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[MA in Literature] - [MFA in Writing] - [MA in Language and Linguistics] - [PhD in Literature] - [PhD in Composition Studies] - [Past students]

 

 

 

MA in Literature

   Lava Asaad

I am Lava Asaad.  I was born in a small city in Syria, Hasaka, 1989.  I moved with my family to the capital, Damascus, to pursue my study in Damascus University, Department of English Literature. I did a post-graduate course after my graduation for one year.  I focused through it on African American Fiction.  Nevertheless, I like to study all genres in English Literature.  I applied for Fulbright and got the grant to study at UNH.

Since I belong to an ethnic group, the Kurds, I am hoping that I can blend my Arabic and Kurdish origins into the American culture and literature and vice versa.

I am hoping to earn my MA thesis and with a huge interest to proceed with PhD. This will give me the opportunity to be an Associate Professor at Damascus University.

   Jason Andreason

Jason Andreason is an MA Lit student and Teaching Assistant. He earned his BA in Literary Criticism from UMass Dartmouth in May 2012 and also minored in Asian History while he was there. During his junior and senior years, he completed an undergraduate thesis entitled "The Graphic Narrative As Literature." Jason's main area of interest is American Literature, particularly American ghost stories and the like. He enjoys practicing Shotokan Karate, collecting comic books, and, of course, reading.

   Colette Bazylinski

Colette is a first-year MA student in literature. After attending St. John's University in Queens, NY for two years, she transferred to Merrimack College where she earned her BA in English. She has spent the past few years working at EBSCO Publishing in Ipswich, MA and has recently moved back to her home state of Maine with her very large cat. Her research interests are wide and varied but are mainly focused now on Charlotte Bronte's life and work. Outside of her academic pursuits, she enjoys baking and embroidery. She tries hard to resist buying books and movies (she has a particular weakness for expensive foreign films) but is often unsuccessful.

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   Emma Burris-Janssen

Emma Burris-Janssen is overjoyed to be living in temperate New England after a childhood spent on the barren tundra of landlocked Nebraska.  For the last few years, Emma has been working as a sexual and domestic violence counselor in Pennsylvania and is looking forward to her first year as an MA student in Literature at UNH.

   Emily Dolive

Emily Dolive is a first-year M.A. in Literature student and TA. Hailing from far-away Longview, Texas, her undergraduate work was completed at Baylor University which was the perfect ground to help cultivate her interests. Between outstanding professors and working at Armstrong Browning Library, Emily’s passion for the study of literature, and poetry in particular, grew immensely. One British Literature class was all it took for her to be certain that British Romantic poetry was the path for her. While studying abroad in England, she set out to find the “green and pleasant land” Blake speaks of as well as the home of John Keats, her favorite.  She is looking forward to snow, finally experiencing graduate school, crafting her thesis, and meeting new colleagues and professors.

 

   Meaghan Elliott

Raised by crazy Canadians, Meaghan hails from Ann Arbor, Michigan (GO BLUE!) and holds a BA in creative writing and theatre from Hope College in Holland, Michigan, after which she spent 18 months as a preschool teacher in Ann Arbor before going on to an MFA in creative writing for poetry at the University of Wyoming. It was there in Laramie that she learned to be somewhat “outdoorsy,” spending extensive hours hiking and being generally Wordsworthian about nature in the Rockies. Following her MFA, she travelled for one year in China, teaching English in Hangzhou and Beijing, learning just enough Mandarin to argue with cab drivers. Upon returning from China, Meaghan moved to the Washington, D.C. area for six months to continue working on her poetry. After living amongst the consortium of universities in the capital, she then decided to return to Ann Arbor and take courses at the University of Michigan in order to gear up for her MA in literature at the University of New Hampshire. This will be her second year of the MA program, after having spent a remarkable summer term participating in the UNH Cambridge courses in England. She hopes to continue on to the doctoral level after her MA. Hopefully, by then she will have made her mind up about which period of poetry to focus on. For now, however, she’s enjoying every era of verse.

   Molly Hall

I’m a first year MA Lit student, originally from Somerville, MA, but living in NH since 2008. I graduated from UMASS Boston with my BA in English and later got a M.Ed. Despite my passion for literature and academia, my jobs have always been in food service. I have spent the last 12 years doing pretty much everything that can be done in the industry. Having had no luck acquiring a high school English teaching position in NH, I took a job last year working for Tidewater Catering Group in Manchester as a Café Manager, Catering Sous Chef, and Event Supervisor. I am excited by the idea of teaching on both the high school and university levels one day, but for now my focus is on achieving the latter. I am very interested in literary theory, specifically Ecocriticism (which was the focus of my undergraduate capstone as well as my thesis for my M.Ed.). I also dabble in Ecofeminism, Animal Studies (a logic choice for a vegan, I suppose), and Deconstruction (I know it’s passé but I just can’t help myself).

   Michael Haselton

Michael Haselton is a first-year MA Lit student from Goffstown, NH. After starting his academic career at St. Michael’s College in 2004 he finally graduated from UNH with a B.A. in English in 2012. He spent the years between programs working several jobs, including a lengthy stint at a doggie daycare in Williston, VT and several years for the Star Island Corporation in Portsmouth, NH. Michael spends his summers in York Beach, Maine with his cat, Satan. When he’s not reading about Milton, eighteenth-century English literature, or meals in novels, he can be found in the kitchen, lost in a new cookbook, or at a local wine shop searching for that perfect-yet-inexpensive bottle of red.

   Brittany Hoxie

Brittany Hoxie is a first-year MA student in Literature. She has two degrees, one in English Literature and the other in Sociology from Suffolk University in Boston.  She originally went to Emerson College for their Writing, Literature and Publishing program, but could no longer justify attending the Hipster Olympics for forty thousand dollars a year.  She will generally read whatever you put in front of her, and having grown up without being allowed to watch much, if any television, she is not in the habit of doing so now. British Romanticism is her niche, but she is excited to engage other fields of literature. She finds writing short biographies with sparse credentials mildly frustrating. She hopes you will understand.

