Alec Lurie

Staff Editor

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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.

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.  

Rachael Malstead

Staff Editor

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I grew up in a country pulsating with chaos and color. India. As a result, I’m partial to spicy food and strange places. Though born in America, I have yet to spend an entire year in the country. I transferred to Berea following a gap year travelling abroad in France, Italy, Germany and England. Now I live in the Ecovillage with my wonderful husband. I can often be found creating bizarre concoctions that resemble Indian cuisine. Other times, I can be found running with the cross country team or kayaking at Lake Owsley. In my world, rain is synonymous with hot chocolate and crosswords. I’m an English major concentrating in Literature and Creative Writing. So it goes without saying that I love to read. I am of the opinion that when meeting new people, it should become standard to introduce the title of your favorite book after your name, and let the conversation flow from there. I am incredibly honored to be a part of Apollon and am excited to collaborate and create as part of the team.

Julia Hyden


Research Assistant/Media Editor

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I'm a Junior, class of 2019. My interests are all over the place, as are my ambitions. I'm currently pursuing a Biology degree for a Pre-Med experience. As for extra-curriculars regarding Berea college, I am the Vice President of the Pre-Health Professionals Club (two years running), an officer of the Investment Club, a Senator for the Student Government Association, and a member of the Student Intersectional Coalition. What I want as a career? I want to do/create something that will outlive me that is advantageous for the marginalized, and be happy during the process. I work as a Research Assistant/Media Editor here on Apollon as of August 2017.

But other than that, I like to delve into personal development projects in my spare* time. I have a dog named Olive, whom I love like many love a child.I am extremely politically involved, so the radio station I listen to the majority of the time is CSPAN. I like to build things; computers, woodworking, something witty to say in conversation so I seem funny/smart, etc. With what little traveling I've done, I have developed some deep, unrecognizable type of love for the city of Chicago.

And despite everything happening around me, I still feel that humanity is the single most important thing we can experience, with education in tow.

* = What little time I have that is not taken by studying or other college duties.


Jessica Schroader

Senior Staff Editor | Editorial Contributor (Arts)

Outside of my professional work, I am a traveler and seek adventure where ever I may find it. During the summer, I spend many of my weekends in my kayak exploring rivers and admiring beautiful sceneries. I also love to hammock and can often be found relaxing between trees on the mountains near Berea.


Emily Masters

Staff Editor 

I enjoy learning and reading about new and exciting topics.This is my first year at Apollon, and I'm looking forward to get more involved with the team as I work to incorporate my interests and scholarly work into what we do.


Will Bowling

Staff Editor 

I am a teaching assistant/student coordinator for the first-year writing program and I can also say that I have been at the Apollon now for a full academic year. My work consists majorly of paper review, project contribution, and moral support for my coworkers.


Guinevere Beirne

Staff Editor 

Ever since I was a child writing about how very blue the world was when I didn’t get what I wanted, I’ve been in love with storytelling. I hope to use my writing for social justice causes in the Appalachian region, as I write about the issues people face in the region and attempt to derail the stereotypes that haunt it.

Miranda Flannery

Media Specialist

I was born in Jackson, Tennessee, but moved to Louisville, Kentucky when I was still a baby. I spent most of my life in Louisville, until I moved to a small town in rural Kentucky to finish high school. I go to Berea College currently. I am majoring in Mathematics, and will be minoring in Film Production and Broadcast Journalism. I have also been a cheerleader for the past two years. While I work at the Apollon part time, I am also a Media Specialist at the Technology Resource Center. I also volunteer at Southland Christian Church as a camera operator and stage manager on the weekends. 

My hobbies vary everyday. I love being active, so I joined the cheer leading team. I also love photography, macro photography is my favorite type. My mom is an English teacher, and she taught me to love reading from a young age. I am somewhat of a workaholic, so work is my life. I am very grateful to be working at Apollon, a place that allow students, and others, to show the world their research. 


Megan Krelle

Submission: Legitimizing Illegitimate Power

Megan Krelle recently graduated from The University of Melbourne, Australia in December 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in History with a minor in English and Theatre Studies. Her academic interests include medieval history, classical mythology, genre/popular fiction, and positive psychology. In February 2016, she began a Masters of Teaching (Secondary) at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education (The University of Melbourne). 


Lindsay Brents

Submission: Ormond’s Subversion of Heteronormative Gothic Characteristics

Lindsay Brents is a senior B.F.A Dance major and B.A. Creative Writing major with a minor in Chinese studies at Randolph College. She is currently Randolph's Writing Lab Tutor Supervisor and student assistant for the dance department. On top of all that, she’s the Treasurer of Creative Writing Club. This past fall, she directed the dance department’s annual student choreography showcase and choreographed two pieces for it. Currently, she is choreographing her senior dance piece and writing her senior English paper, both of which are due in their complete form on the same day.

