Starting the Start-up: Claire Van Raaphorst's London Internship

Claire Van Raaphorst, '14
An English and communication studies major may seem an unlikely intern for a tech start-up, but Claire Van Raaphorst, '14, tells a different story. "I felt pretty lost when they'd launch into explanations of Python code or Javascript," she says of her colleagues. "On the flip side, I was the resident expert on writing. I made substantial revisions to many important documents, to make them more clear and understandable."

WMU Faculty Bring Readings to Albion College

March 06, 2013

New works from Western Michigan University professors (and spouses) Thisbe Nissen and Jay Baron Nicorvo are presented by the artists in a public reading at Albion College. The presentations begin at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, in the College's Stockwell Library Wendell Will Room.

Nissen is the author of two novels, "The Good People of New York" and "Osprey Island" and a story collection, "Out of the Girls’ Room and into the Night," which was the winner of the John Simmons Short Fiction Award. She is also the co-author, with Erin Ergenbright, of "The Ex-Boyfriend Cookbook," a collection of stories, recipes and art collages. Nissen has received many awards, including fellowships for the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Yaddo, and the MacDowell Colony. She earned a degree from Oberlin College and an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She teaches at Western Michigan University.

Nicorvo recently published a debut collection of short stories, "Deadbeat," and has contributed poetry, fiction, nonfiction and criticism to The Literary Review, Guernica, The Iowa Review and The Believer. He’s served on editorial staffs at Ploughshares and at PEN America, the literary magazine of the PEN American Center and worked for the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses. He teaches at Western Michigan University, where he’s faculty advisor to Third Coast.

This event is sponsored by the Albion College English department and the Stockwell-Mudd Library. For more information, please contact the English Department at 517/629-0232.

Danielle Cadena Deulen Reads Award-Winning Memoir

A variety of writing forms translated into many writing awards for Danielle Cadena Deulen and her memoir "The Riots," including the Great Lakes Colleges Association (GLCA) 2012 Creative Nonfiction Writing Prize. Deulen reads from her memoir on Tuesday, November 13, at 5:30 p.m. in the Albion College Library Wendell Will Room.

In "The Riots," Deulen mixes narrative, essays and other writing forms to explore subjects including autism, ethnic heritage, suicide and self-identity, as experienced by herself and others in her life. Along with the GLCA award, the memoir won the 2010 Association of Writing Programs Prize in Creative Nonfiction and was a finalist for the 2011 Grub Street National Book Prize in Nonfiction. She also published a collection of poems, "Lovely Asunder," which won the Miller Williams Arkansas Poetry Prize. Her poetry and essays have appeared in journals such as The Utne Reader, The Missouri Review, The Iowa Review, Smartish Pace, and The Indiana Review. Deulen received her M.F.A. in Creative Writing from George Mason University and her Ph.D. in English from the University of Utah. She currently serves as assistant professor of poetry in the graduate creative writing program at the University of Cincinnati. More information on her writing can be found at

This program is sponsored by the English Department and the Albion College Library and is free and open to the public. For more information, contact English professor Helena Mesa at or 517/629-0232.

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