   Courtney Nelson

Courtney Nelson is a first year MA in literature student from St. Paul, MN. She received her BA in English Language, Literature, and Culture and completed a minor in Linguistics at the University of Minnesota, Duluth. During her senior year, she did research for the Linguistics Department on the word like as well as taught a freshman-level Gothic Literature Course as a Teaching Assistant. After she earns her MA, she plans on pursuing a Ph.D focusing on the Post 9/11 Bestseller. Spending time in Milan, Italy fueled her love of traveling, fashion, good coffee, and of course, gelato. Outside of school, she enjoys watching movies, rocking out to bad music with her sister, and playing with her cat, Leah. Sadly, Leah had to stay in Minnesota, but Courtney calls home frequently to make sure that her 10 year old brother is taking care of her. She has a weakness for shoes, and consequently, has more than she will ever know what to do with.

   Kristin Raymond

Kristin is a part-time MA Literature student and an ESL Lecturer.  She has a BA in English and French Literature and a MA TESOL from Saint Michael's College.  She is interested in sociolinguistics in literature.

 

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   Allison Riley

Allison Riley is a second-year student in the MA Literature program, and the Graduate Assistant for the UNH Honors Program. She was home-grown by hippies in the foothills of Southern California, and earned her BA in English Language and Literature at Central Washington University. Shakespeare is her main dude, but Allison has been known to dally with a Modernist or two. She is ridiculously proud of her cats (a fearsome sight to behold), and they are bound to come up in conversation— clearly. Allison loves Bob Dylan, is an unabashed Anglophile, and likes to think she can paint. But mostly she just reads and writes. A lot.

 

   Ryan Sherwood

Ryan Sherwood is a first-year M.A. student in Literature. An impassioned New Englander and stereotypical English major, Ryan has spent the past two years in Nashua, New Hampshire, making rent with a series of temp jobs and reading copious amounts of Philip Roth. He plans to spend his life publishing volume after volume of comprehensive cultural criticism, operating at the nexus of literature, film, and popular music studies (like his academic idol, Greil Marcus). Of special interest to him are the novels of Richard Yates, the New York School of poetry, film noir, and the music of the Velvet Underground. He got into this program with a paper on John Cheever, and he thinks it’s a shame that John Updike is currently out of vogue.

 

 

MFA in Writing

 

   Ivan Ang

Ivan Ang was born in Singapore and is currently a first-year student MFA student in Fiction. He earned his BA in English Literature from the National University of Singapore and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is addicted to traveling and lists visiting the necropolis at Ceveteri, Italy as the most memorable visit of all. The necropolis inspired him to write a photo-essay which was published in a Singapore literary journal, Ceriph. The photo-essay, along with his other published fiction, eventually won him a scholarship awarded by the National Arts Council of Singapore. In addition to writing fiction, he hopes to write about his travels to Israel which he visited in 2011. When not traveling, reading and writing, he is hitting the weights at the gym.

                           

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   David Bersell

Derry, NH's David Bersell is a first-year MFA student in nonfiction.  He earned a BFA in creative writing from the University of Maine Farmington and studied feature writing at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in Portland, ME. So far writing has enabled David to explore restaurants, transcribe a 200-year-old journal by a teenager primarily interested in farming, God, and death, attend baseball card conventions, teach young people, and walk 128.6 miles with veterans and monks.

   Leslie Brown

Leslie Brown is a first-year student in the nonfiction MFA program. She is a native of Marshall, IL, and a graduate of Indiana State University, where she received a BS in Biology with a concentration in chemistry. Her scholarly background includes cancer research, semiotics, and editorial work on a number of projects, including composition and economics textbooks. Her interests include science writing, popular culture studies, ballroom dance, and smoothie recipes.

   Noah Burton

Noah was born in Kansas and raised in various places along the mid-east coast. He's spent the past five years in Richmond, VA, where he attended Virginia Commonwealth University and received his B.A. in philosophy with a minor in creative writing. He is a first year mfa poetry student ("psychedelic hermit") and TA. Noah has a love for oil lamps, Om, claw hammer banjo, goats, hummus, James Wright, and large boulders with remnants of small campfires on top. 

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   Caro Clark

Caro Clark is a second-year fiction student and the co-founder of Read Free or Die, a monthly reading series based out of Portsmouth, NH. She's usually nice to strangers, but has been known to bite.

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   Kathleen Cobb

Kathleen Cobb was raised tall and strong by Iowa corn.  She has been a newspaper reporter, a wildland fighter, and an ESL teacher in South Korea and Spain.  She currently teaches ESL at UNH.  She can sing lullabies in Norwegian.

 

   Sarah Earle

Sarah is a first year MFA student in non-fiction.  Born and raised in Center Conway, New Hampshire, she did her BA in English and Creative Writing in Montreal and studied documentary writing in Maine.  She taught ESL in the Czech Republic for two years (where she wrote about the sport of chimney climbing) as well as in Whistler, BC, Canada.  She is slowly but surely becoming less wimpy on a mountain bike.  

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   Alicia de los Reyes

Alicia grew up in NJ but always wanted to live in NH. She graduated from Swarthmore College in '08. She's a second-year nonfiction MFA student currently writing about crafts in the US and travel outside of it. Non-writing interests include running, hiking, knitting, and baking cookies.

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   Janet Falvey

T.S. Eliot reminds that the journey brings us back where we started, now knowing that place for the first time.  My journey started with songs and poems of the ages, rendered by heart in my father’s deep baritone voice.  Overlaid over the years with voices of reason, of anger, of yearning, my path has always tangled with words.  As a photojournalist, therapist and educator, my attention was drawn to the words of others, my own voice muted, words constrained by theory and science and editorial policy.  I did well in those fields, remain a tenured professor widely published in the literature of counseling psychology. But something was always missing.  Witness to generations of voices coming from the heart and soul of others, I have at last circled back to my father’s side with stories and poems of my own.  And a young girl’s spirit that soars on the beauty of words.  

