Alumni in Creative Writing
Creative writing students who develop their skills of analysis and expression are well prepared for a wide variety of careers. The core elements of a major in Creative Writing -- editing and writing, interpretation and analysis, the ability to look at the world from different perspectives, the ability to articulate feelings and ideas clearly and forcefully -- are valuable in every profession.
Some Creative Writing majors, before embarking on their formal careers, have participated in such programs as Teach for America, The Peace Corps, Americorps, and the Jet Program. Creative Writing majors have also pursued career paths in fields including publishing, advertising, law, journalism, and academia. Examples include:
Attorney and Author, Kansas City, Missouri. William H. Colby '77 (pictured at right). Lead attorney in the precedent- setting Cruzan "right to die" case before the U.S. Supreme court, and author of book about the case, Long Goodbye: The Deaths of Nancy Cruzan.
Former President, United Nations General Assembly. The late Ismat Kittani '51.
Award-Winning Children's Author, San Marino, California. Elizabeth (Harler) Van Steenwyk '48.
Award-winning Author of historical fiction for young people. Patricia Curtis Pfitsch '70.
Show Writer, Disney Imagineering, Clermont, Florida. Thomas Hansen '98.
Vice President for Retail Management, Fifth Third Bank, Buffalo Grove, Illinois. John Drake '80.
Reporter, The Record Bergen, North Andover, New Jersey. Stephanie Akin '99.
Legal Counsel, Wisconsin Department of Agriculture/Trade/Consumer Protection, Madison, Wisconsin. Dave Ghilardi '71.
International Notary, Zylke & Associates, Batavia, Illinois. John Kowal '80.
Senator, State of Illinois, Oak Park, Illinois. Don Harmon '88.
Author of Wrigley Blues and Editor, Century Publishing Company, Chicago, Illinois. William Wagner '87.
Staff Psychologist, University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee. Jean Mauriello Germain '92.
English Teacher, New Trier High School, Skokie, Illinois. Paul Easton '90.
President, Independent Publishers Group, Chicago. Mark Suchomel '83.
Professor of Journalism, Webster University, St. Louis, Missouri and Editor, Webster-Kirkwood Times,St. Louis, Missouri. Don Corrigan '73.
Copywriter, Doner Advertising, Royal Oak, Michigan. Joseph Gallo '98.
Technical Writer, Engineering & Research Associates Inc., Tucson, Arizona. Tammy Rosen '94.
Publisher, Commercial Building/Architect Magazine, Norcross, Georgia. Christopher Marsden '87.
Head of Humanities Department, Nueva Esperanza Academy Charter School, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Brett Grell '99.
Assistant Editor, Springer Publishing Company, New York, New York. Alana Papernik Stein '01.
Assistant professor and chair of the Department of English, Stillman College, Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Norman Golar '02.
Staff Reporter, Princeton Packet, St, Louis, Missouri. Marnie Kunz '03.
7th Grade Writing Teacher, Round Lake Area Schools, Round Lake Illinois. Elizabeth Rosemann Coon '02.
Senior Features Editor, Chicago Tribune. Brenda Butler '71.
Medical Editor, Cardinal Health, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Michelle Marvel '96.
Community Reporter, The Berthoud Recorder, Fort Collins, Colorado. Anya Garten '04.
Editor-in-Chief, Century Publishing Company, Mount Prospect, Illinois. William Wagner '87.
Story Editor, Advanstar Publications, New York, New York. Anne McRae Sussman '94.
Graduate Student, University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign. Micah Rieker, '06.
Author and Freelance Writer, Arcata, California.William Kowinski '69.
Graduate Student, Ph.D. in Counseling, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa. Riddhi Sandil '03.
Associate Editor, American Associates of Museums, Washington D.C. Amanda Kraus '96.
Graduate Student, School of the Art Institute, Chicago, Illinois. Mary Kiolbasa, '06.
Owner, Blue Dragon Coffeehouse, Takoma Park, Maryland. William A. Feste '92.
Assistant Professor of English, University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire, Wisconsin. BJ Hollars, '07.
Information Services Librarian, North Central College, Chicago, Illinois. Ryan Williams '01.
Screenwriter, Self-Employed, Los Angeles, California. Michael Ryan '86.
Doctoral Associate, Creative Writing Program; Associate Poetry Editor, Third Coast Literary Magazine; Layout Editor, New Issues Press, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan. Beth Marzoni '04.
Graduate Student/ Doctoral Assistant, Western Michigan UniversityBroadcaster/Producer/Music Host, Radio Talking Book Network, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Anthony Lopez '91.
Psychotherapist, Sternau & Associates, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Ruth Katz '70.
Disc Jockey, WGBQ, Elmwood, Illinois. Jon Gallagher '94.
Graduate Student/Teaching Assistant, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona. Elaine Farrugia '01.
President, The Eliot Group, Inc., Barrington, Illinois. Debra Fulscher Murphy '85.
News Anchor, KMBC Channel 9, Kansas City, Missouri. Lara Moritz '90.
Editor, Doubleday, Brooklyn, New York. Sean Mills '90.
Author of Dream House: Stories, and Associate Professor of English, DePauw University, Greencastle, Indiana. Barbara Cottrall Bean '68.
Theatre Director, Freelance, Beacon, New York. Jennifer Ward '94.
Senior Vice President/Director, Wachovia Bank, Huntersville, North Carolina. Allison Raymond Hamme '91.
Agent, Creative Artists Agency, Los Angeles, California. Tony Etz '83.
Rights Editor, McDougal Littell, Chicago, Illinois. Heidi Astra Gotz '96.
Associate Professor, State University of New York-Geneseo. Rachel Hall '86.
Associate Professor, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona. Ander Monson '97.
Director of Operations, Affordable Medicines for Africa, Johannesburg, South Africa. Thomas Wagner '89.
Graduate Student, Master of Fine arts in Poetry, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland. Sarah Wylder '07.
Senior Copywriter, 141 Worldwide Marketing Agency, Chicago, Illinois. Kristopher Choma '94.
Self-Employed Screen Writer, Los Angeles, California. Michael A. Ryan '86.
Art Teacher, Teach for America, Helena, Arizona. N. Ross Kelly '03.
Lecturer, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan. Michael Hinken '96.
Author of And the Waters Turned to Blood and Business Owner, Scottsdale, Arizona. Rodney Barker '68.
Assistant Cross-Country/Track Coach, Minneapolis Southwest High School, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Erik DeLapp '07. Spanish minor.