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Welcome to SUNY Fredonia's English Alumni page! Here you can find information on our English graduates and what they have been doing.
Richard Lehnert (B.A. 1972) has explored a wide range of experiences since graduating from Fredonia, including typesetting, acting, and writing. For a time he was the music editor and assistant editor of Stereophile. The magazine grew during his nine years there, but he decided to focus on his writing. In 1995 he began Warren Wilson College’s M.F.A Program in Writing – Poetry. Reflecting on that experience, Richard notes, "What astounded me was that, in the classes and workshops I took during my six residencies at Warren Wilson, I seemed to be the only student with a firm grounding in poetic prosody – something for which I thank my English professors at SUNY Fredonia, particularly Mac Nelson, David Lunde, Nancy Libby, and Stephen Warner. The Fredonia English Department was far more understanding and supportive than I deserved or showed much promise of ever returning or making good on, and for that I will always be grateful."
Since leaving Stereophile and completing his M.F.A, Richard has been a freelance copyeditor of books and magazines. Several of his poems have been published in literary journals. His first book of poems, A Short History of the Usual, was published in 2003 by The Backwaters Press. His second book, The Only Empty Place, still seeks a publisher. Many of his writings for Stereophile are archived at www.stereophile.com. He shares a website with a colleague, Stefanie Marlis, who also attended SUNY Fredonia, 1968-1970; see http://stefaniemarlis.com/copyediting/ for a short piece on his philosophy of copyediting. Richard and his wife, Susannah Tyrrell, moved to Ashland, Oregon, in 2011.
Sarah C. Holmes, class of 1991, graduated from SUNY Fredonia with a double major in English and Anthropology. She received an M.A. at SUNY Brockport and a Ph.D. from the University of Rhode Island where she focused on American literature and composition. Her publications include an edited book of Ezra Pound’s letters, an article about Erskine Caldwell and eugenics, and an article about a forgotten writer by the name of Alice Beal Parsons. Through archival research Holmes recently recovered Parsons, a feminist and socialist novelist from the early Twentieth Century, and has introduced her to the field of American literary study. In addition, Holmes is an Associate Professor at New England Institute of Technology and teaches composition, literature, and humanities. Much of what she does is influenced by her experiences at Fredonia. In terms of scholarship, Holmes remembers the exercises in close reading, thorough research, and historical context to guide her in analyses of literature’s role in society. In terms of teaching, she shares her enthusiasm for the subject matter with her students, like her own professors did, and she tries not to miss an office hour (having spent much time in faculty offices at Fenton Hall). Professors who were greatly influential include Terence Mosher, George Sebouhian, and Melinda Wendell. Still holding on to her decades-old, over-highlighted, and pen-marked copy of the Norton anthology for American literature, Holmes will never forget her time at Fredonia.
Jenell Krishnan Elizabeth Poleon
Jenell Carapella Krishnan (B.A. 2009) and Elizabeth Poleon (B.A. 2013) collaborated on the article "Digital Backchanneling: A Strategy for Maximizing Engagement During a Performance-Based Lesson on Shakespeare's Macbeth" in The Journal of Teaching English with Technology. http://www.tewtjournal.org/currentissuesfor2013.htm
Mark Peters (B.A., 1994) is a freelance writer and writing instructor. From his pad in Chicago, Mark teaches online for Capella University and Empire State College, while writing regular columns for McSweeney’s (about jokes) and Visual Thesaurus (about euphemisms). Mark has also written for the Boston Globe, Esquire, New Scientist, Psychology Today, Salon, and Slate.
One of his favorite topics is lexicography: Mark has written over 250 articles about some aspect of words. Mark is equally obsessed with humor. He dabbles in standup, writes humor pieces, and has written for several sketch comedy shows.
None of Mark’s work would be possible without the Fredonia English Department, which was rigorous and nurturing. It was an amazing place to learn how to write and think.