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   Aaron Gerber

Aaron grew up in a coastal town in Maine, and later studied creative writing, music and visual arts at Hampshire College .  After graduation, Aaron moved to Portland Oregon where he lived for five years focusing primarily on songwriting and music performance.  As a member of the band A Weather, he wrote and recorded a few albums on the New York label Team Love, and toured around the country a few times.  Recently, Aaron's interests have returned to poetry.  He now lives in Dover.

   Joe Gilbert

Joe Gilbert is a second-year student pursuing an MFA in one-liners. He will represent English and Fine Arts in the Graduate Student Senate for the 2012-13 year. He collects bandanas, Klingon translations of major literary works, and dust.

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   Lindsey Greene

Lindsey was raised by a corporate dude/drummer and a massage therapist/artist in Sandy Hook, CT and is a second-year MFA in fiction student. She harbors an irrational fear of moths and butterflies. However, she loves yoga and singing in the shower. She’s recently started growing flowers on her windowsill, and there’s a very good chance that you’ll hear her talking about her cat at some point. She also feels strange talking about herself in the third person.

   Katie Hogan

Katie Hogan was homeschooled in a haunted 1840s farmhouse in upstate New York, where she developed a reliance on books early in life as an excuse to avoid math assignments and to keep the lights on at night. At 15, she enrolled at a community college, where a workshop tutorial in poetic meter sparked her interest in poetry. She completed a BA in English with a concentration in Creative Writing and Global Culture at Binghamton University in 2011, and has spent the past year working as a writing consultant and tutoring English at a community college in upstate NY. In the past, she has been an Irish dance instructor, a competitive archer, and an amateur potter. She has no definite plans for the future. At present, she lives in Somersworth, NH with her cat, Bellatrix. Outside of poetry, she enjoys reading about buddhist philosophy, wandering around antique stores, blogging, and drinking overpriced coffee. This is her first year in the MFA program at UNH.

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   Willa Johann

Willa is a first year Creative Non-Fiction MFA student. She is originally from Montauk, NY and received her BA in Anthropology and Creative Writing from Dartmouth College in 2010. Willa spent the past year  as an intern and fellow at The Frost Place in Franconia, NH; guiding extended horse treks through the Patagonia and the Chilean Andes; and stage managing a nonprofit theater company. After five years in Hanover and Franconia, she's excited to come south to Durham.

   Emily Lackey

Emily Lackey hails from Williamstown, MA and, between that town and this, has lived in Vermont, Florida (unfortunately), and Maryland. She is thrilled to finally call the Seacoast home. She received her B.A. in English Literature from Middlebury College in 2006 and is working on an M.A. in the same subject from the Bread Loaf School of English. She is a first year M.F.A. student in fiction.  

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   Jennie Latson

Jennie Latson is a second-year MFA nonfiction student. She left behind the soggy swamps of Houston, where she was a reporter for the Houston Chronicle, to learn how to make facts dance in New Hampshire. In her spare time, she does jazzercise and performs poorly at trivia nights. 

   Alex Ledford

Alex Ledford  is a first year poetry MFA who has tried to quit smoking since she started. Though it is not apparent in her work, her two favorite poets-du-jour are Etheridge Knight and Wallace Stevens, and she will always harbor the greatest fondness for Elizabeth Bishop and Pablo Neruda. She just graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a Bachelor's in English and is grateful to her two fantastic poet mentors and friends, David Roderick and Stuart Dischell, for the guidance and expertise with which they have steered her. The farthest north she has been in the United States to date is Stamford, Connecticut, so this will definitely be an adventure. Her interests other than poetry include but are not limited to film, visual art, theatre, music of any genre, fashion, philosophy, tennis, beer, and the culinary arts. She hopes her strange accent provides a source of amusement.

   Jesse Mack

Jesse Mack is a second year MFA poetry student.  He grew up in Ellington, CT and received his BA from Providence College in 2010.  Before and during the program, he has held such positions as retail wine manager, writing tutor, musician, and barista.  Most recently, he's been teaching writing at the Boston Center for Adult Education.  He lives in Somerville, MA, and when he's not writing poems, he enjoys reading philosophy, going on bike rides, writing songs, and cooking cool things.

   Patrick Mahoney

Patrick Mahoney is a twenty eight year old poet in the MFA department.  he was born and raised in NJ and then attended Tufts University in Cambridge, MA where he studied Spanish and comparative literature.  He worked for several years as a mental health residential counselor, most recently in San Francisco,  where he lived for 3 years,  He came back east to attend school, originally entering the program in 2010.  He was, however, involved in a life threatening bicycle/car accident in October that year and has spent 1 and 1/2 years in recovery.  He is particularly interested in the flexibility poetry offers to communicate and express experiences of the world. 

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   Dustin Martin

Dustin Martin was born in Texas in 1988 and brought up by his French Catholic extended family in a one-mill town in Maine. In 2010, he graduated from the University of Maine at Fort Kent, where he was managing editor of The Aroostook Review. Recently, he assumed editorship of Barnstorm's blog. A second-year MFA Fiction student, he lives with his wife in Newmarket, NH.

   Alyssa Martino

Alyssa is a first year nonfiction MFA candidate. After growing up in Massachusetts, she spent four snowy years earning her BA in Peace and Conflict Studies at Colgate University. Alyssa has also lived in Rome (and subsequently eaten way too much gelato), ridden camels in the Sahara and Negev deserts, and caved through neck-deep water. She spent the past two years editing a radiology magazine. She will always be a diehard Boston Celtics fan.

 

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   Andrew McKernan

Andrew McKernan is originally from the capital area of New Hampshire. He returns to the state after some years in Moscow and Illinois. Andrew is an amateur urban gardener and baker, and he may foist seedlings or experimental baked goods on anyone at any time. He hosts the monthly reading series Read Free or Die with Caro Clark, and is an editor at Barnstorm.

