Our Mission

At Apollon, we strive to publish superior examples of undergraduate humanities research from a variety of disciplines as well as intellectual approaches.

Our goal is to engage students in every stage of the process, beginning with student-faculty collaboration in generating undergraduate scholarship and finishing with the release of a polished digital journal. Apollon strives to take advantage of the unique opportunity of venturing into the digital humanities by engaging with image, text, sound, video, and a variety of presentation platforms in the process of showcasing the many species of undergraduate research.


Our name at Apollon is derived from the Greek and Roman deity, Apollo, while the spelling more closely follows the Greek transliteration. Apollo is the god of music, poetry, art, light, and knowledge, making him one of the most complex deities in the Pantheon. In tribute to his multifaceted existence, our journal utilizes various media to create and reproduce knowledge within the humanities and to encourage critical thinking through multidisciplinary inquiry. With Apollo as patron to our musings and his Muses as inspiration for our content, Apollon seeks to provide our readers with thought-provoking, innovative ideas that explore the depth and breadth of humanistic inquiry.

Meet the Team

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Dr. Shannon Kelley

Faculty Director

Dr. Kelley is an assistant professor of English at Fairfield University. She received her B.A. from University of Louisville and her Ph.D. from Duke University. Her fields of research include lyric poetry, queer theory, literary ecocriticism, early modern culture, science studies, and Renaissance drama.

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Shannon Carney

Staff Editor

I am a senior English and Spanish major with a minor in Educational Studies at Fairfield University. Obviously, I love literature and all things writing, but I prefer to say that I major in making connections and communicating effectively with others.

While not working at Apollon, you can often find me ordering an iced coffee, arguing with Yankees fans, or brushing up on my trivia skills for the next episode of Jeopardy!

I am excited to be a new member of the Apollon team, and hope that this experience will provide me with the skills and knowledge base necessary to find work in the publishing industry after graduation. Happy reading!

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Elizabeth Conklin

Staff Editor

I am an English major and studio art minor at Fairfield University. I am a proud New Yorker, an animal lover, and a fierce feminist.

In my free time, I enjoy creative writing, playing soccer and volleyball, practicing yoga, and playing with my cats.

I am excited to be a part of Apollon’s first year at Fairfield, and I hope that the skills I learn here will help me in my endeavors at law school, which I will be attending next year.  

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Alec Lurie

Staff Editor

I am a senior English Major with minors in American Cultural Studies and Educational studies. I also work as a writing tutor at Fairfield University’s Writing Center, and I’m working with the university, in conjunction with the Fairfield Historical Society to develop a census-like database of all slaves who lived in Colonial Fairfield.

Jared Novotny

Staff Editor

I am an English major with a concentration in literature at Fairfield University. I was born and raised in Albany County, New York, and attended high school at The Albany Academies. Although I was an avid reader for most of my childhood, it was at Albany Academy that I acquired a love for English literature and writing studies. This is partly in thanks to the material that was taught in my English courses, but mostly due to the encouragement and support of my teachers, who always pushed my reading and writing ability further than I thought I was capable of.

When I am not working for the Apollon or catching up on my studies, I enjoy hitting the bag at my local boxing gym. I find that it is not only a great outlet for stress relief, but also provides a sense of improvement and progress that is hard to find anywhere else. While I am home for the summer, I like to go kayaking and fishing with my family. As far as activities that are less physical go, I love to spend time with my friends, whether that time be spent seeing a movie, playing board games, or just doing nothing at all. Finally, sleeping is a passion of mine and I try to spend my time doing it as often as possible.

I am thrilled to be able to contribute to the Apollon for its first year at Fairfield University, and hope that I am able to help aspiring writers, just as my teachers and professors helped and encouraged me. Although I am uncertain of what path I will take after leaving Fairfield, I expect that my time spent with the Apollon will aid me in gaining skills and knowledge that I can apply to a career further down the line.


Caitlin Mulhall

Staff Editor

I am currently a senior English Literature major with minors in Psychology and Health Studies. My love for literature really took root while I was attending Sacred Heart High School in Waterbury, Connecticut. In addition to working for the Apollon, I am a Humanities fellow here at Fairfield University’s very own Humanities Institute. At the moment, I am working on my own research project exploring the roots and presence of colorism in American society. 

 When I am not reading through essays for the Apollon, one can find me hanging out with friends in the mezz, hiding in the DiMenna-Nyselius library, or running at the track. 

I am so excited to be part of the Apollon team this year and look forward to seeing this journal blossom at Fairfield University.