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20 Closing Reception: Beauty is Interconnectedness, Plainfield

12-14 MFAW Alumni Lighthouse Writers’ Conference, Port Townsend 12-19 GGI Residency, Plainfield 12-20 MFAW Residency, Port Townsend 13 GGI Visiting Day, Plainfield 14 Cara Hoffman Reading, Port Townsend 14 GGI Commencement, Plainfield 18 Mark Doty Poetry Reading,

DECEMBER 1–Feb. 19 Clockworks 30th Anniversary Exhibit, Plainfield 5 Concert: Tony Trischka, Plainfield


Gritty, Sultry & Powerful Kat Wright & the Indomitable Soul Band come to the Haybarn Theatre on Jan. 15 with their trademark blend of Memphis soul and new school rhythm and blues. For tickets, visit goddard.edu.

4-11  MFAW Residency, Plainfield 6 Mark Doty Poetry Reading, Plainfield 7 Carla Norton Reading, Plainfield 10 MFAW Commencement, Plainfield 15 Concert: Kat Wright & the Indomitable Soul Band, Plainfield 15-22 EDU Residency, Plainfield 17 EDU Commencement, Plainfield 29-Feb. 5 MFAIA Residency, Plainfield 30  MFAIA Visiting Day, Plainfield 30 Concert: Archie Shepp, Plainfield 30-Feb. 6 EDU Residency, Seattle 31 EDU Commencement, Seattle 31 MFAIA Commencement, Plainfield

Port Townsend

26-Mar. 4 UGP1 Residency, Plainfield

MARCH 11-18 PSY Residency, Plainfield 12 PSY Visiting Day, Plainfield 18-26 MFAIA Residency, Port Townsend 25-Apr. 1 BFAW Residency, Plainfield 25-Apr. 1 UGP2 Residency, Plainfield 28 David Elliott Reading, Plainfield 30-Apr. 2 AWP Conference & Bookfair, Los Angeles

APRIL 9 Discover Goddard Day Spring Open House, Plainfield

The Silo recently got a facelift in the form of new shingles, thanks to a grant from the Vermont Department of Historic Preservation.




president’s letter |

Fall | Winter 2015 President Bob Kenny chats with MFAIA students in Port Townsend.

MANAGING EDITOR Samantha Kolber DESIGNER Kelly Collar BOARD OF TRUSTEES Avram Patt, Chair Mario Borunda, PhD Danielle Boutet Wayne Fawbush Lucinda Garthwaite Mark Jones Nicola Morris Hubert Tino O’Brien Manuel O’Neil Caleb Pitkin James Ross Richard Schramm Jill Mattuck Tarule Carey Turnbull SUBMISSIONS Clockworks Goddard College 123 Pitkin Road Plainfield, VT 05667 ph 866.614.ALUM

EDITORIAL BOARD Dustin Byerly Kelly Collar Meg Hammond Gerard Holmes Samantha Kolber Gariot P. Louima Karla Haas Moskowitz

The study of vocation should be approached as a part of living rather than as something distinct and an end in itself.

WRITERS Dustin Byerly Sarah Hooker Samantha Kolber Karla Haas Moskowitz PHOTOGRAPHY David Conklin David Halé Stefan Hard TRUSTEES EMERITI Cliff Coleman Peter Donovan Stephen B. Friedman Mary McCullough Clotilde Pitkin Joan Shafran Lois Sontag Robert Wax

Clockworks is Goddard College’s semiannual alumni magazine. We encourage submissions of news from alumni, faculty, staff and students. Please send your updates to: [email protected].



The community should be used as a laboratory in which students may see life as a whole rather than as a collection of unrelated parts.


HOSE OF YOU WHO HAVE HAD the opportunity to attend a Goddard College commencement are aware that the ceremony focuses on students’ study, life and work: knowing, being and doing. Graduating students are introduced with a short synopsis of their academic work, or final product. Though each final product differs in content, context, style and setting, they all seem to tie into the theme of “being in the world.” As I’ve listened to these introductions over the years, I realize how rooted they are in the ideals upon which Goddard was re-formulated over 75 years ago. At that time, a small group of thought leaders committed the institution to a new path built around a system of learnercentered, experience-based principles espoused by John Dewey. This small group wrote in the introductory chapter of The Goddard Bulletin, published in 1938, that there was “…a genuine need for a college of a distinctive type, a need for a college not now in existence.” A college with the following characteristics, paraphrased from that original booklet:


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These aims did not just crop up in 1938 to be forgotten. The College’s current mission, vision and values echo much of those original principles. For every one of us, each day is in essence a commencement – a beginning. It is a launching into the future and a continuation from the past. If the time spent at Goddard goes well, each graduate steps back into a continuing life, and they are changed. They have learned a new way of being in that continuing life. They will have tools that will allow them to identify and examine and reflect and research and propose and modify and conclude and assess and, as the end of the Goddard College mission statement indicates, “take imaginative and responsible action” in that world. They have the drive to make sure the world will be a better place. In the words of one much more eloquent than I, Rainer Maria Rilke, from the poem “Moving Forward,” writes: The deep parts of my life pour onward, As if the river shores were opening out. It seems that things are more like me now That I can see further into paintings now and I feel closer to what language can’t reach… With sincere warmth I say to each of you, be well, and go well.

That education should be for real living through the actual facing of real life problems. That education is a process of securing a better understanding and an enriching of life rather than the teaching of subject matters in a prescribed course.

Robert Kenny President

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contents | Features


7 Is Activism Dead?

Faculty advisor explores ‘story as activism’ and Goddard’s conversation with the world.


12 Q&A with Piers Anthony (BA RUP ’56)

The award-winning science fiction author talks about how Goddard changed his life.


14 30 Years of Goddard Stories

A history of the evolution of Clockworks since its early days as The Goddard Record.


17 1970s Counterculture and Its Lasting Influence

The Goddard community works to preserve the stories of Vermont’s hip and heavy cats.



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Events Calendar From the President College Briefs Alumni Portfolio Class Notes

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Faculty/Staff Notes In Memoriam Tribute to an Activist Goddard in the World Giving to Goddard




Port Townsend student Anjali Austin (MFAIA ’15) gave a jazz and musical theater performance at Fort Worden’s Wheeler Theatre last March as part of the Emancipating Boundaries project. ERRATA

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Pamela Callender (MFAIA ’11) was noted in last issue’s Class Notes as the founder of Fogartyville Community Media Center in Sarasota; she is actually the founder of the Visual Arts Department of the Fogartyville Community Media Center. Richard Mulliken (BA RUP ’56) was erroneously listed in last issue’s Class Notes as class of 1966; he is class of 1956. SEND IN YOUR NEWS | [email protected]

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EMANCIPATING BOUNDARIES Ten graduating MFAIA artists from across the country presented their culminating MFA thesis work in March in a collaborative, public showing titled Emancipating Boundaries. The show included art exhibitions, performances, and a community dialogue at Port Townsend’s Fort Worden campus. 1 Nashay Jones (MFAIA-WA ’15); 2 Daniel Marshall performs “Three for Daniel,” choreographed by C. Anthony Cole (MFAIA-WA ’15); 3 Sam Vance (MFAIA-WA ’15) performs with his wife, Candace Vance; and 4 Sam Vance (MFAIA-WA ’15), right, improvises with Nick Ahrens, partner of Ryan Conarro (MFAIA-WA ’15).

Goddard is First in Vermont to Offer Bilingual Education Endorsement THE VERMONT AGENCY of Education recently approved the addition of a bilingual education endorsement to Goddard’s teacher education program, making the college the first in Vermont to gain this approval. The bilingual education endorsement authorizes

educators to teach students who are English Language Learners and/or native English speakers in both English and Spanish. Goddard offers two study options: the Master of Arts degree in education with the Bilingual Education Endorsement, which is 36 credits over three

semesters, and the Bilingual Education Post-Baccalaureate Endorsement, which is 24 credits over two semesters. Both options will prepare educators to plan, develop, implement and assess standards-based content instruction in English and Spanish.

New Face in Academic Leadership DR. LEWIS JONES joined Goddard in September as the new chief academic officer and academic dean. He has experience in academic and faculty leadership, program assessment, and enrollment management. Jones was previously provost and vice president for academic affairs at Bluefield State College in West Virginia, vice president for academic affairs at Wilberforce University in Ohio, chief academic officer at Webster University in Missouri, and dean of faculty at Grantham University in Kansas, among other senior-level academic positions.

WGDR’S NEW WEBSITE is up and running with new efficiencies and services like on-demand listening, a simplified user interface, integration with Sound Cloud and social media, and improved mobile capabilities. Indie Kingdom, WGDR’s signature academic program, received rave reviews from partnering schools. WGDR has been invited by the Vermont Community Foundation’s Collaborations and Innovations Grant Review Board to submit for a second round of funding this year. check it out:


Students work in the WGDR studio as part of Indie Kingdom’s youth training focus.


On the Front Burner with WGDR




college briefs | Goddard recently recognized alumni with awards in activism, excellence, arts projects, and an honorary degree.

TELL US ABOUT IT. The next issue of Clockworks will feature a story about couples who met at Goddard and have endured long after leaving. Send your Goddard love story to Clockworks, Goddard College, 123 Pitkin Road, Plainfield, VT 05667 or clockworks@


New West Coast Writers’ Conference IN FEBRUARY, the Goddard MFA in Creative Writing Program in Port Townsend, Wash., will join its sister campus in Plainfield, Vt., in hosting a new annual event­ – the Lighthouse Writers’ Conference and Retreat. The Plainfield campus has been hosting its Clockhouse Writers’ Conference and Retreat since 1997. Now, the MFAW alumni group will offer two annual opportunities for writers to come back to either campus for a few days of workshops, panels, readings, and reconnecting. Learn more at clockhousewriters.com.



Jonathan Katz (BA RUP ’71), Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters

Bridget Erin (MFAIA ’15), Spring/Summer Alumni Arts Project Award

Dan Chodorkoff (BA RUP ’71), Presidential Award for Activism

Ryan Conarro (MFAIA ’15), Spring/Summer Alumni Arts Project Award

Charlene Smith (MFAIA ’14), Spring/Summer Alumni Arts Project Award

MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts Program Launches New Alumni Gathering THIS PAST JULY, the MFAIA program piloted an alumni gathering during its Vermont residency. Over graduation weekend, a small corps of alumni came to campus and invited six guest artists, including three who are program alumni. Performances from Imani Izuri (MFAIA ‘12) and experimental workshops from John Borstel and Catherine Mueller (MFAIA ‘14), enhanced the usual residency schedule. Outside artists, such as Dylan Miner of The Aboriginal Curatorial Collective and Just Seeds, and Emily Simons of Beehive Design Collective, joined in for a

panel discussion exploring the residency theme. Alumni met and brainstormed over the weekend about ways to develop ongoing alumni efforts. One session came up with an MFAIA Alumni Association, which has several projects in mind: building an effective communications network among MFAIA alumni, planning another oncampus gathering next summer, and developing long-distance alumni professional development opportunities. Any MFAIA alumni who are interested should contact Tyson Pease (MFAIA ‘15) at tyson. [email protected].

Jonathan Katz speaks at the Haybarn Theatre during the awards ceremony in September. See it at goddard.edu/katz.

New Partnerships Create Opportunities GODDARD’S MFA in Creative Writing Program and PEN Center USA, one of the nation’s largest literary organizations, will now provide emerging writers with a $10,000 scholarship to Goddard. Starting next fall, any former PEN Center USA Emerging Voices Fellow will be able to apply for this scholarship into the MFAW program. The first award is made possible by a generous $10,000 gift from faculty and friends of the college. Goddard also formed a partnership with Gaia Education that combines sustainability education with radical pedagogy and social justice. The new partnership allows students who complete Gaia’s Design for Sustainability online certification course to earn up to 10 credits and a $1,000 grant toward a bachelor’s degree at Goddard.


Did you meet the love of your life at Goddard?

Wilmer Brandt (BA RUP ’55), Goddard Award for Excellence



Faculty advisor explores “story as activism” and Goddard’s conversation with the world.

