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Benjamin Key '11 is Development and Programing Coordinator at Bedrocket Media Ventures, a new media company.

Liz Kulze '11 is a freelance writer and works for New York Magazine's online department. Her work has appeared on the Daily Beast, Bullett Media, XOJane, The Atlantic, and in New York Magazine. She lives in Brooklyn.

Caitlin Moran '11 was awarded the Gary Fincke Writing Prize for Prose, for the best work of fiction published in the Fall 2010 Susquehanna Review. Her work has appeared in BC’s own Stylus and Laughing Medusa, as well as Pure Francis, RIPPLE magazine, and AISES Winds of Change magazine.

Chris Staudinger '11 is a riverperson in Clarksdale, Mississippi, where he works under artist John Ruskey as a boat builder, canoe guide, teacher, and writer. His most recent piece, a feature in the Memphis Flyer, described a Mississippi River expedition that was broadcast into classrooms throughout the valley.

Skye Shirley '10 is a poet living and working in Boston. She received the Dever Fellowship in 2010 after the completion of her poetry thesis, “The Good Women.” Her chapbook Opening the Storm Door received the McCarthy Creative Writing Award in 2009 and her poem "The Paper Called Them Black-Fish" was recently awarded the Gary Fincke Prize for Poetry. Her poems have been published in several journals, including Susquehanna Review, Best Undergraduate Writing of 2009, and Pure Francis.

Kate Griwert '09 works as a writer for the Brafton news and marketing agency.

Sarah (Sally) Holmes '09 completed the Columbia Publishing Course in 2009 and now has a paid internship with New York Magazine.

Sarah Lunnie '09 is Associate Literary Director at Playwrights Horizons and co-editor of three anthologies  of new plays from the Humana Festival of New American Plays." 

Gino Orlandi '09 received a 2009 residency under the Edgewood Arts Program in Savannah, GA. As part of the residency, he has also taught at local middle schools three times a week through the “DEEP” Storyboard Program, a non-profit organization that offers after-school creative-writing courses to students in grades six through eight.

Kate Balch '08 is a Production Associate at ABC News in New York. She is also a Master's student at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism and will receive her degree in May 2011. ABC News recently published her Master's Thesis, and additional clips from her reporting can be viewed at the Columbia News Service website.

David Benoit '08 is a reporter for the Dow Jones News Service.

Rebecca Buckley '08 completed the Columbia Publishing Course and is now Assistant to the CEO at Prometheus Global Media, which owns such media properties as Billboard, The Hollywood Reporter, and Adweek Media.

Katherine Cannella '08 is a design and planning associate for the Battery Conservancy in New York City. A significant part of her job involves writing about landscape, a subject she studied in an advanced nonfiction writing workshop at BC.

Jennifer Close '08 published her first novel, Girls in White Dresses, in 2011. The novel chronicles a group of recent BC graduates and highlights the bond between women during those crucial years after college and before marriage, employment, and children. The book was featured in Washington Life Magazine, Canada's National Post and elsewhere.

Katie Moulton '08 is working as an administrator at Washington University, and writes regular concert reviews for the Riverfront Times. She is also a contributing editor for the literary journal River Styx, and was a featured poet at their 2009 summer reading series for young writers.

Reeves Wiedeman '08 works in the fact-checking department at The New Yorker, and his writing is featured regularly in the magazine's "Talk of the Town." His first full-length article for The New Yorker appears in the December 10, 2012 issue.

Sean Keck '07 started the PhD program at Brown in 2009 and during the final year of his MA at BC served as Assistant Managing editor of Post Road. He was a finalist in the 2009 Redivider AWP Quickie Contest (Poetry), winner of the 2008 PSA Poetry in Motion Contest (St. Louis), received Honorable Mention in the 2007 Deane Wagner Poetry Prize, and has published work in Eclipse and Concho River Review.

Lloyd Liu '07 published a short story in Kartika Review (an Asian-American lit journal) last year, and is at Georgetown Law School. He is looking to do public interest work.

Will Dowd '06 earned a Master of Science in Science Writing at MIT in 2007, where he was a Lyons Fellow. He is currently pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing at NYU as a Jacob K. Javits Fellow. His poems have appeared in Post Road Magazine, 32 Poems, and The Comstock Review, and he has published nonfiction in Skeptic Magazine. He received the Scott Merrill Scholarship to attend the Key West Literary Seminar in January 2010 and was runner-up in NPR’s “Three-Minute Fiction Contest,” judged by James Woods.

Simone Kearney '06 received her MFA in poetry from Hunter College. She is one of this year’s recipients of the Amy Award from Poets & Writers Magazine, and her work can be found in Post Road Magazine, Elimae, Maggy, Sal Mimeo and Supermachine. She works for the Thierry-Goldberg Projects gallery in Manhattan, and teaches writing and literature at Pace University. She lives in Brooklyn.

