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Featured Alum Amelia Maggio ’17

Featured Alum Amelia Maggio ’17
When Amelia Maggio ’17 visited Bard as part of her Immediate Decision application, she discovered a place that “was thick with conversations longing to be had.” From her four years at the college, some particular highlights stand out: brewing with Annandale Ales, relishing the history and pageantry of Christopher Gibbs’s introductory course on opera, learning about the history and practice of the highland bagpipes while studying abroad in Glasgow. “I firmly believe the greatest benefit of a liberal arts education is in the unification of seemingly separate ideas for the sake of becoming a better practitioner of one’s own passions,” she says.
     The greatest highlight was Amelia’s crafting of her senior project, which won the prestigious Wilton Moore Lockwood Prize. Sleeping Giants is a collection of stories that explore the relationship between humans and nonhuman others, whether objects or animals. Throughout the collection, human characters encounter and are transformed by an elk, a dog, a pair of dolphins, crabs, and a painting. The title story story was accepted by American Short Fiction, thanks to the advocacy of Amelia’s senior project advisor, Bard writer in residence Benjamin Hale. Amelia found the publication process enriching: “The editor I have been in contact with is as eloquent, pointed, and passionate regarding my piece as one could ever hope.”
     Amelia’s writing process revolves around research, which she finds “translates into stranger, more pointed, captivating writing, and is in itself a delight.” But her process is also continually evolving. “I have historically written in manic sessions that span one to three days. In my freshman and sophomore years, I wrote most stories solely in my head prior to sitting and writing a complete draft. It was easy to imagine stories that had scenes linked closely in time and space. When I wrote ‘Sleeping Giants,’ I had to change that, because the story is long and plays heavily on associative memory. I wrote ‘Sleeping Giants’ mostly in public, which was new for me as well. Being in a crowded space is not necessary for me, but in the early stages of writing, it helps to have the responsibility one feels writing in a coffee shop. When you sit there, hogging a whole table with your laptop—or notepad, as I have become more inclined to handwriting my drafts in their earliest stages—you better damn well be using the space well. Besides, eavesdropping helps develop one’s ability to write dialogue, and sometimes presents some stories worth stealing.”
    Following her graduation from Bard, Amelia started her career as a fishmonger in Maine. The choice wasn’t as random as one might think. “I wanted to engage with an industry that commercially represents the state,” she says. That time turned out to be fruitful in many ways. Aside from learning to smoke salmon and handle lobsters, Ameliatook away experiences that informed her writing. “ I came home with a filthy sweatshirt and the memory of a human or non-human interaction that inspired my fiction.”
    In the fall of 2018, Amelia will start an MFA at Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She describes her decision to apply as one that was more about the school itself than the MFA: “Iowa is where I wanted to be, and that want came before the more generalized desire to attend a graduate program.” As she heads off, Amelia is looking forward to having the time and space to write, and she is eager to once again be surrounded by the “generous brilliance” of professors much like the ones who impacted her so profoundly at Bard.