MFAIA faculty member Gale Jackson (center) performs in “Bridge Suite: Bearing Witness,” part of the Outlet Dance Project at Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, N.J. This annual festival was curated by alumna Donia Salem (MFAIA ’15).


appears that story is our vehicle as we transcend difference, indifference, and relational barriers that may otherwise seem impenetrable.   Maxine Greene shares: “Even in the small, the local places in which teaching is done, educators may begin creating the kinds of situations where, at the very least, students will begin telling the stories of what they are seeking, what they know and might not yet know, exchanging stories with others grounded in other landscapes, at once bringing something into being that is in-between. It is at moments like these that persons begin to recognize each other and, in the experience of recognition, feel the need to take responsibility for each other.” 1 Goddard promotes this sense of responsibility in its mission as well as in the curriculum it facilitates across the college. A Goddard student learns immediately upon his or her arrival at residency that authentic learning insists and incorporates an ability to respond to self, others, and the earth in ways that promote

S INDIVIDUALS AND COMMUNITIES navigate their own sense of power, how and when stories are released into the world become critical forces that shape quests for both protection and influence. As activists and storytellers, our knowing what to say, when to say it, and to whom becomes pivotal in our work to save our world, and ourselves.

Goddard’s conversations with the world manifest in the powerful stories that we hear, share, and create. Goddard-generated and facilitated stories have risen from places throughout the globe and span disciplines, genres, and experience.  They are born from spontaneity and wielded through generations of engagement. Goddard stories reveal faculty, students, and alumni as shapeshifters in a world seeking revelation. In fact, one could conclude that Goddard is a story-center. It






personal, political, fight against oppression From his one-bedroom apartment in Denver, Colo., Mark Anderson (IBA ’14) created a podcast, The Smallest Bone: bringing what’s outside, inside, for his senior study. “The smallest bone in the body is located in the middle ear,” says Anderson. “It plays an integral part in the human process of hearing by conducting sound waves to the inner ear.” In the same way the smallest bone transmits sound into meaning, Mark offers a look into his own family history with these family interviews interspersed with music and commentary. thesmallestbone.com

Micheline Aharonian Marcom (MFAW faculty) is helping to put a human face to the immigration crisis by working on an oral history project called The New American Story Project, where she will document the real stories – turning statistics into narratives – of undocumented men, women and children living in the U.S. Marcom has already captured the stories of a dozen unaccompanied Central American minors

living in Oakland, California. michelinemarcom. com/nm-story-project

Michele Clark (PSY/CMHC faculty) started a story-based blog about being Jewish on the Lower East Side from 1945 to 1960. She writes about her experience as a New York Jew and historian of family, community, and meat. rivingtonatessex.blogspot.com

Matthew Dineen (IMA ’14) shares a passion with Scott Nikolas Nappalos, editor of Lines of Work: Stories of Jobs and Resistance, who writes: “Working class experiences of story telling have not been taken seriously enough among those of us who try to organize and build a better society…The act of telling our tales of work and struggle can change people.” Dineen created The Music & Work Project, which includes a zine, blog, and nationwide tour exploring the role of music in our working lives. themusicandworkproject. blogspot.com


sustainability and justice. Story sharing is a critical component in this. A work of literary criticism, “The Corn People Have a Song, Too. It is Very Good,” by J. Edward Chamberlin, begins with a poem originally traced to the Pueblo people of North America: “the corn people have a song too/it is very good/I refuse to tell it.” 2 In this article, Chamberlin notes the power of literature to provide, among other things, a doorway to trickery and magic as well as a window into truth and beauty. Explored here is the notion that stories can be given, and then there is light; stories can also be withheld and with this there may be darkness, a black void of silence that may incite as well as confuse. Yet, no matter how stories are used, they have the potential to brandish power and reveal sacred meaning. In this way, story can be the talisman, for a community like Goddard, to uphold its standard and express its power to have a place in the world and to shape this world in magical and essential ways. Chamberlain explores that while stories may bring people together, they may also pull them apart; but possibilities of cohesion and divisiveness are the chances we take when sharing the various storylines of our lives. This is especially the case when we employ narratives to help construct the critical change we seek inside and outside of ourselves. Engaging in storytelling as a way to both converse with one another and to express our activism, crafts, in Chamberlain words, “material and spiritual agency,” thus bringing people together into community. At Goddard, we align with the power of story to position ourselves, explicitly, as a community where narrative and people come together in the name of activism. The conversations Goddard has with the world are created with intention to express radical acts to transform and to transgress.  These stories are evidence of infusion and inspiration within communities across the globe revealing the interdisciplinarity, passion, and artistry needed to promote righteousness and equity. “Goddard is, at its heart, about learning how to live, which necessitates a continual conversation with ourselves about what it means to be a good citizen locally and globally,” says Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg, founder of the Transformative Language Arts program and acting director of the Goddard "


connection and collaboration



Deborah Hickey’s (PSY/CMHC faculty) creative research has contributed to the development of Artful & Playful Expressions of Genograms, a workshop shared at the Expressive Summit in New York City. Hickey engages participants in one of several mediums of artful/playful genograms that include: animal genograms; mythology genograms; mapping genograms; and sculpturing.

Karen Werner (UGP faculty) and Kristi Leora Gansworth (MFAW-WA ’12) are collaborating on an audio and digital storytelling project titled, I Have Been Born at the Waterfall Many Times. The piece is about colonization and water as a living relative, focusing on a sacred waterfall, Akikodjiwan (Chaudière Falls), that is part of a proposed real estate development in the center of Ottawa, Ontario. The project was commissioned by the academic journal Rethinking Marxism for its winter 2016 issue on Marxism and spirituality.

Poet Gale Jackson (MFAIA faculty) has helped develop Storyteller in Residence / Poet in the House Collaborative for public school students in New York City. Says one of her middle-school-aged students, “The Poet in the House Collaborative is very important to me. Through Professor Jackson’s teachings, I learn to think more deeply about who I am and about the world around me.” In the photo above, Gale Jackson (right) works on “Story and Poetry in Chinese Calligraphy” as the Eccles Visiting Scholar at Southern Utah University in March. At left, a postcard of Chaudière Falls, a set of cascades and waterfalls in the centre of the OttawaGatineau metropolitan area in Canada, which is the focus of Karen Werner and Kristi Leora Gansworth’s project.

" Graduate Institute (GGI). “What does it mean to positively contribute to our communities in concert with the realities and possibilities inherent...at the moment? How do we take good care of ourselves, and others, while pursuing what calls to us in our work, activism, art, and studies? These are lifelong questions that tilt us toward widening our perception beyond our biases, limitations, and ideas about the world to see, as clearly as we can, what’s happening now. To see, to take action, and to work in community...all takes courage, vision, and willingness to dwell in not knowing until we find our best ways forward, and, in that movement forward...make a new story out of how we live.” The Goddard College community is so thoroughly engaged in creating new stories and paradigms for living, they couldn’t possibly fit into the too few pages of this article, let alone magazine. So, we’ve included a brief list of Goddard people with a synopsis of their storytelling and activism work. To read their full stories, please visit goddard.edu/stories. These stories about our alumni, students and faculty and their, and therefore Goddard’s, work in the world to keep activism alive is only the tip of the iceberg. The ones mentioned here expose the epidermis of the humanity that is inherent in the College’s efforts to live its mission. Acclaimed author Sue Monk Kidd wisely warns us that “stories have to be told or they die, and when they die, we can’t remember who we are or why we’re here.” Goddard’s brand of local and global activism is fueled by a notion that links stories to truth-telling, and truth-telling to justice. So, yes, stories are being told; and, yes, they have to be told. In fact, our lives depend on it. These stories inspire and activate changes in self and in society that may not be easy to witness; but it remains irrefutable that the College’s storyinfused activism lives on. CW

FOOTNOTES 1 Greene, Maxine. “Diversity and Inclusion: Toward a Curriculum for Human Beings.” Teachers College Record Winter 95.2 (1993): 211-21. 2 Chamberlin, J. Edward. ”The Corn People Have a Song Too. It Is Very Good”: On Beauty, Truth, and Goodness.” Studies in American Indian Literatures 21.3 (2009): 66-89. 



STORY MAP: place as story

Wendy Call (BFAW faculty) recently launched a map/place-based literary project that contains a collection of Sqebeqsed Stories, the stories of Southeast Seattle’s Seward Park, home to the city’s last old-growth forest. Above, one of Wendy’s photos on the story map: “Lanterns Over Andrew’s Bay.” sewardparkstories.org

Robin Stone (MA HAS ‘15) used her graduate thesis “Black Women’s Lives Matter: A Narrative, Womanist Approach to Self-Care,” as a vehicle “to help black women embrace self-care through engaging with the stories of their bodies,” she says. Her final product was the production of a documentary along with a writing workshop to “expand the power of narrative … to turn story receivers into storytellers.”


transformation, healing, and evaluation of self and others Meta Commerse (BA HAS ‘01, MA EDU ‘02, MFAW ‘11) has founded a communitybased intervention project called Story Medicine, that publishes books and videos and gives workshops and presentations on using the power of story to heal. storymedicineasheville.com

STORY TEACHING: youth rising up

True Stories: Adventures in Nonfiction Audio Storytelling, conceptualized by Karen Werner (UGP faculty) in collaboration with Jackie Batten (WGDR Training Coordinator), is a semesterlong, dual-enrollment program at Goddard available to local high school students who immerse themselves in the art of telling true stories through sound, deep listening, and various forms of audio storytelling. Above, students at the Pratt Center.



Kerrie Lynn Mayer (MA EDU ‘13) asks, “How does one become a teller of stories, a speaker of truths, a confronter of fears and injustices?” in her Goddard thesis, titled “Self-Transformation and Collective Liberation: Stories of Learning and Longing.” Mayer articulates the importance of stories and the ways they

connect us. She discovers how her own “storylessness” kept her silent. In telling her own story, Mayer realizes “I want to be a voice for change, a voice that names fear, a voice that speaks up,” she writes. Erin Gravelle (MA EDU ’12) engaged in a “learning to learn” process that emerged from the stories of her own life in her thesis, “Wandering to Know: A Cyclical Study of Fear and Story, or Skating Circles Around Myself: A Heuristic Exploration of Storytelling and Fear.” She collected personal narratives and documented the origins of and processes of fear on her blog.


conversation and change in a world reaching for justice

Loba Wakinyan Azul (MFAW student) started a conversation at the MFAW Port Townsend residency about diversity and Goddard’s responsibility as a community to “make what we offer available to a broader racial community.” Doyle Canning (BA EDU ‘03) cowrote Re-Imagining Change: How to Use Story-Based Strategy to Win Campaigns, Build Movements, and Change the World, and co-founded the Center for Story Based Strategy. Both are tools that teach one to harness the power of narrative for social change, how to change the story to enact change. storybasedstrategy.org

Amoshaun Toft (BA RUP ’00) is an educator, researcher, and activist who studies and teaches “about

language, power, and social change” at the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at UW Bothell. Toft analyzes public dialog about social movements and works with activists on storytelling strategies that can effectively engage with the existing stories to change them and thus public policy. atoft.net Susan Sakash (MA SIS ‘15), moments before her commencement at Goddard, organized four and a half minutes of silence as part of the nationwide remembrance of Michael Brown. Her graduate work, “The Solidarity Economy as Social Innovation,” unpacked “the solidarity economy framework” and “economic democracy” by grounding them in individual/collective visions of what a more just and ethical economy looks and feels like.

Read more about our activists here.

Happenings at the Haybarn Theatre…


JAN 15

JAN 31

Tony Trischka

Kat Wright

Archie Shepp

A Vermont-grown band blending Memphis soul and R&B

Alumnus and jazz legend Archie Shepp (BA ’59) returns to the Haybarn Theatre

Valley Stage Productions presents Glory Shone Around, a banjodriven celebration of the season

Saturday, Dec 5 at 8pm

& the Indomitable Soul Band Friday, Jan 15 at 8pm


Saturday, Jan 31 at 8pm

www.goddard.edu CLOCKWORKS FALL | WINTER 2015



with Piers Anthony

lumnus and award-winning sci-fi author Piers Anthony (BA RUP ’56) has written over 100 books, 21 of which were on the New York Times Bestseller List. While at Goddard from 1952–1956, he not only studied creative writing and discovered his passion, but he discovered a close-knit family of likeminded individuals and met the love of his life.