Kristen Niemi Cathy Klein Perry
Kristen Niemi (B.A. 2009, M.A. 2013), Cathy Klein Perry (B.A. 2005, M.A. 2007), and Ann Siegle Drege presented at the National Council of Teachers of English Conference in Boston in November. Their session “Engaging Students: It Matters!” explored a “pedagogy of engagement” with particular attention to drama strategies. They shared practical strategies that work with middle school through college students.
Cathy teaches 7th grade English in Gowanda, NY, and Kristen teaches 9th grade English in Las Vegas, NV.
Lacey Daley is currently pursuing an M.F.A. in Fiction at Boise State University, something she is wholly certain she would have never done had it not been for the support and guidance from Fredonia faculty and professors. Tucked into the foothills of southwestern Idaho, Lacey is on the editorial staff of the Idaho Review and teaches English Composition and Fiction Writing at BSU. She is also getting lost in sagebrush, reading into all hours of the night, and trying her best to acclimate to the good natured people she is finding in the Northwest. Lacey continues to write for Artscope, a New England based arts and culture magazine she interned at as a Fredonia undergraduate student. She is currently the email blast! editor, a position she loves for the freedom and creative interpretation that it grants.
Right now, at this very moment, she is probably thinking about direction, a sense of place, and moves of subtle emotion—all of which she is hoping to lay bare in her thesis.
A few weeks after graduating in 2006, Stephanie Sadler moved to London, England where she had studied abroad during Fall semester her junior year. She has worked in art marketing for a gallery, interned at The Sunday Times, run a distance learning program for international students, and has done freelance journalism projects. Her writing and photography have been featured in Time Out London, Street Art London, Art of England, CNN Go, and Londonist, among others. In 2011, she spent six months living in a village in Colombia with a family where she set up a business to work with local women to promote and sell their crafts abroad and jewelry from the local guadua plant.
Jessica Smith teaches creative writing and literature at Central Maine Community College in Auburn Maine, where she also serves as faculty advisor of the college's literary magazine. Jessica also created and runs the Read*Share program, which gathers book donations and distributes them free of charge to community college students.
Trish Foley Louise Margosian Loughlin Carol Maxwell Conley
On August 15, 2013 in Burlington, Vermont, three roommates from McGinnies Hall who graduated in 1972 and who have remained friends and colleagues through the years, gathered for a "mini" Fredonia State reunion. The photo shows Trish Foley (B.A. Art '72) on the left who is a past recipient of Alumni of the Year for her outstanding work in design. In the center of the photo is Louise Margosian Loughlin (B.A. English '72) who is a retired high school English teacher living in Sarasota, Florida. On the right is Carol Maxwell Conley (B.A. English '72 and M.S.Ed English '75), who is also a retired high school English teacher living in Essex, Vermont. Both Louise and Carol remember with pride the outstanding English education they received in the Fredonia English Department. Their careers as English teachers have brought them a deep sense of accomplishment, and they wish current Fredonia English majors continuing success.
Since graduating from SUNY Fredonia in 2005, Luke has worked around the country as a line cook, a counselor, and a chef. In 2007, he taught for a summer in South Korea. He has lived in Minnesota, Brooklyn, and Buffalo, NY. In May 2013, Luke received his Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing from Minnesota State University at Mankato. His first full-length poetry manuscript, titled Wonder Traffick, is in the hands of poetry presses across the land, awaiting decision; and, he is interviewing for several collegiate teaching jobs in and around Buffalo. The greatest joy in Luke’s life since graduating from Fredonia is his wife and two daughters, twelve and two years old: precisely the sort of rich life literature inspires.
Christina Olson, class of 2003, is the author of Before I Came Home Naked, a book of poems. Her poetry and creative nonfiction have appeared in The Southern Review, Gulf Coast, Mid-American Review, The Normal School, River Styx, Passages North, and other magazines; her work has also been anthologized in The Best Creative Nonfiction, Volume 3, and appeared on Verse Daily.
Since leaving Fredonia, she has used her English degree every single day, in a wide range of roles and careers: she received her M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Minnesota State University; worked as a healthcare copywriter; taught writing at Grand Valley State University, and serves as poetry editor for Midwestern Gothic. She presently teaches writing and technical communication at Georgia Southern University, and lives online at www.thedrevlow-olsonshow.com.