Featured Alum Johanna Costigan ’17

Featured Alum Johanna Costigan ’17
In the fall of 2017, Johanna Costigan ’17 departs for NYU Shanghai as the honored recipient of a ten-month Writing and Speaking fellowship, through which she will support undergraduates in their writing endeavors while working on her own collection of short stories. At the conclusion of her fellowship, Johanna plans to earn a certificate in Chinese Studies from the Hopkins-Nanjing Center, deepening her understanding of China and strengthening her ability to achieve her long-established goal of writing meaningfully about the country to which she devoted intensive study during her time at Bard.
     Johanna chose Bard expressly because it would allow her to pursue her interests in Asian Studies and Written Arts. That she chose to do so in the most ambitious form possible—completing two separate senior projects as a double major—is no surprise. 
     “When I arrived at Bard, I set out to take intensive Chinese and my first poetry workshop,” Johanna explains. “That semester’s coursework made it clear to me that I didn’t want to have to choose one of these subjects. Though there were inevitable connections between Chinese and Written Arts, I preferred to keep the subjects largely separate, rather than limiting my subject matter or my methodology in either subject by writing one joint project.”
     Asian Studies led Johanna to one of her most valuable experiences at Bard: studying abroad in Qingdao, China. “Of course I was able to develop my Chinese language skills, but I also gained a kind of independence that is only attainable when given the chance to fully depart from one’s comfort zone,” she reflects.
     Johanna made sure to leave her comfort zone for Written Arts as well, crafting a demanding senior project that spans the genres of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. She says that her “approach to each genre is distinct, though effort and dedication are the underlying forces that makes writing consistently possible. I also read as much as I can. Exposure to new authors and a focus on the art form can only improve my ability to contribute to it.”
     Guiding her in this endeavor was her project advisor, novelist and Bard writer in residence Benjamin Hale. Johanna depicts the project advising relationship as “indispensable. I felt a sense of accountability without harsh pressure. With Ben’s help, I understood that my natural inclination—writing a lot very quickly—has limitations when it comes to producing a long, finished work that I can be proud of. Deep and directed editing became my focus, and though I still have a long way to go, I know I made significant progress over the course of the project.”
     If Johanna has a long way to go, it’s because she mapped out for herself, from the very beginning, a vast and rewarding trek for her writer’s journey. As for how she’s spending the summer between graduation and Shanghai—relaxing, indulging? Of course not. “I am working on a collection of poems,” says Johanna.

Featured Alum Rosa Schwartzburg ’16

Featured Alum Rosa Schwartzburg ’16
In September 2017, Rosa Schwartzburg ’16 departs for the Netherlands on a teaching Fulbright. In addition to teaching English to secondary school students in the city of Ede, near Utrecht, Rosa is commuting to the Hogeschool van Amsterdam. There, she’ll conduct research she hopes will help her to position the history of Sephardic Jewry in the Dutch highlands as a lens through which to view the cultivation of identity and the self in a prolonged state of marginality and diaspora.
     Rosa says, “It is a good step toward my future career goal: becoming a chill gender studies professor who works to make academia more accessible for everyone. I understand social theory as a wondrous empathy tool—it allows us to understand how power dynamics impact the lives of others and to recognize someone else’s lived experience in ways we’d otherwise be unable to do.”
     Rosa’s interest in the dynamics of both empathy and power began at Bard, and culminated in her senior project, Fat, winner of the Milton Moore Lockwood Prize. A theoretical and sociological investigation into the stigma of adiposity, Fat brought critical writing (obsessive textual analysis, as Rosa describes it) and works of original short fiction together in a process that was “exhilarating, thrilling, and slightly manic.”
     Studies of theoreticians like Bourdieu, Foucault, Butler, Bordo, Fanon, and Arendt helped Rosa perceive the ways in which the same everyday social mechanisms drive both power and shame, impacting “even my conception of myself and my body. Bard was the place where I woke up,” Rosa says.
     She woke up to activism, serving as student liaison for Title IX and advocating for sexual health education. She woke up to how funny she is, joining the comedy club. Since graduating, she’s been writing and performing comedy around New York City. “I write weird comedy articles for Reductress, the Hairpin, College Humor, and the Haven. I’ve learned that professional writing (and certainly comedy writing) is a numbers game: the more you pitch, the more your pieces get picked up.”
     Postcollege internships at magazines like Reductress and BUST led to her current work with PEN America’s Artist-at-Risk Connection, which channels legal and financial resources to artists who face incarceration, deportation, or violence. “It’s hard, detail-oriented work,” says Rosa, “both fulfilling and edifying.”
     Rosa remembers that “Bard was the first place where I felt truly seen.” Bard, and the rest of the world, will be seeing much more of her.

