Graduate Student Intern:
Teresa Blackman comes originally from Minneapolis but is currently living in New York and studying for a Master’s in English at Fordham University. Since graduating from the University of Dallas, she also spent time working at a charter school in the Bronx, volunteering for Coffeehouse Press, and falling in love with Manhattan. She’s currently a huge fan of Kimberly Johnson’s poetry, the Bad Bad hats, Life cereal, and the font Garamond.
Our Winter-Spring Team of Undergrads and Post-grads:
Rachel Nolan is from the smallest city in Connecticut and is a recent graduate of Hampshire College, where she earned a BA studying poetry and social/political theory. In addition to being an intern at GWP, she is a full-time substitute teacher at Berkshire Arts and Technology Charter School in Adams, MA, where she also teaches the Tabletop Games Club after school. A new North Adams, MA resident, she spends her free time exploring the area and building a community of like-minded artists.
Rachael Peretic is an undergraduate student at Arizona¬†State University studying English and Technical Communications. She identifies as a Life Enthusiast, but is most enthusiastic about reading books, analog collage, traveling, writing, craft beer, and the beauty of nature. Her¬†book reviews appear regularly on What is That Book¬†About, a blog geared toward readers and those in the book industry. As a book reviewer who also loves design, she¬†has learned to love books inside and out; both for their¬†stories and as objects in their own right. Currently residing¬†in Keene, New Hampshire, Rachael has aspirations of¬†moving to New York City and maneuvering her way into¬†publishing.
Rosa Canales is a junior at Denison University in Ohio double majoring in English Literature and German. She grew up in Eau Claire, Wisconsin but currently calls Plattsburgh, NY home. She has served as an Editor in Chief for Denison‚Äôs literary magazine and spent the last summer conducting an independent research project on German literature. In her free time, she enjoys reading, running, hiking, and writing. She looks forward to working with Green Writers Press, learning about sustainability in the publishing world, and spending quality time with her cats before studying abroad in Heidelberg, Germany beginning in March.
David Hakas is a rising sophomore at Bennington College, where he currently studies literature and Japanese. He grew up in Pittsburgh, PA,where he and his younger siblings were homeschooled by their parents. David is interested in speculative fiction and hopes to explore ethics, technology, and culture through creative writing. Aside from writing he enjoys listening to music, tabletop gaming and taking walks in nature.
Sabrina Lessly is a freshman at Bennington College. ¬†She is most interested in creative writing and visual art, but can become passionate about just about anything if she learns enough about it. ¬†Her favorite genres for both reading and writing are sci-fi and fantasy, especially if it involves dragons. In her free time, she likes to doodle, daydream, and watch cartoons.
Tyler Esparza is a student at Bennington College in Vermont studying Creative Writing, Music and French. He has a fascination with reading and writing which blossomed at an early age and has brought him from his hometown of San Diego to the Northeast chill of New England to study. When his ears are otherwise unoccupied, he is almost always listening to music while he studies, works or plays video games. One day he hopes to write his own books for the world to read.
Fall 2018 Interns
Grania Power is a writer, actor, and environmentalist from Maine. She recently graduated from Mount Holyoke College, where she majored in Environmental Studies. Grania has worked for environmental nonprofits in California and Minnesota and served with Americorps in Vermont. She enjoys writing young adult fantasy, scrapping money together for travel, and discovering the many quirks of Vermont. She is amazed by how many foods in Vermont have maple on them.
We are excited to have our second Champlain College undergraduate intern, Charlotte Williams, starting in September!
Charlotte Williams is a writer and editor who grew up in the middle of densely populated New Jersey. At Champlain College, she studies professional writing and psychology and works with the Center for Publishing where she discovered her love of publishing. Working as a writing tutor, literary magazine editor, and blog writer sparked her interest in editing and has led her down the editorial path. She spent the spring of her junior year abroad in New Zealand studying creative writing and exploring the far reaches of the Pacific nation. A lover of fiction and drama, she loves live entertainment, be it a play, musical, comedy set or concert. When she isn‚Äôt watching feel-good TV shows or obsessing over capturing the perfect photo, Charlotte works on her own writing and expanding her reading list beyond YA novels.