Above, Piers Anthony strolls the Goddard campus with his fellow student and future bride Carol Marble, 1955. At left, he and other students lend a hand during a campus work day, 1955.

DUSTIN BYERLY: How did you find Goddard? PIERS ANTHONY: My mother learned of it, and I liked the sound of it: In Vermont, no grades, small, liberal. Remember, this was in prehistoric times: No Internet. DB: What made you decide to enroll? PA: They gave me a significant need-

based scholarship, which I have since repaid more than a hundredfold. DB: What was Goddard like in the ’50s? PA: Small. At one point we had just 57 students. It was like a big family. I needed that. DB: I know you met your wife while you were at Goddard. How did the two of you meet? PA: At Goddard, everyone knew everyone. We worked on the same dishwashing crew. One thing led to another, and … DB: Did she support your plan to become a full time writer? PA: Oh, yes. She went

to work so I could stay home and write. DB: I heard that you and your wife made a deal regarding your career as an aspiring writer? PA: That’s true: If I was unable to sell any of my fiction in a year of full-time trying, I would give it up and make a mundane living. But I sold two stories. DB: What inspires you to write? PA: I just love to write. I also like

being my own man and constantly exercising my creativity. DB: What is your favorite book that you have written, and why? PA: Tatham Mound, a historical novel about Hernando de Soto, told from the point of view of the American Indians. He was not a nice man. We largely financed the excavation of a local Indian burial mound, and in effect I animated the bones found there. DB: What was the first book you wrote

that hit the bestseller list? And how

Regarded as one of the world’s most popular fantasy writers, Piers Anthony is the author of the best-selling Xanth series. The series first started as a trilogy in the 1970s, but thanks to a devoted fan-base, it has grown to 39 books and still thrives today.

did it feel to get that type of recognition? PA: That was Ogre, Ogre, the fifth Xanth novel. It may have been the first original paperback fantasy novel (that is, not a reprint from a hardcover) to make the New York Times list. There’s a story behind it: Critics were accusing me of being an ogre at fan conventions – before I had even attended one. Critics are finely crafted from animal feces, as you may know. That annoyed me, so I made an ogre the hero of the next novel – and, ogre-like, it smashed all barriers and made the bestseller list. After that, folks could call me an ogre if they wanted to.

DB: You have accomplished a great deal in your writing career. Is there one thing that stands out in your mind as your greatest achievement? PA: That may be my efforts to improve the lot of writers. I helped get the self-publisher Xlibris started, and I maintain an ongoing Survey of Electronic Publishers that doesn’t pull its punches. DB: Did your Goddard education help you in your life/career? PA: Oh yes – just having my BA widened my job prospects. I was able to get jobs as a technical writer, a social worker, and with a few education courses, a teacher. I simply needed to survive until I could make it as a writer. DB: Did you start writing professionally immediately after Goddard? If not, what did you do after graduation? PA: Mainly, I got drafted into the U.S. Army for two years. I didn’t make my first story sale until six years after graduating. DB: What is your fondest memory or

story from your time at Goddard? PA: Goddard was like paradise for me. It continued from there. My wife

Carol (Cam) liked the work days with music blasting out across the campus. I was the only one I knew who ever crossed college president Tim Pitkin. When I ran the Student Loan Fund, the charge to borrowers was one percent per week. I thought that was too high, so I charged less. When challenged, I marched into Tim’s office and showed him – from his own references – that this rate was against Vermont’s Usury Law. He never challenged me again. DB: Was there a particular faculty member who had a strong impact on you? PA: Will Hamlin, my advisor for Creative Writing. I was the only one majoring in Creative Writing, so, in effect I was in a class of one with Will. That was an ideal situation for learning. I was not a great writer, but I made progress, and, in time, did get there. When I got suspended for a week for being in the Manor Lounge after-hours with five other students – the faculty had violated community policy to take control of the lounges – Will was the only faculty member to stand up for the students. That says something about his character. I also especially remember John Pierce, who made me see the world as an almost living geological entity. DB: What are you currently working on? PA: A collaboration, Virtue Inverted, with Kenneth Kelly. Virtue is a lovely and nice vampire, in contrast to some of the human characters. DB: What advice do you have for today’s Goddard student/aspiring writers? PA: Keep writing and improving. A degree won’t sell fiction; you have to perfect your ability on your own. CW

“Goddard transformed my life. It was there that I became a vegetarian, decided on my life’s career, and met the girl I married. We’re still together, 59 years later.” CLOCKWORKS FALL | WINTER 2015









Clockworks turns 30 this year, and looking through the large notebook of archived issues is like time travel; it gives one a capsulized sense of all that has happened at Goddard in three decades, which is a great deal. Throughout major upheavals and transitions, from Goddard V to the closing of the Residential Program, to Mark Schulman’s Third Century Plan and new academic programs, Clockworks has chronicled the ongoing story of Goddard and its people.

hree stories from these years stand out for me. The first, in the Winter 2001–2002 issue, told of Goddard’s personal involvement with 9/11. Lenny Brown (BA RUP ’01), an EMT and a Goddard student, answered the call for volunteers during the search and rescue phase immediately after the attack, and his compelling description of the devastated city alternated with the incredible acts of human kindness and bravery he witnessed. “Half of me wants to go and see the memorial, the other half is still torn over the episode,” says Lenny, still an EMT, now in Hartford, Conn. Goddard graduate Siobhan Dolan (BA HAS ’01) opened an acupuncture detox clinic at Ground Zero and provided relief for rescue workers and others in shock. In the Clockworks article, she noted that the reduced stress levels of her patients often led to enough relief that the workers could begin to verbalize what they had experienced. Other practitioners showed up to One memorable Clockworks article told of two alumni who volunteered at Ground Zero following the Sept. 11 attacks.

volunteer with her, while others donated plants and money, and soon “they had transformed a desolate space into a garden – a garden in which people sat quietly getting acupuncture.” The second story, in the 2005 Winter– Spring issue, covered Mark Schulman’s inaugural tour, over nine months, from house parties to gatherings in larger venues. Traveling to Portland, Ore., Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Albuquerque, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Florida, New York City, Boston and throughout northern New England, Mark met hundreds of Goddard folks at a pivotal time in the College’s history. He wrote of the passionate connection he witnessed between alumni and others to the College, and he was deeply encouraged by the relief, optimism and excitement he heard first-hand.  “I am made humble...by the amazing group of people you are,” he wrote in his President’s Letter. He was the longestserving Goddard president, with the exception of Tim Pitkin.

THE EVOLUTION OF A MAGAZINE The Goddard Record During the Goddard Seminary Days in the early 1900s, this was a student journal with a section of alumni notes and a locals section that often mentioned graduates and former faculty that visited during the year. The annual June commencement edition usually covered the events of the annual Alumni Day and related alumni exercises that were scheduled around Graduation Weekend. The Silo Quarterly A publication of Goddard Seminary, Goddard Junior College and Goddard College Alumni published in different formats between 1954 and 1983. The earliest issues were mimeographed legal-size sheets that were corner stapled, and later issues were printed on tabloid-style newsprint. The Silo took its name from the silos on campus, which now house classroom meeting spaces and part of the dining hall. The Rooster A campus newspaper published from about 1976–1980. First it was a vehicle for publicizing events, and later it became more of a student newspaper. At times it looked more like a literary journal, perhaps at the whim of the editors that semester. Other campus newspapers called The Unicorn, The Next Experiment, The New Zoo Review, The Missionary and The New Paper were all published during the reign of The Rooster. Clockworks Magazine Named for the Clockhouse that housed the Development Office, Clockworks began in 1985 as a revitalized and professional way to keep in touch with the college community. It has come out regularly, 2-4 times a year, since then and features a message from the president, alumni and faculty news, reunion and campus updates, donor lists, graduation details, and board of trustee and Alumni Association news. It’s now published twice a year.



The Winter 2005 issue of Clockworks chronicled President Mark Schulman’s nine-month inaugural tour around the United States. Schulman was the longest-serving Goddard president, after Tim Pitkin.

A third notable story happened in 2004, when Clockworks matured into a two-color magazine with a full color cover, joining the ranks of more modern university publications. Daryl Campbell, then chief financial officer under Mark Schulman, explained it like this:

throughout, showcasing the people of Goddard, which continues today. What does all this amount to? One can see an amazing place continuing a strong tradition of progressive education in an ever-changing landscape. Every month, every year, sees new students

“We had lost touch with so many of our alumni over the years…we saw a revitalized Clockworks as the ideal vehicle to reconnect.” – DARYL C AMPBELL, GODDARD’S FORMER CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

“Goddard was undergoing yet another significant transformation, having recently closed RUP to focus primarily on low residency education.  Mark asked me to step in and re-energize Goddard’s alumni development efforts. We had lost touch with so many of our alumni over the years, and it was clear that Goddard did not have a reliable and dependable way to communicate regularly with them. We saw then a revitalized Clockworks magazine as the ideal vehicle to reconnect.”  What followed, under the editorship of Luisa Ehrich, was a radically different publication, a magazine with more color, representing all the aspects of Goddard news and the many different constituencies, and, for ten issues, alumni submitted artwork for the covers. Since then, a new Clockworks has been born, with full color

and graduating students working together with outstanding faculty advisors, along with a dedicated staff who all surmount continual challenges to remain vital and relevant. Whether it’s serving in China, Tehran, the South Pacific, Kenya, Peru, or volunteering after Hurricane Katrina, Goddard people take their education out into the world, doing what they can do to make the world a better, a more just and sustainable place. They’re helping the planet stay healthy, making art and music, writing, serving others, teaching, creating, revitalizing, transforming. Their stories make up a multilayered quilt that is Goddard College, and Clockworks has done a remarkable job in communicating all of these human stories. CW

THE EDITORS OF CLOCKWORKS Wally Roberts 1986-1990 Jim Higgins (with Deb Crespin, 1987-88) Mary Welz 1994 No issues 1995 Mary Welz and Will Hamlin 1996 Rebecca Burk 1997 Aviva Vogel 1998 Alumni Affairs Department 1999 Alumni Affairs, Fran Malgeri, Lora McGrath, Rebecca Malgeri 2000-2004 Fran Malgeri (with Luisa Ehrich, 2004) 2005 Luisa Ehrich 2006-2010 Sarah Hooker, Kelly Collar 2011 Hillary Montgomery, Kelly Collar 2012-PRESENT Samantha Kolber 1985




1970s Counterculture and its Lasting Influence Preserving the Stories of Vermont’s Hip & Heavy Cats he Vermont Historical Society is embarking on a two-year research project to capture Vermonters’ memories of the 1970s, the decade known for its cultural turbulence and massive social change. It was also the decade when Vermont’s population increased by 15 percent, communes and agricultural experiments proliferated, and many of the state’s iconic brands – such as Ben and Jerry’s and Vermont Public Radio – and today’s food cooperatives began. Goddard College has a deep connection to the prolific stories of that time, as the 1970s alumni are a particularly vibrant and large group. Residential enrollment peaked in 1972, with 1,942 students. Many settled here to work and raise families. Some recall Goddard at that time as “the golden era.” With an educational model that focused on egalitarianism, hands-on experiential learning and a less hierarchical approach to learning, it was a magnet for those seeking alternative ways of living and thinking. Last March, the historical society held a public forum – the first of many throughout the state – at Goddard’s Plainfield campus. Forty-five Central Vermonters attended, including Helen Rabin, a Marshfield resident who came to the area in the


late 1960s when her husband, Jules, got a teaching job at Goddard; Peter Schumann, the founder of Bread & Puppet, Goddard’s theater in residence from 1970-1974; Joey Klein (MA SE ’95), who farms on land neighboring the Goddard campus; and Calais resident Peg Tassey (BA RUP ’78’80), among others. At the forum, a storyboard for ideas was visible and people spoke. They talked of living in teepees and dealing with harsh winters; of establishing cooperatives and raising their own food. Schumann told the story of being on the road during the 1971 Atticus Prison Riot: he was looking for 40 college students to join his troupe to represent the 40 who died in Attica, and many of the students he asked from a local college, he said, didn’t even know about the riot. “Goddard was hopping with ideas and energy at that point,” said Helen, who talked about raising a family while building a house in tune with the experimental architecture movement and helping to establish a daycare cooperative. “Much of the cultural revolution seemed to take place in the background,” she said. “There were a lot of people whose lives were changed by that time and by being in this place,” said Historical Society Cura-


