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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,

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

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

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

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.

Samantha Kolber
Kelly Collar
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
Goddard College
123 Pitkin Road
Plainfield, VT 05667
ph 866.614.ALUM

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.

Dustin Byerly
Sarah Hooker
Samantha Kolber
Karla Haas Moskowitz
David Conklin
David Halé
Stefan Hard
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



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.


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:





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

©2015 Goddard College


contents |


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.




Events Calendar
From the President
College Briefs
Alumni Portfolio
Class Notes


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.




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.

college briefs |






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
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
Goddard in September as
the new chief academic
officer and
dean. He has
in academic
and faculty
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.

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.

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
in Port
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



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

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

Dan Chodorkoff
(BA RUP ’71),
Award for

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

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

MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts Program
Launches New Alumni Gathering
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
Any MFAIA alumni who
are interested should
contact Tyson Pease
(MFAIA ‘15) at tyson.

Jonathan Katz speaks at the
Haybarn Theatre during the
awards ceremony in September.
See it at

New Partnerships
Create Opportunities
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

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.

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.

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.

Matthew Dineen
(IMA ’14) shares
a passion with
Scott Nikolas
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.


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
“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 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
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

Greene, Maxine. “Diversity and Inclusion:
Toward a Curriculum for Human Beings.”
Teachers College Record Winter 95.2 (1993):
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. 



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.”

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.

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.

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.
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



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
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
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 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 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 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.”

“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
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

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




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






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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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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

Carla Norton (MFAW ’09)



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

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

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

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)






class notes |



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.

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.,
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 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

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
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’
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.

at goddard
ADP: Adult Degree Program
BA: Bachelor of Arts
BAS: Bachelor of Arts in
BFAW: Bachelor of Fine Arts
in Creative Writing
EDU: Education Program
G-C: Goddard-Cambridge
GEPFE: Experimental
Program in Furthering
GGI: Goddard Graduate
GGP: Goddard Graduate
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
RUP: Residential
Undergraduate Program
SBC: Sustainable Business &
SBPAT: Summer-Based
Psychology in Art Therapy
SE: Social Ecology Program
SIS: Social Innovation &
TLA: Transformative
Language Arts
UGP: Undergraduate
VT: Plainfield, Vt., campus
WA: Port Townsend, Wash.,
SEA: Seattle Residency Site




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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
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
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

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’


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.
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
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.
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.

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,
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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
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
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.

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.

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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.
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

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
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
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.
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
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

faculty & staff notes |

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
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


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

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
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
“It worked,”
she said.
journey was
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



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