   Lisa Meerts-Brandsma

Lisa Meerts is a second-year MFA nonfiction student. But really, she is a cycling machine who loves anything bike-related. So if you want her to commit to something, throw in two wheels, and she's there. Or throw in the wilderness because she is also a reformed backpacking guide who accepted that her wardrobe should contain more than Chacos, Carhartts and Capilene. She has also come to terms with the fact that the Seacoast is a swamp compared to her beloved, dry, dusty Colorado and has developed a passion for all things watery (sea kayaking, whitewater kayaking, surfing). Sometimes, when she is tired, she remembers that she is also a writer and teacher of writing.

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   Kayleigh Merritt

Kayleigh is a second-year MFA student in fiction. Originally from small-town NH, she moved to Salem, MA, for undergrad and earned a BA in English from Salem State in 2008. She loves to travel and is found frequently in Ireland, where half her family dwells. She also enjoys cooking and photography, and spent a short time designing and producing a self-published literary magazine with friends. 

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   John Noonan

John Noonan is a first year MFA student from Derry, NH. He studied journalism at Boston University, and worked for not quite a year as a newspaper reporter in Franklin, NH. John has also lived and worked in North Carolina, Colorado, California, New Mexico, North Jersey, Chicago, and Boston. He has especially loved his experiences as an instructor of freshman English at Seton Hall University, and as a wildland firefighter and trails crew member with AmeriCorps and the U.S. Forest Service. John recently moved to Durham, and loves being back in New Hampshire. While less itinerant lately, he still visits New Orleans whenever he can.

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   Marc Paltrineri

Marc Paltrineri grew up around here and has lived elsewhere for certain periods of his life. He cofounded and coedits the poetry journal Sun's Skeleton and helps edit Barnstorm, the online literary journal based out of the UNH MFA Program. He writes poems and knows a dog named Pierre.  

   Mike Santora

Mike Santora is a first year MFA student in Poetry.  Upon graduating from Bowling Green State University in 2004 with a degree in Journalism, he moved to New York City for 5 years of life experience and not a lick of journalism.  Mike has been a Time’s Square restaurant server, mortgage banker, stand-up comic, energy drink hustler, and a rock climbing instructor. When asked about any professional success stories in business Mike warns people of the dangers involved with an incurable poetry addiction.

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   Alison Silverglad

Alison Silverglad is a first year MFA student in fiction, most recently from New York City. Her favorite books include Anna Karenina and The Godfather. A former high school teacher, she is excited to be a student again and looks forward to residing in New Hampshire. 

   Erin Somers

Erin Somers is a second year fiction student. She is the co-editor-in-chief of Barnstorm.

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   Sarah Terry

Sarah Terry is a first year poetry MFA student, and a nearly twenty-third year human. She comes originally from New Jersey, and has spent the last four years living in New York City while getting her BA in creative writing at Columbia University. Her poetry is strongly influenced by her love of science fiction, music and obscure rhyming words. When not writing, she is singing her way through German operas and the Kurt Weill songbook, stargazing, baking TARDIS cakes, playing piano, pretending she can play violin, and dressing up in costumes whenever possible. She has a mini dachshund named Annabel Lee, who couldn’t make the trip up to New Hampshire, but is being trained to play fetch over Skype.

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   Michael Thompson

Michael Thompson is a second year fiction student.  He has struggled his entire adult life to stop running like a girl.  One time, he accidentally shot himself in the eye with a champagne cork.  He lives in Durham with his wife, two kids, and their puggle.     

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   Noah Tucker

Noah Tucker is a second-year MFA fiction student. Before coming to New Hampshire, he graduated from Arizona State University with a BA in English.  Before that, he grew up on a mountain in Maine, where he often returns to bake pies, pickle things, grow food for his family and friends, and write long sentences, all in the company of his peculiarly tall springer spaniel, Scout. 

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   Jonathan Vesey

Jonathan Vesey is a student in the Poetry MFA program, transplanted from his life and schooling in Cleveland, Ohio.  He was born there into a suburban lifestyle before doing his undergraduate work at Case Western Reserve University closeby, studying English and Cognitive Science.  He predominantly focused on writing poetry and cognitive linguistics.  Having had a 5 year college radio show, he's a fervent devourer of music of all sorts, though predominantly metal.  Since graduating from CWRU in 2009, he had been making paltry amounts of money cleaning and stocking at a department store so that he could save up for graduate school.  Now, as a TA and all around charismatic gentleman, he might just have enough momentum on his side to live a decent life.

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  Rose Whitmore

Rose Whitmore hails from San Francisco where she was an All-American rugby player, immunology researcher, and amateur smelt fisherman. Before coming to New Hampshire, she walked across Spain, then joined the ranks of the editorial team at Prishtina Insight in Prishtina, Kosovo. She is a second year MFA fiction student and an editor of Barnstorm

 

MA in Language and Linguistics

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   Marino Fernandes

Marino is a proud, and, slightly incredulous, graduate of Bridgewater State College in Bridgewater, MA. He graduated with a BA in Philosophy, which makes getting an MA in Linguistics look like he is becoming an accountant. His family is very proud that he will eventually (hopefully) become a doctor, though they aren’t sure how Linguistics will help with their acid reflux. Marino grew up in Brockton, MA but was born in Portugal and spent sometime living in Cape Verde. He moved to the United States with his family when he was 14. Marino has spent the last two years teaching ESL in Boston. He is interested in studying the profile of diverse kinds of second language learners and thinking about the implications of this in theories of L2 acquisition as well as in the ESL classroom . Marino also enjoys playing djembe and balafon (both instruments from the African nation of Mali). You can catch Marino drumming in the centerfold of the August 2010 issue of ever-popular Science News where he enjoyed the shortest modeling career on record.