Above and left, students in the 1970s take part in hands-on agriculture and design projects. Top: Peter Schumann speaks at the community forum at Goddard on March 18.

tor Jackie Calder. Calder is overseeing the project, utilizing forums, online surveys, object collection, formal interviews and scholarly research to collect narratives and data on people’s experiences of Vermont in the ’70s. More than 600 people have completed their online survey so far. “What has become clear is not a uniform political or cultural point of view,” she said, “but an overwhelming need to tell stories about the place and the era.” The Vermont 70s Project will culminate in the fall of 2016 with an exhibit at the Vermont History Center in Barre, Vt., and with the publication of scholarly works and a full body of research. CW – BY SAMANTHA KOLBER, MFAW ‘14






Danita Berg (MFAW ’07), Co-Editor with Lori A. May

Gregory Comer (MFAW ’12)

Drew Dillhunt (MFA ’09)

“Greg Comer slices up a Montana-sized claim for the reader’s pleasure, with hardscrabble, largerthan-life characters who are perfectly captured in all their unscrupulous glory.” —Jennifer Leeper Barking Rain Press, 2015

This book of poetry is a light-footed dance through patent language, botanical vocabulary, and catalogs of recyclable plastics, all of which contribute to a meditation on what it means to be a father, husband, and son. Bear Star Press, 2015

David M. Gallaher (BA ’02)



Gabriel Jacobs (BA RUP ’51)

Joseph Cosentino (MFAW ’94)

Mark Doty (MFAW ’80)

“Oh. My. God. I cannot stop laughing. Drama Queen is Hardy Boys meets Murder She Wrote meets Midsomer Murders, with a side of parodic, farcical, satire.” - Boy Meets Boy Reviews Lethe Press, 2015

Deep Lane is a book of descents: into the earth beneath the garden, into the dark substrata of a life. But these poems seek repair through what sustains the speaker aboveground: gardens and animals, and the pleasure of seeing. W.W. Norton & Company, 2015

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This book brings together contemporary authors and well-respected creative writing instructors and theorists to explore ways creativity in composition may be encouraged in student writers. Multilingual Matters, 2015

DICKHEAD Wayne Burke (BA ’79) An eclectic stew of poetry that engages both soul and spleen, heart and mind. Realism and farce in equal measures: simultaneously a punch to the gut and massage; a ride through the Tunnel of Love and into the Fun House. BareBack Press, 2015

HUNGER MOON Susan Deer Cloud (MFAW ’11)


In this book of poetry, Deer Cloud laments the starvation of the soul, the famine of the heart, and the death of love. But she also points us to Spring’s salvation, aborning in the hungry bellies of February. Shabda Press, 2014



MAMA & THE HUNGRY HOLE Johanna DeBiase (MFAW ’04) In a narrative interwoven with fairytales, the lines that divide memories from dreams blur in Mama and the Hungry Hole, DeBiases’s debut novella and the fourth book of the Wordcraft of Oregon Fabulist Novella Series. Wordcraft of Oregon, 2015

GREEN Theresa Senato Edwards (MFAW ’07) Green uses extended metaphor, imagery, narrative, and a bit of the surreal to show a young man’s experiences in his grandmother’s house and how they help him realize his grief in a strange yet profound way. Another New Calligraphy, 2015

CONVERGENCE: GREEN LANTERN CORPS #1 A comic tale starring heroes from Crisis on Infinite Earths. Well-known characters come together for the first time to save Gotham City or die trying! DC Comics, 2015

NINA’S VERMEER A precocious girl of 16 is a brilliant teacher on a small Maine island. She lives with her brother who is a fugitive because of a miscarriage of justice. This story runs the gamut, from lobstering to sexual awakenings to the creation of art. Self-published, 2015

THE MIND AND I James Joyce (MA ’76) In this memoir, Joyce candidly discusses his own analysis, his emotional misfires, and their causes. He then uses case studies to elucidate the meaning of dreams and the causes of neuroses, depression, and relationship problems. McFarland, 2015

Send in Your New Books to Clockworks, Goddard College, 123 Pitkin Rd., Plainfield, Vt., 05667


Mary Karr (MFAW ‘80) A synthesis of Karr’s expertise as professor and therapy patient, writer and spiritual seeker, recovered alcoholic and “black belt sinner,” providing a window into the art of the form that is irreverent, insightful, and entertaining. Harper, 2015



Jennifer McMahon (BA ’91)

John Ollom (MFAIA ’14)

Matthew Quick (MFAW ’07)

The latest novel from New York Times bestselling author Jennifer McMahon is an atmospheric, gripping, and suspenseful tale that probes the bond between sisters and the peril of keeping secrets. Doubleday, 2015

Internal Landscapes is the culmination of 14 years of movement research, movement technique classes and personal introspection. Issues of rape, homosexuality, and survival through trauma have been addressed in this methodology. BookBaby, 2015

Love May Fail is a story of the great highs and lows of existence: the heartache and daring choices it takes to become the person you know (deep down) you are meant to be. HarperCollins, 2015




Chris Mackowski (MFAW ’01) July 1, 1863 remains the most overlooked phase of the Battle of Gettysburg, yet it set the stage for all the fateful events that followed. Historians Chris Mackowski, Kristopher White, and Daniel Davis explore that first day of battle and its profound implications. Savas Beatie, 2015

Colleen Mills (MFAW ’08) One effect of severe traumatic violence is that it isolates its victims. Solace: A Memoir in Verse tells of seven siblings who grew up as the silent children of a well-respected religious family. It looks into their memories as they redefine relationships and survival. Vine Leaves Press, 2015

COMING FORTH BY DAY Kakwasi Somadhi (MA ’76, MFAW ’10)

A sweeping story of love, dangerous secrets, social upheaval, and transformation during the sixties and seventies. The protagonist discovers she’s the victim of medical abuse but finds the courage to become an outspoken advocate for health care and patients’ rights. Infinity Publishing, 2014

TELLING STORIES Deborah Partington (MA ’86) In her first novel, Partingon weaves a series of interconnected stories that tell the tale of one woman’s confrontation with her fragmented self. Abbott Press, 2015

Please Note: due to the volume of new books, we give preference to the most recently published.

Deborah Snider (MFAIA ’07) Jonathan Talbot is one of the most influential collage artists of the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Snider’s book offers an in-depth view of the artist’s creative process and work. Royal Fireworks Publishing, 2014

WHERE NO MAN CAN TOUCH Pat Valdata (MFAW ’91) Valdata’s new book of poetry, winner of the 2015 Donald Justice Poetry Prize, is a series of monologues by recordbreaking female aviators. It’s a triumph, at once whimsical and earnest in its celebration of pioneering women in flight. West Chester University Poetry Center, 2015


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Another poetry collection by award-winning poet Synnika Lofton. In this collection, the poet explores politics, life, race, and what it means to be a witness to transformation in America. The Book Patch, 2015

In her new book of true crime fiction, Norton morphs the disturbing facts of a California crime into psychological suspense. Her Reeve LeClaire Series features a survivor of prolonged captivity who helps others and matches wits with deadly predators. Minotaur Books, 2015

Synnika Lofton (IBA ’04, MFAW ’06)






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Archie Shepp (BA RUP ’59) of Amherst, Mass., was interviewed on BBC Radio for a story about his life in France.

David V. Appel (MA GGP ’77) of Brooklyn, N.Y., premiered “Off the Shelf,” a bookstore project, with dancer Darla Stanley and actor Eric Chase last May.

1960s Martha Bostick (Fishburne) Gunter (BA RUP ’66) of Sullivans Island, S.C., is a retired special education teacher who now sings in the Charleston Gospel Choir and creates found object sculpture. Laurence J. Hyman (RUP ’60-’62) of Occidental, Calif., showcased his black-and-white photographs in Laurence Jackson Hyman: The Bennington Years 1962–1970 at the Bennington Museum, Feb. 14–May 10. He co-edited two books: Let Me Tell You and Just an Ordinary Day, previously unpublished stories and essays by Shirley Jackson. Harriet (Greeley) Rogers (RUP ’66-’68) of Northampton, Mass., published Taxi High: A Honey Walker Adventure, the second in a series by her pen name, S.G. Rogers, in 2013. June K. Yokell (RUP ’67-’68) of San Rafael, Calif., had her painting, “On the Other Side,” selected as one of 12 finalists for Marin Magazine’s 2015 cover contest. Her work was also featured in the Left Coast Annual, juried by Catherine Kimball, executive director of the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, and in Marin Open Studios.

Virginia (Ginny) Callan (BA RUP ’74) of East Montpelier, Vt., is the new executive director of the TW Wood Gallery in Montpelier. Lucia Capacchione, Ph.D., ATR, REAT (MA GGP ’75) of Cambria, Calif., announced a fall release for the 35th anniversary edition of her first book, The Creative Journal: The Art of Finding Yourself, which was the core of the Iranian romantic comedy Cease Fire by Tahmineh Milani in 2006. Margaret Corbin (MA ’74) of Rochester, N.Y., is the director of Partners in Health: Education and Counseling for Personal Health Care. Ralph Culver (BA RUP ’74) of Burlington, Vt., and Jack Pulaski (BA RU ’71, MA GGP ’75) of Marshfield, Vt., were featured readers in the gallery series at the Athenaeum Museum in St. Johnsbury on June 25. Ralph was also interviewed on Vermont Public Radio in the story, On Becoming A Poet And Writing In Vermont.



serve on the Counseling and Therapist Practice Board, part of New Mexico’s Regulations and Licensing Division. Verna Gillis (MA ’74) of Accord, N.Y., self-published her book I Just Want to be Invited – I Promise Not to Come (Life as One-Liners) on Amazon. Her “Tales From Geriassic Park – On the Verge of Extinction” won Best Comedic Script 2014 at the United Solo Theatre Festival. Peter Hannan (BA RUP ’76) of Beverly Hills, Calif., is a faculty associate at Arizona State University; his new book, Petlandia, and a new animated series are in development.

Wendy Judith Cutler (BA RUP ’72) of Salt Spring Island, British Columbia, co-authored Writing Alone Together: Journaling in a Circle of Women for Creativity, Compassion and Connection.

Martin Joseph Homlish (BA RUP ’74) of Pleasantville, N.Y., was appointed to the board of directors and the strategic technology assessment committee at Cray, Inc.

Vergal “Chuck” Dawson, LMFT (MA GGP ’77) of Corrales, N.M., was appointed by Governor Martinez to

J.E. MacNaughton (formerly Josette Strauss) (RUP ’70’71) of Stanford, Ind., became ordained as Rabbi Yosefa. Shirley W. Mayhew (BA ADP ’65, MA GGP ’74) of West Tisbury, Mass., published an essay in the Vineyard Gazette.

Rick Winston, a friend of Goddard, is gathering material for a book on Dennis Murphy, an unforgettable and inspiring teacher at Goddard in the ’60s and ’70s. If you took his classes and you have memories to share, please contact Rick Winston at [email protected] or 802-454-7103.



Daniel Miller (MA GGP ’77) of Daytona Beach, Fla., is the new substance abuse counselor at BAART Behavioral Health. Jacqueline Fidler Moloney (MA G-C ’79) of North

Michele Lauriat (BA RUP ’96’97) of Boston, Mass., exhibited paintings and drawings at the SEEN Gallery in Pawtucket, R.I.; 263 Gallery in Cambridge, Mass.; the Fitchburg Art Museum; and the Beland Gallery in Lawrence, Mass. Pictured, an untitled piece from the series “Pink Iowa.” 55" x 64", gouache, watercolor, acrylic, and dry media. ©2015 Chelmsford, Mass., was elected chancellor of UMass Lowell. She is the first woman in the university’s 121-year history to lead its campus. Avram Patt (BA RUP ’72) of Worcester, Vt., joined the Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility team in June as interim manager. Eric K. Van Horn (BA RUP ’73) recently of Rio Rancho, N.M., published an e-book, Travel Guide to the Buddha’s Path, available for free from Smashwords: smashwords. com/books/view/578018. It will eventually be available in the Apple Store, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble. Eric notes: “I practice in the Thai Forest tradition of Buddhism where the Buddha’s teachings are always offered for free.” Robert E. Wordlaw (BA ADP ’75) of Homewood, Ill., was appointed by Governor Bruce

Rauner to serve on the Urban Weatherization Initiative Board. Philip Zuchman (MA GGP ’73) of Philadelphia, Pa., published a book of his paintings, Summer on the Hill, in 2012. It’s available at the Eliot D. Pratt Library and on Amazon.


faculty position at Greenfield Community College. After leaving Goddard, she taught for about eight years, worked in children’s publishing, and then earned a doctorate in early childhood education at the UMass-Amherst. “Goddard was important to me in so many ways, professionally and personally,” she writes. “I still always want to say thank you so many years later.”

