselor; Guidance Counselor; Educator, K-12; School Principal; College President; Clergy; Radio Station Owner; Motion Picture Director, Motion Picture Producer; Social Worker; Child Advocate; Dance Instructor; Bookstore Owner; among many others.  

 

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS & AWARDS  

  • Melissa Adams-Campbell ’02 Lit major: New World Courtships: Transatlantic Alternatives to Companionate Marriage (2015)

  • Noah Baldino ’15 CW major, Film minor: Poetry Center Summer Resident, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ (summer 2017)

  • Will Boast ’02 CW major: Epilogue (W.W. Norton Co/Liveright, 2014) won the Rome Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters (2015); Power Ballads won the 2011 Iowa Short Fiction Award (2012); Wallace Stegner Fellow in fiction at Stanford (2008-10); a Charles Pick Fellow at the University of East Anglia (2011-12)

  • Bess Cooley ’12 CW major: winner, 2017 Mississippi Review Poetry Prize

  • Carla Criscuolo ’03 CW major: Pedestrian Traffic (2015)

  • Lindsay Currie ’98 Lit major: The Peculiar Incident on Shady Street (2017)

  • Kendall Dunkelberg ’86 CW major: A Writer's Craft: Multi-genre Creative Writing (2017), Barrier Island Suite (2016), Time Capsules (2009), Landscapes and Architectures: Poems (2001), Hercules, Richelieu, and Nostradamus: Translation of poems by Paul Snoek (2000)

  • Kate Glen ’08 Lit major, Social Service minor: The Mis-adventures of Martin Hathaway (2016)

  • Eileen G'Sell ’02 CW major, Life After Rugby (2017)

  • Mandy Gutmann-González ’10 CW major, self-designed minor: La Pava, a novel (2016)

  • Rachel Hall ’86 CW major: 2015 G.S. Sharat Chandra Prize for Short Fiction for Heirlooms, selected by Marge Piercy (2016)

  • B.J. Hollars ’07 Lit, Ed Studies majors: Thirteen Loops: Race, Violence and the Last Lynching in America (2011), Opening the Doors: The Desegregation of the University of Alabama and the Fight for Civil Rights in Tuscaloosa (2013), Sightings: Stories (2013), Dispatches from the Drownings: Reporting the Fiction of Nonfiction (2014), and Flock Together: A Love Affair with Extinct Birds (2016).

  • Alex Keefe ’06 CW major, Journalism minor: awarded 1st prize in the 81st National Headliner Awards and an Edward R. Murrow Award (2015) for “Political Dark Arts” (radio news series w/ Cate Cahan, on Chicago Public Radio); also honored by the Society of Professional Journalists as one of the 2014 Sigma Delta Chi Award Winners and by the Illinois Associated Press (2015).

  • David Karczynski ’02 CW major: University of Michigan, Zell post-MFA Fellowship from the University of Michigan (2007–08)

  • Linda Kim ’15 CW major, Film minor: Luminarts Cultural Foundation Fellow for her essay, “Identity” (2014)

  • Kara Krewer ’10, CW major, Film minor: Wallace Stegner Fellow, Stanford University (2016-18)

  • Anna Leahy ’88 CW major: Aperture (2017), Tumor (2017), Generation Space, with Doug Dechow (2017) Constituents of Matter (2007), Wick Poetry Prize;

  • Joseph Lennon ’90 Lit major: Fell Hunger (2011)

  • Mary Maddox ’71 CW major, Darkroom, a novel, won the 2017 annual IndieReader Discovery Awards 1st prize in fiction at BookExpo America

  • Beth Marzoni ’04 Lit major, History, Art History minors: No Shape Bends the River So Long (Editions, 2015)

  • Nicole McCabe ’11 CW major: Fulbright, India (2012–13)

  • Ben Moeller-Gaa ’98 CW major: Wasp Shadows (2014), Blowing on the Hot Soup Spoon (2014), Wishbones (forthcoming 2018)

  • Ander Monson ’97 CW major: Letter to a Future Lover (2015), Vanishing Point (2010, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award), and Other Electricities (2005; finalist for the New York Public Library Young Lions Prize); Guggenheim Fellowship (2017)

  • Yvonne Murphy ’89 CW major: Aviaries (2011)

  • Joanna Novak, ’07, CW major, Psychology minor: I Must Have You, a novel (2017)

  • Casey Patrick ’11 CW major, Biology, Psychology minors: Hub City Writer-in-Residence (2014–15); James Merrill Poetry Fellowships, Vermont Studio Center (2017)

  • Ralph Pennel '93 CW major: A World Less Perfect for Dying In (2015)

  • Audrey Petty ’90 French major: Editor, High Rise Stories: Voices from Chicago Public Housing (2013)

  • Stephen Pihlaja ’03 CW major: Antagonism on YouTube: Metaphor in Online Discourse (2014) and Religious Talk Online: Muslim, Christian, and Atheist Discourse on Social Media (forthcoming)

  • Lucas Southworth ’02 Lit major: Everyone Here Has a Gun (2013), winner of the Grace Paley Prize for Short Fiction from University of Massachusetts Press

  • Myra Thomson ’08 CW major: Fulbright, Russia (2008–09)

  • Jen Tynes ’01 CW major: The End Of Rude Handles (2006), Heron/Girlfriend (2008) and Trick Rider (2014), Hunter Monies (2016)

  • Jaci Wells ’03 Lit major: with Allen Brizee, Partners in Literacy: A Writing Center Model for Civic Engagement (2016)

 

OTHER PROGRAMS

Denver Publishing Institute, University of Denver, CO

  • Alice Gerfen ’18 CW & Linguistics minor (2018)

  • Elise Goitia ’18 CW, Psych & Art minors (2018)