PhD in Literature

 

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   Luke Dietrich

Luke Dietrich began the PhD program in English Literature in the Fall of 2010 and works primarily with American literature after the Civil War. His research pays particular attention to late nineteenth-century U.S. literature, national identity, and book history. Luke received his undergraduate degree from Wesleyan University in 2006 and his M.A.

in English from Boston College. He has presented papers at conferences for the Society of Multi-Ethnic Literature in the U.S. (MELUS), the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment (ASLE), and the American Culture Association (ACA/PCA). He also serves as co-president of the English Graduate Organization and works part-time as the coordinator for UNH’s Hamel Scholars program.  Outside of academia, Luke enjoys playing tennis and basketball, cooking, and spending time with family and friends. Those interested can follow his reading activity on twitter @luke_dietrich

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   Kim Dougherty

Hi, I’m Kim Dougherty.  I made it to my fourth-year as a Ph.D. lit student through much trial and error and I’m looking forward to beginning my dissertation “‘Of the sky above you must beware’: Airpower, Airspace, and Biopolitics in Twentieth Century Literature.” In June I presented a paper entitled “Intersections of Air Space and Biopolitics in Dickey’s ‘The Firebombing’ and Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five,” at University of Bucharest’s Tales of War: Expressions of Conflict and Reconciliation.  I’ve taught First-Year Writing and Introduction to Literature at UNH, and several classes at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and University of Phoenix.

I’m currently pursuing a second career in academics after 22 years as an Air Force Officer and Navigator on the KC-135 aircraft, directing in-flight refueling with other aircraft. I was a flight instructor for many years, and taught in the classroom, in the air, and in simulators. I participated in most of the air operations of the last two decades, flying missions in Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan, and Iraq, and coordinating my unit response on 9-11.  I’m married, with a stepdaughter in college, and a rescue dog.  In my copious free time I enjoy fly-fishing, hiking, skiing and snowshoeing.

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  James Finley

 

James Finley, having received a BA from Grinnell College and an MA from UNH, is in his fourth year of the doctoral program. His dissertation, “‘Violence Done to Nature’: Free Soil and the Environment in Antebellum Antislavery Writing,” examines antislavery texts that critique the economic base of the slave system through analyses of slavery’s effects on land, nature, and bodies, with a particular focus on free labor and free soil ideologies. His article on Henry David Thoreau’s The Maine Woods has been published in ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment. He has been awarded the Thoreau Society Short-Term Research Fellowship and the Barbara L. Packer Fellowship at the American Antiquarian Society.


 

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  Eden Wales Freedman

Eden Wales Freedman is a fourth year doctoral candidate in Literature. She earned a BA from Swarthmore College in English and Political Science and an MA in English Lit from Boston College. Her work focuses on postbellum American literature in the context of trauma and reception theory and race and gender studies, and her dissertation concerns the ethics of representing and reading trauma in postbellum African American literature. Eden has taught Honors Freshman Composition, Freshman English, and British and American Literatures at UNH. She has published articles on reading trauma in the novels of William Faulkner and Toni Morrison. She is co-president of EGO.

  Catherine Welter

Catherine Welter, a second-year PhD student in English Literature, specializes in the 19th c. British Novel.  Originally from Syracuse, NY, she received her BA in English and French from Union College before moving to London to work for the British Museum.  She later returned to the States for grad school.  After earning her MA in English Literature from the University of Connecticut, she continued teaching at UCONN as an Adjunct Professor.  Here at UNH, she was recently elected Vice President of the English Graduate Organization.  When not reading, writing, or grading papers, Catherine enjoys traveling and hiking, as well as exploring her passion for amateur photography and historic architecture.

  Kimberly Young

Kimberly Young received a BA in Education from the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown and an MA in Literature from the University of New Hampshire. Her interests include dystopian fiction and interdisciplinary studies. She lives in Dover with her husband.  She enjoys hiking, art, photography, and cooking. 

 

PhD in Composition Studies

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   Brad Dittrich

Brad Dittrich is a doctoral student in Composition Studies.  So far, he has spent his entire life in school and has gotten pretty good at it.  He was raised in the tiny town of Snow Hill, Maryland where he learned his deep and abiding love of chickens, corn, blue crabs, and Old Bay.  He received a BA in English from St. Mary’s College of Maryland, and an MA in Composition & Rhetoric from Salisbury University.  He just moved to New Hampshire, so if you see someone looking lost and shivering in the cold climate, come over and say hi.  His academic interests are varied, and include digital writing practices, epistolary studies, History of Rhetoric (especially, but not exclusively, the medieval stuff), and Writing Centers.  Someday he will focus those interests enough to write a dissertation.  He also likes to cook, write (obviously), drink craft beers, run, and visit the beach. 

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   Sarah Franco

Sarah B. Franco is a third year PhD student in Composition Studies.  She received her BA in English and Psychology from the University of Rochester, and her MA in English and MAT at Simmons College.  After teaching writing and literature for several local colleges in the Boston area, Sarah has found a home at UNH and kindred spirits in her fellow writers and professors.  Her academic interests include therapeutic writing practices, nonfiction prose, and development of writing services for returning veterans.  In addition to working as Associate Director of the Connors Writing Center, Sarah facilitates writing workshops at the Manchester VA Medical Center.  When not reading, writing or talking about what she's reading or writing, Sarah loves studying maps, hearing peoples' stories, trying new beers, visiting the ocean, and exploring coastal towns from Bar Harbor to Newport.

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   Corey McCullough

Corey McCullough is a PhD student in Composition Studies.  He has a BA in English from St. Michael's College, an MA in English from The University of Vermont, and an MSEL (Masters of Studies in Environmental Law) from Vermont Law School.  Having taught ESL in Spain, worked as an adjunct professor teaching literature and writing classes, and served as the interim director of a college writing center over the last several years, he's excited to be a student again

His areas of interest include first-year studies, TESOL, writing center administration, humor, ecocriticism, and creative writing.  He hails from a faraway land known as Vermont, where he spent his formative years driving a pickup truck along dirt roads listening to The Grateful Dead. 

He currently spends most of his free time refurbishing a 1961 Airstream trailer, which he will most likely end up living in someday (soon).

   Matt Switliski

Matt Switliski is a first-year student in Composition Studies. He earned his BA in English and MA in Writing Studies from Saint Joseph’s University. More recently, he earned his MFA in Creative Writing (Popular Fiction concentration) at Stonecoast through the University of Southern Maine. His publication credits include poetry, short fiction, book reviews, and newspaper articles. For the past few years, he has worked as a writing tutor and English instructor at several colleges in the greater Philadelphia area. His academic interests include, but are not limited to, creative writing, literature, writing center theory/practice, folklore, and narratology. He continues to struggle for the right words—in this bio and in the cosmic sense.