Jerri Allyn (MA GGP ’80) of Los Angeles, Calif., had her latest art project, Hidden in Plain Site: Creative Referendums on Human Trafficking, on view at Angels Gate Cultural Center in San Pedro, from April 16  – May 5. hidden-in-plain-site.com

Janice Tucker (MA GGP ’81) of Mount Shasta, Calif., published her book, When I was a Child: As Given by the Cosmic Christ, a vital new perspective on ascension and spirituality under the author name JoyAn Tucker at Amazon.

Gerard Holmes (BA GV ’89) recently of Greenbelt, Md., began a PhD program at the University of Maryland, College Park, where he will research and write about the intersection of music and poetry, focusing on 19th-century American poetry and, in particular, Emily Dickinson. He also intends to explore the role of the humanities in public life.


Marie Lapré-Grabon (MA GGP ’81) of Hardwick, Vt., showcased “The Blue Field at Dusk” and other works of art at the Chandler Gallery in Randolph from July 6-Aug. 10. Sharon A. Roth (BA ’86, MA GV ’88) of Greenfield, Mass., retired in 2014 from her early childhood education

Marianna Boncek (MA EDU ’98) of Woodstock, Vt., published a poem in Penumbra: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Critical and Creative Inquiry. She is pursuing her PhD at the Union Institute & University. Peter Burns (IMA ’95–’96) of Buffalo, N.Y., is the new vice president for enrollment management at Paul Smith’s College. Cynthia A. (Cynn) Chadwick (IMA ’96, MFAW ’99) of Weaverville, N.C, is pleased to announce Napping Porch Press is publishing her father Harry Chadwick’s book, One

Granddad’s Words, Wisdoms, and Whopping Whale Tales. Joe Cosentino (MFAW ’94) of Wappingers Falls, N.Y., wrote the romance novella An Infatuation and mysteryromance novel Paper Doll. His upcoming novellas include A Shooting Star and A Home for the Holidays, and the comedyromance novel Drama Queen. Bill Cushing (MFAW ’96) of Glendale, Calif., had his poem about Miles Davis slated for publication later this year in the anthology Stories of Music. He also published “Cusquenos,” about the indigenous people of Cusco, Peru, in Metaphor Magazine, and he visits community colleges in Los Angeles to promote Goddard to students preparing to transfer. He would love to coordinate with other alumni in the area to attend even more campus transfer fairs. If anyone can volunteer, contact him at [email protected]. Lucinda J. Garthwaite (MFAW ’96) of Plainfield, Vt., along with Lynn Garthwaite Olsen (MA EDU ’96), Clo Pitkin (BA RUP ’53), Jeremiah Anjela Burns (BA EDU ’07), Scott Harris (MA EDU ’11), and Josh Castle (Registrar), are the founding board members of a new nonprofit, Teachers’ House. teachers-house.org Carolyn E. Locke (MFAW-VT ’96) of Troy, Maine, presented a slideshow and reading in May from her latest book, Not One Thing: Following Matsuo Basho’s Narrow Road to the Interior, at the Stockton Springs Community Library. Amie Ziner Mills (IBA ’94–’97) of Milford, Conn., helped her workplace start an organic

Paul Molyneaux (IBA ’97, MFAW) of Whiting, Maine, spent last winter writing in Mexico and then teaching journalism in India. In this photo, Paul and his students celebrate the Hindu festival of Holi. He also was published in issue 134 of Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors.

academic programs at goddard ADP: Adult Degree Program BA: Bachelor of Arts BAS: Bachelor of Arts in Sustainability BFAW: Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing EDU: Education Program G-C: Goddard-Cambridge Program GEPFE: Experimental Program in Furthering Education GGI: Goddard Graduate Institute GGP: Goddard Graduate Program GS: Goddard Seminary GV: Goddard Five (all programs ’81-’91) HAS: Health Arts & Sciences IBA: Individualized Bachelor of Arts IMA: Individualized Master of Arts JR: Junior College MA: Master of Arts MAT: Master’s in Art Therapy MFAIA: Master of Fine Arts in Interdisciplinary Arts MFAW: Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing PSY/CMHC: Psychology & Clinical Mental Health Counseling RUP: Residential Undergraduate Program SBC: Sustainable Business & Communities SBPAT: Summer-Based Psychology in Art Therapy SE: Social Ecology Program SIS: Social Innovation & Sustainability TLA: Transformative Language Arts UGP: Undergraduate Program VT: Plainfield, Vt., campus WA: Port Townsend, Wash., campus SEA: Seattle Residency Site




class notes | garden, and they donated 100 pounds of produce to the local homeless shelter in the first year. She teaches art, science and nature crafts and has been married to Bill C. for ten years. She is setting up an art exhibit of international artists this fall in New Haven on people and the environment, and she’d love to hear from Goddard folks on Twitter @aziner, Facebook and email: [email protected]. David Steven Rappoport (MFAW ’96) of Chicago, Ill., sold his first novel, Husbands and Lap Dogs Breathe Their Last, to Mainly Murder Press. His short story, “Leftovers,” one of the winners in the Mystery Times 2015 competition, was published in an anthology of prizewinning stories in October.

Johanna L. DeBiase (MFAW ’04) of Taos, N.M., was interviewed on about.com for her debut novella.

Brett S. Santry (BA RUP ’97) of Pittsburgh, Pa., is the cofounder at Pittsburgh Classic Players, an artistic associate at Unseam’d Shakespeare, a freelance actor and director, and husband of Holly and father of Ivy.

Drew Dillhunt (MFAW-WA ’09) of Seattle, Wash., is the associate editor of Hummingbird: Magazine of the Short Poem. He also won the 2015 Dorothy Brunsman Poetry Prize at Bear Star Press for his new book, Leaf is All: Poems.


Theresa Senato Edwards (MFAW-VT ’07) of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., published a poem that began at Goddard from a writing prompt at autumnskypoetrydaily.com.

Catherine Bister (MA PSY ’09) of Columbus, Ohio, is an addictions counselor at Embody Wellness Ob/Gyn. Julie A. (Loona) Brogan (IBA ’00) of Plainfield, Vt., is the librarian at Cutler Memorial Library in Plainfield and a circulation-desk staff member at Kellogg-Hubbard Library in Montpelier. She invites alumni to stop in and say hello! Barton J. Christner (MFAIA ’07) of Washington, Pa., published the first in a series of books, Digital Media: A Visual Encyclopedia, in 2013. Kathryn Cullen-DuPont (MFAW ’05) of Brooklyn, N.Y., along with many alumni and faculty partners, published volume three of Clockhouse, the literary journal of the Clockhouse Writers’ Conference. clockhouse.net


David M. Gallaher (BA RUP ’02) of Brooklyn, N.Y., wrote and produced, with artist Steve Ellis, the comics Box 13, High Moon, The Only Living Boy, and The Green Lantern Corps series.


Matthew Forss (MFAWVT ’09) of Omro, Wis., was commissioned to write a semi-autobiography of Burt Avedon, a former WWII fighter pilot, race car driver, clothing company president, cosmetics magnate, African hunter, wine connoisseur, and linguist who is in his 90s. Will George (MFAW-VT ’03) of Portland, Ore., spent his winter leading sixth graders on swamp walks through Big Cypress National Preserve in South Florida. This was his seventh National Park Service unit since 2000. In the literary world, he has a love poem dedicated to a mountain in Oregon being published in the Eastern Iowa Review and an essay on eccentric gardeners appearing in FLARE: The Flagler Review.

Caron E. Gonthier (MFAIAVT ’07) of Concord, N.H., is taking a Harvard edX course, “Tangible Things: Discovering History Through Artworks, Artifacts, Scientific Specimens, and the Stuff Around You.” Kathryn Good-Schiff (MFAWVT ’08) of Easthampton, Mass., is a content manager at Communicate Health. She has poems in Meat for Tea, Paradise Found: A Walking and Biking Tour of Northampton Massachusetts through Poetry and Art, and other publications, and she is part of the Unbuttoned Reading Series in Easthampton. Julie Greene (MFAW-WA ’09) of Watertown, Mass., had her new memoir accepted for publication. Her MFA thesis, This Hunger Is Secret, was published in 2010 and 2012 by Chipmunkapublishing and is available on Kindle and on her blog: juliemadblogger. wordpress.com. Cara Hoffman (MFAW-VT ’09) of New York, N.Y., had her novel, Be Safe I Love You, chosen as a reading selection for Standing Together: Veterans Book Groups with the Vermont Humanities Council. Rebecca J. Kennedy (MA EDU ’03) of East Longmeadow, Mass., joined the executive team at Isaacson, Miller. Shawn T. Kerivan (MFAW-VT ’06) of Stowe, Vt., is the board chairman at Stowe Story Labs.

Ronni Komarow (MFAIAVT ’08) of Brighton, Mass., is an instructor with the design faculty at UMass Lowell. Synnika A. Lofton (IBA ’04, MFAW-VT ’06) of Chesapeake, Va., released a new EP, Countdown to Revolution. Michael D. Lugo (IBA ’05) of Arcadia, Calif., is the owner and lead designer at Geek4Stuff. Barbara Martinez-Griego (BA EDU ’08) of Mukilteo, Wash., is chair of the ECE department at Skagit Valley College and part of a committee that produces a conference for mostly Latino and Native American high school students interested in becoming educators. Camille Tuason Mata (IMA ’09) of Sunderland, Mass., published her thesis, Marginalizing Access to the Sustainable Food System: An Examination of Oakland’s Minority Districts, with Rowman & Littlefield’s University Press of America in September 2013. She is now consulting and applying for doctorate scholarships. Ellen Orleans (MFAW ‘01) of Boulder, Colo., was awarded two writing residencies for summer 2015: a solo retreat at Caribou Ranch Open Space near Nederland, Colo., and a two-week writing and teaching residency in Rocky Mountain National Park, which celebrated its centennial this year. In both parks, Ellen wrote historic

| fiction, envisioning life in the parks through the eyes of visitors, rangers, and wildlife. Townley Peters (MA PSY/ CMHC ’08-’10) of Greenbrae, Calif., is a psychology postdoctoral fellow in the psychosocial rehabilitation emphasis at San Francisco VA Medical Center. Jerry (Jay) Ramsey (IBA ’03) of Sheffield, Vt., was appointed chair of the selectboard of the town of Wheelock. Yinka Rose Reed-Nolan (IBA ’08) of Endicott, N.Y., is a doctoral student at Binghamton University, and she received her MFA in creative writing from California State University in 2013. Her work has appeared in literary journals including Brickplight, Blotterature, The Dying Goose, Niche and Torrid Literature Review. She also founded a journal, If and Only If, focused on body image and eating disorders. Its first issue was published in winter 2015. ifandonlyifjournal.com Gabriel G. Rothblatt (RUP ’00’02) of Melbourne Beach, Fla., is the president at Florida Space Development Council. Rebecca Schwarz (MFAIAVT ’09) of Burlington, Vt., was an artist-in-residence in August at Button Bay State Park for the Vermont State Parks’ 2015 Of Land And Local, an annual multidisciplinary, statewide exhibition designed to initiate a dialog about issues surrounding art and the environment that relates to the Vermont landscape. Tonya Ward Singer (MFAWVT ’05) of Santa Rosa, Calif., published Opening Doors to Equity, an instructional book for educators on observationbased professional learning. Alexis M. Smith (MFAWVT ’07) of Portland, Ore., has a new book, Marrow Island, forthcoming in 2016 from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

professor status in the Department of Art and Design at Southern Utah University. She received the 2015 Higher Education Art Educator of the Year award from the Utah Art Education Association, and the 2015 Pacific Region Higher Education Art Educator award from the National Art Education Association. Maanav S. Thakore (BA EDU ’05) of Needham Heights, Mass., celebrated two years as senior associate at Interaction Institute for Social Change. Heather M. Westleigh (IBA ’08) of Bridgton, Maine, received her master’s degree in 2012 and works as a licensed clinical professional counselor at a residential treatment facility for adolescents. Carolyn Nur Wistrand (MFAW-VT ’07) of Flint, Mich., was runner up in the inaugural playwriting competition of The Bridge Initiative: Women in Arizona Theatre, for her play Magdalena’s Crossing, which also received a staged reading in June. Kimberly L. Wojeck (IBA ’00) of Elkton, Md., is a parttime library associate in the

the new principal consultant at The House of Perry, LLC.

