Colby Minifie is a senior at Macaulay Honors College in the CUNY Baccalaureate program. She is majoring in Studio Art and Performance Theory. Colby’s undergraduate thesis focuses on the aspects of performance in David Foster Wallace’s writing and media appearances, specifically involving his life leading up to Infinite Jest. Outside of school, Colby has done numerous service trips to New Orleans, Uganda, India, and Panama working with organizations such as the National YoungArts Foundation, Children of Uganda, Global Brigades, and the National Dance Institute. For more information about her thesis, visit her tumblr or her website to see her professional work.
Jenny Kijowski is a Ph.D. candidate in English at The Graduate Center of The City University of New York, where she has a certificate in Film Studies and is working on a certificate in Interactive Technology & Pedagogy. She is also an Instructional Technology Fellow at central Macaulay Honors College, having formerly been an ITF at Brooklyn College. Prior to becoming an ITF, Jenny taught composition and literature courses at Queens College and BMCC as a Graduate Teaching Fellow. Her dissertation examines gender, nationalism and the literature of trauma.
She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, two children (twins Nico and Luca), and another sort of child, a pit bull named Iggy.
Kerishma Panigrahi is a senior at the Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College, majoring in Literature and Gender Studies with a minor in Spanish Language. She is currently writing her undergraduate honors thesis on the intersections of gender and power in the fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin. In addition to her work in academia, she has interned at BUST Magazine (for which her written work can be found here) and Dorling-Kindersley books. She recently traveled to Argentina, where she studied Latin American literature at the Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata (when not studying the beaches). In her spare time, she enjoys drinking tea, rolling her eyes, and caterwauling about the patriarchy.
Laura is a senior at the Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College. She is studying English Literature, with a focus on 19th-20th century British literature and criticism. Currently, Laura is working on a senior thesis project that draws attention to 19th century writer Edgar Allan Poe’s thematic influence on the 20th century films of Alfred Hitchcock, specifically Psycho and Vertigo. In addition to studying Gothic literature, horror films and Latin American art history, she has dedicated her undergraduate career to interning and volunteering at art museums throughout the city, including El Museo del Barrio, Edgar Allan Poe Cottage, the Bronx Museum of the Arts, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In the future, Laura plans on developing her mixed media artwork abroad as well as finding time to face paint and attend graduate school. Her next research project will most likely entail Victorian death rituals and mourning jewelry. You can reach her at email@example.com or check out her online portfolio (link coming soon).
Lindsey M. Freer is a New York-based specialist in digital pedagogies and 20th-century American poetics. She has taught courses in literature, history, research, and writing at numerous area institutions, including Columbia University, the Fashion Institute of Technology, and a number of campuses of the City University of New York (CUNY). She currently serves as a senior fellow in instructional technology at CUNY’s Macaulay Honors College, where she is also teaching this course.
Lindsey is a PhD candidate in English at the CUNY Graduate Center, where she is also earning a doctoral certificate in American Studies. Her dissertation employs philosophy, political theory, and archival materials as a means of investigating the structural choices of American poets throughout the 1980s–a series of interventions in both publishing and poetic form which enabled those poets to predict and negotiate the long-term political and cultural effects of the Cold War. She is the editor of Edward Dorn’s Charles Olson Memorial Lectures, published as part of the third series of Lost & Found: The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative. Her writing has also appeared in XCP: Cross-Cultural Poetics, and her photography has been published in the Virginia Quarterly Review.
Lindsey is also a proud AmeriCorps alumna, having spent a year in national service as a volunteer teacher of technology skills with the Community Technology Empowerment Project.