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   Wendy VanDellon

My name is Wendy VanDellon and I am currently working on my Ph.D. in English Composition. Currently, I am interested in several research topics, including critical whitness theory, expressivism, No Child Left Behind and audit culture, and classical rhetoric. For my Master's degree, I attended Ohio University in Athens, Ohio and studied English Rhetoric and Composition. I also have a BA in English with a minor in Communications from St. John Fisher College in Rochester, New York and an Associate's degree in Liberal Arts from Monroe Community College also in Rochester, New York. My hometown is Rochester, New York. I have many interests that I have been able to explore throughout my academic career. During my time in school, I have played the violin, played and coached soccer, worked on newspapers for four years, worked on a literary magazine, and worked at a small sports shop that specialized in lacrosse. When I am not running from meetings or classes, I enjoy spending time with friends, reading and writing, making a trip back to Rochester, New York, and relaxing.

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   Shauna Wight

Shauna Wight
Program: Ph.D. Composition
Hometown: Fruit Heights, UT
Academic Interests: Language diversity and policy, writing the body, embodied pedagogy
Other Interests: gardening, hiking, running, skiing, cooking

 

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   Maja Wilson

Maja Wilson is a PhD student in composition studies. She has worked in Michigan's public school system for 10 years, teaching high school english, alternative education, adult basic education, and ESL. She is interested in examining how assessment policy either undermines or supports our goals and values as educators and citizens, and in finding ways to develop teacher agency in institutions designed to thwart it. Her published works – including Rethinking Rubrics in Writing Assessment, published by Heinemann in 2006 and recipient of NCTE's 2007 James Britton award – began with a feeling of frustration. When she is particularly caffeinated, she has grand delusions of being Obama's education advisor. She enjoys reading and swimming with her two sons, gardening, and taking long walks in the fall.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Past Students

Kate Abbott finished the MFA program in Fiction. She's had fiction, poetry and nonfiction published in the Comstock Review, Entelechy International, The Berkshire Review and qarrtsiluni, among others, and accepted for an anthology, The Farmer's Daughter. Before she came to UNH, she spent four years as a reporter and Associate Editor of the Berkshire Advocate, an independent weekly paper.

Yassmeen Abdulhamid graduated from the MA program in Literature. In 2005, she earned her BA in English at SUNY Plattsburgh in upstate New York, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude. Yassmeen was awarded the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence during her last semester at Plattsburgh, and she was also the recipient of the 2006 Phi Kappa Phi Award of Excellence. During her senior year, she completed an undegraduate honors thesis entitled, "'My cherished preserver': Uncovering the Parasitic Male in Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre and The Professor." Yassmeen taught one section of First-Year Writing per semester at UNH and her research interests include 19th-Century British Literature and the construction of gender identity in both fiction and non-fiction.

Rachael Berkey graduated from the MA program in English Literature. She is originally from Cleveland, OH and spent four years in upstate New York attending St. Lawrence University for her undergraduate degree. Her scholarly interests include early modern drama, eighteenth century novels and postcolonialism with a focus on feminist issues. She taught First Year Composition.

Keith M. Botelho graduated from the PhD program in Literature with a focus on Renaissance and Early Modern Literature. His dissertation, completed on a fifth-year dissertation fellowship, was entitled, "Rumor, Gender, and Authority in English Renaissance Drama." His articles have been published in Comparative Drama and English Language Notes, and two shorter essays have appeared in The Age of Milton: An Encyclopedia of Major 17th-Century British and American Authors.

Larry Clow received his MFA in Nonfiction in 2012. He's been hanging out in various spots along the New Hampshire seacoast since 2004, writing, teaching, reading, and drinking tea. He also organizes drive-ins and zombie walks, and occasionally hosts an open mic night in Dover.

Gerald Cournoyer completed the MA program in Literature in 2012.

Jeff Covington graduated from the MA program in English Literature. Originally from (outside) Richmond, Virginia, Jeff earned his BA in English from James Madison University. His interests include twentieth-century literature (sort of a transatlantic studies approach), war and subjectivity, and all realms of literary theory (but particularly psychoanalysis, gender, and aesthetics). He has presented on a wide array of topics—i.e. W.G. Sebald and memory, eighteenth-century libertine literature, Whitman and flaneurism, and ontological readings of Brian Friel's plays—at various national and international conferences. He wrote his thesis on affective renderings of "shame" in gendered Modernist war poetics.

Michelle Cox graduated from the PhD program in Composition Studies. Her research interests include second language writing, Writing Across the Curriculum and workplace writing. Her publications include "Reading an ESL Writer's Text," co-authored with Paul Kei Matsuda and published in ESL Writers: A Guide for Writing Center Tutors (2004), and "Writing for the Clinical Practicum," co-authored with Cinthia Gannet, Amy Plante and Jeanne O'Sullivan and published in The CSD Survival Guide (2005). Michelle Cox has presented her research at CCCC, American Speech Hearing Association, Northeast Writing Center Association, National Writing Across the Curriculum Conference, and Conference of the Canadian Association for the Study of Language and Learning (otherwise known as Inkshed). Her dissertation project, When the Workplace is on Campus: Learning to Write for a University Speech-Language Clinic, focused on how the overlapping academic and workplace activity systems in this clinic affect the ways that writing is shaped, taught, learned, and perceived.

Meredith Dunham completed the MA program in Literature. She is a New Hampshire native, although she received her BA in English and Religion from Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Her interests include British Victorian Literature, Theology and Theodicy in Literature, and Contemporary British and American Literature. She plans to pursue a career as a secondary school English instructor.

Kate Gillen graduated from the PhD program in Literature in 2012.  Kate has accepted a tenure-track position at Texas A&M at San Antonio.

Jennifer Hansen completed the MA program in Language and Linguistics in 2012.