Children’s Department of the Cecil County Public Library, which was awarded the 2015 National Medal for Museum and Library Service.

Kelly Hedglin Bowen (MFAW ’15) of St. George, Vt., published The Day I Took My Frozen Embryo for a Road Trip on Huffington Post’s Women’s Voices blog.

Elly M. Wood (BA RUP ’99, MA HAS ’01-’02) of Montpelier, Vt., completed the Snelling Center for Government’s Vermont Leadership Institute in 2014.

Kim Brown (MFAW ’11) of Roswell, Ga., had her short story, “Blueberry Pancakes,” accepted at Compass Magazine.


Heather Bryce (MFAIA ’14) recently of Brooklyn, N.Y., was featured with Bryce Dance Company on the cover of Destination Vermont Magazine.

Katherine June Abrams (MFAW ’14) of Columbia, S.C., is an adjunct instructor at Midlands Technical College in Columbia. Richard Ambelang (MFAIA ’12) of Plainfield, Vt., exhibited his photograph “Rock with Lichens and Shadow, Ocean Path, Acadia National Park” in Studio Place Arts’ Rock Solid 15th Annual Stone Show this fall, in Barre, Vt. Yasmin Amico (MA EDU ’09, MFAW ’12) of New Haven, Conn., is the new director of Creative Arts for Life. Tina Bates Baldera (IBA ’12, BA EDU ’14) of Lorton, Va., is

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Sarah Cedeño (MFAW ’14) of Brockport, N.Y., is the new editorial director of Clockhouse Literary Journal. She replaces Julie Parent (MFAW ’05) who stepped down to focus on her own writing. clockhouse.net Marcus Chatfield (IBA ’13) of Micanopy, Fla., published Institutionalized Persuasion, his senior thesis, as an eBook in December 2014. Meta Commerse (BA HAS ’01, MA EDU ’02, MFAW ’11) published her novel The Mending Time in 2013. storymedicineasheville.com

Ryan Conarro (MFAIA-WA ’15) of Brooklyn, N.Y., is a winner of the spring/summer 2015 MFAIA Alumni Arts Project Award for “this hour forward,” his performance installation featuring video, sound, photography, song, and storytelling, depicting a collision of Conarro’s childhood memories with the latest headlines in LGBTQ equality rights.

Deborah K. Snider (MFAIA ’07) of Cedar City, Utah, received tenure and associate



class notes | Nicholas Dean (MA EDU ’12) of New Orleans, La., was featured in the story, “In New Orleans, A SecondChance School Tries Again,” on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered last April.

Seema Reza (BFAW ’12, current GGI IMA) of Rockville, Md., received the John Gioia Award from the USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore, for her work with wounded, ill and injured service members at military hospitals and USO Warrior and Family Centers at Fort Belvoir and Bethesda. Here Reza (left) is pictured with fellow honorees: singer Steve Nicks, author Sebastian Junger, and quarterback Peyton Manning.

Matthew Dineen (IMA ’14) of Philadelphia, Pa., launched his Music & Work Project this summer and presented as the visiting alum for the Fall 2015 GGI residency in Plainfield. Jonathan Dittman (MFAWWA ’12) of Minneapolis, Minn., is the new managing editor for Pif Magazine. Shokry Eldaly (MFAW-VT ’10) of Woodhaven, N.Y., is the president and chief executive officer of Heritage House, LLC. Bridget Erin (MFAIA ’15) of New Orleans, La., is a winner of the spring/summer 2015 MFAIA Alumni Arts Project Award for her “Sonata for Four Hands.”  Frankie Faulkner (MFAW-VT ’12) of Ravena, N.Y., is teaching composition as an adjunct Instructor at Mildred Elley, a private two-year college. DebiLynn Fendley (MFAIAVT ’11) of Arkadelphia, Ark., had her graphite mixed-media piece, “The Dryads,” displayed in the Delta Exhibition at the Arkansas Arts Center in Little Rock. It was her 16th of 17 exhibitions this year. Her work in the 2014 Delta exhibit received an honorable mention. Jesse Fewkes (BA HAS ’12) of Horseheads, N.Y., is the new database manager at Hart’s Local Grocers. James Gapinski (MFAW-WA ’13) of Quincy, Mass., presented at the “Engaging Practices” Conference at UMass in March. Paul Gordon (MFAIA-VT ’13) of Binghamton, N.Y., is teaching, performing and directing theater and dance in Denmark; he wrote an essay that was published on HuffPo Books. Chera Hammons (MFAWVT ’14) of Amarillo, Texas, is a 2015 Texas State Poet



Laureate Nominee, and had Lisa Lutwyche (MFAW ’13) of her poem, “The Descent of the Landenberg, Pa., is an adjunct Germanwings,” published at English professor at Cecil rattle.com. College in North East, Md., and Delaware County Community Christa Harader (MFAWCollege in West Grove, Pa. VT ’12) of Moraga, Calif., She had two plays produced is the new grant writer at in the March 2015 Players Sustainable Conservation. Club’s “New Play Festival” in Swarthmore, Pa. She appeared Nikki Kallio (MFAW-WA ’10) on stage with her husband in of Hortonville, Wisc., won first December at Baltimore’s Center prize in the Wisconsin People Stage as part of “The Telling and Ideas Fiction Contest Project,” and she sang in the sponsored by the Wisconsin “Rockestra” and “A Cappella” Academy of Sciences, Arts projects at Cecil College. and Letters, for her short story “Geography Lesson.” Brian S. Lyman (IBA ’15) of Boston, Mass., is a co-founder Sarah Kishpaugh (MFAWof Cauldron Fermented Foods. WA ’14) of Edmonds, Wash., contributed an essay as a guest Susan Lynch (MFAW-WA ’13) writer for Feminist Wednesday of Vashon, Wash., published online in September, and a poem in Bombay Gin. had her piece about domestic violence and traumatic brain Damon McCloskey (IBA injury published in Bitch ’14) of Hughesville, Pa., magazine’s fall issue. Last June, exhibited his artwork in she received a scholarship for May in “Lipstick Collars and the Quest Writers Conference Power Couples” at Converge in Squamish, British Columbia. Gallery in Williamsport. Samantha Kolber (MFAWWA ’14) of Montpelier, Vt., placed first in the Vermont Poetry Society’s J. Richard Barry Memorial Award and was published in the Mountain Troubador. She had a poem accepted for an upcoming issue of Hummingbird: Magazine of the Short Poem. She is the new managing editor of Hunger Mountain, the literary journal at Vermont College of Fine Arts.

Judith Haviland McCormick (MA EDU ’11–’12) of Hartford, Vt., is the proprietor of Vermont Natural Whipping Queen, all-natural handmade artisan products and gifts. Lorei McGee (Imani Uzuri) (MFAIA-VT ’12) of New York, N.Y., performed a Revolutionary Choir Sing-In and Concert at the MFAIA residency in Plainfield in July.

Kita Mehaffy (MFAW-VT ’15) of Los Osos, Calif., had two poems published in Hummingbird last December. Teresa Mei Chuc (MFAW-VT ’12) Pasadena, Calif., published a poem in Hummingbird’s December 2014 issue. She is the founder of Shabda Press. Eve Morton (MFAW ’13) of Centennial, Colo., was a preview juror and grand juror at the Virginia High School League Film Festival. Victoria Mosey (IMA ’13) of Raleigh, N.C., is the new inreach peer support specialist at Alliance Behavioral Healthcare. Elisabeth Motley (MFAIA ’14) of Brooklyn, N.Y., is the new assistant professor of dance at Marymount Manhattan College. Christie Negri (MFAIA-VT ’15) of Garden City, N.Y., was a finalist in both the portrait and the nude categories in the seventh edition of the Julia Margaret Cameron Award for Women Photographers. She also exhibited three largeformat photographs in the Shock! art exhibition in August at 42 Maple Contemporary Art Center in Bethlehem, N.H. Mark O’Maley (MFAIA ’13) of Kingston, N.J., was appointed assistant professor and director of dance production

| at Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts. The program includes undergrad minors, BA, BFA, and EdM programs, and they will add an MFA program in 2017. Carla Occaso (MFAW ’11) of Lyndonville, Vt., is managing editor of The Bridge, a newspaper in Montpelier, Vt. John Ollom (MFAIA-VT ’14) of New York, N.Y., is the star and inspiration of the documentary There’s Something About John, written and directed by Emma McCagg and supported by the New York Foundation for the Arts. Angela Patane (MFAW-VT ’11) of Fort Myers, Fla., is a content writer at BKA Content and a web content developer at Natures Healthy Path. Deanndra Pimentel (MA PSY/ CMHC ’14) of Victoria, B.C., Canada, has a new internship for her pre-doctoral practicum in neurocognitive disorders at Alaska Pacific University. Sayra Pinto (MFAW ’11) of Bethesda, Md., published Pinol: Poems with Shabda Press in 2012. Jessica Plumb (MFAIA-WA ’10) of Port Townsend, Wash., is a finalist in both the best writing and project impact categories of the 2015 Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival for her film, Return of the River. The film premiered in September 2014 and has since won over ten awards. elwhafilm.com

program, a Healthy Maine Partnership coordinated by Mid Coast Hospital. David Runge (IBA ’13) and Emily Knight (UGP) of Denver, Colo., of the band Strawberry Runners, were named as a “band about to blow up at SXSW” in Wired Magazine. Lauren Russell (IBA ’11) of Madison, Wisc., is now a poetry fellow at UW Madison. Lizz Schumer (MFAW-VT ’13) of Buffalo, N.Y., is editor of The Sun News in Hamburg. John Christian Sevcik (MFAWWA ’13) of Seattle, Wash., is the fall writer-in-residence at the Kerouac House. Max H. Shenk (MA EDU ’10, MFAW-VT ’07) of Carlisle, Pa., published his novel, You Don’t Think She Is, in print and Kindle editions on Amazon in July. Theresa Sherrod (MA PSY/ CMHC ’14) of Bethesda, Md., began a psychiatry residency at Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia in July. Mary Ruth Shields (MFAIAVT ’11) of Newington, Conn., published two books: Naugatuck Valley Textile Industry and Industry Clothing Construction Methods.

Steven Rice (MFAW-VT ’12) of Garden City, Mo., is the new ACT prep tutor, academic tutor, and application and essay coach at StudyPoint.

Casey Siegel (MFAW-VT ’10) of Brooklyn, N.Y., has read queries for literary agents, reviewed submissions for literary magazines, and launched HowYAFictionWorks, a blog about writing young adult literature. Most recently, she began assisting the Little, Brown for Young Readers’ publisher Megan Tingley and deputy publisher Andrew Smith. She looks forward to finishing her young adult trilogy and being involved in an intellectual property publishing program. She can be reached on Facebook or Twitter @caseymarienyc.

Samantha Ricker (MA SBC ’11) of Bath, Maine, is now the development director of the Patten Free Library in Bath and is on the advisory board for the Access Health

Mia Siegert (MFAW-VT ’12) of Flemington, N.J., is adjunct professor at Berkeley College. She accepted an offer of representation from the Knight Agency, and she owes

Chana Porter (MFAW-VT ’15) of Brooklyn, N.Y., is a cofounder and director of The Octavia Project, a nonprofit dedicated to empowering girls through science fiction. octaviaproject.org

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huge thanks to Goddard faculty and fellow alumni.

