Who We Are

Our bloggers are:
(Assigned day of the month) Name (graduation year)

(1st) Amy Allen (’10)
Bio

Amy Allen graduated from Calvin in 2010 and lives in New York City, where she works as an assistant editor for a children’s book publisher. When she isn’t reading, she’s probably cooking, walking around the city, or inconsistently going to yoga and ballet classes.

(2nd) Jake Schepers (’12)
Bio

A 2012 graduate from Calvin College, Jacob Schepers is currently a master’s student in English at SUNY-Buffalo, where he focuses on contemporary poetics. His poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Verse, [PANK], REAL, and Gulf Stream, among others. He lives with his wife, Charis, and his two sons, Liam and Oliver, in Amherst, New York. http://jacobscheperspoetry.wordpress.com/

(3rd) Sabrina Lee (’13)
Bio

Sabrina Lee graduated this past May with majors in English Literature and French. In both languages, sentence structures and beautiful words often distract her, and these next few months she will continue to play with language by learning Italian in Perugia, Italy and then by moving to Tours, France to work as an English assistant in a French high school. She doesn’t have a plane ticket home.

(4th) Andrew Steiner (’12)
Bio

Andrew Steiner ’12 got involved with Chimes his junior year and served as head copy editor his senior year. He often wishes he’d started earlier because the experience did a lot to sharpen his own voice. He’s been writing short stories and attempting longer ones since middle school and has been published a couple of times outside the Calvin community, in the Minnetonka Review (now defunct) and Grain. He works at Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank in Comstock Park and lives in Grand Rapids’ Oakdale neighborhood.

(5th) Alissa Goudswaard (’10)
Bio

Alissa Goudswaard (Calvin, ’10) lives in Lafayette, IN, where she recently earned her MA in rhetoric and composition. Now a nanny-turned-proofreader, Alissa enjoys private kitchen dance parties, big Midwestern thunderstorms, and perusing other peoples’ bookshelves. For more, find her online at www.episcotheque.wordpress.com or tweet her @episcotheque.

(6th) Josh deLacy (’13)
Bio

Graduated this May with a writing and political science degree, Josh deLacy enjoys backpacking, rock climbing, and Settlers of Catan. At Calvin, he was Dialogue‘s detail and communication editor, a staff writer for Chimes, a New England Saint, and an Eerdmans Award recipient. He has published two short stories in online literary journals, with another story forthcoming in July. Josh deLacy is currently hitchhiking across small-town America, without touching any money or using any intestates Follow his travels at travelingontrust.com or visit his website at joshdelacy.com.

(7th) Caroline Higgins (’11)
Bio

Caroline Higgins graduated from Calvin College in December 2011. She currently lives in Budapest, Hungary where she teaches ESL to elementary school students and continues to be inspired by different cultures and communities. You can find more of her eclectic musings online at carolinenoelle.wordpress.com, and view her photography at flickr.com/photos/carolinehiggins.

(8th) Paul Menn (’10)
Bio

Paul graduated Calvin in 2010.  He is currently living in Milwaukee, WI as he works towards obtaining his juris doctorate from Marquette University Law School.  He is engaged to be married next summer.  Follow his blog at http://sojournerscafe.wordpress.com/

(9th) Bart Tocci (’11)
Bio

I know what you’re thinking: how, the hell, do I say his last name? Like this: TAW-CHEE. I graduated from Calvin in 2011 with a degree in English. Since last year, I have started reading five books, and I am not close to finishing any of them. I work for Calvin as a Chicago area regional admissions counselor, which means that I try to get high school students to come to school.

(10th) David Greendonner (’12)
Bio

David Greendonner lives and works in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He graduated from Calvin in 2012.

(11th) Elaine Schnabel (’11)
Bio

Elaine Schnabel, who has been puttering around the eastern hemisphere after graduating from Calvin two years ago, is now a graduate student at Purdue University studying communications. She loves traveling, playing soccer and violin, eating scads of peanut butter, and writing blogs (http://bearoflittlebrain.blogspot.kr/).

(12th) Abby Zwart (’13)
Bio

Abby Zwart is an English teacher currently on the classic post-grad quest for a job. She has a passion for urban education and nontraditional students, as well as for her hometown: Grand Rapids. At Calvin she spent her free time working on Chimes and led the publication for two years. Now she spends her free time reading on the porch, writing for and managing this blog, organizing things, packing picnics, and knitting. Her greatest ambition is to not become a crazy cat lady.

(13th) Melissa Dykhuis (’10)
Bio

I live in Tucson, Arizona, with my husband Nathan, cat Sophie, and son Matthew. I graduated from Calvin with a Physics degree in 2010, and now I am a planetary science graduate student at the University of Arizona, studying asteroid orbital dynamics. My young adult sci-fi novel, Fugitive Star, is currently making the rounds through agent slush piles.

(14th) Will Montei (’13)
Bio

Will Montei is a fresh graduate with a degree in writing, a minor in philosophy, and very little money to his name. He is a lover of storytelling in all of its forms. Though he writes often, much of it remains a wonderful secret.

(15th) Sarah Sundt (VanderMolen) (’12)
Bio

Sarah Vandermolen is an English teacher at Central High School. She recently got married to her boyfriend of seven years. In her spare time (not that teachers have any), she enjoys playing games, reading, playing the piano, and scratching the ears of the family dog, Jack.

