We’re just about five weeks away from the MAPH Reunion. To help you all get a sense of the great panels that we’re having during the afternoon, we’ll be posting bios of the MAPH alums who will be speaking in the afternoon. Today, it’s two alums on our Writers Panel. Remember that festivities kick off with the Director, Preceptor, and Staff Lunch–open to all alumni–at 11:30, and will continue with the “Alumni in Unexpected Places” and then “MAPH Alumni Writers” panel in the afternoon. In the evening, we’ll be headed to English Pub and Restaurant for a party hosted by the Alumni Relations and Development office.
Early registration has been extended! You can still sign up for all the events for only $10.
Hilary Vaughn Dobel, MAPH '09
Hilary Vaughn Dobel (MAPH 09) is a native of Seattle, Washington. She holds a BA from Princeton University, an MA in Humanities from University of Chicago, and is currently an MFA candidate in poetry and translation from Columbia University. She lives in New York City, where she runs the Writer-Translator reading series and works as an editorial intern at Parnassus: Poetry in Review. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Contrary, The Spoon River Poetry Review, and Lana Turner. Although she spends most of her time on the coasts these days, she’s thrilled to be back in Hyde Park to talk poems.
Michael Washburn, MAPH '02
Michael Washburn (MAPH ’02) is a Kentucky-born, New York-based writer. In the nearly ten years since his MAPH days, Michael has worked in the public humanities, curating programs designed to facilitate public discourse on politics, history, music, and literature. He most recently served as assistant director of the Center for the Humanities at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. Prior to joining CUNY he was the assistant director of The University of Chicago’s Cultural Policy Center, and before that he was charged with faxing copies and making copies of faxes at the Illinois Humanities Council. He recently gave up all of the wealth, influence, and prestige offered by his humanities career for the greater glory of the freelance life. Michael writes for The New York Times Book Review, The NYT Travel Section, The Washington Post, NPR, Bookforum, The Los Angeles Review of Books, The Guardian, and numerous other publications. He is a frequent contributor to The Boston Globe. Michael is currently a research associate with the Center for Place, Culture, and Politics at the Graduate Center, CUNY, and this fall he will begin teaching on book culture and the future of criticism at NYU. Michael was recently named the 2011-2012 Nonfiction Fellow at the CUNY Writers’ Institute. He’s currently procrastinating – heroically, though, very heroically – on his first book.
MAPH Alums from the inaugural Class of 1997 have been checking in over the past week. I’ll be talking with Adam Richardson, based in San Francisco–where he is Strategy Director for Marketing at Frog Design–tomorrow. In what must be a copious amount of spare time, Adam blogs about design at Amphibious Blog. This very morning, he published a short piece on Failure (no matter what you might hear, Failure is Failure)on the Harvard Business Review‘s blog. And in the video above, find him talking about “misfits,” Space Tourism, and software at the 2010 TEDx Taipei.
(Oh, just by the way, he also wrote Innovation X: Why a Company’s Toughest Problems are Also its Greatest Advantages).
It kind of makes me want to go for a run, or do some pushups, or at least think in a sustained way about something for more than five seconds.
Archaia’s beautiful edition of Andrew Rostan’s (MAPH 2010) “An Elegy for Amelia Johnson”
A quick Google search for Andrew Rostan will produce a video of the 2010 MAPH alum dominating on Jeopardy! in 2007. But his run as one of the top 10 all-time winningest contestants is almost old news as of March 8, 2011. Today’s the day that Rostan’s anticipated (and already well reviewed) graphic novel An Elegy for Amelia Johnsonhits shelves.
Rostan is spending his AfterMAPH time working on a project that tracks the life of Anthony Trollope. He is also employed, and working in the Rag and Bone shop of the heart in his spare time.
We at AfterMAPH congratulate Andrew on the publication of his first Graphic Novel, and look forward to more in the future.
MAPH Celebrates the graduation of its FIFTEENTH CLASS this year on Friday, June 3. Consider the following:
In 1996, Alanis Morissette won a Grammy Award in the category of Best Record for Jagged Little Pill. Fargo was nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards (but lost, much to the dismay of Elaine Benes, to The English Patient). President Bill Clinton said the following in his State of the Union Address:
Our economy is the healthiest it has been in three decades. We have the lowest combined rates of unemployment and inflation in 27 years. We have created nearly 8 million new jobs, over a million of them in basic industries, like construction and automobiles. America is selling more cars than Japan for the first time since the 1970s. And for three years in a row, we have had a record number of new businesses started in our country.