  • Sam Tatum ’18 Psych major & Journalism minor (2018)

  • Kirsten Marvin ’17 Lit, CW & Art minors (2017)

  • Clare Vaughn ’16 Lit, CW, Film Studies minors (2016)

  • Alex Zimay ’15 CW, Poli Sci majors (2015)

  • Renni Johnson ’13 CW major (2013)

  • Rana Tahir, ’13 CW, Poli Sci majors (2013)

  • Erik Hane ’12 CW major (2012)

  • Marnie Shure ’11 CW major, French minor (2011)

  • Malissa Kent ’07 CW, French majors (2009)

  • Lauren Moody ’09 CW (2009)

  • Amy LaBudde ’09 Lit major (2009)

  • Jaimie Eubanks ’09 CW major, Journalism, Dance minors (2009)

  • Sarah Ellis ’07 Lit, Russian majors (2007)

  • Annie Vernon ’07 Lit major (2007)

  • Paul Rodeen ’01 CW major (2001)


Columbia Publishing Institute, Columbia University, NY

  • Ian Crutcher ’15: Lit major, CW, Film minors (2015)


LARB/USC Publishing Workshop, Los Angeles, CA

  • Mackenzie Lynch ’17 CW & IR majors (2017)


Bucknell Seminar for Younger Poets

  • Madeline Simms ’18 Lit and CW majors (2018)

  • Josh Tvrdy ’17 CW, Rels minor (2017)

  • Noah Baldino ’15: CW major, Film minor (2015)

  • Kelly Clare ’16: CW, Art majors (2014)

  • Mandy Gutmann-González ’10: CW major, self-designed minor (2010)

  • Kara Krewer ’10: CW major, Film minor (2009)

Kenyon Writers Workshop

  • Gabrielle Rajerison ’14 Lit, GWST majors (2014)

Tin House Writers Workshop

  • Graham Holmes ’19 CW major (summer 2018); fiction

Lambda Literary Writer’s Retreat

  • Christopher Bakka ’12 Lit and Theatre majors (summer 2018) Creative-Nonfiction


Grin City Collective’s Emerging Artist Residency

  • Nicole Acton: ’16 CW, Theatre majors (summer 2015)

Teaching English Overseas

  • Heidi Reidel ’14 CW major, Psychology minor: Ameson's Year in China Program (2014–15)

  • Kate LaShaw ’09 Lit, Educational Studies majors: China (2009–10)

  • Stefen Showers ’08 CW, Math majors: LanguageLink, Moscow (2008–2009)

AmeriCorps

  • Adi Hernandez ’17 CW major; Japn & Span minors: Youth Counselor, Agape Youth and Family Center, Atlanta, GA (2017-–

  • Kaitlyn Duling ’13, CW major: Keys Service Corps, Pittsburgh, PA (2013–)

  • Max Potthoff ’14 CW, Environmental Studies majors: New Sector Alliance (partnered with AmeriCorps)/Chicago Cohort (2014–2015)

 

PRETTY COOL THINGS

  • Nick Nurre ’18 Lit & Philosophy majors: Fulbright, Macau (2018-19)

  • Aidan Murphy ’18 CW & Theatre majors: Featured Playwright; 10-Minute Play Festival St. Sebastian Players Chicago, IL (summer 2018)

  • Sachika Goel ’20 Lit & Art majors: Mt Greta School of Art (summer intensive)

  • Sam Geiger ’17 CW major; Chinese minor: Fellowship to study Mandarin at National Taiwan Normal University in Taipei, Taiwan

  • Jakub Dulak ’17 CW major; Film minor: Script Supervisor for film Heavens to Betsy 2 (forthcoming 2018)

  • Julia Schroeder ’16 Lit & Spanish majors: Peace Corps, Dominican Republic

  • Nicole Acton: ’16 CW, Theatre majors: Named Glamour magazine’s Top 10 College Women for 2015

  • Monica Prince ’12, CW, Africana Studies majors: Creative Writing Fellow in Poetry at Susquehanna University, PA (2017-2019)

  • Sylvie Davidson, ’06 Theatre major, CW minor: Performed in the Off-Broadway musical review “Lonesome Traveler” at 59th Street Theatre, NYC (nominated for Outstanding New Off-Broadway Musical from the 2015 Outer Critics Circle) (2015); Davidson’s compositions, Can’t Stop That Train, was a Finalist in the Great American Song Contest (2014)

  • Kirstin Eidenbach ’98 Lit major: Executive Director, Arizona Transformative Law and Social Justice Center, (ATLaS Justice Center) Tucson, AZ

  • Karen Eisenbraun ’97 CW & French majors is a health writer and runs a nutrition blog. She holds certification in holistic nutrition consulting from the American College of Healthcare Sciences

  • Patrick Dodge ’08 CW runs a financial literacy program for underserved high school in Davenport, IA (and manages a credit union)

  • Jon Crylen ’06, Lit major, Classics minor, has an article, "Jacques Cousteau, Homo Aquaticus, and the Dream of Dwelling Undersea," forthcoming in Cinema Journal

  • Ashleigh Malec ’07, Andie Allison Leibach ’08, & Beth Pizzuto ’09, all double majored in Literature and Education, all earned their masters degrees, and all teach high school English in Illinois!

  • Tim J. Lord ’98 Theatre & Literature majors is cleaning up! Playwright, Wild Creatures: The Great Divide II: Plays on the Politics of Truth at Pillsbury House Theatre Minneapolis, MN; Jerome Fellowship (Playwriting) Playwrights Center, Minneapolis, MN; Lark-Apothetae Fellowship (Playwriting) in New York, NY; Workshop: On every link a heart does dangle; or, Owed at National New Play Network, The Kennedy Center in Washington DC

 

 

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