Featured Alum Julie Jarema ’16

Featured Alum Julie Jarema ’16
Hailing from Des Plaines, IL, and Pembroke Pines, FL, Julie Jarema transferred to Bard from NYU in 2014, drawn by Bard’s flexible, multidisciplinary curriculum and eclectic community. She arrived intending to take a critical approach to the study of literature, but a fiction workshop with Porochista Khakpour drew her to Written Arts. Julie explains, “I’ve always enjoyed writing and illustrating stories, primarily for children. However, my senior project pushed me towards approaching writing in a more absurd, experimental way and taught me that writing for an older audience doesn’t mean that the writing has to lose its playfulness.”
     Julie’s project, The Museum, is a novel about a rootless girl whose employer, a reclusive author and the owner of an obscure museum, sends her on a scavenger hunt through Manhattan to gather artifacts for a new exhibition. As Mia’s quest draws her into spiraling mysteries of identity and artifact, the roles of the author and the reader become increasingly entangled. 
     At Bard, Julie’s interests also drew her to French, comparative literature, and the experimental humanities. In addition, during her undergraduate years she served as an editorial assistant at Bard’s literary journal Conjunctions, as an intern with Miriam Altshuler at the literary agency DeFiore & Co., and as a children’s marketing and publicity intern with Simon & Schuster. The last of these led to Simon & Schuster taking her on full-time as a children’s books associate immediately upon her graduation in 2016.

Featured Alum Naomi LaChance ’16

Featured Alum Naomi LaChance ’16
Naomi LaChance grew up in Western Massachusetts, and decided to come to Bard when she realized that the Written Arts faculty members all have active careers as writers. She arrived with a strong interest in journalism, a career she’s now pursuing full-on. However, she says, “Along the way I developed an appreciation for lots of other ideas, which I really appreciate. I majored in history as well as in Written Arts, and a lot of my favorite classes were literature classes. There’s something really satisfying about picking apart a text. History and literature are both about interpretation, which I think is really cool.” Naomi also worked for three years at the Bard Learning Commons, offering academic support to her peers.
      For Naomi’s senior project, she crafted “a nonfiction piece about media credibility. I looked at the story of the massacre at El Mozote in 1981, which was widely discredited as propaganda despite its being on the front page of the Washington Post and New York Times. (Bard professor Mark Danner finally showed it was true in the New Yorker in 1993.)” An extremely self-motivated student, Naomi completed this project while spending her last Bard semester interning at NPR in Washington, DC. “I got to write about the news, collect audio for All Things Considered and Morning Edition, and go to Tiny Desk concerts.”
     She has now parlayed that experience into freelance journalism, writing for the Intercept, Motherboard, and NPR—and in June 2016 she accepted a prestigious internship at Intercept’s DC bureau covering national security and politics.

Featured Alum Ariana Perez-Castells ’15

Ariana Perez-Castells grew up in Boston and studied at a French international school, earning her French baccalaureate in literary studies upon graduation from high school. As a Bard student, she joint majored in Written Arts and Human Rights and completed a novel in which, in the 1970s aftermath of the Chilean dictatorship, a group of women search for their disappeared loved ones in the desert of the Atacama. The winner of the Wilton Moore Lockwood Prize for distinguished creative writing, this experimental work meshes prose narratives, field notes, and even photographs and crafted documents, exploring the idea of finality in human-rights abuses, the site of the memorial, and the passing down of knowledge. After graduation, Ariana hopes to pursue innovative journalism in the field of human rights.

Featured Alum Corinna Cape ’15

In Spring 2015, Corinna Cape completed a joint senior project in Written Arts and Human Rights. Her fictional representation of the life of a twentieth-century German executioner won the Heinrich Bluecher Prize. The project has its origins in Corinna's research into the execution of the German war hero Sophie Scholl, and in her fascination with Scholl's executioner, Johann Reichhart.
     Originally from Texas, Corinna started a New York City Teaching Fellowship after graduating from Bard, allowing her to teach full-time at a public high school while earning her master's degree in education.

