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John Albrite

John Albrite grew up in Harrisonburg and graduated from JMU in 2008. In the years since, he worked as an event coordinator and restaurant manager, and he is returning to James Madison to pursue a career researching literature, film and culture. His primary interests include the development of New Journalism in the mid-twentieth century, the role of dread in the works of women writers such as Joan Didion, and the influence of traditional forms of speculative fiction, especially horror, on the popularity of the true crime genre in today's media. His favorite writers include Didion, Christopher Isherwood, Evelyn Waugh, James Agee and Tina Fey, and in his spare time he enjoys creative writing, studying classic film, and pretending to exercise.

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Katie Arthur

Katie Arthur is from Yorktown, Virginia, and graduated from James Madison with a degree in English. Keezell Hall is such a charming little building that she decided to continue her education here, and looks forward very much to plumbing more of the depths of narrative theory (particularly, the creation of fictional consciousness), children’s literature (particularly Winnie-the-Pooh), and Harrisonburg’s rich pizza scene (particularly Benny’s). Ideally, she  would also like to use these two years to explore the physicality of a story’s experience, how the craft of the book itself informs the content inside, with the hopes of coming to some innovative way of meshing the art of sculpture with the art of verbal language.

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David Bohn

David Bohn was born and raised in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia, David Bohn graduated from Old Dominion University with a B. A. in English in 2018. His academic interests revolve heavily around the early modern period, and he focuses on Tudor Drama in particular.

David has worked as an English tutor for low socioeconomic and elderly students entering college, and he has as much passion for teaching as he does for the literature he studies. When not talking about Shakespeare or in class, he can be found in the library either studying or pretending to while playing phone games. Hobbies of his include video games, photography, collecting stationary, and bullet journaling.

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Angela M. Carter

Angela M. Carter was raised in rural Brunswick County, VA, and has since lived in various places including beautiful Bath, England, before settling in Harrisonburg, VA. She studied British Literature, during a summer term at The University of Bath, England, and received her undergraduate degree from Eastern Mennonite University. Angela’s academic interests include 20th and 21st-century literature and Native American literature, especially works delving into gender politics, feminist theory, socioeconomic social justice and confessionalism.

Angela is the Admin Office Specialist and Social Media/Website Coordinator for JMU English, author of a full-length poetry collection, spoken word performer, painter, photographer and she teaches creative writing courses at Blue Ridge Community College.  

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Tessa Nin Crosby

Tessa Nin Crosby grew up in upstate New York, but now resides in Richmond, Virginia. Since receiving her Bachelor’s degree in English from SUNY New Paltz in 2009, she has worked in trade publishing and the wine industry. Now returning her focus to the academic sphere, she is interested in studying power dynamics and class structure as they are expressed in 20th and 21st century literature. Her primary interest is in literary and social theory that dissects the process human valuation (and devaluation), such as feminist theory, and postcolonial and decolonial studies. She loves to read speculative and science fiction, magical realism, and poetry. She is also passionate about visual arts, particularly craft art, and spends much of her free time in her small textile art studio.

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Rhys Frazier

Rhys Frazier grew up in Crozet, Virginia, and graduated from James Madison University with a degree in English and minors in Medieval and Renaissance Studies and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. He particularly enjoys and is looking forward to continuing the study of medieval wisdom literature, comparative analysis of Old English and Old Norse/Icelandic works, and the study of queer theory and its application to LGBT+ literature and film. Ideally, since it is impossible to have learned everything about his favorite subjects, he will simply continue studying them forever (hopefully as a professor at some point). He lives with a cat and a ferret, both of whom are lovable jerks.

 

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Christy Graham

Christy Graham grew up in Canoga Park, California and moved to Winchester, Virginia in 2016 after serving in the military for five years. While in the military, Christy earned her B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communications. Since moving to Virginia, Christy graduated from Shenandoah University with a B.A. in English and has been working as a writing tutor. She is eager to continue her studies in American and Africana literatures, focusing on diasporic histories and concepts of identity. Christy’s hobbies include playing music and, of course, reading.

