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Erin Clarke – ’98 BA English and Government is an executive editor at Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers, where she has worked since attending the Radcliffe Publishing Course at the suggestion of Professor Jack Willis in her senior seminar. Her authors include Markus Zusak, R.J. Palacio, Julia Alvarez, and Anita Lobel. (10/2013)

Casey Clabough – ’98 BA English and Government is the author of the novel “Confederado”, the travel memoir “The Warrior's Path: Reflections Along an Ancient Route”, a biography of southern writer George Garrett, and five scholarly books on southern and Appalachian writers, including “Inhabiting Contemporary Southern & Appalachian Literature: Region & Place in the 21st Century”. Clabough serves as editor of the literature section of the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities' Encyclopedia Virginia and as general editor of the literary journal James Dickey Review. His work has appeared in over seventy anthologies and magazines, including Creative Nonfiction, the Sewanee Review, and the Virginia Quarterly Review. Clabough’s awards include the Bangladesh International Literary Award, an artist's fellowship from the Brazilian Government, and several U.S.-based fellowships. He lives on a farm in Appomattox County, Virginia and serves as graduate director at Lynchburg College. His forthcoming books include an edited anthology entitled “Women of War: Selected Memoirs, Poetry, and Fiction by Virginia Women Who Lived through the Civil War”(Fall 2014), a memoir, and a creative writing textbook. (10/2013)

Anna Bilinsgsley Barron – ’79 BA English I serve as Associate Vice President for University Relations at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Va. In this capacity, I oversee all of our editorial, design, media relations, web, and marketing functions. (10/2013)

Jessica Baab Crocker – ’06 BA English After graduation, I received an MS in criminal justice from VCU in December of 2007. While pursuing that, I got a job with Circuit City's web fraud team. From there I went to the debit fraud team at Capital One and have recently switched from an investigator to a business analyst in the same department. (10/2013)

Anne Marie Pace Belair – ’87 BA English Over the past five years, I've published four books: two with Scholastic Book Clubs (now Scholastic Readings Clubs) and two with Disney-Hyperion. The second, A TEACHER FOR BEAR, was dedicated to my fabulous writing professor at W&M, Walter Wenska, along with a couple of my high school and grad school teachers. My most recent books are VAMPIRINA BALLERINA and VAMPIRINA BALLERINA HOSTS A SLEEPOVER, both illustrated by New York Times Best Selling illustrator LeUyen Pham. For a number of years I published The 4:00 Book Hook, a newsletter connecting authors and books with parents, teachers, and librarians. While The Book Hook is now defunct, I continue to connect with readers through book signings, school presentations and book festivals and of course, I'm writing new books. If any W&M English major teachers are out there and read this, I can do a limited number of free Skype visits with early elementary grades or high school creative writing classes. Just let me know if you're interested. (10/2013)

Martha Heil – ’97 BA English Martha is now working at the University of Maryland's NanoCenter, a collection of facilities on campus for designing, examining and making nanoscale materials and structures, as its science communicator. On July 5, 2013, she and her partner James Riordon welcomed their second daughter, Nicole Jean Riordon Heil. (10/2013)

Wendy McLeod Powers – ’91 BA English My husband Robin & I moved in the summer of 2011 from my hometown of San Francisco to his hometown of Richmond, Va., where I now manage The John Marshall downtown. A novel we wrote together, The Testament of Judith Barton, was recently published with good reviews: Meanwhile, I have a few other completed manuscripts gathering electronic dust on my laptop - still an English major at heart. If any alumni in Richmond want to tour The JM, I'd be glad to show you around - it's a beautiful building! (10/2013)

Amy Jarmon- ’71 AB English, ’83 EdD Higher Education, ’92 Law My current position is Assistant Dean for Academic Success Programs and Instructor at Texas Tech University School of Law. I love combining my education and law backgrounds to assist law students in their academic studies. My first career in student affairs with undergraduates (ten of those years at William and Mary) provides me with an excellent background for my current work. I use my three W&M degrees regularly. In the summers I teach a legal writing segment for our Introduction to Legal Studies course. I teach a course in European Union Law and a Comparative Law course alternate spring semesters. My book Time and Workplace Management for Lawyers was published by the American Bar Association in April 2013. The book is focused on helping attorneys with five or less years of experience to be more efficient and effective in their work. I also regularly write articles on law school study for the Student Lawyer, the magazine for the ABA's Student Division. I am one of the Co-Editors for the Law School Academic Support Blog. (10/2013)