She is additionally an avid seamstress and photographer, and she regularly takes on projects in both fields that she realistically shouldn’t have the time or energy to complete. Over her time at Randolph College, Lindsay has participated in National Novel Writing Month (write 50,000 words in the month of November) three times, continuing a tradition she began as a freshman in high school. This past summer, she decided that, considering her senior schedule, it might go poorly for her if she attempted this feat again. Instead, she did Camp NaNoWriMo (write 50,000 words in the month of July) and was pleasantly astonished to find that writing approximately 1,700 words per day is much easier to do without a full academic schedule. Who knew?


Larisa Coffey-Wong

Submission:  Artificiality, Blade Runners, and Capitalism

Larisa Coffey-Wong graduated from the University of Melbourne, Australia in December 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts. She greatly enjoyed her time at university, particularly her major in English and Theatre Studies, which developed her research interests to include adaptation studies, gender in literature, and popular fiction. In the future, she hopes to pursue a career in the publishing and editing industry, and travel the world. Outside of her studies, Larisa enjoys reading, hiphop dancing, watching films, musical theatre, and spending time with her cat.


Catherine Bruns

Submission: From On Stage to In Office

Catherine J. Bruns graduated cum laude from Concordia College in 2015 and holds a BA in Political Science, Communication Studies-Theatre Arts, and Mandarin Chinese.

In 2015, Ms. Bruns’ research “When East Meets West: Analyzing China’s Historical and Cultural Impact on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet” received second place at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Undergraduate Theatre Scholar Awards and was honored with the Concordia College Bruce Gronbeck Research Award. Her research was later published in the academic journal “New Voices: A Journal of Writing Across the Curriculum” and was presented at the 2016 Southeast Regional Conference of the Association of Asian Studies at James Madison University. In addition to theatre, her research interests include youth civic engagement, collegiate forensics, and domestic environmental crises.

Ms. Bruns is a recipient of the Concordia College Gloria Long Leadership Through Service Award, a two-time American Forensics Association-National Individual Events Tournament qualifier, and a member of the Omicron Delta Kappa, Pi Sigma Alpha, and Pi Kappa Delta honor societies. Ms. Bruns is pursuing an MA in Communication and Advocacy at James Madison University where she serves as a Graduate Teaching Assistant and a Graduate Forensics Coach for the James Madison University Speech Team. 


Grant K Schatzman

Submission:  Pygmalion in the Renaissance

I am a Letters and English Writing double major at the University of Oklahoma. My hometown is Edmond, close kin to the Oklahoma City area not far from the university campus in Norman where I now live. This paper was composed in my second semester at OU for an upper-division course on Shakespeare and Classical Mythology; it represents my first attempt at undergraduate publishing and the product of many long hours of primary research in early modern English texts. I have since developed an interest in aesthetics and the philosophy of art, with a special focus on the creative role our imagination, as viewers and readers, exercises over artworks when we engage and interpret them. This emphasis intersects with my interest in education—as the role of the audience is magnified, accessibility becomes an artistically significant feature. In literature, my interests are chiefly British, and I am beginning to suspect that poetry criticism is my strong suit (a claim that may or may not hold for poetry composition). I have worked as both a writer and an editor for local print and as a tutor at our university’s writing center, and recently served on the review board for our research journal. I especially enjoy writing about art, local or otherwise. Ultimately, I hope to be involved in secondary or post-secondary education, or perhaps informal education (via museums). 


Jeanette Tong Gin Yen

Submission: “Everything is True, Everything Anybody Has Ever Thought”

Jeanette Tong is an undergraduate student at The University of Melbourne, Australia. She is undertaking a Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in English & Theatre Studies and Criminology, with an expected graduation date of December 2016. Her research interests include trauma and performance theory, aposiopesis, and dismantling the patriarchy. She writes primarily for theatre and performance, occasionally dabbling in academia and poetry. 


Lydia Bauler

Senior Staff Editor | Editorial Contributor

I’m a self-professed written word geek with an enthusiasm for books, journalism, and all things related. I am particularly interested in how narratives can be tools of examination for events, social issues and constructs. In the future, I hope to use writing and/or literature for social justice work.


David York

Co-Editor in Chief 

I had lived in the quiet little town of Annville all of my life until I began attending Berea College where I’m currently attempting my Bachelor’s Degree in History and working full time for Apollon. My historical interest lies in Medieval studies (particularly the Viking Age) and early American history.

Nana Boateng

I am a Ghanaian American raised in Northern Kentucky who is trying to piece together her identity in a country that likes to organize things alphabetically in Tupperware. I am currently a sophomore English writing major at Berea College. This will be my first year with Apollon, serving as an interviewer for A/V Matters.