Cogan Alumni Fellows

Chris Maier speaks to a group of students

Chris Maier '99 talks about his narrative at this spring's Cogan Alumni Fellowship.

Spring 2014 - Chris Maier ’99 has worked as a writer of various shades for more than 15 years. He began his career as the staff writer for Dickinson Magazine and has since co-written nearly two dozen guidebooks for the Princeton Review, taught college-level composition and creative writing courses, co-founded a boutique design agency, and, most recently, signed on as a creative director at 50,000feet, a national creative agency. His publications include short stories, creative nonfiction, and journalism. He started the literary/arts magazine, Ninth Letter, and served as the founding editor of the online magazine Smile Politely. He holds a BA in English from Dickinson College and an MFA in fiction writing from the University of Illinois. Chris presented his talk on March 3 entitled "The Other Story: What Your Resume Won't Reveal."

Spring 2013 - 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's talk was titled "Writing in the Margins: A Children's Book Editor in the Big City." Be sure to read the article about Martha in the Dickinson Magazine.

Spring 2012 - Carrie Scott Lazarus ’01 is currently curator and director of the SHOWstudio Shop in London. She has been working in the art world for almost a decade. Before starting her own company CS&P Art Advisory in 2009, where she develops Modern and Contemporary art collections as well as curates exhibitions worldwide. Scott was director of  the Nicole Klagbsrun Gallery in New York, and the James Harris Gallery in Seattle previously. In addition to her curatorial experience, Scott also is an arts writer with a Master's in art history. Her talk was titled Not Just A Titular Hero: How an English department taught me to think.”

Spring 2010 - Frank James '79, who has had 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 major. He also is a member of the college's Board of Trustees. His talk was titled "There's A Place for Us: An English Major's Journey from Old to New Media." Please visit the website noting Frank James's visit to Dickinson.

Spring 2009 - Susan Stewart '73, well-known poet and cultural critic,is currently the Annan Professor of English at Princeton University. She gave the talk, "Learning to Write: A Discussion with Susan Stewart."

Spring 2008 - Christopher Kennedy '85, sports writer/editor for The Republican, Springfield, Mass. gave the talk, "Local Today, Pro Tomorrow" and Brock Clarke '90, associate professor of English, University of Cincinnati, and award-winning author gave the 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 Commonwealth of Pennsylvania under the governor's office gave the 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.