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) Ben Rietema (’14)
Ben Rietema graduated in 2014 and lives in Wanaka, New Zealand at the moment. Besides staring at and running in mountains, he makes a wicked hospital corner and can clean a bathroom like Gandhi (if he were a housekeeper) at his job at a local lodge. He also enjoys saying “HOUSEKEEPING” in the highest pitch voice he can muster before entering a room to service it. https://benrietema.wordpress.
(5th) Alissa Goudswaard Anderson (’10)
Alissa Goudswaard Anderson (’10) lives with her husband Josh in New York City, where she is earning her Master of Divinity at General Theological Seminary. 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)
Josh deLacy graduated from Calvin College in 2013 with a B.A. in writing and political science. His published writing include short stories, book reviews, magazine articles, and poetry. Josh currently lives in Renton, Washington, where he does freelance writing and website development, as well as social media consulting and basic graphic design. He is also writing a book about hitchhiking.
(7th) Caroline Higgins (’11)
Caroline Higgins in lives in Brooklyn, New York, where she spends the vast majority of her time teaching English language arts to lively middle-schoolers as a member of the New York City Teaching Fellows. You may also find her working on a master’s degree from Brooklyn College, attempting to master new yoga postures, or planning her next adventure abroad with her roommates. She continues to be inspired by the energy and diversity of New York City and the beauty of that certain slant of light.
(8th) Paul Menn (’10)
Paul currently lives in Milwaukee, WI. He was recently married and is in his final year at Marquette University Law School.
(9th) Bart Tocci (’11)
I graduated from Calvin in 2011 with a degree in English. I gave my two months notice at work, and I’m living in Chicago until I don’t know when. I bought a one-way ticket to Ireland and I leave in May. My blog: barttocci.wordpress.com
(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.
(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 the admissions counselor at Illiana Christian High School in Lansing, Illinois. He often incorrectly likens his responsibilities there to those of a head coach in Division 1 college athletics.
(17th) Geneva Langeland (’13)
Geneva Langeland recently took the plunge into a master’s degree program in environmental policy at the University of Michigan. When she’s not laboring over homework or exploring Ann Arbor, she spends her free time reminiscing about the days when she had free time.
(18th) Matt and Laura Hubers (’12 and ’10)
Matt Hubers graduated in 2012 and now works as a Recruitment Specialist at Hope Network. 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, reading all sorts of good books, giving their old house some love, and playing with their Narnian cats: Puddleglum, Pevensie, and Rumblebuffin.
(19th) Mary Margaret Healy (’13)
Mary Margaret is a 2013 English, history, and secondary education grad who is off seeking adventure in the great wide somewhere of Pennsylvania. She is in graduate school at the University of Pittsburgh, studying to get her master’s degree in social work. Her major writing project right now is a fantasy novel based on her experiences as a Dungeon Master during her college years.
(20th) Gabe Gunnink (’14)
Gabe Gunnink graduated from Calvin in 2014 with degrees in secondary education, Spanish, English, and writing. He is currently on a twelve-month trial of real adulthood during which time he’s working as a 9th grade Spanish teacher. However, if it’s not to his liking, he’ll be moving to York, England where he will write poetry out of tea shops, go for lolloping runs through the British countryside, set the record for the most treacle cake consumed in a single sitting, 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 is a 9th and 10th grade English teacher at Calvin Christian High School. Lauren is a lying, spontaneous, idealistic, independent, fierce, over-thinking, damaged, adventurous, ordinary megalomaniac with a healthy sense of self-worth and a high word count. See her writing for more detail.
(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) Bekah Williamson (’12)
(The 29th, 30th, and 31st of each month are covered by various guest writers.)
Nard Choi (’11)
Melissa (Haegert) Dykhuis (’10)
David Greendonner (’12)
Lander Hultin (’11)
Jenn Langefeld (’06)
Stephen Mulder (’10)
Calah Schlabach (’09)
Andrew Steiner (’12)
Libby Stille (’13)
Sarah (Vandermolen) Sundt (’12)