Featured Alum Rebecca Swanberg '14

Featured Alum Rebecca Swanberg '14
Originally from Washington State, Rebecca Swanberg decided on Bard after searching for a small liberal arts school on the east coast. Although she was an active writer throughout her teen years, Rebecca didn't intend to pursue a writing major in college. But that changed after her first Written Arts class: “I fell hard for the workshop experience,” she says.
   During her time as an undergraduate, Rebecca made the most out of Bard’s wide-ranging liberal arts curriculum. She seriously pursued Spanish, Music (classical voice), and Psychology, but ended up choosing to focus solely on Written Arts for her senior project.
   Rebecca’s senior project was a work of nonfiction about the Millbrook Hunt Club in the mid-Hudson valley. A member since her freshman year, she took on the work as a piece of journalism, spending hours conducting interviews. Now that she’s eight years in the fox hunt (she was awarded her colors last winter) Rebecca is becoming more comfortable with including herself in the stories she tells. “I ended up rewriting my whole senior project from a completely personal angle for my MFA applications,” she says.
   One of Rebecca’s most influential college experiences came when she got the opportunity to be a Writer-in-Residence with the National Park Service in California. Thanks to an internship scholarship from Bard, Rebecca was able to take a month-long unpaid residency. “That residency was a game changer for me; my first opportunity to sit alone with my thoughts rattling around in my brain and an expectation to just write.” Other pivotal experiences included an internship with Brian Lehrer (which developed from a radio internship into a personal researcher stint) and the chance to serve as Editor-in-Chief of Bard’s newspaper, The Free Press. 
   After graduating, Rebecca moved to Brooklyn and worked part-time in the service industry in order to support her writing practice. She then started teaching at a private school, eventually running the communications and music programs there. “I learned a lot about teaching,” she says, “primarily that I like to do it, and would like to try teaching people who can keep their fingers out of their nose and have a firmer grasp of capital letters.”
   As she begins her MFA at University of Montana, Rebecca looks forward to living at the bottom Mount Jumbo in a house with its own office (a far cry from the bunk bed she once shared in Brooklyn) and being surrounded by “a group of committed, thoughtful and smart readers.” She credits her former Bard professor and mentor, Susan Rogers, with delivering some of the best writing advice she’s received, which boils down to this: “ You want to write? Go experience the world.”

Featured Alum Undrea Martin ’14

Undrea Martin, Jr.'s senior project, The Nappy Lords of Uptown, set in a dangerous uptown Chicago neighborhood in the late 1990s, won the Wilton Moore Lockwood Prize for distinguished creative writing. The protagonist, Eddie, reflects on the last summer in his life where everything felt perfect.
     After graduation, Undrea began working with Right at School, a company that has partnered with several Chicago public schools to offer programs and clubs that exercise children's brains and bodies creatively. He also works as an educator; and, for Amazon Mechanical Turk, he transcribes podcasts, writes stories and reviews, and tests new websites. In his spare time, he's songwriting and singing, and always reading and writing.

Featured Alum Allie Cashel ’13

Featured Alum Allie Cashel ’13
Suffering the Silence, originally Allie Cashel's senior project, is now a full-length memoir that details her own experience with Chronic Lyme disease and shares the stories of a number of other patients from around the world. A living portrait of the disease and its patients’ struggles for recognition and treatment, Suffering the Silence: Chronic Lyme Disease in an Age of Denial will be published on September 8, 2015, by North Atlantic Books.
     Born in London and raised in Westchester, NY, Allie was diagnosed with Lyme at age seven. Now a passionate advocate for increased awareness and reformed treatment of Chronic Lyme, she is the founder of sufferingthesilence.com, an online community for people living with chronic illness, and a member of the Jr. Board of the Tick Borne Disease Alliance. In Fall 2015, she will tour the US and Europe to promote the book and raise awareness about the experiences of patients with tick-borne disease.