Matthew Di Paoli '05 was a Dever Fellow and recipient of the Cardinal Cushing Award. He recently finished his MFA at Columbia University for Fiction. He has been published in the Nib Magazine, FictionWeek Literary Review, BlazeVox, Ascent Aspirations, Newport Review, and Post Road literary magazines among others. He also has an article series with Atticus Books called On Location NYC. Currently, he is writing a novel entitled Doc and teaches Writing and Literature at Monroe College.

Adam Fitzgerald ‘05 lives in New York City and teaches creative writing and literature at The New School and Rutgers University. His debut poetry collection, The Late Parade, was published by W.W. Norton in June, 2013.

Kate Kreinbring '05  sought to combine her two interests as a student at Boston College: reading literature and tutoring Boston Public School students through BC’s service program 4Boston. In order to do this, she joined Teach For America, a nationwide program set up to place recent college graduates as teachers in high-need school districts across the country. Because of her experiences at Boston College, Kate wanted to help further the mission of Teach For America: to close the achievement gap in our nation’s public school system between high and low income school districts. Kate is currently in her second year of Teach For America and teaches 9th grade English in Chicago, IL. She works in a community called Little Village with a population of mostly Mexican American students who are extremely motivated to achieve and to go on to college. Kate’s work in English at Boston College has helped her to bring the excitement of discovering literature to her classroom and school community.

Marissa Matteo '05 got her MFA at U of Miami in 2009 and is enrolled in UCLA's MFA in Screenwriting program. She has, along the way, become a successful ghostwriter (her ghost-written work has appeared on the NY Times bestseller list). She is also at work on a novel.

Daniel Pritchard '05 works at David R. Godine, Publisher, and is the founder and managing editor of The Critical Flame: a Journal of Book Reviews & Criticism. He is also a founding member of the Boston Poetry Union, and the managing editor for Fulcrum: an Annual of Poetry and Aesthetics. He is a poet and critic with work appearing in 66: the Journal of Sonnet Studies, The Charles River Journal, Pusteblume, Fulcrum, and the Contemporary Poetry Review, among others.

Joseph Spece '05 completed an MFA at Columbia in 2009, and was awarded a 2009 Ruth Lilly Fellowship in poetry. He has published work in Post Road and Poetry and his first book of poems, Roads (Cherry Grove), is forthcoming in March 2013.

Donald Harrison '04, who will finish the three-year MFA at the University of Texas in 2010, won an honorable mention in the 2009 Atlantic Student Writers Competition and has published fiction in The Roanoke Review.

Sarah Khan '03 was an English and communication major at BC and received an MA in Magazine, Newspaper, Online Journalism from Syracuse University. She is an editor at Travel and Leisure magazine in New York, and her writing has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, Christian Science Monitor, Vogue India, and many other publications. You can read more of her work or follow her on Twitter @BySarahKhan.

Jim O'Sullivan '03 is a reporter for the State House News Service, on Beacon Hill.

Kathleen Dunley '02 kept busy working on her PhD at the University of Colorado at Boulder and will be ABD this spring. She taught literature and composition at CU, as well as a variety of English courses at Red Rocks Community College. In the 2004-2005 academic year, Kathleen received the CU-Boulder Provost's Fellowship for Teaching with Technology that enabled her to begin building a web resource guide for professors using visual rhetoric in their classrooms (http://visualrhetoricresources.info). Recently, she has received a full time position as a professor of English at the University of Advancing Technology in Tempe, AZ.

Jonathan Farina '02 is Assistant Professor of English at Seton Hall University, where he teaches courses on nineteenth-century British literature and culture.  He has taught English at Vanderbilt University and New York University, where he earned his Ph.D. in 2008. Much of this he owes to BC English, which gave him wonderful things to read, taught him how to write, wrote on his behalf, and most of all modelled the best of professions. The irreproachable architecture of Carney Hall and afternoons of reading well-jammed in booths of the Eagle's Nest still haunt him.

Janelle Nanos '02 is an editor at National Geographic Traveler and edits its Intelligent Traveler blog. She's also a DC stringer for New York Magazine, for which she used to work. She has an MA in journalism from NYU.

Jennifer Massoni Pardini ’02 was a Dever Fellow and recipient of the McCarthy and Cardinal Cushing Awards. In 2011, she earned her MFA in English and Creative Writing from Mills College, where she won the Amanda Davis MFA Thesis in Fiction Award. As a longtime magazine editor and contributor, her journalism has appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, Gentry, Crawdaddy!, and Vanity Fair, where she was the Associate Editor of Oscar Night: 75 Years of Hollywood Parties. Her creative nonfiction has been published with Literary Mama and anthologized in Leave the Lipstick, Take the Iguana: Funny Travel Stories and Strange Packing Tips. She lives in Santiago, Chile, and blogs.

