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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 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 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