Senior Projects 2018

  • ​​​​Chloe Barran: Get Your Gun: The Interplay between Firearms and Femininity
  • Ana Bauer: How to Dredge a Lake
  • Allison Berghahn: Basic, an anthology of short stories
  • Erin Beuglass: A Series of Questions to Which Answers Will Not be Provided (with Included Glossary)
  • Katherine Bonnie: Three Stars Make a Fully Plumed Bird
  • Sarah Bosworth: Contact! A story about running
  • Simone Brown: Jetsam/…And?
  • Yuma Carpenter-New: KONVOLUT: I write the city
  • John Carroll: Begin Again
  • Peregrine Chase: The Golden Flake
  • Bennett Chinsena: For the intruder in my home
  • ClydaJane Dansdill: Biographical Accidents: On Injury, Tragedy, and Other Popular Sentiments of the Now
  • Sawyer Dohman: Spearfish
  • Jacob Dominus: The Jewish Suicides
  • Raina Dziuk: The Delicatessen Kids
  • Brigid Fister: Why the Sky Stays Up
  • Thomas Gelfars: Under Normal Circumstances
  • Juliet Hadid: Our Family Trees
  • Duncan Hanrahan: Glimpses
  • Elijah Jackson: A Country: A Map in 6 Towns and 35 Roads
  • Gwyneth Jones: The Telos Cycle
  • Aaron Krapf: Anecdotes
  • Mackenzie Kristofco: Horizon’s Door
  • Hannah Lomele: Coney Island Caviar
  • Benjamin Malinski: Povest: A Story
  • C Mandler: The Second Language: An Argument for the Superlative Authenticity of Poetry through the Complex Personal Relationships It Develops with Its Audiences by Way of Truth in Metaphor
  • Loreli Mojia: Plantain Stain
  • Zoe Morgan-Weinman: The Poem Will Resemble You: A Human-Computer Collaboration
  • Acacia Nunes: Undefined: Theoretical and Personal Truths of a Mixed-Race Identity
  • Emma Florence Popkin: Doylestown
  • Reet Rannik: Este es el colmo
  • LaVonne Roberts: Home: Memoir Excerpts
  • Zoe Rohrich: The Psyche behind the Performance: Portraits of Classical Musicians
  • Chloe Scala: The View from the House by the Ocean
  • Noah Schwink-Zanella: Absent Interlocutor
  • Jada Smiley: Free Running Brown Legs, winner of the Written Arts Prize
  • Henry Smythe: The Estate
  • Anna Sones: A Mere Heart of Stone: The Anti-Biography of Charles Darwin
  • Sienna Thompson: Lost Girls
  • Geneva Zane: House God, winner of the Wilton Moore Lockwood Prize

Senior Projects 2017

  • Alexander Junius Adams: Dark World It Yourself
  • Benjamin Peters Adam-Keane: Pierce
  • Terrence Suraj Arjoon: the even passage of the sun, a collection of poems centered around being, technology, histories, and memories
  • Matthew Louis Balik: Stories That I’ve Heard Before, a fictional narrative about a family home in New Jersey
  • Alejandro Alberto Castro: Salvador Fellini Presents: A Most Unfortunate Combination
  • Caridad Jacqueline Cole: The Family Arcane, a collection of interconnected short stories
  • Johanna Marie Costigan: Sins, Omissions, and Alibis, a collection of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry
  • Robert Crane: The Transformation of Material Things, a series of essays
  • Marita Carole Dancy: A Hole Cut Out from the World, a collection of poems
  • Natalie Marie Desrosiers: Toward a Black Radical Revival
  • Kristin Taylor Dishmon, How to Get Home from Here, a novella
  • Lila Taylor Dunlap: The Sea Comes Back, a collection of poetry
  • Cleo Rose Egnal: The Manor House, a novel
  • Horton Alexander Fisher: A Drunken Odyssey: Comparative Translations of Nonnus and Homer 
  • Abigail Rose Freaney: Snake Eyes, a novella
  • Madeline Gwenyth Hopfield: Rotations 
  • Kelsey L. Johnson: Slack Tide and Other Stories
  • Ethan Samuel Levenson: A Decent Second Option
  • Amelia Jane Maggio: Sleeping Giants, a collection of stories, winner of the Wilton Moore Lockwood Prize
  • Tessa Clare Menatian: Worldream, a dystopian poem in 10 parts
  • Charles Emanuil Noyes: Strange Encounters, four stories of God, silence, loss, and cougars
  • Erin Francis O’Leary: Love Poems for Photographs and Other Writings, winner of the Written Arts Prize
  • Sofia Maria Ortiz: Plus One
  • Caroline H. Petty: From Here It Is a Patch of Silver, a collection of poems exploring various forms of loss
  • Phoebe Tess Present: Undertow, a collection of short stories
  • Steven Josue Ricaurte: Dragons, Snakes, and the Men They Ate
  • Ella Kit Vandergaw Scott: Landscapes which are actually words
  • Mason Manfred Sorokof Segall: By Order of the Author, a collection of short stories
  • William Steen Strand: The Waters I Saw Drank Me In
  • Branford Hayes Walker: Spell for the Lost
  • Amelia Ernestine Walsh: Remembering Elsewhere
  • Beatrice Ann Wedd: The Cliff, a novella
  • Rachel Zhou: Carrying Clay Art on My Iron Shoulder, a translation of the author’s father’s autobiography about his childhood in Mao-era China, with additional writings

