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Angela Ames

Angela Ames is a first-year student in the Master of Arts in Writing and Publishing program. She received her B.A. in English and Psychology from Allegheny College in 2009. She’s traveled to England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, and Italy, as well as (of course) the United States, and her list of places to go is ever-growing. She first caught the travel bug on a family trip to Italy in 2003 and blames studying abroad in the U.K. (2007) for her “quarter life crisis” and the decision to pursue writing instead of clinical psychology. This is her first travel essay.

Steve Bogdaniec

Steve Bogdaniec presented at the 2010 and 2011 English Graduate Student Association Conference, reading poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction. He was glad to have served the E.G.S.A. during his time at DePaul and to be the Head Nonfiction Editor of Threshold in 2010. Steve will graduate from DePaul’s Master of Arts in Writing and Publishing program in June 2011.

Steve is also a freelance writer based in Chicago. He is a regular contributor to the website Pop Bunker, and one of his nonfiction pieces will appear in DePaul Magazine in 2011.

Natalie Cawley

Natalie Cawley is an undergraduate student of DePaul University, and she is graduating in June of 2011. Natalie is pursuing a major in English concentrating in Literary Studies as well as a minor in Marketing. Her favorite authors include but are not limited to the following: William Blake, William Faulkner, and Virginia Woolf. She currently teaches swim lessons and lifeguards at the Ray Meyer Fitness Center. This is her first published work.

Katelyn Cunningham

I’m a second-year M.A.E. student working full-time at DePaul’s Loop campus. My concentration is in Post-WWII American literature, with particular interests in the Beats and literature from the 1940s-60s. I’m drawn to anything J.D. Salinger or Tennessee Williams, and I am currently fascinated with female Beat memoirs. I’m originally from the St. Louis area (Go Cards!) and often experience late-night cravings for toasted ravioli and Provel cheese. I love yoga and painting and one of my life goals is to learn to surf (and I mean surf waves, not the aisles of CTA trains… although I’m getting pretty great at that).

Jennifer Finstrom

Jennifer Finstrom is a first-year graduate student in the Master of Arts in Writing and Publishing at DePaul. She is also a peer tutor and writing fellow for DePaul’s University Center for Writing-based Learning. Her poetry has appeared in several publications, among them Atlanta Review, Rhino, and Tar River Poetry, and is forthcoming in Threshold. This is her first publication of literary nonfiction.

Amanda Fowler

I’ve always known I wanted to write, ever since I was old enough to hold a pen. I like to think both my penmanship and authorial skill have improved since then, as my passion for the craft has grown. I have written poetry all my life as I found it was the best way to express myself. I have returned to writing fiction after I was brave enough to record the make-believe I was brought up to believe in. I believe sometimes our deepest truths can be found embedded in fiction, just waiting to be discovered.

I graduated with a B.A. in English from the University of Illinois—Urbana-Champaign in 2010, and I am currently pursuing an M.A. in Writing and Publishing at DePaul. This would be my first online literary publication, although I have also written for the U of I’s newspaper and magazine. I have also published some other poetry in local newsletters.

Nicholas Guenther

I am an undergraduate English student at Depaul University. I grew up in San Francisco, Costa Rica, Chicago, and Indiana. I am interested in contemporary art and literature, computer programming, the effect of new media on the boundaries between nostalgia, irony, the cliché and reality, and nature. In the future I hope to attend graduate school somewhere warm and cozy.

Damaris Hatch

My name is Damaris Hatch, and I am currently a senior at DePaul. I have written a few short stories but this will be my first time submitting to get published. I live in Clarendon Hills, Illinois and I am looking forward to going to graduate school at DePaul in the writing/editing program.

Enan Heneghan

Enan Heneghan teaches at Phoenix Military Academy in Chicago and earned his M.A.E. from DePaul Spring of 2011. He grew up in Downers Grove, outside of Chicago, but he has spent considerable time living in the Los Angeles and Denver areas. Now hunkered down in Chicago, Enan writes both analytically and creatively, having finished five full-length screenplays and a twelve-episode television series called The Insight Company. Atop his scribbling, Enan is a musician, actor, and artist with unwieldy aspirations to conquer the world.

