Trombley, '14, Rewarded for Community Journalism

Travis Trombley, '14

Travis Trombley, '14
Travis Trombley, '14, will be rewarded for his dedication to community journalism January 31 when he receives a Michigan Press Association Foundation Community Journalism Scholarship. Trombley, who has written a wide range of stories for The Pleiad, the College's weekly student newspaper, says, "Feature writing, in essence, is community writing. ... Community journalism is something I don’t mind spending extra time on. I’m doing my job when I’m reporting, and I love that."

Starting the Start-up: Claire Van Raaphorst's London Internship

Claire Van Raaphorst, '14

Claire Van Raaphorst, '14
An English and communication studies major may seem an unlikely intern for a tech start-up, but Claire Van Raaphorst, '14, tells a different story. "I felt pretty lost when they'd launch into explanations of Python code or Javascript," she says of her colleagues. "On the flip side, I was the resident expert on writing. I made substantial revisions to many important documents, to make them more clear and understandable."

WMU Faculty Bring Readings to Albion College

March 06, 2013

New works from Western Michigan University professors (and spouses) Thisbe Nissen and Jay Baron Nicorvo are presented by the artists in a public reading at Albion College. The presentations begin at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, in the College's Stockwell Library Wendell Will Room.

Nissen is the author of two novels, "The Good People of New York" and "Osprey Island" and a story collection, "Out of the Girls’ Room and into the Night," which was the winner of the John Simmons Short Fiction Award. She is also the co-author, with Erin Ergenbright, of "The Ex-Boyfriend Cookbook," a collection of stories, recipes and art collages. Nissen has received many awards, including fellowships for the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Yaddo, and the MacDowell Colony. She earned a degree from Oberlin College and an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She teaches at Western Michigan University.

Nicorvo recently published a debut collection of short stories, "Deadbeat," and has contributed poetry, fiction, nonfiction and criticism to The Literary Review, Guernica, The Iowa Review and The Believer. He’s served on editorial staffs at Ploughshares and at PEN America, the literary magazine of the PEN American Center and worked for the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses. He teaches at Western Michigan University, where he’s faculty advisor to Third Coast.

This event is sponsored by the Albion College English department and the Stockwell-Mudd Library. For more information, please contact the English Department at 517/629-0232.

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