Meaghan Mulholland '01 will complete her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Arkansas in 2010. She worked for several years at National Geographic in Washington, DC, and won a Fulbright Fellowship to Italy in 2005 to do research for a novel set in Sicily. Her writing awards include top rankings in several fiction contests.

Amy Woodbury '01 currently works as an editorial assistant in the children's book division of Harper Collins. She works with authors and illustrators from picture books to young adult fiction, including Newbery Honor Winners (Bruce Brooks and Gail Carson Levine), the "Little House" series, and most recently, Joyce Carol Oates on her upcoming YA novel. Though Woodbury loves her work in publishing, she hopes to enter a PhD program and go on to a career in college teaching.

Anne Marie Borrego '98 currently writes for the Chronicle of Higher Education on a range of issues. Though she admits she is "not necessarily quoting Milton or Morrison in [her] daily work," she finds that the analytical and organizational skills she honed as an English major serve her well as she writes for university administrators and faculty, who are, some "very close readers."

Caitrin L. Dunphy '98 graduated as a double major in English and Communications and moved to Los Angeles and then New York City. She worked a total of 4.5 years in advertising—primarily as an account planner who conducted qualitative and quantitative research with the purpose of strengthening advertising messaging and strategy. Three years ago Caitrin moved back to Boston and is currently a Assistant Director for the Boston College Fund. She is also pursuing her MA in Higher Education Administration with the Lynch School. As she sees it, she is still in advertising, but now her brand is Boston College! Caitrin loves being back at BC, and is confident that her training as an English major prepared her well for every job she's held since graduating. The many classes that she took with Mary Crane were my most-memorable and valuable.

Anthony Gabriele '98 graduated with an English/Ed. major and currently teaches 7th and 8th grade English outside Philadelphia. He runs a monthly "coffee house" for his students, similar to those he attended at BC. He also runs peer editing workshops and uses revision strategies based on the First Year Writing Seminar.

Wendy Prygoda '98 is an editor at LIMRA International, a financial services marketing research company in Connecticut. She is also a part-time graduate student at the University of Hartford, pursuing a master's in Communication. She recalls the enjoyable "challenge" of her English courses at BC and "can't imagine where [she'd] be without" them.

Erin Dionne '97 published a young adult novel, Models Don't Eat Chocolate Cookies, in 2008, and has a second YA novel, The Total Tragedy of a Girl Named Hamlet, forthcoming.

Justin Chura '96 which gave him a unique background for medical school at the University of Pennsylvania. He notes that, though his lack of extensive background in the sciences made his early coursework more challenging, his English major helped prepare him for the work of patient care. As Justin puts it, "Medical histories are stories the physician needs to interpret. Everyday that I care for patients, I use the critical skills I developed as an English major at Boston College."

Shawn Cassedy Perkins '95 is currently an Account Manager with Saatchi & Saatchi Advertising in New York. She claims that the oral argument and critical writing skills she learned as an English major have served her well in a position that requires constant communication between the different viewpoints of clients, the creative team and strategic planners.

Mary Reda '95 is currently an Associate Professor at the City University of New York's College of Staten Island. The September 10, 2010 issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education contains her essay which was excerpted from her recent book, Between Speaking and Silence: A Study of Quiet Students. Mary first started researching this subject as a teacher in BC's First Year Writing Seminar program.

Sarah MacKay Nunnery '94 with an English major that was inspired by her first English core class. She went on to earn an MA in higher education administration from BC in 1996 and is currently the Associate Director of Admissions at Emerson College, where she meets "wonderfully creative and talented students every day."

Kim (Annick) Mitchell '93 went on to a career in advertising at N.W. Ayer & Partners, NY where she works on accounts from Thermasilk Shampoo to Folgers Coffee. She claims her English major serves her well in both the written and oral communication her clients demand daily. She also enjoys leading pro bono accounts, such as Dress for Success, which provides business suits for needy women seeking professional employment. Mitchell took her family to visit Hatch Hall, the dormitory where she stayed while studying with the Abbey Theatre program and was surprised to find the BC 2000 class there.

Jim Cody '83 has been teaching English at Brookdale Community College in Lincroft, NJ since 1995. He started his teaching career back in the early 90's as a high school teacher at Paterson Catholic and Columbia High School in Maplewood, NJ, preceded by a a stint working for a research firm after he graduated. Jim teaches Composition, World Literature I and II, American Literature II, and The Short Story. He also have recently designed the online version of my department's World Literature I and II courses. Recently, Jim was in touch with one of my favorite professors from my BC days, Professor John Mahoney, whose cd, Poetry of Faith, he got permission from him to use in his World Literature II online course. Jim is married with three children ages, 14, 13, and 8, and is an active in his community as a board of education member and little league coach.