Lauren Hill – ’12 BA English A little over a year after graduation and I'm now working in New York as Events Coordinator and Associate Publicist for Oxford University Press - which I would like to think is a direct result of my majoring in English at W&M! (10/2013)

Amy Lee Locklear Young – ’84 BA English As a full-time composition instructor at Auburn University Montgomery, recently appointed to the position of Composition Administration Coordinator. Also named as AUM Distinguished Lecturer 2013-2016. (10/2013)

Elizabeth (Eli) Wallace – ’84 BA English After graduation, Eli went to Telluride, Colorado, to start a festival magazine with her brother.  She has since become the lead designer and editor of Telluride Festivarian, which is in its 3rd edition.  She has also recently completed her first spec script and is working on a second feature-length screenplay. (10/2013)

Mai Lan Isler Fogal – ’91 BA English After graduating from William and Mary, I went back to my high school in Vienna, VA (Madison H.S.) and taught ninth grade English. After one year, I went to law school in Oklahoma and Texas and married my high school sweetheart, a career Air Force officer. I practiced law in Dallas, TX with Jones Day and then in several other states due to military moves. While we were stationed at Langley Air Force base in Hampton, VA, I was an adjunct professor and moot court advisor for the law school at William and Mary. I am currently practicing law part-time with Capell & Howard (Montgomery, AL). I am still relocating every couple of years and now live in Honolulu, Hawaii (Hickam AFB). (10/2013)

John Hare – 77 MA English It's been a long trip, sometimes strange, but mostly interesting. After finishing my degree, I worked as a writer/editor in government and the private sector for thirteen years. Then I had the good fortune to get laid off. After a year of teaching part time, I got a full time job at Montgomery College, a community college outside of Washington D.C. This is my twenty-seventh year. I was department chair for six years and chaired governance bodies at the campus and collegewide levels. My students honored me four times by nominating me for Who's Who Among America's Teachers; each National Dean's List Student was allowed to identify one teacher who had the greatest impact on him or her. I was also included in Who's Who in America. I earned my PhD in American Studies at University of Maryland while teaching full-time. My dissertation was published as "Will the Circle Be Unbroken: Family and Sectionalism in the Virginia Novels of Kennedy, Caruthers, and Tucker, 1830-1845." My focus seems to have shifted to public history/public memory, my motorcycle, and my granddaughters, not necessarily in that order.(10/2013)

Joseph Carlin – ’78 BA English ’80 MBA Finance I published the following biography: J. Van Lindley His Ancestors, Life, and Legacy
Authored by Joseph C. Carlin
Several generations of the Lindley family were an integral part of early American and Quaker history. From 1615 to 1918 they participated in migrations seeking religious freedom and economic opportunity. This story follows their journey from England to Ireland as they became some of the first American Colonists of Pennsylvania and then central North Carolina. The Revolutionary War "Battle of Lindley Mill" that was fought on the land of Thomas Lindley, Sr. is detailed in this book. It continues following them to Indiana as some of the first settlers before returning later to North Carolina. Joshua Lindley, J. Van's father was one of the first fruit tree growers, a Pomologist, in both Indiana and North Carolina.
In North Carolina, the focus is on J. Van Lindley, whose life and ambitions represented the fulfillment of the American Dream. Born in Indiana in 1838, he grew up in modest circumstances, with limited education, then became a man who built multiple companies that provided employment for many of his fellow Southerners. These companies included Jefferson-Pilot Life Insurance, Pomona Terra Cotta, J. Van Lindley Nurseries and J. Van Lindley Orchards. His 1000-acre orchard between Southern Pines and Pinehurst, NC marked the start of the peach industry which still thrives in Moore County. His extensive land holdings within present day Greensboro, NC were developed into suburban neighborhoods, including Lindley Park.
J. Van Lindley's involvement in creating and building professional associations and civic, educational and philanthropic groups helped to provide a solid base for these organizations. Many of these organizations are still in existence and have passed the century mark. These include Guilford College, John Van Lindley Elementary, Children's Home Society, Southern Nursery Association and the park he donated: Lindley Park in Greensboro, NC.
The inspirational story of his life and on-going legacies challenges each of us to look close to home and find where we can make a difference by being involved in our businesses, churches, local governments, schools and communities. About the author: Joe Carlin grew up in Northern Virginia and attended the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, VA where he majored in English, then completed a Masters in Business Administration.
After a 30 year business career, Joe began writing and this is his first book. John Van Mons Lindley, who preferred to be known as J. Van Lindley, was the great-grandfather of Joe's wife Shirley. Her family gatherings always included stories about a person they referred to as "John Van Lindley." Researching J. Van and his family revealed a lot of information that confirmed, and some that contradicted, the family stories. This book, citing over 100 sources, takes advantage of Joe's research and business background as he documents the evidence left by this line of the Lindley family and how they intersected with well-known historical events. (10/2013)

