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Cooper Casale (BA 2017) graduated with a Bachelor’s in English literature with a concentration in poetics in the spring of 2017. After graduation, Cooper enrolled at Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville, GA in order to pursue a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing with an emphasis in poetry. As a teaching fellow at Georgia College, he teaches creative writing and composition classes. Now in his second year of his MFA, he has had poems and essays published in The Chattahoochee ReviewThe American Journal of PoetryNew South JournalChiron Review, and DMQ Review.

Lydia Craig (BA 2011) is a fourth year Ph.D. candidate (ABD) in Loyola University Chicago’s Victorian Studies program, writing a dissertation project that investigates depictions of social climbers in Victorian novels by Dickens and other authors. Besides having co-founded the Loyola University Chicago Victorian Society (LUCVS) and annual day conference in 2016, she serves as co-chair of the Dickens Society’s Communications Committee and is on the organizing board for the 2020 London conference. Recently she launched a DS YouTube account, featuring interviews with leading Dickens scholars. She also recently published two articles in 2018, “Tweeting Tippins: Using Digital Media to Recreate Our Mutual Friend’s Serialization” (The Dickens Quarterly) and “The Devastating Impact of Lord Wharton’s Bible Charity in Wuthering Heights” (Victorians Journal). Details about ongoing projects can be viewed on her website.

Anne Fitten Glenn (MA 1990) recently published her second nonfiction book, Western North Carolina Beer: A Mountain Brew History. It's a second volume to her previous work, Asheville Beer: An Intoxicating History of Mountain Brewing. Glenn writes for a variety of magazines and trade publications of the subject of beer as well as consulting to craft breweries in the area of communications.

Lew Klatt
Lew Klatt, Photo from

Lew Klatt (PhD 2003) received the Presidential Award for Exemplary Teaching, the highest honor given to a faculty member at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where Dr. Klatt has taught in the English Department since 2004. You can read of this award here.

Ryan Perry, known professionally as R. D. Perry (BA 2003; MA 2009) has recently accepted a job as Assistant Professor of English and Literary Studies at the University of Denver. Ryan received his BA from UGA in 2003 and his MA in 2009, and received his PhD in English and Medieval Studies with a Designated Emphasis in Critical Theory from the University of California, Berkeley in 2016. He has published articles on late medieval literature and critical theory in Literature and MedicineStudies in the Age of ChaucerYearbook of Langland Studies, Speculum, and Poetics Today. He is currently writing two books, one titled Chaucerian Coteries and the Making of the English Literary Tradition and one titled The Complete Canterbury Tales

Polly Reid (PhD 2014) recently published her first book: Reading by Design: The Visual Interface of the English Renaissance Book (University of Toronto Press, 2019). Reading by Design “argues that the visual crisis that suffuses early modern English thought also imbricates sixteenth and seventeenth century print materials. These vision troubles in turn influenced how early modern books and readers interacted. Platonic, Aristotelian, and empirical models of sight vied with one another in a culture where vision had a tenuous relationship to external reality. Through situating early modern books’ design elements, such as woodcuts, engravings, page borders, and layouts, as important rhetorical components of the text, Reading by Design articulates how the early modern book responded to epistemological crises of perception and competing theories of sight” (From the publisher’s website).

Christy Stillwell
Christy Stillwell at The Country Bookshop, Southern Pines, North Carolina

Christy Stillwell (BA 1991) went on to earn an MA in Literature from the University of Wyoming and an MFA from the Warren Wilson College Program for Writers. She is the author of The Wolf Tone (2019, Elixir Press) and the poetry chapbook Amnesia (2008, Finishing Line Press). She is the winner of the Elixir Press Fiction Prize, a finalist in the Glimmer Train Short Story Contest and the recipient of a Pushcart Prize nomination, a residency at Vermont Studio Center and a Wyoming Arts Council Literary Fellowship. She and her work have been featured in and on Salon; Writer's Digest; Hypertext; Women Writers, Women('s) Books; the Bozeman Daily Chronicle; Pub(lishing) Crawl; The Quivering Pen; Aspen Public Radio; Montana Public Radio; Write the Book podcast; Pearl; River City; Sonora Review; Sou’wester; The Massachusetts Review; Literary Mama; and The Tishman Review. She now lives in Bozeman, MT with her family.

KC Trommer (BA 1996) has a debut poetry collection, We Call Them Beautiful, forthcoming from Diode Editions in March 2019. She is also the curator of the online audio project QUEENSBOUND, which launched in the fall of 2018. She serves as the Assistant Director of Communications at NYU Gallatin.

Haley and Trebek
Alex Trebek and Haley Zapal

Haley Zapal (BA 2005) appeared on Jeopardy in January of 2019. She writes of her experience: “As a 2005 grad from Park Hall, my English major days definitely helped prepare me for Jeopardy. I snagged several rebound questions that I thought were slam dunks. I remember one person thinking that John Knowles' A Separate Peace was Dead Poets Society.  In another instance, the same competitor confused Madeline Miller's titular hero "Circe" with Medusa. Each time I buzzed in correctly, I did a secret fist pump under the podium. The coup de grace, though, was Final Jeopardy on my second (and last) day. I'd decided to wager it all after seeing the category was going to be "20th Century Literature." The fates were with me, it seems, as the clue revealed itself: "The writing of this novel, the author's first with no Canadian setting, appropriately began in 1984." I didn't even hesitate a second. One of the great things I've carried with me since my time as a liberal arts major at UGA has been my love of learning, reading, and discussing. I'm in several active book clubs, and just last year we decided to reread Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale. So it was with a smile that I scribbled the title down quickly. I didn't win my second game, but getting to answer that question correctly in front of my friends, family, and on national TV was incredible."  

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