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.