Contrary Magazine was named in the Writer’s Digest list of the Top 50 Online Literary Journals in their new November-December issue. Contrary is the online literary journal founded by MAPH alumni in 20o3 and many MAPH alumni have been published in Contrary.
Who could resist this image from childhood? Joking aside, we are proud of everyone involved at Contrary!
MAPH writing advisor, Jeff McMahon, is quoted in the article. Congratulations to Contrary and all involved in editing and creating the online journal. Be sure to check out the article in Writer’s Digest on newsstands.
If you haven’t read Contrary in a while be sure look at the current literary offerings online. If you are interested in submissions to Contrary you can look at the Submissions page.
This news is a bit delayed, but is nonetheless exciting. Kiki Petrosino, poet and 2004 MAPH graduate, published her first book of poetry, Ford Red Border, in 2009. Fort Red Border has been reviewed in The Believer and Rain Taxi, and was shortlisted for the Forward Book of the Year Award in Poetry. Most recently, the Poetry Foundation has honored Petrosino’s book by including it in a list of the top five small press books of poems. You can read the article here. Petrosino has also been profiled in Poets and Writers as part of the 2010 Dubut Poets Roundup. She currently teaches creative writing and literature at the University of Louisville.
MAPH Alum Simon Strikeback just premiered a new documentary at the Reeling Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. Here, Simon tells us about the project!
On November 11th, the full-length documentary RIOT ACTS: Flaunting Gender Deviance in Music Performance premiered at Reeling Gay & Lesbian Film Festival in Chicago. The film was directed by local filmmaker Madsen Minax and produced by MAPH alum Simon Strikeback (’09), working together under the name Actor Slash Model. The film was shown at the Landmark Theater to a crowd of 200 friends, family, and film affectionados.
RIOT ACTS is a transfabulous rockumentary representing the whole lives of transgender and gender variant musicians, through a first-hand perspective of the intersections between gender performance and stage performance. This feature-length documentary highlights issues crucial to interviewees such as songwriting, voice presentation, presenting a body/bodies on stage, audiences, venues, the idea of the spectacle, media representation, performing gender and theories about “drag,” and the personal as political. The film culminates with the notion that identities and bodies are undeniably political, and that the trans experience isn’t always one of tragedy, but one of creativity and joy.
The individuals and bands featured in the film are celebrated as talented, inspiring, sexy, critical and fully three-dimensional in a manner that purposefully counters mainstream (straight and gay) media that portray trans people as either isolated lonely victims, or psychopathic perpetrators. The film is created from an insider’s view – as transpeople ourselves, Actor Slash Model seeks to capture trans and gender variant identities as fully and complexly as they are embodied and performed, both on and off the stage.
Strikeback and Minax are set to travel with the film over the next year, beginning with screenings at UMass – Amherst, Harvard, University of Maryland, and Creative Alliance Baltimore. The duo is looking for more university screening events, submitting the film to national and international film festivals, and dreams of two free tickets to New Zealand for the OutTakes film festival next spring.
Check it out – IBR (Income-Based Repayment) is a new Direct Student Loan repayment option that’s worth at least a once-over. Anyone who qualifies for, and enrolls in IBR (through their lender) will be assessed a monthly payment that – for all save those in the highest income brackets (watch out humanities grads!) – will not be more than 10% of their income, and could be as low as zero dollars. Even cooler, whatever debt is left over after twenty-five years of repayment will be forgiven. And the coolest yet, after ten years of repayment whilst working in government, service, or nonprofit jobs, that forgiveness could come even sooner. If this sounds enticing to you or someone you love, bounce over to this site at IBRinfo.org, run by the nonprofit of the same name, to learn more. Plus, the cartoon is kind of cute, if low-rent.
Last week, alumni poets gathered in Classics 110 to read to a room of current and former students, through the Association of Writers and Writing Programs conference. The four poets who spoke included two MAPH’ers, Shaindel Beers ’00 and Kiki Petrosino ’04, both reading from forthcoming or recently published collections. Check out The University of Chicago Magazine’s blog entry for more details, and congratulations to our alumnae poets!