We love working with interns who are doing post-graduate work and need publishing experience. Our newest intern is Declan Wilk‚ÄĒour first intern from England!
Declan Wilk is a short story writer and freelance copywriter based in Newcastle Upon Tyne, England. He holds a BA in Drama & Scriptwriting from Northumbria University, and an MA in Creative Writing from Newcastle University. Outside of his freelance work, he has led writing workshops for children and adults, co-founded a small literary journal, been an extra in a music video, and starred in a sitcom pilot. Currently he volunteers as a story mentor for a creative development programme for young people. When he‚Äôs not writing, Declan likes to play badminton, walk, read, do a bit of yoga, and watch anything good on Netflix. His plan is to pursue his creative writing and gain experience in the publishing industry whilst working as a freelancer.¬†
GWP is thrilled to welcome our 2018 summer interns hailing from as far away as Finland! These young women are excited to work hard all summer to edit, market and publicize our growing list of titles from GWP, Green Place Books, and Green Sprouts!
Emma Irving¬†is a recent graduate of Widener University with a BA in English. Her time in college was spent leading staff meetings at The Blue Route undergraduate literary journal, engaging in research on textual scholarship around the country and the world in Grasmere, England, and sitting on the quad between the library and humanities building, reading in the sun. Now out of college, she plans to travel and immerse herself in editorial roles on art projects that will make the world a more empathetic place.¬†
Ferne Johansson is a recent graduate of Bennington College, where she studied biology and printmaking. It was through her microbiology classes that she developed an interest in science writing and communication, which led to previous internships at Green Writers Press, Coalesce BioArt Laboratory, and a clinical research facility at the University of Pennsylvania. Her work at Bennington culminated in a thesis on the human microbiome as a subject of scientific, social, and environmental concerns, and as a site for the kind of interdisciplinary work that can make science accessible and interesting to those outside the laboratory. Born and raised in southern Vermont, she is excited to be spending another summer farming in the green mountains before moving on to who knows where.
Heather McCabe is a junior English major at Kenyon College in Gambier, OH. She’s interested in creative nonfiction, memoir, and rural narratives. She’s interested in pursuing book production, web design, or journalism. At Kenyon she works as a Writing Consultant,¬†meeting with students to plan essays and creative pieces for course submission. In her free time, she enjoys swimming, painting, and baking. Heather grew up in South Burlington, VT.
Katri Nyk√§nen is an English major minoring in marketing at the University of Turku in Southwest Finland. She is currently working toward her MA degree and hopes to graduate by the end of 2018. Katri has loved reading from an early age and these days she reads everything from non-fiction to classics and young adult dystopia. Katri has previously studied tourism and in her future career she hopes to combine her English and marketing skills with books and traveling. She considers working at Green Writers Press an amazing opportunity to develop her professional skills and explore the beautiful state of Vermont at the same time. When Katri is not studying or working, she is either at the gym or at home sorting out her doll collection, experimenting with new vegetarian recipes and learning new languages.
Caroline Shea is a poet and recent graduate of the University of Vermont where she studied English Literature and Film. During her time there, she worked as a writing mentor and tutor specializing in classes exploring the intersections of gender, sexuality, and poetic voice. She is the former Co-Editor-in-Chief of Vantage Point Magazine and her work can be found in COG Magazine, Bad Pony Magazine, Souvenir Journal, and others. Caroline plans to pursue a career in publishing and editing while continuing to write and freelance.In addition to her love for writing, Caroline is also passionate about progressive politics and public access to education, literature, and art.¬† She currently lives, writes, and avoids hypothermia in Burlington, VT. This summer, in addition to working with Green Writers Press, she is excited to attend the Kenyon Review Writers Workshop.
Michaela Shea-Gander was born and raised in Brattleboro, Vermont. She is currently a rising senior at Denison University in Granville, Ohio, where she studies Communication and Narrative Journalism. She spent the last semester in New Zealand studying environmental policy and indigenous perspectives while interning at an organization called Conscious Consumers. In her free time she loves activities such as hiking, skiing, reading and writing, and photography. She is looking forward to working with Green Writers Press and learning more about how the publishing world intersects with sustainability efforts.