Pam Michael Brown – ’65 BA English After graduation in 1965, I got married and moved to Richmond when my husband graduated from law school.  For lack of career ambition or any better ideas, I took a position teaching 7th grade.  I had no student teaching experience, so was amazed to discover on my first day that the administration had created, just for me, a class of slow children and discipline problems ages 12 to 18.  It soon became apparent that none of them could read, so we dropped all the other subjects and started with the abc’s.  Despite some success – they all learned to read – I decided I would rather have my own children and took an eight-year break from the work world.  Sure no one would ever hire me after such a long time, I did graduate work in mass communications at VCU and, against all odds, landed my dream job as a feature writer for the Richmond paper.  Historic Richmond Foundation was on my beat, which led to my becoming their director of public relations and development for eleven years.  Combining my arts background from the paper and love for historic preservation, I then opened a gallery/shop devoted to the culture and history of Richmond in the venerable Jefferson Hotel.  Ten years later, I sold the shop and retired to Williamsburg, where I surprised myself and took a position in the William and Mary Development Department.  Five years later I retired again, but the day of my party, was offered a part-time job as 50th reunion gift officer.  So here I am still, now approaching my own 50th reunion. So much for never planning to have a career. (10/2013)

Mike D’Orso – ’81 MA English Mike is currently at work on his seventeenth book, a memoir titled "WITH: The Unlikely Career of a Collaborative Writer." His previous books, all in the form of narrative nonfiction, include five of his own titles and eleven which he co-authored with the subject. The topics range from politics to professional football, from racial conflict to environmental destruction, from inner-city public education to social justice to spinal cord injury. The list of his books can be found at
Honors for Mike's work include the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, the New York Times Notable Book of the Year list, Newsweek Magazine's 2009 list of "50 Books For Our Times," the American Library Association's Nonfiction Book of the Year, the Lillian Smith Book Award for writing on social justice, the Christopher Award, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, the American Library Association's Alex Award, selection among the New York Public Library's "25 Best Books of the Year." Eight of Mike's books have been national bestsellers. Three have been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. His newspaper work as a feature writer at the Virginian-Pilot was also nominated three times for a Pulitzer. He has appeared on "The Oprah Winfrey Show," C-Span's "Book TV," MSNBC and numerous National Public Radio programs, including Michael Feldman's "Whad'Ya Know? Besides his books, Mike's magazine and newspaper writing has appeared in Sports Illustrated, Fortune, Reader's Digest, The Oxford American, People magazine, and the Washington Post, and has been included three times in “Best Sports Stories,†published annually by The Sporting News. A chapter Mike wrote on journalistic research methods was included in The Complete Book of Feature Writing (Writer's Digest Books, 1991), and his academic work on Jack Kerouac has been included in Studies in American Fiction and the QPB Literary Review.

