Who We Are
Our bloggers are:
(Assigned day of the month) Name (graduation year)
(1st) Amy Allen (’10)
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)
Jacob Schepers graduated from Calvin in 2012 and finished his MA in English from the University at Buffalo in 2013. He is now a PhD student in English at Notre Dame, where he focuses on representations of time, mediation, and the body in 20th- and 21st-century poetics. His book, A Bundle of Careful Compromises (2014), was co-winner of the 2013 Outriders Poetry Project Competition, and his poems have appeared in Verse, The Common, PANK, The Fiddleback, and others. He lives with his wife, Charis, and sons Liam and Oliver in Mishawaka, Indiana. http://jacobscheperspoetry.wordpress.com/
(3rd) Sabrina Lee (’13)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
Paul graduated from Calvin in 2010. He recently married and entered his final year at Marquette University Law School. Paul volunteers weekly at Milwaukee Justice Center.
(9th) Bart Tocci (’11)
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) Katie Van Zanen (’14)
Katie Van Zanen graduated in May 2014 with a writing major and environmental studies and religion minors. A linguaphile and traveler, she is spending the 2014-2015 year with Mennonite Central Committee’s SALT program as a Communications Assistant for an Episcopalian development agency. She reads and writes fiction, essays, blog posts, and grad school applications from Cairo, Egypt. Follow her at kvanzanen.wordpress.com.
(11th) Elaine Schnabel (’11)
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)
Abby Zwart graduated in 2013 with an English secondary education major. She currently lives in Grand Rapids, where she reads books from the bestseller lists, overwrought vampire novels, and the classics with equal relish. She also cooks, eats, knits, organizes things, watches the Tigers, and manages this blog.
(13th) Catherine Kramer (’14)
Catherine Kramer is a 2014 English grad. She works in publishing and lives above a bakery; her days are filled with books, baked goods, and Boy Meets World.
(14th) Will Montei (’13)
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) Cassie Westrate (’14)
Cassie Westrate graduated from Calvin in 2014 with a double major in writing and international development studies. Contrary to her prideful determination to have an awesome job in her field lined up after graduation, she currently lives in Zeeland, MI and makes all of your favorite picnic salads by the hundreds of pounds. She also blogs at riffraffthoughts.wordpress.com.
(16th) Andrew Knot (’11)
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)
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)
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)
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) Gabe Gunnink (’14)
Gabe Gunnink graduated from Calvin in 2014 with degrees in secondary education, Spanish, English, and writing. He will be spending the next year on a twelve-month trial of real adulthood during which time he hopes to work as a Spanish or English teacher. However, if it’s not to his liking, he’ll be moving to York, England where he will write poetry out of tiny tea shops, go for long runs through the rolling British countryside, set the record for the most treacle cake consumed by a single individual, and work part-time as a magical singing nanny with a knack for reminding families of the important things in life.
(21st) Andrew Orlebeke (’10)
Andrew is a 2010 graduate who majored in Spanish. After college he spent a year in Spain and in Korea teaching English. He currently lives in Washington, DC and works on Capitol Hill. An enthusiastic sports fan, ardent traveler, and frequent Qdoba patron, he is excited to be writing for The Post Calvin.
(22nd) Robert Zandstra (’07)
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) Michael Kelly (’14)
Michael Kelly graduated from Calvin College in 2014 with a double major in psychology and writing. Shortly after graduating, he moved to Boston, Massachusetts to begin his graduate level study of educational research at Boston College’s Lynch School of Education. When he is not learning or teaching in formal education settings, Michael strives to learn and teach through stories and writing—fiction and nonfiction, comedy and tragedy, and everything in between.
(24th) Lauren Boersma (’13)
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) Greg Kim (’14)
I graduated in May 2014 with a BA in History and International Relations. I chose to stay at Calvin for another year, but this time around I’ll be a Research Specialist at the Center for Social Research.
(26th) Griffin Jackson (’11)
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)
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)
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.)
Lander Hultin (’11)
Nard Choi (’11)
David Greendonner (’12)
Melissa (Haegert) Dykhuis (’10)
Sarah (Vandermolen) Sundt (’12)
Libby Stille (’13)
Jenn Langefeld (’06)
Calah Schlabach (’09)