Evelyn Yielding is a sophomore at Western Washington University who studies aquarium science. She grew up exploring bits and pieces of the Pacific Northwest and is particularly fond of Point Defiance Park and the Puget Sound. In her free time, she enjoys designing video games and caring for her betta fish. Her favorite books are The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster and So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson.
2018 Winter Interns
Evelyn Yielding is a rising first-year student at Bennington College who hopes to study marine biology and sociology. She grew up exploring bits and pieces of the Pacific Northwest and is particularly fond of Point Defiance Park and the Puget Sound. Her favorite books are Let‚Äôs Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris and The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster. She wouldn‚Äôt mind becoming an aquarist.
Hannah Wood was raised in New Hampshire. She attends Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont as a graphic design student. Currently she is a senior looking to get into publication and book design after graduation. She works with her school‚Äôs Center for Publishing, designing two different semi-annual magazines, ‚ÄėWeathervane‚Äô and ‚ÄėWillard and Maple‚Äô, and other miscellaneous works.¬† As part of her study abroad to Dublin, Ireland last year she completed an internship with a local design firm called Snap. During her four month stay she completed many projects including a photo book, a business folder, and a variety of business cards and letter heads.¬† In her free time, Hannah enjoys hiking, gardening, and playing board games.
Chaya Holch was born and raised in Brattleboro, Vermont. She attended Andover, where she explored her passion for language and social activism as managing editor of the oldest high school newspaper in the country, poetry editor of the literary magazine, and founder of the spoken word poetry club. She also taught a class on topics of identity and has received awards for her writing, including a research paper on the rise of graffiti in 1970s New York and a personal essay about her time as a Bronfman Youth Fellow in Israel. She recently completed an internship at an Appalachian community and environmental education center in Harlan County, KY. She enjoys reading essays and poems, roasting vegetables, encountering public art, and annotating everything. She will begin at Princeton University next fall.
Sarah Ellis is a writer, vocalist, avid reader and environmentalist hailing from Brattleboro. She spent recent years in South Hadley, MA, where she graduated from Mount Holyoke College with a degree in Anthropology.¬† Sarah has ventured into education and city government, and she is now pursuing work in the nonprofit sector. She wants the work she does to be meaningful and tangible, and that passion is guiding her search. In addition to reading and writing contemporary fiction, Sarah enjoys watching good television and hiking in the Green Mountain State. Sarah is currently helping Dede out in all aspects of the publishing process, from editing to layout and marketing.
2017 SUMMER INTERNS
JESSICA ZENG ¬† A senior undergraduate in Bennington College, Jessica is a fiction writer, a ceramic artist, co-chair of DREAM (a mentorship program in New England) at¬†Bennington College, and a lover of the world. One of her favorite things about growing up in Brooklyn, New York, is how the limitations of urban living has nurtured her appreciation for the natural world. In college, she is an editorial assistant for the Bennington Review and studies how art and writing can be used to further environmentalism. For the past year and a half, she has been working on a novella about how a young woman tries to navigate her personal narrative through a half-flooded NYC. When she has time, Jessica likes to write, take naps, explore green parks, bother her cats, collect different kinds of honey, read, and look at cute Japanese goods on the internet.
MAYA LONDON-SOUTHERN is a rising sophomore at Middlebury College, where she studies English and American literature. She is from the town of Middlebury, and loves the state of Vermont. She loves being around people (whether she, herself is socializing or she is just reading about others), traveling, writing, and kombucha. She is trying to explore her creativity sustainably, and is very excited to intern at Green Writers Press, which shares her values.
DEJA HALEY is¬†a rising sophomore at Bennington College, studying Literature and Psychology. She loves writing and listening to music. Deja is¬†from Philadelphia, PA, and has a strong lovely feeling for the city.
LYDIA GOLITZ is a rising Junior at Bennington College, where she is studying Literature, History, and a little Spanish. She has loved nature and writing since she was small, so is excited to work with GWP, who, like her, has both a great passion for literature and a desire to integrate a social conscious into all the work that they do. Lydia is originally from Chicago and loves the midwest, chocolate labs, and the color red.