Mike has taught narrative nonfiction writing at the College of William and Mary and at Old Dominion University, where he delivered the Commencement Address to ODU's Class of 2006. (10/2013)

Robert Fanuzzi – ’83 BA English and Philosophy Since leaving Tucker Hall in 1983, I have become Associate Professor of English at St. John's University, where I teach and research African-American literature and culture and eighteenth century trans-Atlantic studies. In addition to serving as Assistant Chair, I have recently created an American Studies major that uses interdisciplinary coursework and community partnerships to maximize the value of humanities degrees. (10/2013)

Megan Sever Rudolph – ’00 BA English and Geology In August, I hit my 10th year at EARTH Magazine. I worked there for three years as a staff reporter and have been managing editor for seven years. I work remotely from Portland, Ore. Several years ago I began a mentorship program for aspiring science writers who have little to no experience. (10/2013)

Lee Banville – ’95 BA English and Government This year I became an associate professor of journalism at the University of Montana. I am in my fifth year teaching following 14 years at the PBS NewsHour in Washington, D.C. Exciting news for me, but not nearly as exciting as Tucker finally getting fixed up. (10/2013)

Heidi Pennington – ’05 BA English and Hispanic Studies In May 2013 I graduated with my Ph.D. in English and Comparative Literature from Washington University in St. Louis, fulfilling an aspiration that was first conceived in my English classes at W&M. In the upcoming academic year I will be a post-doctoral fellow at Washington University, teaching undergraduate courses in composition and literature. (10/2013)

Andy Josselyn – ’10 BA English Hello! I've started at short story magazine with a good friend called The Canary Press, based in Melbourne, Australia. The mag will be coming out in mid-April in print as a quarterly edition initially, with the hope of making it monthly in the future. When did reading short stories become such hard work? We hope to make reading short stories a pastime again, the perfect form for the hustle and bustle of our modern world. We've got top and emerging writers and illustrators lined up for the first issue from Australia, the US, and the world beyond, all super stoked to bring you and excellent publication. So excited to be using all the skills I learned in my degree at William and Mary, even if the job isn't quite paying for them yet! Folks can pre-order an issue and subscribe at our website or, before April 13th, they can check out our crowd funding website at and see some other great ways to support and independent publication. (10/2010)

Victoria Giraud Wiliams – ’64 BA English I write a bi-weekly online blog: Words on My Mind about my life experiences, including W&M: I have published several E-books, short & long on Amazon & have an Amazon author page under Victoria Giraud. MELAYNIE'S MASQUERADE is an historical fiction (also in paperback), AN ARMY BRAT IN LIBYA is a memoir. W&M, especially Dr. Donald Ball, helped nurture my writing talents. (10/2013)

Brad Whitehurst – ’85 BA English Alan Salz and I were married in New York City on July 15, 2012, the eighteenth anniversary of our original exchange of rings in a private ceremony. An announcement in the New York Times may be found at the following link: (10/2013)

Brittany McElwee – ’09 BA English Working for Scholastic Inc. as a Logistics Coordinator in New York. (10/2013)

Mary Zagrobelny – ’09 BA English and Sociology I am currently a graduate student pursuing my MA in Theology and Christian Ministry at Franciscan University of Steubenville. (10/2013)

William Huberdeau ’09 BA English Will Huberdeau is now working as a 9th grade English teacher at Granby High School in Norfolk, Virginia. He also teaches Journalism at the school, taking charge of the newspaper and the PBS Student Reporting Labs. (10/2013)

Alexander Stathes – ’03 BA English I received my PhD from the Department of English and Creative Writing at The University of Wales, Aberystwyth in May of 2010. My area of study was Creative Writing and Literary Analysis, and my dissertation focused on psychoanalytic criticism and Jungian conceptions of the collective unconscious. (10/2013)

Tom Baker – ’66 BA English My second book of fiction, "FULL FRONTAL, to make a long story short" will be published in November. This follows my debut novel, "The Sound of One Horse Dancing" published in October 2011. The same central character, Tim Halladay, is featured. For more information visit my website at (10/2013)

Christopher Kennelly – ’83 BA English I've been teaching second and/or third grade in Morton Grove, a Chicago suburb, since 1998, following many years working in independent bookstores in Virginia and Chicago.