So what can you do with an English degree in today’s job market? Nick Tate, Class of 1982, has attempted to answer that question by building a career in journalism inspired by the teachings of the strong cadre of Fredonia faculty members. more...
Terence Mosher. Denise Cassens. Maureen Fries. Robert Schweik. All were important inspirations and mentors who helped launch him on what has been — and continues to be — a lifelong education as a professional writer, editor, author, and multi-media online producer.
Since leaving Fredonia, Tate has written extensively about health, science, business, technology, finance, music and consumer affairs issues. He is currently the Deputy Health Editor at Newsmax Media Inc. in South Florida. His work has appeared in The Miami Herald, South Florida Sun Sentinel, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Boston Herald, Newsmax Magazine, Health Radar Newsletter, Progression Magazine and other print and online publications. more...
His most recent book — the “ObamaCare Survival Guide,” published in October 2012 — ranked among the top-selling books in the country (reaching No. 1 on the New York Times Best Sellers list for paperback advice books, No. 4 on Barnes & Noble’s Top 100, and No. 3 on Amazon.com).
His first book, “The Sick Building Syndrome,” was published by New Horizon Press – the result of a year-long journalism fellowship at the Harvard School of Public Health. He is also an experienced educator whose background includes teaching health/science journalism as an adjunct professor at Emory University in Atlanta and health communications in a variety of training seminars for college students, scientists, doctors, business executives and public relations specialists.
Kristen King graduated summa cum laude with a degree in English and French literature in May of 2012. Originally hailing from Oneonta, NY, she decided to stay in Western New York after graduation (she just can't get enough of Tim Hortons!) and began a position as Community Engagement Coordinator at Writers & Books in August. Writers & Books is a non-profit literary center in Rochester, NY that provides year-round education classes for youth and adults in writing, publishing, and the book arts; a community-wide reading program, "If All of Rochester Read the Same Book;" readings/talks by writers; a bookstore; and writers' retreats at their Finger Lakes facility, among other things. Kristen is thrilled to be working at such a wonderful organization and to be using so many of the skills she learned at SUNY Fredonia (including grant writing, leadership, community outreach, and effective written and verbal skills). When not working, she can be found baking, reading, or contemplating the possibility of graduate school."
Catherine Colmerauer, Class of 2010, used her English degree to embark on a career in journalism. She was previously the arts and entertainment reporter for The Sun News in Hamburg, N.Y. and a frequent contributor to Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal. She is currently the editor of the East Aurora Bee with Bee Group Newspapers, a group of nine weekly newspapers serving the suburbs of Buffalo, N.Y.
Amanda Marie Rogers
After graduating in May 2012, Amanda Rogers packed her bags and spent six months in New York City interning for a publishing company and a literary agency. Since then, she created her own independent contracting position working with a literary agency, where she scouts for new talent via self-publishing. (To wit: she gets paid to read, which is basically the coolest job ever.) Amanda is also a freelance book reviewer for Publishers Weekly. She hopes to pursue an M.F.A. in Creative Writing, and she is working on writing fiction and creative non-fiction. A degree in English from SUNY Fredonia has made all the difference. Amanda learned a great deal about the writing and publishing business during her four-year study, and she was offered a great deal of support for her ambitious dreams.
Louis Frankel majored in English Adolescence Education at SUNY Fredonia and upon graduating spent 5 1/2 months teaching ESL in Valdivia, Southern Chile, through the English Open Doors Program. He now lives in New York City, preparing to start an M.A. in English Literature.
Emily Paccia, a SUNY Fredonia English Adolescence Education graduate, co-presented at the National Council of Teachers of English Conference in Las Vegas in November 2012. Their presentation, "Exciting Ways to Teach Grammar" used music (in the form of grammar songs) as a new approach to teaching grammar.
We are updating the SUNY Fredonia English Alumni page frequently so please check back with us in the near future to see what your fellow English grads have been up to!
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