JOSH BOVEE is a fiction writer from upstate New York who is currently finishing up his MFA in creative writing through the College of Saint Rose in Albany. Beyond his interests in literature, mythology, and psychoanalysis, Josh also enjoys things such as Nature. For example: the ocean, high-points, open-spaces, and crows. Josh has an intense passion for Wiffle Ball, manhattans, and all different kinds of bread. He lives in Putney, Vermont, with his girlfriend who one day hopes to have a dog.
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LIANA DUDLEY HOLLAND is a writer of fiction and non-fiction, and a poet on special occasions. She is currently in between her first and second terms at Bennington College in Vermont. When she is not at school, she is in northern Maine, where she lives amongst the trees and the quiet with a dog, two goats, four cats, fifteen chickens, and many, many squirrels.
RACHEL ARONE is a first-year student at Bennington College who aims to study literature and writing. She admires how books provide insight into others and the world around us, and how such insight can guide the way to mutual understanding and social change. One day, she hopes to publish a novel of her own and bring others the joy she feels every time she picks up a book. When she‚Äôs not reading or writing, she loves to listen to sad indie folk, drink herbal tea, and snuggle with her ultra-fluffy cat, Angel.
RUBY STRUBLE is a junior at Bennington and¬†her majors are Japanese and literature. She speaks Japanese and French, likes to sew, knit and goof off on the internet, and she writes and draws almost every day. She has worked for Boston Hassle and Cervena Barva Press in the Boston area where she‚Äôs from. She likes stuffed animals, music, playing piano, and learning languages.
SARAH ELLIS¬†is a writer, vocalist, avid reader and environmentalist hailing from Brattleboro. She spent recent years in South Hadley, MA, where she graduated from Mount Holyoke College with a degree in Anthropology. Sarah has ventured into education and city government, and she is now pursuing work in the nonprofit sector. She wants the work she does to be meaningful and tangible, and that passion is guiding her search. In addition to reading and writing contemporary fiction, Sarah enjoys watching good television and hiking in the Green Mountain State. Check out her new blog, Composted Mayhem, here.
JESSICA JAUNDOO, Editorial Intern and Marketing
Jessica is an upcoming sophomore at Bennington College and was born and raised in Boston, MA. She has always had a lifelong interest in nature and her friends always find her trying to adopt any animal or critter into her life. With her interest in the field of Biology and the Environment still in its exploitative stages, her long term hobby has always been writing her own stories and coming up with ideas with friends. Inspiration never fails to strike her at any moment and many who know her are curious to see which book she may publish in the future.
RON ANAHAW, January-February Field Work Intern and 2016 Summer Fellow
Ron Anahaw has three things close to his heart:
his loved ones, writing, and Korean fried chicken. With a hand on playwriting, poetry, journalism, and fiction, he considers himself a jack-of-all-trades in writing. He is a big believer in trying to keep the world habitable. He is as quick to crack a joke as he is to ask you to collaborate. Ron is a first-year student at¬†Bennington.
KAIYA LEWIS-MARLOW, Editorial Intern
Kaiya is a first term Bennington student with a passion for literature and social change. She lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and was raised with close ties to the local farm movement and community there. In her spare time, she enjoys writing speculative fiction, hiking, and making jewelry out of found mechanical objects and polymer clay.
KAITLYN¬† PLUKAS, January-February Field Work Intern and 2016 Summer Fellow
Kaitlyn is a first-year student at Bennington College with a passion for any and everything Literature oriented. She firmly believes in the power of literature; both in the way it completely transforms perceptions of the world and in the way it inspires unity amongst communities. Her many years as a Girl Scout and Gold Award recipient have inspired her to enact social and environmental change. Kaitlyn is an avid sock collector, an outdoors adventurer, and is a right-handed writer who is preferential to pens.
FERNE JOHANSSON, Editorial Intern
I’m a second-year student at Bennington College with a plan of study in biological science and dance. I grew up in Marlboro, VT, and have spent my life consistently inspired and excited by the beauty and possibilities of the natural world. Although not planning to pursue writing or environmental/ecological studies academically, they are passions of mine that I feel strongly about the relevance and importance of in today’s world. I am so excited to be spending this winter working with GWP.