Christina Healey graduated from the PhD program in Literature in May of 2009. She earned her BA in English from Providence College and her MA in English from Boston College. Christina completed her dissertation on a University Fellowship; her project focuses on archaeology, antiquarianism, and the landscape in American women’s writing, 1820-1890. Other research interests include ecocriticism, eighteenth- and nineteenth-century studies, and representations of nature, space, and place in literature. She has published an article in Eighteenth-Century Fiction and is a regular participant in the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment’s biennial conference. During her time at UNH, Christina served as co-President of the English Graduate Organization with Jeff Ringer. She taught courses on American literature, critical analysis, creative nonfiction, and the First-Year Writing seminar.

Tim Horvath completed the MFA program in Fiction. While at UNH, he wrote and revised his novel, Goodbye in Many Languages, which is populated by conservatory musicians, volatile chemists, new agey goth kids, urban spelunkers, alienated actors, rhesus monkeys, and foodie truckers. He has published several short stories, including "The Understory," which received the 2006 Raymond Carver Prize. He taught Creative Nonfiction at UNH and spent a year as a counselor in a psychiatric hospital. His preoccupation with cognitive neuroscience appears to be incurable.

Jane Hunt completed the MA program in Literature in 2012.

Matt Hurwitz completed the PhD program in Literature in 2012.

Rachel Israelson completed the MA program in English Literature. She is from Westbrook, ME and received her BA in English and History from the University of Rochester. She is interested in Renaissance literature with a particular focus on gender representation and identity. She later plans to pursue a career in teaching.

Alison "Abby" Knoblauch graduated from the PhD program in Composition Studies. She received her MA in Literature from UNH, and BA in English from Northland College. Abby's dissertation explored intersections and implications of feminist rhetorical theory and pedagogy. Her interests include feminist theory, pedagogy, and rhetoric; teacher development; and popular culture. Abby has presented on the first-time teaching experience, embodied rhetoric, the uses of popular culture in the composition classroom, and Samuel Richardson's Pamela. She has also co-edited a book entitled What to Expect When You're Expected to Teach: The Anxious Craft of Teaching Composition. Abby served as Assistant Director of the Composition Program and co-president of the English Graduate Organization. She taught first-year composition, creative nonfiction writing, critical analysis, the writing studio and persuasive writing at UNH.

Ken Lambert completed the MA program in English literature. He is originally from Jaffrey, NH and received his BA in French from Saint Anselm College in Manchester, NH. He is interested in comparative literature, especially the postcolonial literature produced in French and English. Ken is the Graduate Student Organization's representative to the Honorary Degrees and Awards Committee and assists in the school's ESL program.

Nichole Ivey completed the MA program in Literature in 2012.

Hannah Larrabee graduated with an MFA in Poetry. She was born and raised in Maine and received her BA in Philosophy at UNH. She greatly admires the work of William Stafford, Richard Hugo, Kenneth Koch, Frank O'Hara and Franz Wright. Although she has only recently begun the process of publication, one of her poems was a semi-finalist for the 2006 Indiana Review Poetry Prize.

Christine Leonard completed the MA program in Literature in 2012.

Emily Lepkowski: After finishing the MA in Literature in the spring, Emily moved to New York City to live with her fiancee. She got accepted into the NYC Teaching Fellows program to teach ESL in the public schools.  As a part of the fellowship, she has enrolled in a second Master's program this time getting a MA in TESOL. She is currently teaching 8th grade ELA/ESL at a middle school in Astoria, Queens.

Lisa Litterio is from Reading, MA and graduated from the MA program in Literature. She received her BA from the College of the Holy Cross (Worcester, MA) Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa in the College Honors Program. At Holy Cross, she was a writing center Head Tutor for three years, a teaching assistant for a three week intensive composition summer course, and a writer and editor for The Crusader newspaper. She was also published in Creative Communication's Spring 2004 Poetry Anthology for original poetic work entitled "Vision of God." She has an interest in rhetoric (from her classical background), pedagogical issues, and British Literature. At UNH, she was a tutor in the Connors Writing Center and an editorial assistant to a professor.

Darcy McLaren, of Raymond, NH, completed the MA program in Literature. She graduated from Emmanuel College (in Boston, Massachusetts) with a Bachelor's Degree in English Literature and Secondary Education, and is a licensed English educator for grades 8-12. During her senior year of undergrad, she had the wonderful experience of teaching 9th and 11th grade English at Boston Latin School. She graduated Magna Cum Laude and with honors for her recent completion of a year-long Distinction in the Field research project focusing on why high school students cheat academically. Her primary literary interests include the Harlem Renaissance, the writings of F. Scott Fitzgerald, and the persuasive strategies of rhetoric.

Kate Megear graduated from the MA program in Writing. She is from New York City and received her BA in English from the University of Virginia. Kate writes both fiction and poetry, and enjoys teaching, letter writing, typewriters and garage sales. She has taught fiction at The Young Writers' Workshop in Charlottesville, Virginia, in addition to teaching a university seminar on moral issues at UVA. She has been published in several small-scale literary magazines and has read at dozens of organized reading events. Her favorite writers include Hemingway, Salinger, Frank O'Hara, Robert Hass, Charles Simic, John Irving and Lorrie Moore.

Mike Michaud graduated from the Composition Studies PhD program at UNH. He received his Master of Arts in Teaching from the University of Iowa and taught high school English for one year before returning to work as an adjunct/lecturer at UNH, St. Anselm's College, Boston College, and the College for Lifelong Learning (CLL). He has designed and taught courses online for CLL. His academic and professional interests include issues of adult and workplace literacy, constructions of masculinity, histories of composition, technical writing, composition pedagogy and the disciplinary status of the first-year course. He has presented papers at local and national conferences and currently teaches technical writing at UNH.

Bader Monikher completed the MA program in Literature in 2012.

