Thea Calitri-Martin graduated from Skidmore College with a B.A. in Theater-Literature, 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.
Howard Carter enrolled in the Dartmouth MALS program in the Fall of 2014. He has received Bachelor of Arts degrees from Boston University and Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, summa cum laude. Howard is a retired Special Warfare Operator Master Chief who served in the Navy for 22 years. He is a veteran of the Bosnia and Kosovo campaign, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation Enduring Freedom-Trans Sahara.
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.
Elizabeth Dunphey studied at NYU and recieved a B.A. in Irish Literature and Art. She is an alumna who studied creative writing at MALS in 2006. She has worked as an online book critic, and a fashion writer for Joonbug magazine. She is a painter and works in the acrylic and charcoal medium. Dunphey currently lives in Queens and volunteers at the Park Slope library in Brooklyn.
Mary Ann R. Hunt grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History and Classical Civilizations from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She has worked at Dartmouth College for 14 years; the last seven have been in the Alumni Relations office managing the group travel program. Just after college, she lived in Montreal for a couple years where she acquired a passion for ethnic foods and cooking which has been further fueled by the travel and educational programming responsibilities of her current job. As a MALS student she is concentrating on creative writing, with a focus on travel writing.
Robert A. Kaufman graduated from Brown and served as a Fulbright Scholar in Oslo. His writing has been featured in Blaire magazine, Extract(s), FD magazine, and Fjords Review. Robert is currently a MALS student at Dartmouth studying poetry.
Kelley Rossier has a background in theatre and has been an advocate for break- ing down cultural barriers through the arts. She has written full-length plays with this goal in mind. While pursuing an M.F.A. in creative nonfiction at Vermont College of Fine Arts, which she received in 2013, Rossier traveled to Slovenia and was inspired by the rich literary landscape. This led her to apply for a Fulbright in Creative Writing during her time as a MALS student. She was awarded a Fulbright in the spring of 2015 and will be traveling to Ljubljana in the fall to complete her collection of lyric essays.
Vanessa Qing Zhao graduated in 2013 from Nankai University in China with a B.A. in Mass Media, Broadcasting, and Journalism. She is interested in screen cultures, including films, music videos, and many other media products. She works at the Hopkins Center for the Arts and frequently goes to film screenings. Being able to speak Chinese, English, and Japanese, and having made her trajectory from the East to the West, she is also interested in multilingual and multicultural communication. In a combination of her interests, her research in the MALS program has focused on the media's influences on people's cultural perception.