One of the odd things about coming back to work at your college is that professors you once regarded from a respectful distance become your colleagues. This new familiarity can be awkward (I remember how the first name of a certain renowned professor of Shakespeare first caught in my throat).
But not with Bob Gillespie.
Blue-jeaned and pony-tailed when he taught me contemporary poetry in 1976, he was Bob way back then. Calmly soft-spoken, unfailingly gentle, unswerving in his devotion to language and writing, he was both mentor and friend. And when we became... Read more »
Barbara A. Walsh (“Don’t Worry; Be Happy”) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who has worked for newspapers in Massachusetts, Florida, Maine, and Ireland. In between freelancing for Maine magazines, she is writing a book about a Newfoundland hurricane that killed many of her seafaring ancestors.
Freelance journalist Tom Nugent (“Mars Up Close”) has written about health and science for the Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, and Boston Globe. He is the author of Death at Buffalo Creek, a book of investigative journalism about coal mining in Appalachia (W.W. Norton).
Rich Bachus ’87 (“Not Talkin’ ’Bout My Generation”) works as a direct-response copywriter, freelance book doctor, and stay-at-home dad in northern Michigan. Current projects include a rewrite of his first novel, Into No Man’s Land.