Janet DiLeo '83 After short stints in advertising, marketing, and retail, she landed rather accidentally in the field of Human Resources, where she has spent the last 20+ years. Besides being the person called upon to help write and edit company and employee publications, Janet worked on a variety of corporate projects where the skills she learned at BC have served her well. Along the way, she also earned an MBA from Clemson University. Janet is currently living in South Carolina and working part-time for an electronics manufacturing firm, managing their Affirmative Action programs and editing technical reports from the Quality department.

Timothy Haskins '83 has been teaching high school and middle school English at Groveton High School in northern NH. His students have benefitted from material he first covered at B.C. with the likes of Paul Lewis, Kristen Morrison, and Richard Schrader from the English dept., and P.J. Kreeft from the theology dept. He is also active in coaching at Groveton; where his teams have taken state titles in softball ('89) and girls soccer (2004).

Michael A. Ellis, '82 with a double major in English and Speech Communications, Michael Ellis has worked in the communications field, first as a news reporter, then a sales representative for a national radio firm, and then as a manager and morning broadcaster for MetroNetworks, providing weather reports for between 30 and 40 different radio stations from Portsmouth, NH to Louisville, KY. In 1995, Michael entered graduate school and earned, in 1997, a Masters's of Social Work Degree from Boston University. Since 1998, Michael has worked for Boston University School of Social Work, serving as training specialist, curriculum designer, research associate, and organizational development specialist.

Lou Sorrentino '76 MAT in Secondary English (1983). Lou has been high school English teacher for the past 18 years and had the good fortune to have taught a variety of different types of courses that he developed (the short story, the literature of war, philosophy, etc) . He taught a college level composition course for 15 years and for the past 4 years have taught junior Advanced Placement (Language and Composition) and a college accredited senior honors British Literature course. He has also taught a year-long science fiction elective for the past 9 years. He was an editor at "Merlyn's Pen, the National Magazine of Student Writing" for 8 years. He has also been the recipient of two NEH Fellowships (one in Nietzsche and one in Aristotle) and has published in a number of national periodicals, am an inveterate bibliophile, and hope to study Yeats in Ireland this summer ('06).

Timothy Gillane '75 Thinks of Professor Mahoney’s beginning-of-the-semester recital of “Dover Beach” almost every time he takes the ferry from New London to Orient Point (“The sea is calm tonight…”). Tim and his wife Pat lived in Manhasset, NY until 2007, when they moved to northeastern Connecticut. They both work as lawyers (electronically and contentedly) from their house in the woods. One of these years (assuming that the garden looks decent), he will finish reading Moby Dick (and will again try to learn Irish).

Robert Polito ’73
Appointed President of the Poetry Foundation in Chicago

Robert Polito, poet, author, and critic, will receive the 2013 Boston College Arts Alumni Award. He will be on campus to participate in special programming at BC’s annual Arts Festival from April 25 to 27.

In January Boston native Polito was named president of the Poetry Foundation in Chicago, whose mission is to “discover and celebrate the best poetry and to place it before the largest possible audience.” In particular, the Poetry Foundation publishes the monthly Poetry Magazine.  Polito, who will begin his tenure as president in July, was previously the founding director of the creative writing program at The New School in New York City, where he’s taught since 1992.

After his Boston College education, Polito went on to study at Harvard University, receiving his M.A. in 1975 and his PhD in English and American Language and Literature in 1981.

Prolific poet, essayist, and literary critic, one of his most notable works is Savage Art: A Biography of Jim Thompson, which was awarded the National Book Critics Circle Award and an Edgar Award. He has also published the poetry collections Hollywood & God (2009) and Doubles (1995), and is the author of A Reader's Guide to James Merrill’s The Changing Light at Sandover (1994) and At the Titan’s Breakfast: Three Essays on Byron’s Poetry (1994). His areas of expertise include American literature, biography, film noir and noir fiction, and English and American poetry.

Bill Rozanski '73 as an English & Philosophy Major. Bill had a succession of jobs with an employment agency and two executive search firms before enrolling in the Suffolk Law School Evening Program. During Law School, he worked for an insurance company in personnel. After graduating from Suffolk Law School in 1981, Bill relocated to Southern New Jersey where he has been practicing law, primarily criminal law, land use and real estate. Bill is the former President of the Gloucester County Bar Association and currently holds public positions as the Solicitor of the Borough of Pitman and Solicitor of the Gloucester County Improvement Authority. The greatest teacher he ever had was Prof. John Mahoney. Critical reading and writing skills that he learned at BC are tools that he uses every day.

Bill Yetman '72 transferred from the Passionist Fathers Seminary mid-semester to become a BC English major in 1967. After graduation, he went on to the FBI Academy in Quantico, VA where he trained as a Special Agent. After more than thirty years with the Bureau, Yetman now works independently as a private investigator.