Sean Armstrong – ’92 BA English

Martha Steger Wessells ’66 AB with Honors English Martha Wessells Steger ('66) received four 2012 national writing awards: a second place for the Walker Prose Poem Award ("Emyl Jenkins: Pixie Dust in Her Writer's Space") and third place for the Norman E. and Marjorie J. Roller Award for outdoor writing ("Celebrating Virginia's Birding & Wildlife Trail") in the National League of American Pen Women's Biennial Writing Contest; and first place, advertorial writing (articles in Recreation News) and honorable mention, specialty articles -- food (also Recreation News), in the National Federation of Press Women's Annual Communications Contest. As chair of the first master class in writing offered by James River Writers, she worked with W&M's Humanities Professor Henry Hart, who taught the master class in poetry writing for JRW at VCU's James Branch Cabell Library in Richmond. (10/2013)

Andrew Zawacki – '94 BA English Andrew Zawacki's translation from the French of Sébastien Smirou's first poetry volume Mon Laurent has just been published by Burning Deck Press, as My Lorenzo. Zawacki's fourth poetry book, Videotape, is due from Counterpath Press in March. (10/2013)

Sarah Caprani Lang – ’98 BA English I am living and working in Orlando, Florida with my husband Domenic and chocolate labrador retriever Duke. Post-William & Mary, I spent six unforgettable years in London, U.K. where I held positions with a wine distributor and the U.K. Audit Commission and Inspectorate and met my dear husband. Back on this side of "the pond" I have spent seven years in a marketing position with the Orange County Convention Center. Domenic and I also donate much of our time to the Orlando community, especially through the Arnold Palmer Hospital (APH) for Children's Family Advisory Council where we work to help lighten the load for the families of patients in APH long-term - all in loving memory of our son Nick. Additionally, travel, family, culture and enjoying Florida sunshine are also favorite pastimes. (10/2013)                                    

Ron Brown – ’75 MA English Taking advantage of a new job opportunity at Ektron in Nashua, NH. I'm still doing technical writing after all these years. The job title may be the same, but the tools, technologies and subject matter couldn't be more different. From data element dictionaries and solid propellant rocket motors in Virginia, to factory automation systems and all manner of software products in New England, it has been one continuous learning curve. The one constant about the work is the satisfaction of turning facts and figures into information for human consumption, and the joy of a well formed sentence. (10/2013)

John Gibney – ’73 BA English I'm not sure whether I mentioned this to my friends in the English department. In 2010, President Obama nominated me to be a United States District Judge. In December, the Senate approved my nomination by voice vote, and on 12/26/10, I was sworn in as a judge. I sit in Richmond. Professor Conlee was kind enough to attend my investiture. I am now embarking on a one-judge campaign to eliminate the use of "impact" as a verb, except when referring to impacted teeth or colons. Passive voice will be frowned upon as well. In passing, i would like to mention that both my children graduated from the College of Knowledge. After graduation, my son (John III) spent several years in Teach for America, and is now a school administrator in Philadelphia. My daughter (Sarah) is wrapping up a stint in the Peace Corps in Namibia. I am extremely proud of both of them. To my fellow English majors, if any of you pass through Richmond, please stop by for a visit. If you are indicted for a federal offense in Richmond, I guess I'll see you then as well. (10/2013)
Erin Shannahan – ’09 BA English After earning her Master of Arts in Arts Management from George Mason University and working for a year in visitor services at the world-famous Ford's Theatre, Erin recently joined the staff of DC's Theater J as Director of Patron Services. (10/2013)

Scott Moyers – ’90 BA, ’91 MA English  I've worked in book publishing in New York since leaving Williamsburg in 1991 after BA and MA programs with the wonderful English department. Viva Tucker! I attended the Radcliffe Publishing Course on a Ferguson-Blair scholarship from the College, a marvelous scholarship program that has launched a number of students into careers in book publishing over the years. I'm now the publisher of the Penguin Press, a hardcover imprint focusing on serious nonfiction and literary fiction. My wife, Kate Sekules, a writer and entrepreneur, and I live in Brooklyn with our 8-year-old daughter Beatrice. (10/13)