(16th) Andrew Knot (’11)
Bio

Andrew Knot is an English Teaching Assistant in Vienna, where most of his time is spent trying, and failing, to teach Austrians the correct pronunciation of the English “V.”

(17th) Geneva Langeland (’13)
Bio

During my first semester at Calvin, I wandered into some hazy No Man’s Land between the scientists’ camp and the writers’ camp. Even though I graduated in May 2013, I’m staying in No Man’s Land. It’s great here–they have chocolate.

(18th) Matt and Laura Hubers (’12 and ’10)
Bio

Matt Hubers graduated in 2012 and now works part time as Life Enrichment Assistant at the Holland Home and part time at Via Verde alpaca farm (yes, really). Laura (Bardolph) Hubers graduated in 2010 and is the copywriter at Eerdmans Publishing, where she is also a regular contributor to the company blog, eerdword.wordpress.com. When they’re not working, Matt and Laura enjoy doing crossword puzzles, watching Doctor Who, giving their old house some love, and playing with their Narnian cats, Puddleglum and Pevensie.

(19th) Mary Margaret Healy (’13)
Bio

Mary Margaret is a 2013 English and secondary education grad who is off seeking adventure in the great wide somewhere of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She is currently working on a science fiction novel exploring the deconstruction of gender roles and expectations in a post-apocalyptic society.

(20th) Calah Schlabach (’09)
Bio

Calah Schlabach is a 2009 Calvin graduate who–let’s just be honest–majored in cross country and track while minoring in English and Writing. After a year or so of global and psychological wandering, she discovered the sport of triathlon. Calah currently lives in Arlington, Virginia, where she is assistant triathlon and cross country coach at Marymount University and is working closely with her coach to pursue her goal of making a living (albeit probably a meager one) as a professional triathlete.

(21st) Libby Stille (’13)
Bio

Libby Stille received her diploma in February 2013 and has been putting it to good use by interning full-time at a Lutheran publishing house. She also works part-time as a cashier in a food co-op, which has nothing to do with her major but is a lot of fun anyway.

(22nd) Robert Zandstra (’07)
Bio

Originally from a vegetable farm in rural northwest Indiana, I now live with my wife Hope in Eugene, Oregon, as I pursue a PhD in English at the University of Oregon. I teach undergraduate writing courses and study religion, secularization, and environment in nineteenth-century American literature. I graduated from Calvin in 2007 with a major in History of Religion but returned the next year to complete the English major. “Glory be to God for dappled things—”

(23rd) Jenn Langefeld (’06)
Bio

Jenn Langefeld read somewhere that it takes ten years to learn to write a good novel. Since graduating in 2006, she’s been trying to disprove this (her fourth project looks good, but it could still be a close race). She lives near St. Louis, where her family keeps her sane.

(24th) Lauren Boersma (’13)
Bio

Lauren Boersma will be finishing her English Secondary Ed degree in the fall of 2013. During the fall, winter and spring, she loves doing some improvisational comedy and attending school, which she would probably do for the rest of her life if she could. During the summer, she can be found in Rockford, MI on the shores of Little Bostwick Lake, where she has worked at Camp Roger for four years, telling stories and getting thrown in lakes. Though her internet access is limited, she keeps up with writing through the ancient technology of the paper and pencil.

(25th) Bethany Tap (’12)
Bio

Bethany Tap is attending the University of North Carolina-Wilmington in pursuit of an MFA in Creative Writing. She lives with her partner Clarissa, their enormous cat Squash and tiny kitten Acorn. A fiction writer, Bethany has a publication in Sleet Magazine. She also works as a freelance writer for ideal-LIVING magazine and as a graduate assistant in the Department of Educational Leadership at UNCW. She was recently chosen to be the designer for Chautauqua: The Literary Journal.

(26th) Griffin Jackson (’11)
Bio

Griffin Jackson graduated from Calvin in 2011 and went on to earn his master’s in international relations at the University of Chicago. He is an Editor/Designer at the Chicago Tribune. When he’s not working, Griffin spends his time writing, reading and aspiring to adventure. You can read his latest at his blog, http://griffinpauljackson.wordpress.com

(27th) Brad Zwiers (’12)
Bio

I graduated Calvin College with a B.A. in English and Religion in May 2012 and am now headed into my second year at Western Theological Seminary in Holland, MI. Some things I love: my lovely wife Gwyn, the intersection where Christianity meets pop culture, basketball, the theology of context and place, and trying to remember to remember. I’m also thrilled to hear about / get involved in any attempts at ecumenicism and reconciliation — those might be common 21st century church buzzwords, but they are oh so important. Finally, quote me a line from The Office (U.S), and I’ll most likely be able to tell you the episode it comes from and who says it. I’m not sure that’s a good thing, but I like to believe it is.

(28th) Stephen Mulder (’10)
Bio

Stephen Mulder is a copywriter, editor, husband, singer, and freelance travelling pasta salesman based in Grand Rapids. He spent the majority of his college days inside the Chimes office, eventually serving as editor, web manager, and delivery boy in chief in 2009-10. He graduated in 2010 with a degree in history.

(The 29th, 30th, and 31st of each month are covered by various guest writers.)

 

Previous contributors:

Lander Hultin (’11), English education major, teacher in Fort Collins, CO as of January 2014.

Nard Choi (’11), English and Latin major, completing a master’s in children’s literature at Cambridge University as of May 2014.