EMY BLOHM, Editorial and Design Intern
Born and raised in Upstate New York, Emy Blohm is a junior at Bennington College studying primarily literature and visual arts, secondarily history and religion. She has been passionate about storytelling and art-making for as long as she can remember. She enjoys squirrel-watching in the warmer months and hibernating in the colder months. She is currently starting her own business selling vintage revival gowns.
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FLANNERY WIEST, Editorial Intern
Flannery Wiest grew up on both coasts of the country, in Seattle and Washington, D.C., and is excited to explore Vermont while working with Green Writers Press. She will soon complete her degree in English, Linguistics, and Book Studies at¬†Smith College, after which she plans on pursuing a career in children‚Äôs publishing. She recently returned from studying in Cardiff, Wales, where she developed a fondness for tea and scones. Flannery also enjoys hiking, creative writing, knitting, and classic film.
AN NGUYEN, Editorial Intern
An Nguyen¬†is interested in a lot of things: black tea, rustling trees,¬†midnight¬†conversations, ecology and evolution, Tolkien, flush toilets, philosophy, and theoretical physics, which she gave up a career in long ago.¬†An¬†is pursuing an education at¬†Bennington College, after which she has no idea what is in store for herself. She is very happy to be doing her first internship at Green Writers¬†Press,¬†and hopes the experience will help with answering all these existential questions.
DANIELLE GYGER, Editorial Intern
Danielle is new to the East Coast and excited to be working with Green Writers Press! She‚Äôs originally from¬†Michigan,¬†and plans to return in good time to attend¬†Michigan State University¬†in the fall, for a degree in English. Her interests in this field include creative writing and children‚Äôs literature. When Danielle isn‚Äôt chain drinking coffee and working on philosophy homework, she enjoys playing music with¬†family,¬†and spending time outdoors with her wonderful partner. Danielle proofread our YA spring book,¬†The Order of the Trees.
LINDSEY VACHON, High School Intern
Lindsey Vachon was Green Writers Press’ first high school intern. She is a junior at Leland and Gray Union High School in Townshend, Vermont, where she lives, and hopes to learn everything there is to learn about writing and the publishing world. She loves writing, mostly fiction, and besides that, has a love for creating pottery, traveling and learning about the stars.
AUDREY BATCHELDER, Editorial Assistant/Intern,¬†GWP Zine¬†co-editor
Audrey Batchelder grew up in the woods and fields of Marlboro, Vermont, where she developed her love for the land and desire to write. As a Written Arts Major concentrating in poetry and literature at¬†Bard College, she has made the Hudson Valley her home away from home for the past two¬†years,¬†but is currently taking a year off from school. She works on a local organic vegetable and dairy farm, where the good, hard work and time spent in pastures, old barns, and milking cows nourishes her writing. At¬†Bard¬†she was a part of a student-run poetry¬†collective,¬†and completed several dossiers of poetry and prose. She continues to read and write while in Vermont, compiling work that will be used for her final Senior Project.
CHEYENNE VAUGHN, Editorial Assistant/Intern
I was first enchanted by the world of words, stories and books after reading Mark Twain‚Äôs¬†Huckleberry Finn¬†at the age of nine. Since then my¬†book shelves¬†have expanded to include many other authors who also inspire my life and my writing. My contribution to those shelves, so far, are two projects that seek to offer viewers a glimpse of life in rural Vermont using writing and photography. I am a¬†second¬†year¬†student at¬†Bennington College, concentrating in writing and literature.
ALEXANDRA SANDMAN-PITONYAK,¬†Editorial Assistant/InternAlexandra Sandman-Pitonyak (Lexi) is a Vermonter, having grown up in Montpelier, where she was¬†home schooled….¬†In her own words….¬†Although my official course of study at¬†Bennington¬†was visual art, with a focus in painting and ceramics, part of my senior work at included making a book that offered a historic, visual, and artistic exploration of St Paul‚Äôs Cathedral in London. History and historical¬†research in particular¬†were another main focus of my study, along with early childhood development and education.