Gerevich Andràs was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1976. He graduated with a degree in English Literature from the Eötvös University of Budapest (ELTE), and later studied Creative Writing at MALS on a Fulbright Scholarship. His third degree is in Screenwriting from the National Film and Television School in Britain. Gerevich published three books of poetry in his native Hungarian: Átadom a pórázt (Handing Over the Leash, 1997), Férfiak (Men, 2005), Barátok (Friends, 2009) and is also published widely in journals. A book of his poems in English translation, Tiresias's Confession, came out in 2008. His work has been translated into over a dozen languages. He has been a guest at a number of international literary and poetry festivals, and several artists' residencies. Besides writing poetry Gerevich scripted several prize-winning short films produced in the UK, and his plays were performed in Budapest and read in London. He also published essays and stories, and translated a number of English-speaking poets into Hungarian, including Seamus Heaney and Frank O'Hara, and a book by the filmmaker David Lynch. He was editor for two literary journals: Kalligram in Budapest and Chroma in London, an assistant producer for the radio program Poetry by Post for the BBC World Service, and was also the chair of the József Attila Kör, the Hungarian young writers' association from 2006 for a three year term. He has taught courses in screenwriting at the Moholy Nagy University of Arts and the Eötvös University of Budapest. Now he freelances, working as a poet, screenwriter, translator and journalist.
Keely Badger focuses on the role of the United Nations' efforts to champion international law and diplomacy around universal human rights, peacekeeping and humanitarian intervention. Her research and scholarship has taken many forms. Keely's current thesis draws from the emerging discourse on youth politics in the 21st Century, bringing a critical discourse analysis to the UN's stated goals of youth empowerment and international participation in the UN forum, and the fundamental gap between implementing these stated aims, from words to deeds. Keely brings her energies and talents to a summer position at Human Rights Watch at their Development and Outreach Division in Los Angeles, CA. She hopes to merge her academic and professional pursuits through a JD in International Human Rights Law.
Matthew Berkshire is originally from Miami, FL. He is drawn to a variety of literature and poetry, and is currently experimenting with both very short and very long poems. He would also describe himself as a lunch / sandwich enthusiast.
Sebastian Galbo grew up in Williamsville, New York where he attended Niagara University. There he earned a B.A. in English and Philosophy. He is a first-year MALS student on the General Studies Track. He will spend this summer working as a graduate researcher at Yale University's Center for Bioethics. In his spare time he enjoys listening to opera.
Bridget Herrera is a part-time MALS student juggling life as a cashier at CVS and as a full-time single mother. Her poem, "Tiano," was her way of paying tribute to her Taino ancestors, the first Native Americans to encounter the full onslaught of conquest and colonization by Columbus and his entourage in the Caribbean. She has a Bachelor's degree from Dickinson College in the field of German Studies and she created a computerized program in Germanic Mythology as her senior thesis. During her tenure in the MALS program, her academic focus has been creative writing. Via this discipline, she has learned an eclectic style of writing, which includes dabbling in poetry, oral history, fiction and non-fiction. Each course has helped her evolve intellectually by providing a varying pallet of literary genres in which to develop her voice and style while probing deeper introspection. She is currently working on her thesis, a memoir entitled Root Awakenings.
Laurie Laker Originally from England, Laurie spent his childhood between the undulating shires of Somerset and Devon, and the rockier parts of Colorado. He arrived at Dartmouth this past fall term, having graduated in May 2012 from Colorado College where he majored in English and minored in Political Science and History. Prior to attending Colorado College, he attended the United World College of the American West (UWC-USA), where he lived and studied the International Baccalaureate curriculum with 200 students from over 80 countries. Here at Dartmouth he is a first-year MALS student on the General Studies track. Post-MALS he hopes to move either onto a PhD in English or Rhetoric or into the job market in journalism or communications.
Paola Ortega was born in La Romana, Dominican Republic, and migrated to Miami at the age of four. Growing up in Miami informs a lot of her writing. She received her B.A. in Women's Studies and Criminology from the University of Florida in 2011. She is currently concentrating in creative writing. When she wrote "Outsider," she wanted to capture a young Dominican girl's grappling with race, identity, and self-awareness as they are shaped by the cultural diversity of Miami and informed by her family's immigrant experience. She hoped that "Outsider" would invite the reader to recall his or her own earliest encounters with the moral dilemmas and social dynamics that he/she is forced to grapple with long after childhood has passed.
Emily Richardson attended Hampshire College in Amherst, MA. Before coming to Dartmouth, she was a high school English teacher for four years, happily spending her days convincing teenagers that books are, in fact, pretty cool. In her free time, she enjoys climbing mountains and exploring the woods, baking cookies, and playing with her two dogs.
Jonathan Savage grew up in the high desert of Scottsdale, Arizona. He completed a bachelor's honors degree at Wake Forest University in North Carolina, where he developed a passion for the English Literature of the Long Eighteenth Century. As a graduate student in the MALS program at Dartmouth, he has focused his research on the works of the influential British author Samuel Johnson and on the oral histories of United States soldiers returning home from combat overseas. Beyond academics, he has been fortunate to play a role in assisting people with fewer opportunities than himself, serving as a student teacher and mentor in an inner-city elementary school, as a youth leader in an organization committed to urban service projects, and as the Chair of Philanthropy of Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity. He enjoys snowboarding, playing sports, reading, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.
Niusha Shodja was born in the US but grew up and lived in Iran until 2010, when she came back to study creative writing at Dartmouth. She is in her last term of the MALS program and will soon be submitting her thesis, a collection of fictional social-political and familial short stories, all based in modern day Tehran.
Cinnamon Spear is a member of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe. She grew up on the Reservation in southeastern Montana and attended Dartmouth College, where she majored in Native American Studies. She tried Montana State University's Post-Bacc Pre-Med program but soon quit and returned to Dartmouth to study creative writing and share her voice. Writing is Cinnamon's sanctuary, freedom, and also her duty. In her life, she flies back and forth between poverty and privilege; in this exposed bi-cultured hybrid state, she feels it is her responsibility to teach the world about the Northern Cheyenne people, as well as teach her people about the world.
Jacqueline Williams was a student athlete at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, on the women's tennis team. Her scholarship, which afforded her the opportunity to move from Australia to study in the United States, was immensely beneficial and something that would not have occurred without Title IX. After her career as a student athlete, she became a journalist. Jacqueline's motivation to do so was to write about social issues, including women's rights issues.
Keri Wolfe is a third-year MALS student in the Globalization track. Keri had been working in the field of early childhood education, but recently served as a teaching assistant for Dartmouth's Writing 2-3 freshmen program. Her research revolves around health social movements in the 1960s and 1970s, and their emphases on patients' lived experiences as valid healthcare knowledge. Keri hopes to pursue a doctoral degree in American history and social movement studies. She wrote this piece, "Maximum Feasible Participation," for her summer independent study on women and welfare reform in the twentieth century with Dr. Julia Rabig.