Mark Jacobs

Mark received his B.A. in International Studies from DePaul University in June 2011. In September he will continue his studies in the Master’s in English as a graduate assistant in the Department of English. He came to Chicago from South Bend, IN, and he has taken to fiction writing after several years muddling through international relations and cultural theory. The 2011 EGSA Conference was Mark’s first chance to read his fiction publicly.

Elizabeth Kerper

Elizabeth Kerper is a sophomore at DePaul University studying English and Sociology. She writes for the DePaul Honors Newsletter and can usually be found with her nose in a book.

Mary Kitamura

Mary Kitamura is currently a graduate student in the M.A.E. Program at DePaul. After a career in nursing, she returned to school in 2005 to pursue a B.A. in English. Mary graduated from DePaul in 2008 with a B.A. in English Magna Cum Laude. She then wanted to continue her study of literature, and began work on an M.A. in English.

Mary’s areas of interest are 18th and 19th century British literature. Her favorite authors are Lord Byron and Charles Dickens, and she is interested in studying their works in relation to the history of their times.

Adam Kivel

Adam is currently undertaking his Master’s degree in DePaul University’s Department of English. His main research interest is in twentieth century American literature, particularly “soft science fiction,” genre theory, and the works of David Foster Wallace, Kurt Vonnegut, Thomas Pynchon, and Philip K. Dick. Originally from Chicago, he completed his undergraduate degree at DePaul, and he also works as a writer/editor for the prominent music website, Consequence of Sound.

Sabrina Martin

Sabrina Martin is an M.A.E. candidate, with an anticipated graduation date of June 2011. An alumna of Southern Illinois University Carbondale, she was a member of Sigma Kappa Sorority, as well as the first sweetheart to Kappa Alpha Fraternity. She currently lives in Chicago’s Humboldt Park neighborhood with her boyfriend Stanley and her dog Lucy. After graduation, she hopes to move to New York City to pursue teaching at the community-college level.

Andrea Pelose

Andrea Pelose is a first-year graduate student in DePaul’s Writing and Publishing program. She received her B.A. from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where her undergraduate focuses were fiction, screenwriting, and journalism. Her experience includes column writing, fashion blogging, social media, as well as publicity, marketing, and events for Joseph-Beth Booksellers. She also had the privilege of serving as this year’s Graduate Editor-in-Chief for Threshold, DePaul’s Literary and Arts Magazine. Her future plans include a career exploring with the written word–be it screenwriting or publishing–and eventually training her dog not to steal her side of the bed.

Sam Piccone

Sam is currently a student in the Master of Arts in Writing and Publishing program at DePaul University. He has a B.A. in English from the University of Northern Colorado. His work has appeared in the Fort Collins Rabbit, Eudaimonia Review, Floorboard Review, Thick with Conviction, Haggard and Halloo, and Earthborne Review. Most recently, his chapbook, From Behind the Smoke Inside, was selected as a finalist in the Eudaimonia Review’s 2011 chapbook contest.

Jessica Saltiel

Jessica Saltiel is from Chicago and is currently a student in the M.A.E. program. She received her B.S. in Performance Studies and English Literature at Northwestern University.

Greg M. Schumaker

Greg M. Schumaker will be graduating with his Master of Arts in Writing and Publishing this June. He lives in Lakeview, where he’s currently drinking plenty of cocktails and trying to teach his dog to “stay.”

Angel C. Woods

Angel is a first-year student in the Master of Arts in Writing and Publishing program. In 2008, she received her B.A. in English with a Political Science minor from Benedictine University in Lisle, Illinois. She originally intended to be a lawyer, but ultimately decided it would slowly kill her soul. Now she’s a graduate assistant with the undergraduate English department, creator and editor of The Underground, the undergraduate newsletter on WordPress, and her nonfiction work will appear in the upcoming issue of Threshold. More to come.

Shane Zimmer

Shane Zimmer is a writer, painter, and musician. His work has been published in the Garland Court Review and his novel is available at


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