Betsey Rosenblatt – ’96 BA English 2012 will mark the seventh year I've been in business for myself as a writer and editor. At Rosso Writing, I help organizations tell their stories so the people and communities they serve can thrive. I write about education, children and families, health, human services, immigrants, philanthropy, leadership, housing, the arts, and anything else my clients request, for the web and in print. (10/13)
Erin Clarke – ’98 BA English and Government After graduating from William & Mary, I attended the Radcliffe Publishing Course (now the Columbia Publishing course) at the suggestion of Professor Willis in my senior year Irish Literature Seminar. I worked for a year as a publicity assistant in Random House adult trade, before moving to the Knopf children's group, where I am an executive editor. I work on picture books, middle grade, and young adult, both fiction and nonfiction. Notable books I have edited include THE BOOK THIEF by Markus Zusak, BEFORE WE WERE FREE by Julia Alvarez, ALL YOU NEVER WANTED by Adele Griffin, ALIENS ARE COMING by Meghan McCarthy, and WONDER by R.J. Palacio. I met my husband (a writer and translator) at Radcliffe and we live in Brooklyn with our daughter. (10/13)
Jo Anne Welch Gild – ’62 BA English I taught English for a year after graduation, then married and started a family. In 1971 I got a job answering letters from people who had been victimized, in the consumer protection department of Housing and Urban Development. I facilitated a memoir writing class for the Shepherds Center in Oakton, VA for several years. After I retired from the Federal Government I began writing novels and my own memoirs, which I am still working on to this day.(10/13)

Cary Holladay – ’80 AB English and Government I'm an Associate Professor of English at the University of Memphis, where I teach in the Creative Writing Program, direct the River City Writers Series, and write fiction. Please visit my website, (10/13)

Carol Anne Vogel Jones – ’75 BA with Honors English After receiving an MA in English Renaissance Literature at UVa in 1978, I worked for several years as Editorial Manager of the Shakespeare Quarterly published by the Folger Library. After raising two sons with my college sweetheart Kevin Jones (W&M '75, JD at UVA '78), I returned to the workforce as an Associate Editor for MENC (National Association for Music Education), editing six periodicals and several books. I then became a Director of Religious Education at several parishes in Northern VA for about ten years. Beginning in the early 1990s, I also published articles in the St. Austin Review, Crisis, Sacred Architecture, Catholic Faith, Voices, and Celebrate Life, with poems in America and Celebrate Life. Currently, as sole proprietor of my own publishing business Coronae Rosarum, I offer enrichment materials that I have developed for religious education programs. I also lead a book/film discussion group on Shakespeare's plays. Thank you to all my profs for bearing with me and giving me a solid foundation in both literature and composition!!! (10/13)
Mary Bowman – ’86 AB English and Mathematics I am currently Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point. I teach everything from Old English to Milton, and as of this writing (Dec. 2011) I am just wrapping up a semester teaching a newly-created First-Year Seminar course on The Lord of the Rings. (10/13)

Matthew Plassman – ’06 BA English After four years of paying my dues in the Paramount Studios' mailroom, I've finally taken a step closer to becoming a television writer. On Halloween, I started a new job as a production assistant on ABC's 'Modern Family'. (10/13)

Anna (Barron) Billingsley '79 -  B.A. in English and now serves as Associate Vice President of University Relations and Communications at the University of Mary Washington. She is married to Robert T. Billingsley ‘76 and is the proud mother of Leslie H. Billingsley, a member of the W&M Class of 2013. Previously, Anna worked as a daily news journalist and taught college journalism courses. She earned her M.A. in communications from American University. (10/2013)

 Justine di Giovanni '11- B.A. in English. I am attending Columbia Law School in New York City, and am interning for the ACLU's Program for Freedom of Religion and Belief in Washington, D.C. this summer. After law school, I plan to join a firm in New York. (10/2013)

