Simpatico Studios, founded and run by Jill Kidulic Whiskeyman ’07 and Steve Whisleyman ’09, both double majors in English and digital communications, was named a 2019 Best Branding Agency by DesignRush. Simpatico Studies, a B2B marketing agency and small business marketing agency specializing in brand identity design, web design and development, and integrated marketing communications, was also named fourth in the state among Best Logo Design Companies and fifth in Pennsylvania among Best Graphic Design and Print Design Companies. Brxton Kocher ’17 is senior account planner and producer at Simpatico.
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Director of Creative Writing and Assistant Professor of English Holly M. Wendt presented “One Pilgrim’s Progress on the Camino de Santiago” at the 2019 Casper College Humanities Festival in Wyoming in February. The Camino de Santiago, the Way of Saint James, is an ancient pilgrimage route leading to Santiago de Compostela. Popularized in the Middle Ages, the Camino still attracts pilgrims for reasons both sacred and secular from all over the world. In their presentation, Wendt described the rich tapestry of history, art, and cultural exchange that underpins the Camino de Santiago and reflected on their personal experiences as pilgrim, scholar, and writer.
On Oct. 20, at the Conversations & Connections Conference at Chatham University in Pittsburgh, Dr. Holly M. Wendt, assistant professor of English and director of creative writing, facilitated an interactive workshop for conference attendees. In “What Do You Make of It?: History & Short Forms,” participants generated poems, micro-essays, or flash fictions through engaging with historical artifacts ranging from daguerreotypes to advertisements. A tutorial for the workshop is available here.
Rachel Duong ’18, English and Spanish, and Shaquel Marshall ’18, global studies and sociology, won prizes at “The Examined Life: An Undergraduate Conference in the Liberal Arts,” at St. Francis University. Duong won Best Paper in Media Theory for “Social Protests in the Age of the #Hashtag,” and Marshall won honorable mention in Media Theory for “From the Black Panthers to Black Lives Matter: Social Media and Social Movements.”
Inspired by Chloe McCarty ’18 and Noah Brady ’19, Dr. Gary Grieve-Carlson, professor of English, wrote “Telling the Truth about History: Tim O’Brien’s In the Lake of the Woods,” which was published in the most recent issue of the journal War, Literature & the Arts (Vol. 29, 2017), an online journal produced at the U.S. Air Force Academy. Dr. Grieve-Carlson’s work grew out of a First-Year Experience he taught in 2015 in which the class read O’Brien’s novel. McCarty and Brady’s essays and thoughtful questions prompted Dr. Grieve-Carlson to write this essay.
LVC is well known for student-faculty collaborations that lead to presentations and publications. However, two current students – Paige Bryson (English and business administration) and Rachael Speck (English) – took the next step by writing “Navigating Undergraduate Publications,” which was recently published on “Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies.” The writers created a list of college literary journals, including LVC’s own Green Blotter, that welcome student submissions. Bryson is managing editor for Green Blotter, and Speck is an assistant poetry editor for the long-running annual publication.
Dr. Holly M. Wendt, assistant professor of English, presented at the annual Council on International Education Exchange (CIEE) Conference in Austin, Texas, as part of the panel “Faculty Development: Bringing it Back to Campus” on Nov. 11. Dr. Wendt highlighted the ways in which they’ve used their experience as a participant in a CIEE International Faculty Development Seminar focused on the Camino de Santiago, a medieval pilgrimage route in Spain, to enrich their First Year Experience course, “Get Medieval On It.” The seminar, titled “Modern Debates Along an Ancient Way,” considered the role of the Camino de Santiago in medieval and modern literature, economics, faith, and visual culture.
Dr. Phylis Dryden, professor emerita of English, received an honorable mention in the 2017 Able Muse Write Prize (for Poetry & Fiction) competition. Dr. Dyden’s piece, “Woman-with-Bump-on-Her-Nose,” presents a whimsical view of her Iroquois ancestry. She wa one of just two authors to receive this distinction.
Dr. Cathy Romagnolo’s essay, “Narrative Disidentification: Beginnings in Toni Morrison’s Song of Solomon,” was published as the third chapter in a recent collection published by The Ohio State University Press. Dr. Romagnolo, chair and professor of English, had her work published in Narrative, Race, and Ethnicity in the United States, which was edited by James J. Donahue, Jennifer Ann Ho, and Shaun Morgan.
Adam Tavel ’03, professor of English at Wor-Wic Community College, returned to his undergraduate alma mater as the second annual writer-in-residence in LVC’s visiting writers’ series, “Writing: A Life.” Sponsored by the English Department, Tavel spent a week on campus meeting with students one-on-one to discuss their work, visiting creative writing classes, delivering a reading of his work, and presenting as part of the Colloquium.
Regarding Tavel’s visit, senior English major Jackie Chicalese said, “The opportunity to meet one-on-one with Adam Tavel and discuss my work was incredibly beneficial, as I was able to receive unique advice and encouragement from a knowledgeable and award-winning poet. As a mentor, Adam was insightful and sincere, and offered his personal experiences and support to assist in preparing me for a transition from undergraduate writing to graduate.”
Tavel has written three books of poetry, including the forthcoming Catafalque, which won the 2017 Richard Wilbur Book Award, and The Fawn Abyss. His first collection, Plash and Levitation, published by the University of Alaska Press, won the Permafrost Book Prize.
“Writing: A Life” is supported by a President’s Innovation Fund grant.