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Amy Haupt

Amy Haupt was raised in Louisville, Kentucky but graduated from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama with a B.A. in English and Creative writing. She is most interested in Postmodern American Literature focusing on war-time and interwar anxieties and tensions in society and how they were reflected in Literature of the time. Her favorite author is Kurt Vonnegut but also loves Raymond Carver’s short stories. Amy is an avid scuba diver, movie watcher, and traveler and looks forward to the rich history and beautiful scenery the state of Virginia offers. She works as a Graduate Mentor for the Centennial Scholars Program at JMU.

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Angelina Ingrassia

Angelina Ingrassia hails from Charlotte, North Carolina. Recently graduated with a B.A. in English language and literature and Italian from Gordon College near Boston, Massachusetts, she naturally finds herself drawn to the global literary works of all sorts. Writers such as Naguib Mahfouz and Italo Calvino sparked her passion for translations and how they translate into modern day culture. Angelina also finds herself drawn to literary journals, magazines, and journalism and has worked for both a magazine and newspaper thus far. In her free time she enjoys reading, playing games, drinking coffee, and being goofy with family.

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Madeline Marsh

Madeline Marsh is from the small farm town of Middlebrook, which is nestled in the Shenandoah Valley. After graduating as an English major from James Madison in 2018, she spent a year working as a journalist at a newspaper in Lexington, Virginia. She maintains specific interests in literary theory, medieval and Renaissance literature, and folk lyric; however, really, she is excited to explore everything. Additionally, she is interested in applying narratological concepts to news writing and considering the narrator and reader relationship, especially as it relates to truth perception. In her downtime, you will find Mattie fiddling in bluegrass jams or playing with her pet goat, Bean.

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Megan Medeiros

Megan Medeiros was born and raised in Southwest Virginia and got her BA in English from JMU in 2017. Since then, she's been working as a freelance writer and editor, focusing on online content, website creation, and the likes. Shifting her focus back to academia, Megan is interested in studying the novel and its construction further, particularly in terms of generic conventions and the reader's experience. She's also interested in diving further into women's and gender studies. Her primary interests currently lie in American literature, specifically that of the Modern and Postmodern periods with a special interest in the Southern Literary genre. Some of her favorite authors include William Faulkner, Edgar Allan Poe, Douglas Adams, Jane Austen, Jonathan Safran Foer, Charlotte Bronte, and Willa Cather. In her spare time, she enjoys crocheting, embroidering, crafting, and reading.

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Rob Porter

Born in D.C. and raised in Virginia, Rob Porter is a recent graduate of JMU with a BA in English and a minor in film studies. He is particularly drawn to the interdisciplinary nature of literary studies, with an interest in contemporary theoretical debates and Marxist literary criticism especially. Rob is heavily influenced by the legacy of continental philosophy and critical theory and the impact these movements have had on the humanities. He is also focused on the intersection of culture and materialism at the center of emerging Anthropocene narratives. In addition to being a proponent of oppositional art in general, Rob enjoys film and film criticism. He has been known to wax poetic about filmmakers such as R.W. Fassbinder, Pier Paolo Pasolini, and the various New Wave tendencies.

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Marina Shafik

Marina Shafik grew up in Dallas, Texas and graduated from James Madison University with an English B.A. in 2018. Her academic and research interests are in Black Studies, Postcolonial Literature, and Critical Race and Gender Theory. She is passionate about social justice and dogs. In her free time, she enjoys reading, writing, and ever-changing Netflix shows.

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Hannah Snyder

Hannah Snyder is from Northern Virginia and graduated in 2018 from Christopher Newport University with a BA in English Literature. While she is passionate about many periods and forms of literature, she is most interested in Modernism and Postmodernism, as well as media and film studies. Outside of studying and reading, she enjoys watching films, cooking, and playing the occasional video game. 

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Ardyn Tennyson

Born in San Francisco and now living in Northern Virginia, Ardyn Tennyson is a recent English graduate of the JMU Honors College. She decided to continue her education at JMU through the master’s program with the phenomenal English faculty. Her main area of interest is Victorian Literature, particularly that of the fin de siècle. She is interested in exploring the unique anxieties of the turn of the 19th century, particularly gender politics, sexuality, class, immigration and racial tensions through literature influenced by the rising popularization of spiritualism and the establishment of the psychology field. Ardyn plans to compliment her undergraduate focus on British Literature with additional research into American, French, and German literary contributions to late 19th century sentiments. After her time at JMU, Ardyn plans on pursuing a PhD in English with the hope of continuing her passion for literature as a professor.

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