Society produced his play The Powder Monkey in March.

Nessie Siler (IBA ’11) of Manteo, N.C., was appointed by the governor to the North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities.

Maricia Verma (MA PSY ’15) of North Chelmsford, Mass., is a clinician at Lahey Health Behavioral Services.

Charlene Smith (MFAIA ’14) of Wellesley, Mass., is a winner of the spring/summer 2015 MFAIA Alumni Arts Project Award for “Never a Victim.” Kakwasi Somadhi (MA GGP ’76, MFAW-WA ’10) of Elk Grove, Calif., retired from fulltime teaching and devotes her time to writing and community work. She conducts workshops and helps organize the Our Life Stories Writing Conference at Cosumnes River College. Robin Stone (MA HAS ’15) of New York, N.Y., interviewed poet Elizabeth Alexander in Essence Magazine about her new memoir, The Light of the World. Allison Tevald (MFAW-VT ’15) of Atlantic Highlands, N.J., is co-founder of a nonprofit writing center, Project Write Now, in Red Bank. projectwritenow.org Craig Thornton (MFAWVT ’10) of Watertown, N.Y., received runner up in the Yale Drama Series Playwriting Prize, as noted in The New York Times, for his play and graduate thesis at Goddard, The High Cost of Heating. There were almost 1,500 entries from 47 countries. Also, the Sackets Harbor Historical

Julie Watt (MFAIA-VT ’13) of Putnam, Conn., is the new senior graphic designer at A&H Worldwide. Storme Webber (MFAIA-WA ’14) of Seattle, Wash., presented a cultural performance in August at the Dr. David Allen Frisby III Symposium held at Goddard’s Education Program in Seattle. Carlos Mason Wehby (MFAW ’13) of Louisville, Ky., wrote, and fellow alum Shawn Laplante (MFAW ’13) illustrated, the children’s book Moose on the Loose, about an adopted dog. Fifty percent of the proceeds benefit the Kentucky Humane Society. Tyler Whidden (MFAW-WA ’11) of Athens, Ohio, is an Ohio University Second Year Playwright. His new play, ChocolateSexPuppyTacos, was featured in the 2015 Ohio University Seabury Quinn, Jr. Playwrights’ Festival. Nombasa Williams (MA EDU ’14) of South Australia, has a story about maternal scholarship published in Mothers at the Margins. Sidney Williams (MFAWWA ’10) of Oviedo, Fla., published his short story, “Mr. Berrington,” in Black Fox Literary Magazine Issue #12.

upcoming alumni events March 31, 2015 • Faculty & Alumni Reception at the AWP Conference and Bookfair, Los Angeles,Calif. April 17, 2015 • Philadelphia area alumni gathering, hosted by Philip Zuchman (MA GGP ’73) and Deborah Zuchman (MA GGP ‘77) October 2016 • Chicago Area Alumni Gathering, Day and location, to be announced




class notes | Liza Wolff-Francis (MFAWWA ’11) of Austin, Texas, was a featured poet on The DitchRider for the week of July 12 and had her poem “What our hands can cup” published on the site. Terry Ann Wright (MA EDUSeattle ’14) of Torrance, Calif., has worked as a middle school English teacher and a college English instructor. She is also an editor at Lucid Moose Lit, a social justice-based literary press. Their first anthology, Gutters & Alleyways: Perspectives on Poverty and Struggle, was released in 2014, and their newest anthology, Like A Girl: Perspectives on Feminine Identity, is being released this fall. Victoria Zolnoski (MFAIA ’13) of Walden, Vt., along with artist Diana Gonsalves of Craftsbury Common, created “The Earth Healing Scroll” a yearlong website art project beginning on Earth Day, April 22, 2015, and open for submissions till Earth Day 2016. earthhealingscroll.com

current students Rachel Maher (MFAW) of North Bennington, Vt., was a columnist for Vermont MoneySaver from July 2014 to May 2015. Patricia Corbett (MFAIAVT) of Richmond, Va., is the program outreach coordinator at ROSMY, a support, education and advocacy organization for LGBTQ youth. Britta Love (GGI IMA) of Brooklyn, N.Y., presented a condensed version of her thesis, From Hookers and Dealers to Therapists and Guides: Visions of a Post-Prohibitionist World at

| the Psymposia Conference at the University of Amherst. Ben T. Matchstick (MFAIAVT) of Montpelier, Vt., successfully raised funds on Kickstarter for the PinBox 3000 project. He and his Cardboard Teck Instantute partner, Pete Talbot, attended the National Maker Faire in Washington, D.C., in June and were invited to the World Maker Faire in New York in September. New York-based composer Leaha Maria Villareal’s “Never Not,” for voice and chamber ensemble features set text from Adara Meyers’ (MFAIA-VT) play, Birds. It will premiere in Los Angeles in April 2016. Jay Sheets (BFAW) of Plymouth, Mass., published his poem “Painted Bones” in Hermeneutic Chaos Literary Journal. Lisa Mary Wichowski (GGI IMA) of Portland, Ore., presented at the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Joint Conference in New Orleans, and at the Association for Gravestone Studies annual conference in Westfield, Mass. A short form of her documentary Class, Race, and Gender in World War II Housing was presented at the Pacific Northwest Labor History Association annual conference. Hanna Satterlee (MFAIA) of Montpelier, Vt., choreographed and premiered “Animal” at Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center in April. Lucy Snyder (MFAW-VT) of Worthington, Ohio, was a participating author on two panel discussions at the Ohioana Book Festival. Her short story, “Cthylla,” was published in the anthology The Library of the Dead.

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Deborah Armstrong (PSY/ CMHC) presented at workshops and conferences last spring for the following associations: International Association for Marriage and Family Counseling, Birmingham, England; Humanistic Psychology Association, Cork, Ireland; and the International Association for the Study of Dreams, Norfolk, Va. Deborah Brevoort’s (MFAWVT) drama about Elvis Presley, Blue Moon Over Memphis, was produced by Theatre Nohgaku in Tokyo and will tour internationally in 2016. Crossing Over, her Amish hip hop musical, received a grant from the Anna Sosenko Assist Trust.

Harris Friedman (PSY/ CMHC) received a grant from Nestlé Purina to follow up a recent canine emotions study. In addition to publishing widely, he taught in China this summer and had speaking engagements in Italy, the UK, China, Indonesia, Korea, Canada, and Brazil. Kenny Fries (MFAW-VT) had two poems reprinted at goodmenproject.com. He gave two talks at the Blackmarket for Useful Knowledge and NonKnowlege, No. 17, in Basel, Switzerland; read at the Amsterdam School of the Arts in The Netherlands; presented at the AG Queer Studies lecture series at the University of Hamburg, and

Laurie Foos (BFAW) published her sixth full-length novel, The Blue Girl, with Coffee House Press in July. It was reviewed at NPR books. She will give a reading with poet Janet Sylvester (BFAW Program Director) at Dixon Place Theater in New York City on Dec. 15.

Laiwan Chung (MFAIAWA) served as visiting guest artist faculty during July in the Master of Applied Arts summer intensive at Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver, Canada. Michele Clark (PSY/ CMHC) started a blog, Rivington at Essex, about being Jewish on the Lower East Side from 1945 – 1960. rivingtonatessex.blogspot.com Jan Clausen (MFAW-VT) published an article in Dark Matter: Women Witnessing #2, edited by GGI faculty member Lise Weil. Ruth Farmer (GGI Program Director) began a leave of absence in July and will return in December.

at the Technical University of Dresden. In Berlin, he co-taught a course at Alice Salomon University of Applied Sciences, and at the Schwules Museum. Tracy O. Garrett (PSY/ CMHC Interim Program Director) presented at the Association Of Black Psychologists convention, speaking about multigenerational trauma on the African psyche, and techniques to heal trauma. Beatrix Gates (MFAW) was a poetry fellow-in-residence at the MacDowell Colony. Her poem “Epiphany” appeared in Arabic as “Song of Love” on the Iraqi literature site alnaked-aliraqi. net. In 2014, she taught the first-ever creative writing

| course at Maine Maritime Academy in Castine, Maine. In 2016, she will be an artist-inresidence at Quest University in Squamish, BC, Canada. Christopher Ilstrup (Information Technology) left Goddard to work in technical support at Hazen Union High School in Hardwick, Vt. Gale Jackson (MFAIA-VT) was hosted by alumna Deborah K. Snider (MFAIA ’07) last spring as an Eccles Visiting Scholar at Southern Utah University. She spoke at a universitywide convocation and at Art Insights programs, addressed undergraduate and graduate students, and led a discussion on women and diversity. Susan Kim (MFAW-VT) has been hired as the story editor on a new animated series at Nickelodeon called Welcome to the Wayne. Katt Lissard (GGI) is serving as TLA concentration coordinator and practicum supervisor while Program Director Ruth Farmer is on leave. Aimee Liu’s (MFAW-WA) short story “Lift” was a second-place winner in the 2015 Bosque Fiction Contest. Also, she published a piece in Hippocampus Magazine. Gariot P. Louima (Admissions, Advancement), hired in 2013 as director of admissions, was named dean of enrollment and external affairs at Goddard. With this change, he will take on oversight of the advancement office. Also, his story, “Half in the Truth,” was published in volume 5 of Border Crossing. Catherine Lowther (UGP), chair of Goddard’s Sustainability Committee, has been working with 350VT.org and the Sierra Club of Vermont to urge the Vermont Pension Investment Committee to divest the state pension fund. Caryn Miriam-Goldberg (GGI) is the acting program director. She read at the Montminy Art Gallery in Columbia, Miss., was

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interviewed in the Columbia Daily Tribune, and was the featured poet in Midwest Quarterly. Her last poetry collection, Chasing Weather, a collaboration with weather chaser and photographer Stephen Locke, was a Kansas Notable Book and a finalist for the Midwest Booksellers Choice Award for best book of poetry.

Rachel Pollack’s (MFAW-VT) new book, The Child Eater, was reviewed on NPR books in July. See the article at npr.org. Bonnie Schock (former faculty, MFAIA-WA) was named executive director of the Sheldon Theatre in Red Wing, Minn. S.B. Sowbel (GGI) is a consultant at Tiny, Tiny Topsham Project Support & Consulting Services.

Otto Muller (UGP) composed the sound for a 50-minute choreographic piece, “Animal,” that premiered at Spruce Peak Performance Art Center in Stowe, Vt., last April. Kristal Owens (PSY/CMHC) received a Congressional Recognition from the U.S. House of Representatives for “improving the quality of life of men, women, and families” through the work she does at the Empowerment Center, which she founded in 2004. Stephanie Peabody (Business Office) was hired as senior staff accountant. She previously worked at Goddard as a financial aid counselor. Wendy Phillips (PSY/CMHC) received the Registered Expressive Arts Consultant Educator credential from the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association. Also, with Marco Razo, she led a multimodal expressive arts therapy and cultural training workshop in Mexico City last summer.

Jim Sparrell (GGI), with Katie Towler, presented “Birding the Ho Chi Minh Trail” in June to the New Hampshire Audubon Society’s Seacoast Chapter. Ruth Wallen (MFAIA-VT) published an article in Dark Matter: Women Witnessing #2.

Michael Klein’s (MFAW-VT) poem “Swale” appeared in the spring issue of Oxford Magazine. He gave readings in June, with Toby Olson and Melanie Braverman, at AMP Gallery in Provincetown, Mass., and at the Provincetown Art Association and Museum in August with Andrea Cohen. Last April, he was one of 23 poets featured on a hanging banner on Santa Monica Boulevard during National Poetry Month.

Arisa White (BFAW) is a finalist for the 2015 International Literary Awards’ Rita Dove Poetry Award, sponsored by the Center for Women Writers at Salem College. Lori Wynters (GGI) attended an intensive summer research course at the Duke University Center for Spirituality, Theology and Health, where she received an award. She was the yoginiin-residence at Omega’s Women Leadership Institute and Women and Power Conference in September. She is serving as a rabbinic fellow for JewishMuslim Emerging Leaders and Rabbis without Borders.

