Katherine Emery Brown received her BA from the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at NYU. There she became interested in the intersection of poetry and philosophy, approaching each discipline as a lens through which to further explore the other. She is currently in her 2nd term at MALS, studying Existentialist philosophy with Professor Smaranda Aldea. * Katherine Brown also served as an assistant editor for The Journal.
Thea Calitri-Martin graduated from Skidmore College with a B.A. in TheaterLiterature, then followed her ear to Western CT State College where she became certified as a music teacher. In addition to studying creative writing in the MALS program, she teaches music in Lebanon, NH, is the principal horn with the Vermont Philharmonic, and plays jazz on the side.
Jennifer C. Cormack lived in Germany and traveled abroad in Europe during her primary years until age six. As a young adult, she returned to Europe for a yearlong study of architecture in Paris, graduating from The Georgia Institute of Technology in 1991 with a BS in Architecture. Together she and her husband operate Cormack Architectural Design Group in Conway, South Carolina. Jennifer has been teaching art since 2002 and currently works with students ages three through adult in the Myrtle Beach area. Her favorite art contest for students is the Federal Junior Duck Stamp. Her credits include: 105 South Carolina winners, two Alabama, four North Carolina, three Tennessee, and three West Virginia. Since 2009, she has also been designing and teaching challenging curricula for homeschool students in English Literature, composition, feature writing, screenwriting, French, and art history for grades three through twelve. Her passion for teaching writing led her to pursue the MALS degree at Dartmouth.
Sarah M. Decker graduated in 2008 from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado with a B.A. in English Literature, where she was also actively involved with the college's literary club, Scarlet Letters, as well as submitted work to the college's literary journal, Images Magazine, and wrote articles for The Independent News Magazine. In 2007, Sarah attended a study abroad writing workshop in India. As a member of Sigma Tau Delta, a national English society, she presented a collection of her poetry titled "Nature of Sin" at the 2006 International Convention in Portland, Oregon.
Brian Estrada joined the MALS program in 2010. He worked as an admissions officer at Dartmouth College from 2008 2013 and currently serves as Associate Dean of College Counseling at Providence Academy: an independent, Catholic college preparatory school in Plymouth, MN. In the MALS program, he has gravitated towards researching the tensions in the Roman Catholic Church since the Second Vatican Council. Brian earned a B.A. in Political Science from Texas Christian University in 2002 and also holds a M.S. in Education from Indiana University-Bloomington. He grew up in Houston, Tex., which informs his sportsrooting interests, and he remains attached to the finer things from life in the Upper Valley such as Long Trail Ale, Spicy Maple Mustard, and quirky coffee shops. Sadly, only one of the three (the mustard) can be shipped to Minnesota. He currently resides west of Minneapolis with his wife, two daughters, and baby #3 expected in March 2016.
András Gerevich was born in 1976 in Budapest, Hungary where he is based. He is a freelance writer and tutor of poetry and screenwriting at several colleges. He has published four books of poetry and his work has been translated into over a dozen languages. Andrew Fentham (translator of the poem) was born in 1986 in Birmingham, UK. He has published widely in journals and magazines. He is based in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK.
Amira Hamouda graduated from the university of Sfax in June 2010 with a Maîtrise (BA) in English. She passed the Agrégation national exam in 2011 and taught English at the Preparatory Institute in Literary Studies and Humanities of Tunis until she was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship and joined the MALS program at Dartmouth College. Currently, she is working on her thesis which is a memoir about home: Tunisia.
Justine Kohr is a marketing and communications manager at Dartmouth's Tuck School of Business and a freelance writer. She has written for the Hartford Advocate, the Valley News, the Quechee Times, Here in Hanover magazine, Image magazine, Dartmouth Now, Tuck Today, and others. Prior to Dartmouth, she was an assistant editor at LongHill Partners Publishing, Inc. in Woodstock, VT. She graduated from Westfield State University with a BA in Communications and Journalism Studies. She is originally from Western Massachusetts, but now lives in West Lebanon with her husband and five pets. *Justine Kohr also served as an assistant editor for The Journal.
Judith Endrizal Louras came to the MALS program in the spring of 2012 following a nineteen year hiatus from higher education. After earning a B.A. in English and Russian Language and Literature from Oklahoma State University in 1991 and her teacher certification in 1993, she packed her bags and two cats for life in Vermont. Still living in Rutland, Vermont, with her husband and two sons, Jude hopes to complete her thesis about the changing landscape of death, dying, and funerary rites in the United States by spring of 2016.
Maura Murphy is a 24 year old writer about to complete her final year at Dartmouth College. She has learned so much from her classes here, and had a lot of fun putting together the oral history included in The Journal. Her background is in elementary education; however, this past year she has branched out into research. Writing has always been her greatest passion, and she has greatly enjoyed the multidisciplinary approach of the MALS program that has allowed her to pursue multiple interests while staying true to her love of writing.