 John Kelly '88- M.A. in English Literature and Language.  Currently teach at Old Dominion and in the Virginia Beach Public School system. Work summers as an Ocean Lifeguard. Published in American Lifeguard magazine. Coach basketball in the Portsmouth Invitation Tournament. (10/2013)

Philip Clark '02 B.A. in English. After graduation, I began a multi-year collaborative project that became the book "Persistent Voices: Poetry by Writers Lost to AIDS" (Alyson Books, 2010), which led to a series of readings in cities all over the country. I've continued and expanded the research into gay and lesbian literature and history that I began at William & Mary, with my most recent essay, about Washington D.C.'s Guild Press and gay male identity formation, set to appear in "1960s Gay Pulp Fiction: The Misplaced Heritage" (University of Massachusetts, forthcoming). I've been invited to give presentations on topics related to this essay at the "Radically Gay: The Life & Visionary Legacy of Harry Hay" conference at CLAGS in New York City in September and at the D.C. Historical Studies Conference in October. (10/2013)

Hilary Holladay '87 M.A. in English. LSU Press has published the revised and expanded edition of my book Wild Blessings: The Poetry of Lucille Clifton, a critical study of the poet and memoirist who died in 2010. In other publishing news, I have founded Jefferson Park Press, a small publishing company producing "brave books for fearless readers." The first book is Believe in Me: A Teen Mom's Story by Judith Dickerman-Nelson. Info about JP Press is at

Katrina Hudy '10 B.A. in English. Currently working for Cave Ridge Vineyard in the Shenandoah Valley and managing a wine bar in Harrisonburg, Wine on Water. I am also working part time at the local Small Business Development Center and will be applying to MBA programs in the Fall. (10/2013)

Wendy Powers McLeod '91 B.A. in English. Wendy Powers recently published a novel co-written with her husband, Robin McLeod (a UVA alum). "The Testament of Judith Barton," published with permission of The Hitchcock Trust, tells the story of the Kim Novak character from "Vertigo." More information can be found at the novel's website: (10/2013)

Heidi Pennington '05 B.A. in English and Hispanic Studies. This spring I was thrilled to be awarded one of Washington University in St. Louis' Center for the Humanities Graduate Fellowships for the fall of 2012. I look forward to working with the Center for the Humanities as I complete my dissertation project in English and Comparative Literature that explores the nature and function of fictionality. I expect to receive my PhD in the spring of 2013, and I have William and Mary to thank for giving me the training and sparking my passion to pursue an academic career in teaching as well as research. (10/2013)

Margaret McMillan '10 B.A. in English. I will be heading to Notre Dame next year to enroll in their English Department as a Ph.D. student. (10/2013)

Elizabeth Henry '10 B.A. in English (10/2013)

Greg Bartholomew '79 B.A. in English and Government. I am extremely pleased to announce that internationally acclaimed trumpeter James Ackley has released a new CD titled "New American Works for Trumpet" that includes my "Summer Suite" as well as Robert J. Bradshaw's new ballet, "The Girl in White," and Gordon Goodwin's "Sonata for Trumpet & Piano." James' playing on the CD is amazing throughout and I think you will really like it.
"Summer Suite" is a 3-part suite originally for trumpet & string quartet, with alternate arrangements of the accompaniment for piano, sax quartet, string orchestra, chamber orchestra and concert band. For this CD, at James Ackley's request I made a special arrangement combining the piano and string quartet accompaniments, and I think the combination turned out great.
You may listen to previews of all tracks on the CD on iTunes at:
The CD is available for purchase on amazon, iTunes, CDBaby, and on my website ( (10/2013)

Casey Clabough '96 B.A. in English. Casey Clabough's new books in 2012 include the novel CONFEDERADO: A NOVEL OF THE AMERICAS and the scholarly title INHABITING CONTEMPORARY SOUTHERN & APPALACHIAN LITERATURE. He edits the literature section of ENCYCLOPEDIA VIRGINIA and the literary journal JAMES DICKEY REVIEW. Clabough continues to teach at Lynchburg College and manage a farm in Appomattox County. Website: (10/2013)