Dr. Herukhuti (UGP) was interviewed by the Georgia Voice for the article, “Uncovering the ‘B’ in LGBT: Bisexuals Say Invisibility Leads to Many Social, Health Disparities.” He accepted the following awards at the Third Annual Bisexual Book Awards, left, held in May in New York City: Best Anthology and Best Nonfiction for Recognize: The Voices of Bisexual Men, co-edited with Robyn Ochs; Writer of the Year Award; and a shared award for Publisher of the Year (with Cleis Press) for Bisexual Resource Center.




in memoriam | Ernest Cassara (former faculty), 89, died April 10, 2015. He was an author and a respected historian and scholar of the American Enlightenment. Colby Clair Cotta (GGP ’74’76), 72, died June 9, 2015. Marcia Deihl (MA G-C ’74), 65, died March 11, 2015. She was a singer, songwriter, social activist and writer who performed with the New Harmony Sisterhood Band from 1973–1980. In 2012, she retired from Harvard, where she worked as a library office assistant for 25 years. Joel D. Fedder (JR RUP ’52, BA RUP ’54), 83, died April 18, 2015. He was a partner in the Baltimore law firm Fedder and Garten, and later a real estate developer, philanthropist and environmentalist.

an artist, published a number of poetry books, chapbooks and anthologies, and was an adjunct professor and tutor in literature, art, composition and women’s studies at SUNY Empire College. John Eben Lacy (BA RUP ’75) died May 14, 2015. Dennis McBee (BA GEPFE ’76), 59, died, Feb. 1, 2015. He was a founding member of the Washington County Youth Service Bureau in Montpelier, Vt. His work in youth services and prevention programs won him numerous awards and endorsements from four Vermont governors. Doris M. (Ellis) McKee, 97, died March 31, 2015. She attended the Goddard School for Girls, part of the Goddard Seminary, in Barre, Vt.

Ellen Funderburk (BA GEPFE ’76), 83, died June 29, 2015. She was a licensed practical nurse for more than 50 years.

Marion Louis McMorris (friend of Goddard, wife of late LeRoy McMorris, JR RUP ’48), 98, died March 17, 2015.

Regina Brunner Holmes (MA GGP ’76), 85, died June 29, 2015. She helped establish a nonprofit to assist seniors, reported for the Chestnut Hill Local, and wrote poems and plays.

Brian McSweeney (JR RUP ’43, BA RUP ’47), 91, died June 6, 2015. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and then took over his father’s civil engineering consulting firm. In

Charles (Chuck) Gienty (MFAW ’77-’78), 60, died Jan. 26, 2015. His poem, “Junkyard Exchange” appeared in Onset Review in 1978: A few rusty bolts resurrect / the vehicle of freedom / across the highways / of a nation. On whose other side / we shall come to rest. Marie E. Johns (MA GGP ’74), 87, died Feb. 24, 2015. Shirley Ann Einhorn Kadushin (BA ADP ’65), 90, died June 5, 2015. She worked as a volunteer nurse with the American Red Cross; an administrative and registered nurse; and as a site coordinator for Meals On Wheels. Lois Jeanne Kay (MA GV ’86), 87, died April 24, 2015. She was



Sarah H. Crocker (BA RUP ’77), 61, died May 22, 2015. One of her bronze sculptures is on permanent display at the Main Street Landing in Burlington, Vt.

2011, he traveled to Honduras to provide free engineering services to an orphanage and school run by Mission Honduras. William “Bill” F. Noon (BA RUP ’71), 66, died July 15, 2015. At Goddard, he studied in the Design Build Program. He established his own construction company and in 2012 was elected as a Democrat to the Maine State Legislature.

Grace (Hadden) Pettoruto (BA ADP ’80), 92, died May 11, 2015. She was a respected teacher for the learning disabled. Betty L. (Englander) Rosenzweig (JR RUP ’47), 87, died March 22, 2015. She spent more than two decades working with the North Shore Animal League. Sydney Schmedes (MA GGP ’76), 81, died April 19, 2015. He served in the U.S. Air Force in Korea and Japan. He had a 34year career as social worker. Edith Socolow (MA GGP ’76) died March 28, 2015. Svea Sommer (BA ADP ’74, MA GGP ’76), 97, died Feb. 20, 2015. She served in the U.S. Women’s Auxiliary Corps during WWII. In the ’40s, she was an avid labor organizer for autoworkers. After graduating from Goddard, she traveled to Alexandria, Egypt, and established the first school for developmentally challenged youngsters. Robert W. “Bob” Soule (BA RUP ’47), 89, died June 14, 2015. He served in the U.S. Army 274th Armored Field Artillery Division, during WWII. He received many awards and citations including The Purple Heart, a Silver Star, and a Bronze Star. Nancy Fane Strader (BA ADP ’75), 76, died March 18, 2015. She was a photo editor for Smithsonian Books. Jeremy Strater (JR RUP ’64, BA RUP ’67), 70, died Feb. 2, 2015. He donated 65 acres of his property in Maine to Frenchman Bay Conservancy.

Marie Therrien (BA GV ’92), 69, died March 25, 2015. She owned and operated Pet Paradise in Barre, Vt., for a number of years. Leonora Thomas (BA ADP ’70), 95, died June 13, 2015. She was an art teacher in the Auburn school system. Dr. Mary Elaine (Harvey) Topping (BA ADP ’67) died April 10, 2015. She received a non-traditional PhD in education from Walden University’s Delaware branch. Arthur Wachsman (BA ADP ’68), 99, died April 13, 2015. He was a World War II veteran. Sylvia Beckman Warner (former trustee), 103, died May 9, 2015. She served on the Vermont Governor’s Art Advisory Council and chose one of the four inscriptions engraved in the State House. She was elected to two terms in the Vermont State Legislature. John L. Warshow (BA RUP ’77), 59, died June 28, 2015, surrounded by his family and listening to the Grateful Dead. He was active in the antinuclear movement and served for 29 years as a member of the Marshfield, Vt., Select Board. He worked to develop hydroelectric projects in central Vermont and Chittenden County. Ronald Otis “Chef” Wheeler (BA ADP ’78, MA GGP ’80), 83, died May 27, 2015. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean conflict. In 1990, he retired from teaching culinary arts at Spaulding High School, Barre, Vt.

Tribute to an Activist Priscilla Backman

Sept. 24, 1922 – May 8, 2015 BY DUSTIN BYERLY (BA RUP ’01)


riscilla Ruth Davis Backman, a 1943 graduate of Goddard’s Junior College and a 1946 graduate of the BA program, was best known among friends and family as a strong anti-war activist. As a tax resister – because such a huge portion of the national budget is allocated to war and the manufacturing of arms – she protested at the IRS Office in Washington, D.C. every year on Tax Day from the mid 1990s until she could no longer make the trip. She was also involved in the movement to abolish the death penalty, writing letters and leafleting whenever possible. In 2005, at the age of 83, she was arrested for marching on the Supreme Court in opposition to the death penalty. Although Priscilla developed health issues related to lifelong Type 1 diabetes, she never let her disease get the better of her. Legally blind for two decades, she read with a magnifier. At the time of her death at age 92, she was one of the oldest living diabetics in the country. Born in Nashua, N.H., she grew up in Cambridge, Mass., and graduated from Cambridge High and Latin School in 1940. She went to Tufts College for a year and a half before transferring to Goddard, where she took classes such as Growth of Democracy, International Relations, School and Society, and The Economic and Social Life of a Rural Community, among other group studies. Her culminating thesis paper, “A Study of the

Town of Calais, Vermont,” explored the history of Calais from the 1700s to 1946, with a strong focus on the varied conditions and problems facing the people in that community throughout the centuries. Priscilla became active in organizing factory workers after her marriage to Harold Backman in 1948 (they later divorced). The couple lived in Lawrence, Mass., where she started a daycare center for children of the immigrant workers and established empty lot gardens. The FBI blacklisted the couple for their labor organizing in 1953. While living in Northport, New York in the early 1960s, Priscilla was active in the anti-nuclear movement and protests. In 1965, she returned to Vermont to establish, organize, and direct the off-campus work term program at Goddard College. In the 1980s, Priscilla lived in New York City and devoted her time to volunteering at a homeless shelter, the Natural History Museum, the Botanical Gardens, and as a counselor at the Camp for the Blind in Rockland County. In the mid 1990s, she returned to Calais, once again, where she enjoyed researching town history, gardening, and birding. She was also a lifelong member of The Women’s Relief Corps in North Calais. Soon after she returned to Vermont, Priscilla

Priscilla protesting the war in Iraq; at left, a school photo from the 1940s.

discovered the Goddard College Archives, which, at the time was, and still is, a work in progress being undertaken by passionate volunteers. Her brother Forest K. Davis, former dean and faculty member, and her good friend Evalyn Bates (BA ’43), founder of the Adult Degree Program, came in every day for years, often with Priscilla. The end result of their collaborative efforts was the collection, organization and preservation of a great wealth of Goddard’s history. “Goddard was a huge part of her life,” said her son, Peter Backman. “Maybe the most important single incident that a lot of things circled around. She really cared about it.” CW


Priscilla Backman has been selected to receive Goddard’s Presidential Award for Activism in recognition of her lifetime of service and her many contributions to the College. The posthumous award will be presented to her family in 2016.




Story of an Activist

A self-described Chicana activist, Heather Jo Flores was one of the early advocates of urban permaculture.

eather Jo Flores, a singer-songwriter, author and poet, permaculture activist, visual artist, and yogi, has led a far from ordinary life.

Out of rough beginnings – as a homeless youth, a high school dropout, a sex worker in Santa Cruz, and later a pot trimmer – she learned to paint, play music, cook and farm. She also wrote a book. Food Not Lawns, How to Turn your Yard into a Garden and Your Neighborhood into a Community, has sold over 25,000 copies and launched a movement of Food Not Lawn chapters around the nation. At the time of this article, Heather was on the Edible Nation Tour, a project she funded through Kickstarter, traveling the U.S. to help communities set up permaculture designs for food sustainability.




Heather Jo Flores (IBA ’06, MFAIA ’14) and her labor of love

“It’s been amazing, but not as lucrative as I’d hoped,” she said. “It’s a labor of love.” The idea for Food Not Lawns came out of her time as a forest activist in the late 1990s. “We were nomadic Earth First! activists,” she said. “We decided to get a house in Eugene, to support the Cascadia Forest Defenders.” That house, rented with a group of artists, musicians, and activists, became a hub known as The Ant Farm. They had held a potluck to name the house, and it happened to be on the one day when ants poured out of the walls for their annual mating journey. “They covered the ceiling,

they were falling in people’s food,” said Heather. “It just seemed perfect, and the name stuck.” In 2003, she moved from The Ant Farm to a working farm, where she became interested in seed saving and creating a closed loop system. However, she started to worry about money; she took some community college classes and had the idea to write to Chelsea Green Publishing about publishing Food Not Lawns. They responded a week later. At that same time, Heather decided to get her college degree. She was 34 years old when she found Goddard in a book about independent

study programs and enrolled in the low-residency Individualized Bachelor of Arts program. She received Approved Prior Learning credit for her work as a painter, activist, community teacher and musician. “That was such a wonderful affirmation that you don’t get at a lot of other institutions,” she said. The first draft of Food Not Lawns was her senior product. After graduation, unable to find work, she saved up money and traveled to Spain to study Flamenco. There she was drawn back to the arts – playing music, living with Gypsies – and eventually felt drawn to return to Goddard, where she enrolled in the MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts program. “I wanted to become a better writer,” she said. She focused on combining writing and yoga to affect PTSD trauma healing. “It worked,” she said. “My MFAIA journey was extraordinary and transformed me as a human being.” Her future plans include traveling and looking for a place to put down roots, and she recently pitched a new book with a major publishing house in New York. “I am writing a memoir about my life, my work and my quest for sustainable home,” she said. “If it wasn’t for the Goddard community, I don’t think I would value my own story in the way that I do, and I don't know that I would have the courage to tell it with the clarity, candor, and humor that I am seeing in my writing.” CW – SAMANTH KOLBER (MFAW ’14)




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