About the Students

Marielle Hampe graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2014 with a BA in English. At Notre Dame, she wrote an honors English thesis on women’s education in British Romantic novels and a capstone for her European Studies minor on writing centers in England. As a master’s student at Georgetown, she has continued these interests by working as a Writing Center Coordinator and a Graduate Writing Associate and writing a master’s thesis on the Victorian governess and education.

Chris Huebner graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University in 2014 with a degree in History. His academic interests relate to investigating how truth and discovery exist on the page – and in the mind  – as narrative constructs. He has written three novels – including one, tentatively titled A Canal, soon to be published with Zoozil Press, and curates the blog Forgotten Correspondence, a collection of lost and unsent letters.

John James researches contemporary poetry and poetics at Georgetown, where he serves as Graduate Associate to the Lannan Center for Poetics and Social Practice. He is the author of a chapbook, Chthonic (CutBank, 2015), and his poems and essays have appeared in Boston Review, Kenyon Review, Gulf Coast, Crazyhorse, West Branch, and elsewhere.

Matt Kelly graduated from Muhlenberg College in 2011 with a BA in English and History. He served as an officer in the US Navy before coming to Georgetown. His studies so far have led towards an interest in the intersection of technology and narrative. In his spare time, he enjoys board-gaming and hiking with his wife, Nora, and their dog, Bard.

Tyler Laminack graduated from Appalachian State University in 2012 with a BA in both English and Sustainable Development. While there, he wrote an honors thesis on Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and the interplay between individuation and the ecological self. After graduating, he joined Teach For America where he worked for two years in the Chicago Public Schools system, teaching creative writing to high school seniors. His interests include twentieth and twenty-first century poetry, the novel, art as assertive force, Black Mountain College, and improvisation.

Cherylann Pasha graduated from College of the Holy Cross with a B.A.. in English with a concentration in creative writing in 2014. She served as President of the Holy Cross chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the international English Honors Society for the 2013-2014 academic year. After graduation, she obtained her certificate in publishing from New York University. She plans to focus on the material culture associated with female health in 19th century America in her capstone.

Tim Rosenberger is a dual enrolled BA/MA student. He recently completed an honors thesis examining the poetical work of Christina Rossetti in conversation with the art of her brother, Dante. While involved in many activities on the hilltop and in DC, he is a proud son of Cleveland, Ohio and looks forward to returning home upon the conclusion of his studies.

Jorden Sanders earned her B.A. in English from Westminster College in 2014. Her research seeks to balance the uneven application of critical race, gender, post-colonial, and Marxist theories in scholarship concerning the narrative and rhetoric of 19th Century black masculine self-definition. In addition to her academic pursuits, she works as a Community Scholars Program teaching assistant and Georgetown Institute for College Preparation instructor.

Audrey Schultz grew up in LeRoy NY (the birthplace of Jell-O) and got her undergraduate degree from The Ohio State University, where she was a member of Alpha Omicron Pi sorority. She likes Sriracha and Instagram, and her capstone is a 21st century retelling of The Importance of Being Earnest called, “The Importance of Being Cecily.”

Ruoqi Shi grew up in Beijing and received her BA in English from Beijing Jiaotong University. She is a musician, and has been playing the pipa, a Chinese instrument, for more than fifteen years.

Maria Tucci attended Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, PA where she received her BS in Biology and BA in English. Now attending Georgetown’s English MA program, she wants to look at 19th century British literature and science in literature, particularly how science influenced works of fiction.

Madhuri Vairapandi completed her undergraduate education at Georgetown University as an English and Psychology double major with a minor in Theology. As she can’t stand to part with the university, she’s continuing her masters degree at Georgetown with the hopes of becoming a better writer and teacher.

More Bios forthcoming!