Senior Projects 2016

  • Marion Walker Albers: Shore Exchanges
  • Jeremy Albet
: Along the Way
  • Myra Basil Al-rahim
: Bloodroot, a poetry collection
  • Janet Shellcot Barrow
: Back of Beyond, a magical realist novel about John Cleeves Symmes, Jr., and the Hollow Earth
  • Nicholas Owens Binnette
: Retrieval and Revision in Plutarch’s Lives
  • Evan Nicole Brown
: The Art of Revision and Its Impact on Hemingway’s A Clean, Well-Lighted Place
  • Edward Owen Byrne: Abscissa
  • Grace Anne Caiazza
: A Looking of Another, meditations on grief and portraiture
  • John Francis Cherichello: Quant’ Sei Bell, a narrative vased on the transatlantic love letters of Gennaro Valvano and Serafina Savignano, translated by their grandson
  • Evan Corey Crommett
: The Empathy Project, part one of a novel
  • Emily Christine DeGeyter
: Trompe L’oeil, a collection of stories derived from art history
  • Tamzin Ferre Elliott: In the Dream House: An Hourlong Performance of Text and Song on Dream Houses, of Fear and Hope for the Future, on the Blueprint of Nightmares, and of Coming to Finally Feel Safe in the Home of My Mind
  • Gabriella Francisco Gonzales: Repertoires
  • Alexander Bennett Hacker: So It’s Come to This
  • Caily Begley Herbert: Unusual Lavas
  • John Joseph Istona
: Sibling(s), a novella
  • Julie Y. Jarema
: The Museum, a novel
  • Fraiser Hays Kansteiner
: Painted Palimpsests: Ancient Texts and Modern Fiction of Roman Transgression
  • Anna Rose Kornfeld: O Is for Olive
  • Naomi Rubel LaChance: It Happened at El Mozote: How Two Reporters Broke the Story That Washington Refused to Believe
Giulia Frauke Mascali: Changing Spirit
  • Elissa Jane Mastel
: I love you; please stop
  • Kevin M. McDonald
: Call Me Mouse, a novel in which a boy tells his little sister a story
  • Ian David McElfresh
: Painting the Smokestack, part one of a novel
  • Emily Frances McInerney
: U.S. Route 9, a collection of essays
  • Melanie Joy Mignucci
: Motherland, a novella
  • Alec Martin Montecalvo: The Enduring Ones
  • Maya Moverman
: Lost Women, Recently Found
  • Sophia Aida DeMayo Schwab
: A Life That We Can Live, a collection of short stories
  • Rosa Esther Schwartzburg: Fat, winner of the Wilton Moore Lockwood Prize
  • Thatcher Kupple Snyder
: The Crown of Life, a novel about Bard, framed by the myth of Narcissus
  • Kevin Paul Soto
: A Blank Space Extended: On the Poetics of Osvaldo Lamborghini
  • Sophie Patricia Strand
: Those Other Flowers to Come: A Poetry Collection, winner of the Written Arts Prize
  • Kassandra Alex Thatcher
: A Landscape of Days, a collection of prose poems on observing movement and stillness
  • Rio Viera-Newton: Other Mother
  • Tessa June Von Walderdorff: The Translator’s Parrot
  • Elijah Micah Williams: Puck, a play

