Creative Writing Alumni

Some of Colby's Past Creative Writing Students

 

Sarah Inman 

Sarah Inman


“Once the habit of writing is ingrained, it can be practiced anytime,” says Sarah Inman. Inman teaches English at Delgado Community College, a Louisiana school whose student body consists of an underserved and unprepared population.  Inman admits the work can be difficult at times, but she nevertheless enjoys the fulfillment of working with a diverse student body. “As a writer I think I provide sound advice to students because I know their academic weaknesses, and, oftentimes, student writers face the same challenges professional writers do.”  Inman admits the grading isn’t always easy. At times, it can be soul-crushing. (read more...)
As a writer, director and story-builder, Nick Childs is one of the creative powerhouses behind many award-winning and well-known ad campaigns and films. (read more...)
Nick Childs 

Nick Childs

Noah Charney, ’02, Best-selling Author and Professor of Art Crime 

Noah Charney

Charney followed critical acclaim for The Art Thief with his non-fiction best-seller Stealing The Mystic Lamb: The True Story of the World's Most Coveted Masterpiece, which tells the criminal and art history of Jan van Eyck's Adoration of the Mystic Lamb (Ghent Altarpiece) , which Charney says is “the single most important painting ever made.” (read more...)
A week after her graduation in 2008, Meaghan Fitzgerald moved to London. While Fitzgerald had no initial plans for the move, “three days off the plane, [she] met two young men who had just graduated from the London School of Economics and had begun a technology startup company.” One week later, Fitzgerald started as a marketing employee for the company, and she’s worked there ever since. (read more...)

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Meaghan Fitzgerald

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Jesse Randzio

A post-graduation hike on Vermont’s Long Trail inspired Jesse Randzio to become an architect. About the experience, Randzio says, “when you sleep outside for a month you really begin to appreciate the essentials of shelter.” Of course, Colby doesn’t offer degrees in architecture, so the English-major-turned-aspiring-builder had to construct his resume from the ground up. He did this by teaching himself the quintessential visual design program AutoCAD and accepting an internship at Bumpzoid, a renovation company in Brooklyn, New York, where he compiled a solid portfolio. Randzio then enrolled in London’s Architectural Association School of Architecture (AA) for a 5 year Masters’ program. (read more...)
 Rachel Tobie graduated from Colby in 2004, and now works in development and communications at Thomas A. Edison High School in Oregon, a private school for kids with learning differences. At Colby, Tobie was a member of Professor Peter Harris’ English class that founded the Colby Cares about Kids mentoring program. Tobie feels well-suited to the professional environment at Edison, a school that “empowers students with learning differences to experience academic success and personal growth, while preparing them to succeed in the future.” Tobie organizes the school’s donor database and fundraising events, and manages its social media platform. Most recently, she coordinated the school’s annual “Partner with Thomas Edison Breakfast.” The event drew nearly 400 guests, raising over $150,000 for financial aid, professional development, and technology updates for the school. (read more...)

 

Rachel Tobie

Rachel Tobie

 

Mat Lebowitz

Mathew Lebowitz

 Mathew Lebowitz, founder and creative director MLCreative, a media agency, graduated from Colby in 1987 with honors in Art and Creative Writing. After Colby, Lebowitz’s creative writing talent earned him admission to the renowned Iowa Writer’s Workshop at the University of Iowa, where he earned his MFA in Fiction. Though creative writing would remain Lebowitz’s passion, he explored post-graduate careers in graphic design. Having worked as a designer for several media companies which found only minimal success, Lebowitz pursued freelance work in graphic design. From there, he built his own creative agency that gradually harnessed more clients and work through a very much organic business process. (read more...)
 For Julianna Wilson, a Colby alumna of 2008, the art of writing has become quite inseparable from daily life. “What’s most important to me is making time to write. Before work each day, I wake up at 6 in the morning and dedicate a few hours to writing. On productive days, this routine energizes me for the day ahead because I’ve already accomplished something that is personally rewarding,” says Wilson. (read more...)

 

Julianna Wilson

Julianna Wilson

 

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John Campbell

 " When we first started ASI, our biggest challenge was getting people to believe in us, getting admissions staff and heads of school to believe that two college students could, in their free time, identify, prepare and place students from one of the poorest and most politically fragile countries in the world," says John Campbell, a 2009 graduate of Colby College. He is also the cofounder of the Afghan Scholars Initiative, or ASI (www.afghanscholars.org). (read more...)
 "In one of my final workshops at Colby Ira Sadoff said that the people who were the best writers in that class would not be the people who went on to publish books of poetry," says Rachel Simon. "Eleven years later it is true.  The two best writers from that class are now a physician and an actor/singer.  I felt inadequate then but found my footing in the world of poetry." Her poetry classes at Colby College taught her "both how to read and write poems," "discipline and workshop skills," and provided "models of how writers live."  (read more...)

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Rachel Simon

 

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Rebecca Hoogs

 Inspiration is very important to Rebecca Hoogs, a poet and the program director of the Seattle Writers in the Schools (WITS) program. WITS is " a literary arts education program which matches public elementary, middle, and high schools (as well as a few hospitals) with Seattle-area creative writers for year-long artistic residencies" in order to inspire students to write. (read more...)

 "Morning, sunlight, solitude, coffee, writing, pacing, writing, pacing, and yet more pacing and writing," Fidel Fajardo-Acosta says of his writing process. Evidently this is a productive practice, giving rise to books such as Courtly Seductions, Modern Subjections: Troubadour Literature and the Medieval Construction of the Modern World (2010), andThe Serpent in the Mirror: A Collection of Poems (1992). Fajardo-Acosta describes his work as "non-fiction, critical and imaginative explorations of the significance of literature," (read more...)

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Fidel Fajardo-Acosta

 

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Jane Eklund

 "Working for a newspaper is like this: Do a couple of phone interviews Wednesday afternoon, crank out a story in two hours, slap it on a page Wednesday night. Thursday morning, people are reading the story in the paper. Friday morning, the paper is lining their cat box. Obviously, the cycle is quite different for creative writing, and hopefully the cat box part doesn't apply, but that practice of just getting the words out there and then being able to let them go is really freeing," says Jane Eklund. (read more...)
 " I absorbed a lot of people in my years as a newspaper columnist, roaming around, inserting myself into people's lives. Now the characters just pop into my head, jumping out of that cauldron of humanity. I'm like a little kid with imaginary friends. Except I get paid," says Gerry Boyle, author of the Jack Morrow mystery series, which includes nine books so far, as well as two other books in a different series. (read more...)

 

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Gerry Boyle

 

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Jennifer Barber

 At Colby, Jennifer Barber developed " a good work ethic" and a love of poetry, working with Peter Harris and Ira Sadoff who shared " their own poetry and their knowledge of the writing process, with all of its joys and vicissitudes." Since then, she has published Rigging the Wind, a poetry collection that won the 2002 Kore Press First Book Award, founded the literary magazine Salamander, and taught at various universities. (read more...)