Cogan Alumni Fellows
Cogan Alumni Fellowship — March 4 & 5, 2013
Martha Mihalick '01
- Monday, March 4 at 4:30 p.m. - Cogan Talk in the Stern Center Great Room
— Martha Mihalick ’01 "Writing in the Margins: A Children's Book Editor in the Big City"
- Tuesday, March 5 at noon - Cogan Workshop
— The Publishing Process in East College 405
Martha Mihalick '01 is an editor at Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers. In more than a decade there, she has worked with many of the most acclaimed authors and artists in children's books. She acquires and edits books for children and teens of all ages, from picture books to young adult novels. Her books include the William C. Morris Award and Andre Norton Award finalist The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson, as well as its sequel The Crown of Embers; Breathe by Sarah Crossan; Entwined by Heather Dixon; Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin; and the Last Apprentice series, among others. She was also the founding chair of the Children's Book Council's Early Career Committee shortly after entering the publishing industry. She speaks regularly across the country at conferences for the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. You can find her on twitter as @marthamihalick and her website is marthamihalick.com.
Martha graduated magna cum laude as an English major in 2001. She was head consultant at the Writing Center by her senior year, editor of The Bonfire student literary magazine, co-president of the Mermaid Players, and an active member of the Belles Lettres Literary Society. She also received a certificate from the University of Denver Publishing Institute in 2001. She now lives in Brooklyn, NY.
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Spring 2012 - Carrie Scott Lazarus ’01 Currently
curator and director of the SHOWstudio Shop in London, Carrie Scott has
been working in the art world for almost a decade. Before starting her
own company - CS&P Art Advisory (http://www.carrie-scott.com/) - in
2009, where she develops Modern and Contemporary art collections as
well as curates exhibitions worldwide, Scott was Director of Nicole
Klagbsrun Gallery, New York, and James Harris Gallery in Seattle before
that. In addition
to her curatorial experience, Scott is also an arts writer with a
Master's in Art History. Her talk was entitled “Not Just A Titular Hero: How an English department taught me to think.”
Spring 2010 - Frank James '79—with both a stellar career as a print journalist (The Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune)
and a pioneering position in new media (as the co-founder of NPR's blog
"The Two-Way")—is uniquely qualified to speak about the changes in
media, American culture and the skills he learned as a Dickinson English
majors. He is also a member of the college's Board of Trustees. His talk was entitled "There's A Place for Us: An English Major's Journey from Old to New Media." Please visit the web site noting Frank James's visit to Dickinson.
Spring 2009 - Susan Stewart '73, well-known poet and cultural critic. She currently is the Annan Professor of English at Princeton University. Talk: "Learning to Write: A Discussion with Susan Stewart." Please visit the web site regarding Susan Stewart's visit to Dickinson.
Spring 2008 - Christopher Kennedy '85, sports writer/editor for The Republican, Springfield, Massachusetts. Talk: "Local Today, Pro Tomorrow" and Brock Clarke '90, associate professor of English, University of Cincinnati and award-winning author. Talk: "It's Better to Write About An Arsonist Than Be One, and Other Lessons I Learned at Dickinson"
Spring 2007 - Nicole Dispenziere-Pitcher ’99, a caseworker within the special educational needs team in East Sussex, England. Talk: "Living, Learning and Working Abroad: A Graduate's Experience" and Alison Taylor ’76, deputy general counsel for the state of Pennsylvania under the Governor's Office. Talk: "Life's Opportunities"
Spring 2006 - Kerry Folan ’01, editor of Women in the Arts magazine. Talk: "Great Expectations or Bleak House: What Can You Expect Your First Five Years After Dickinson?" and Ron Simon ’73, curator of television at The Museum of Television & Radio. Talk: "From Shakespeare to The Simpsons : My Journey In Becoming a Television Curator"
Spring 2005 - Emily Wylie ’94, teacher at The Young Women's Leadership School in East Harlem. Talk: "Small Schoolteacher, Big Voice: Teaching and Writing in East Harlem" and Scott Barcalow ’92, mortgage banker at Bank America Corporation. Talk: "At Swim, One English Major: or Untie-ing the Corporation Man"
Spring 2004 - Eleanor Grant ’82, screenwriter at The National Geographic Society and David Snider ’93, school programs manager at The Shakespeare Theatre
Spring 2003 - Laura Seeff ’87, an epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and John Balitis ’84, attorney with Fennemore Craig
Spring 2002 - Mara Nicastro '88, assistant headmaster at the Nora School and Byron Quann '61, president and CEO of the Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts
Spring 2001 - Christina Smith '91, senior marketing manager for Houghton Mifflin Publishers and David Brower '89, news anchor and correspondent for National Public Radio at WUNC
Spring 2000 - Suzanne Maas '72, director of the Boston Globe Charitable Foundation and Christine Nelson '85, curator of literary and historical manuscripts at the Pierpont Morgan Library