Senior Projects 2015

  • Yelena Rodionovna Aleshkevich: Stomaching It, winner of the Written Arts Prize
  • Samuel Cyrenius Anderson: Free Water
  • Sophie Marion Browner: Beautiful Young Female Maniac, a collection of essays on celebrity, female suffering, and art
  • Joshua J. Calvo: Our Days of Old: Stories and Translations from the Sephardic Experience
  • Corinna R. Cape: The Life and Deaths of Johann Reichhart, winner of the Henrich Bluecher Prize
  • Francisco K. Cathcart: 81
  • Phoebe Lily Cramer: The Tomb of Desperate Women: A Collection of Contemporary Fairy Tales
  • Martha Beatrice Fearnley: Find a Woman You Loathe and Give Her Your House, three short stories
  • Nicola Maye Goldberg: Where You'll Find Me Now, a novel
  • Najm Ul Haq: Kitab, a fantasy journal whose narrator can record observations with touch
  • Nina Lottie Hemmings: A Play: When Still Boys Move
  • Theresa Quinnae Holmes: Flashback Lies and Butterflies, a collection of short stories
  • Leya Mary Kayas: Books of Contemplation: Identity through the Chronicle Form, a historical analysis of the period of the Second Crusade and a personal historical and fantastical fiction/memoir piece
  • Molly Elizabeth Livingston: Peter, Dear, a novel about Peter, who in his quest to find his mother learns what it means to become a man in a world run by women
  • Kristy Marrie Maier: If the Hog Were Just Right
  • Vladimir Pierre Nahitchevansky: In All Ways
  • Tenaya Abraham Nasser-Frederick: In Simpler Ways
  • Nicole Tina Ouzounis: Above Water, a novella about a young woman forced to confront a childhood cut short by her family's dark secrets
  • Emily Jane Parker: Still Locked Up: Prison Stories Told from Outside, a compilation of nonfiction stories based on interviews with former inmates, highlighting certain aspects of their lives surrounding incarceration, focusing primarily on reentry
  • Ariana Gabriela Perez-Castells: How to Map a Desert, winner of the Wilton Moore Lockwood Prize
  • Mila T. Samdub: Where Did You Imagine You Were Going
  • Emmett Alexander Shoemaker: It Won't Always Be Like This
  • Christina Frederica Wack: Pixelated: A Second Childhood, a short novel about indulgence, isolation, and unexpected outcomes

Senior Projects 2014

  • Tina Michele Acevedo: Chapters, a novella that investigates racism within Hispanic communities through the eyes of a 10-year-old girl
  • Sarah Anne Alpert: Underfed, Overgrown, and Other Stories, writings about people who have died or never lived at all
  • William Maxwell Anderson: Side by Side: A Critical Analysis of Family
  • Lucas Allan Baumgart: Dorsalities, a collection of poems and essays that trace the various dispositions of the human back in an imagined architecture of language
  • Joseph Alva Cotsirilos: Boys Moving, a novel
  • Linda Hara Dayan: Acting Syrian, essays on identity, diaspora, and terrible journalism
  • Nora Rose DeLigter: Stuff: Memory and the Afterlife of Objects, a collection of essays exploring memory and the power of things
  • Claire Elaine Gennari: Problematic Messages in Children’s Picture Books or Why Brave Irene Trumps Cinderella, a literary analysis of children’s picture books with a focus on the sudden and blatant disparities of gender
  • Maile Rachel Hamilton: Root: An Unpacking of the Meaning of Family, an Exploration of Lineage, and Identity
  • Evan Michael Harden: In the Company of Devotion
  • Emma P. Horwitz: The Sun Is
  • Russell Evan Kerr: Teddy Bears' Picnic, a collection of short stories
  • Hannah Khalifeh: The Syria Project
  • Jay Princeville Lawrence: Stories That Tell Themselves: A Study of What Makes Student Newspapers Tick
  • Christian Marc Letourneau: Alchemies: Experiments in Text and Performance
  • Allison Miyeh Littrell: Silence in the Shadow of the Sun, a novella
  • Loretta Isabel López: The Flower of Conejo de Luna, a novel about drug trafficking in Mexico
  • Undrea Corbett Martin, Jr.: The Nappy Lords of Uptown
  • Susannah Phillips Mathews: People, Places, Things, a collection of instants, insights, and inclinations
  • Maya Marika Osborne: [un]becoming woman, an experimental poetry piece addressing identity formation
  • Tamas Julius Panitz: Blue Sun / The Dark Webs / Recent Work
  • Ezekiel River Perkins: Dust
  • Andrew James Petersell: Colette, an experiment in interactive storytelling
  • Sophia Polin: Hunting Little Deer, a textual genealogy and narrator’s story about literary analysis, Austria, gender, and ideological disillusionment
  • Violet Elizabeth Primoff: On Being Gone: A Literary Suite, reflections on language, memory, and absence in Buenos Aires
  • Samuel Jacob Prince: Homecoming: A Collection of Stories about Growing Up in a Record Store, a Collection of Stories about Leaving Home, a Collection of Myths
  • Gabriella Catherine Ricketts: The Spaces between Us, a collection of stories
  • Stephanie van Leeuwen Saywell: An Ode in My Pocket
  • Katy Dorothy Schneider: Bat Houses for Sale: A Study of Confined Worlds, a collection of essays that explore the insularity of five small worlds, winner of the Written Arts Prize
  • Jennifer Raleigh Schwartz: Naked and Staring, a collection of pastiches and short stories
  • Allison Parcell Shyer: Metamorphose, a poetic exploration of queerness and the transformation of the body
  • Adam Jacob Skinner: White and Yellow, Dust and Tissue
  • Ella Saint Clair Snow: Kissing the Steps
  • Amy Jo Strawbridge: Alofa: A Celebration of Fa’a Samoa, a book of poems exploring mythology and geology of Samoa
  • Rebecca Kristine Swanberg: Gone to Ground, a groom's perspective of the Millbrook Hunt Club
  • Margaret Glyn Vicknair: Papersong, a graphic novella that follows a mute girl’s quest to find her missing friend
  • Julia Danielle Wallace: Who Prays for Satan?,  an exploration of the KKK’s claim on Stone Mountain, Georgia

