Wes Benash is 32 years old and originally from New Jersey, but has been living in Claremont, New Hampshire for the past 9 years. He graduated from Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey with a bachelor's degree in journalism, and received a master's degree in library science from Drexel University in Philadelphia. Wes is a MALS student currently working at the Baker-Berry Library here on campus at Dartmouth. He is married and has a cat.
Laura Jean Binkley is a singer/songwriter/poet and part-time MALS student on the Creative Writing track. She received her B.A. in English from the University of Missouri before moving to Brooklyn where she lived and worked for five years honing her folk-rock style as she sang and played her guitar everywhere from the LIC Bar to the Bitter End (and all the subway stops in-between.) Her favorite poets are the ones who find beauty in all things and who make her laugh. She is planning to graduate in the Spring of 2017.
Sarah M. Decker graduated in 2008 from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado with a B.A. in English Literature. 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. As a MALS student, she looks forward to expanding her academic knowledge, as well as connecting with other colleagues in this profession, while continuing to write and communicate with the world at large.
Trisha Denton hails from the sprawl of Detroit. The interdisciplinary artist writes for the stage, as well as folklore, fairy tales and fantasy for all ages. She also devises, directs and performs original theater. Trish received a BA from Goddard College, and she has worked with organizations such as Shelburne Museum, Burlington City Arts and Very Merry Theatre as a teaching artist and theater director. To date she has choreographed/directed around 55 children's shows, as well as written and directed over 100 original short plays. Trish currently attends Dartmouth College in the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program researching the persistence of imagination in oppressive environments.
Shelby Kittrell is concentrating in Creative Writing at Dartmouth College. She is currently working on her thesis which is a collection of prose poems. Her work is largely influenced by the ordinary words people say and her observations of human behavior.
Brad Mindich left the media business several years ago to start two creativecentric companies: one is a brand-turnaround and consulting agency, and the other is a social archaeology/archiving company. The companies have had the privilege of working with a range of clients - from Metallica, Norah Jones, and Elvis Costello, to Gannett, Price Waterhouse Coopers, and Mercedes-Benz. Brad added some complexity to his life by entering the MALS program part-time, but for good reason as he is exploring ways to combine the interdisciplinary, academic field of Cultural Studies - specifically in the areas of sub-cultures, memory, fans and music engagement, identity, and nostalgia - with entrepreneurship to create new business and creative initiatives.
Joshua Semerjian is interested in cultural histories, particularly in the contexts of childhood/youth, gender/sexuality, HIV/AIDS, and nations/borders. Joshua's research takes a relational approach to critical inquiry that ends up being paradoxical or otherwise circular where the answer is always a new question. To struggle, according to Joshua, is to know what exists, but it's also a battle that can never be won. Joshua enjoys hiking, extreme rides, death metal music, and keeping people guessing about where he lives.
Kevin Warstadt grew up in Atlanta, Georgia. He studied film and literature at Georgia Tech where he earned his B.S. in Science, Technology, and Culture. While there he directed the award nominated short film, With a Whimper. He now studies writing and culture at Dartmouth in the MALS program, with a focus on Russian culture. He manages arbitrarity.com and is a contributor to notcatalog.com.
Ethan Woodard is a Second Year MALS student on the Globalization Studies track from Glover, Vermont by way of Portland, Maine. This past fall he began work on his thesis entitled: "Legitimacy & the Foundations of Government: Confidence, Trust and Participation in Modern Democracy". His primary research interest focuses on questions of legitimacy in Democratic governments, but he is also interested in questions of global public opinion, comparative politics, and the study of sub-cultural globalization.