Christina Ortmeier graduated from the PhD program in Composition Studies. She is interested in second language writing and immigrant literacy. At UNH, she taught Composition and English as a Second Language. She also worked as a writing consultant for the Connors Writing Center and a Writing Fellow for the Communication Disorders Department. She published "Project Homeland: Crossing Cultural Boundaries in the ESL Classroom" in TESOL Journal on using the writing process with middle school ESL students. Her work was also presented at the 1999 TESOL and 2000 Northern New England TESOL conferences. She also participated in a panel on Writing Across the Curriculum initiatives at the 2001 Convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. For her dissertation research, she worked on case studies of immigrant ESL students in Composition courses.

Mike Peterson graduated from the PhD program in Composition Studies. He is now the Director of University Writing Programs at University of the Pacific in Stockton, California.

Suzanne Philbrick completed the MA program in Literature, and hopes to continue with a PhD in Composition Studies. She taught First-Year English as a TA, and was also a Developmental English and Academic Self-Management lecturer for the University of Southern Maine. She returned to college nearly 20 years after graduating from high school, and graduated Summa Cum Laude with English Honors from the University of Southern Maine, where she worked as a writing and ESL tutor. She is a Phi Kappa Phi member and received the C. Elizabeth Sawyer Scholarship from USM.

Katie Raynes graduated from the MA program in Literature. She grew up in Kittery Point, Maine, and received her BA in English from the University of New Hampshire. She is particularly interested in Early Modern Drama and hopes to explore the field more fully, but her interests also include the Romantic poets and the 19th century novel. She approaches these areas from a queer studies perspective. Her other interests include animation, the graphic novel, and Japanese culture, history, and language. She worked at the Connors Writing Center and at the UNH Center for the Humanities.

Alan Schulte graduated from the MFA program in Nonfiction in 2012.

Laura Smith graduated from the PhD program in Literature. She studies nineteenth-century American women's literature and its concern with domestic space and furnishing. She studies the intersection of literature and material culture, and has a corollary interest in the literature and lifeways of the Shakers. She has written and presented on works by Caroline Kirkland, Elizabeth Stoddard, and Willa Cather.

Cara Snider is a life-long Nittany Lion from Waynesboro, Pennsylvania, and graduated from the MA program in Literature. Her interests include many aspects of religion and 20th century American literature, and recent projects involve concepts of grace and sacrifice in Fitzgerald's This Side of Paradise and issues of core confrontation between faith and art in Potok's My Name is Asher Lev. Cara is also interested in Native American literature, such as Samson Occom's typological view of New England Protestantism. In addition to teaching First-Year Composition, Cara was co-social chair of the English Graduate Organization at UNH. During the summer, she taught Literature and Composition for UNH's Upward Bound summer program.

Jason Tandon graduated from the MFA program in Poetry. He received his BA and MA in English from Middlebury College. His poems have appeared in Poet Lore, Euphony, Regarding Arts & Letters, Folio, Broken Bridge Review, Del Sol Review, Good Foot, Pavement Saw, Bayou, Cairn and elsewhere. He taught composition and Intro to Critical Analysis at UNH and was an intern poetry editor at The Paris Review.

Victoria Thompson graduated from the MFA program in Poetry in 2012.

Katherine Tirabassi graduated from the PhD program in Composition Studies. Her research interests include Writing Across the Curriculum, Writing Center Theory and Practice, and Historical Studies, and she has presented on these topics at CCCC, NEWCA, NNETESOL, and the bi-yearly UNH Composition Conferences. Katherine taught First-Year Writing, Technical Writing, Creative Nonfiction, Critical Analysis and Writing Consultation at UNH, and served as Assistant Director for the Robert J. Connors Writing Center. Her publication "It Might Come in Handy: Composing A Writing Archive at the University of New Hampshire: A Collaboration between the Dimond Library and the Writing Across the Curriculum/Connors Writing Center, 2001-2003" was co-authored with John C. Brereton, Cinthia Gannett, Elizabeth Slomba and Amy Zenger and appears in Centers for Learning: Libraries and Writing Centers in Collaboration (2005). Her dissertation project, Revisiting the Current-Traditional Era: Innovations in Writing Instruction at the University of New Hampshire, 1940-1949, derew on archival research, alumni interviews, and 1940s journals to explore the institutional writing culture of UNH, and to expand the ways that we conceive of, study, and write about historical and current shifts in writing instruction.

Amy VanHaren graduated with an MFA in Creative Nonfiction. She has little ability to sit still or stay inside. She has lived in six different states from Michigan to Hawaii; traveled to over 13 different countries; competed in five triathlons and one marathon; hiked Mount Washington in winter whiteout conditions; and worked with George Clooney. During her time at UNH, she worked on a book about a New Hampshire volunteer search and rescue team. She was director of the Connors Writing Center and associate editor of N’East Magazine. Her articles appear frequently in AMC Outdoors.

Deborah Vernon completed the MA program in Literature in 2012.

Laura Waldon graduated from the MFA program in Creative Nonfiction at UNH. She taught composition at UNH and finished a book about the battle over same-sex marriage in Massachusetts, as told through the stories of the people who fought on the frontlines of the battle. She is co-director and creator of UNH’s Online Writing Lab, and is the former associate director of the Connors Writing Center. Prior to coming to UNH, Laura received her BA in English and Sociology from Augsburg College in Minneapolis. Before moving to her current home in Massachusetts with her wife, Emily, Laura worked for four years as a journalist and freelance magazine writer in the Twin Cities, where she got to do fun things like fly a plane, shoot a sub-machine gun, and pretend to be a firefighter – all in the name of work.

Kuhio Walters graduated from the PhD program in Composition Studies. He taught Composition, Introduction to Prose Writing, Introduction to Literary Studies and Critical Analysis at UNH. He has presented papers at various conferences on ethnography, photography and critical theory in Composition, and on the role of mass media in shaping the "exotic" in the American imagination. He investigates the history, theory and practice of photography in the writing classroom.

Jim Webber graduated from UNH's PhD program in Composition Studies in May 2012 and is now an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Nevada, Reno. His research interests include political discourse about education, k-16 writing teacher preparation, and the role of rhetoric in forming public policy. Jim can be reached at jamesdwebber@gmail.com.

Tyler Wentland earned his MST degree in 2012.

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