Senior Projects 2013

  • Wyatt Anthony Bertz: Ecce Homo: Fully Loaded, a work in which Bard student skips class, goes for a ride in an old Porsche, learns the specifics of ostrich-egg trafficking, and tangles with the Hudson Valley’s most feared criminal
  • Michael Shea Brodek: A Child Drowned at Play: Revisiting Surrealism
  • Alice Ann Cashel: Suffering the Silence: Chronic Disease in an Age of Denial, a portrait of chronic Lyme disease and patient struggles for recognition and treatment
  • Matthew Sean Cosgrove: Westward of Time, a novel exploring different worlds and the threads of story that connect them
  • Carole Louise Freeman: Le Mode Juste, a novel set in the world of kiddie couture, told from the viewpoint of five women and looking at the social, cultural, and aesthetic effects and forces of fashion
  • Jennifer Emelia Ghetti: Thunder Perfect Mind, a novella and series of animations about how to carry a soul
  • David Blechman Goldberg: The Synthesis of Ecstasy,  a story of a callow chemistry student who labors to master chemical, sexual, and criminal forms of synthesis
  • Maryellen Groot: Adeline and the Black Hills, a revisionist western that personifies the meeting of Native Americans and Europeans through a modern-day Native American protagonist and a beautiful city-dwelling woman with a lack of morals but a plenitude of gorgeous stories
  • Arthur David Holland Michel: Four Stories
  • Charles Franklin Heller: Marathon, or The Last Cyberpunk
  • Zachary Lee King: New Country, a novel
  • Gilbert Weatherlow Lawson: Stopgap, a work of experimental fiction, winner of the Written Arts Prize
  • Mackenzie Lee Levitan: The Plains of a River, a biography of Manuel Altolaguirre
  • Lucy Nash Morgan: Body Camp, a collection of short stories
  • Grayson James Morley: The Mustard Seed Collection
  • Sean Caley Newcott: I'm Dead Yesterday, a collection of personal essays
  • Mariel Anna Norris, A Rumor Has Spread That I Am Alive, poetry, plays, and prose in response to Federico García Lorca
  • Aida Paige Riddle: Several Alien Sorrows
  • Nicholas Jordan Schiff: The Tarija Nerve, a novel
  • Cassandra Brotman Seltman: Sandbox, collected fictions
  • Emily Martha Shapiro: So Fast They Follow, a novella
  • Catherine Bohem Smith: The Apostate, a novella
  • William Timothy Smith: Long Night City, a novel
  • Bradley Justine Vanston: To Be Alone with Your Body, a long poem about the death of a dancer
  • Erik Michael Wallulis: Dr. Richards
  • Keziah Jane Weir: From the Air, stories